AEW’s Team Taz consists of several talented individuals including Ricky Starks. The former NWA star might not have ended up in AEW if it weren’t for the pandemic drying up so many options.

Starks was hired by AEW after his first match against Cody. Tony Khan figured out a spot for Ricky Starks almost immediately. Starks might not have left the NWA if the world’s situation was different at the time.

While speaking to Chris Van Vliet, Ricky Starks admitted that if it weren’t for the COVID-19 pandemic, he probably wouldn’t have left the NWA. He did always have plans to move forward.

“Uh, probably, probably. I think so. But that’s a hard one because I had a year plan already scoped out for myself and in that year plan, it wasn’t in the writing for me to be there for as long as I could’ve been right now. In my head, I was gonna be there for maybe like eight months, get what I could out of it and then assess my career from there and then move on. But obviously that got shortened out a bit just through the pandemic and things like that and now we’re here.”


Ricky Starks is getting a big focus in AEW, and Tony Khan has often named him when talking about the stars of tomorrow on AEW’s roster. He might have eventually found his way to AEW if the novel coronavirus pandemic didn’t sweep the planet, but 2020 was certainly an unpredictable year for a lot of people.

Thanks to Post Wrestling for the quote

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