AEW Revolution had plenty of selling points, including Sting’s debut match for the company. He teamed up with Darby Allin to take on Brian Cage and Ricky Starks in a street fight. This was a match that Darby Allin planned for months.
While talking to Drinks with Johnny, Darby Allin explained just hot long he planned that big match. He also expressed some concern that the spot where he threw a bat to Sting would end terribly.
“I wrote storyboards for months before the Revolution pay-per-view. When I saw the location where we were going to be filming, I took all of these photos and was plotting everything out in my brain.”
“I remember I was sitting in the boiler room, just coming up with all the shots. We had an awesome crew with Steve Yu who directed it. When we were shooting it, I was running around and doing everything possible.”
“When we got done with the cut, I would run through a pane of glass, and go, ‘alright, get the next shot.’ I was doing everything and I felt like I was on autopilot. I had an adrenaline rush and felt that we could go all night. We were on fire with it.”
“The only thing that stopped me was when I had to throw the bat down to Sting. I was like, ‘Alright, I’m going to throw this down.’ — Tony Khan put it best — ‘You know how the laws of physics work, right? The bat is going to come down and we don’t know if it’s going to break Sting’s face or not.’”
“It was the first time in the whole shoot I started thinking like, ‘what if I do break Sting’s face and he can’t finish this match?’ He is the one who was like, ‘I’m catching that bat.’ It was a perfect catch, first try, and he beat the f*ck out of everyone. I was on cloud nine.”
Sting’s debut for AEW turned out to be a successful outing. We haven’t seen the Icon wrestle since, but he is still very much on Darby Allin’s side. Sting will likely wrestle for AEW again. It will be interesting to see if they wrap another cinematic match around his involvement next time as well.