Sting joined AEW because he didn’t want his pro wrestling career to end. He was excited about the things that All Elite Wrestling was doing so he joined the team. He doesn’t seem to regret that decision at all.
Paste Magazine recently spoke to The Icon about his decision to join AEW. Sting said that the company is full of soldiers all marching in the same beat. They all want the company to succeed and provide even more growth as time goes on.
“It is a place where you’ve got a bunch of male and female soldiers all sort of marching in the same direction, and pretty much everybody’s marching to the same beat. There isn’t really any factions or cliques or groups of people. Everybody is looking out for everybody and everybody wants AEW to succeed. Everybody wants… they’re really involved with other matches. They’re watching, and somebody will finish a great match, and they’ll walk back out and you’ll hear the entire locker room area clapping and applauding. I think there’s a great unity, really, to be honest with you, with most everybody there in AEW. Something that I’ve never experienced.”
“The closest I ever got was WCW, years ago, when Eric Bischoff took over and he was up there in the nosebleed sections, listening to fans and how they were reacting to the storylines and to each individual wrestler. You’ve had some of the biggest names in the business, Hall and Nash and Hogan, all of us, Luger… we were all sort of like walking together. Everybody was looking out for everybody else, and the creative juices were flowing, not just for yourself, with no hidden agendas.”
“We had about 12 months of that, I’d say, and then it all ended. But here, I’d heard that’s the way the atmosphere was in AEW, and I walked into it and have experienced it firsthand now for six months, and that’s exactly the way it is. It starts at the top, and filters its way down. Tony [Khan] is a very personable guy, a very approachable guy. I’ve noticed he’s like that with just about everybody, it doesn’t matter who you are. It’s a good atmosphere.”
There were rumors about AEW’s EVPs not getting along. Cody Rhodes squashed that while saying that narrative was concocted by WWE fans. The company seems to have a steady direction as expansion is on the horizon.
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