Sting arrived in AEW and plenty of fans were wondering if the 62-year-old Hall of Famer would wrestle for the company. That question was answered this week when it was announced that The Icon will team with Darby Allin to take on Brian Cage and Ricky Starks at AEW Revolution. What does AEW have planned?
When he was talking to Tony Khan about coming into AEW, Sting said he would be open to cinematic matches. A street fight at Revolution certainly opens the door for that possibility.
It was further noted in the Wrestling Observer Newsletter that Sting’s match will “almost surely” be a cinematic match. This will give AEW time to film the match and put it together in post, thus greatly reducing any risk that something bad will happen to Sting.
Sting & Darby Allin vs. Ricky Starks & Brian Cage in a street fight is also on the show. That will almost surely be a cinematic match. They have to be careful because Sting will be just shy of 62 and has a bad neck combined with spinal stenosis although in a cinematic match they should be able to protect him
Sting might not be wrestling in a live match, but his participation in AEW will also mean a lot in regards to elevating those around him. It will also ensure that Sting’s final match is not under WWE’s umbrella.
Cinematic matches are more commonplace in today’s pro wrestling landscape. A year ago it might have looked out of place, but the pandemic has caused practically every company in North America to go that route at one time or another.