Sting shook the world with his debut to AEW back in December 2020. Since then he has been part of numerous segments on AEW Television. In an article for The Players’ Tribune, he threw light on the AEW debut of another top star of the promotion.
In the article, Sting talks about his role as a veteran in the AEW locker room and shared his interactions with younger members of the roster. In one such story, Sting implied that CM Punk was backstage at an AEW show months prior his signing with the company.
“(CM Punk) came up to me backstage on one of my first days in AEW,” Sting recalled. “And he’s such a student of history that he just wanted to pick my brain a bit. And I remember he told me, ‘I’m sorry, but I’m going to bother you every day. I’ve got so many more questions!!!’”
Sting also mentioned how AEW wrestlers have shared pictures with him where they are dressed up like him or when they met him in their childhood. For some, Sting was the reason they got into wrestling.
“But the best one was probably Isiah Kassidy,” Sting recalled. “He showed me this picture from some WCW autograph signing like 20 years ago. He must’ve been about five years old, and he’s standing next to me with this huge smile on his face. It kind of leaves you speechless. Somehow, with whatever I was doing, I was able to transmit a little bit of magic through the TV and reach this little kid growing up in Brooklyn.”
Sting’s article traced his entire pro-wrestling career from its inception to its current run in AEW. He also described his past problems with substance abuse and addiction.