Sting made a surprise debut in AEW in December 2020, leaving fans in shock. Since then, he has been a prominent figure on AEW television as he teamed with Darby Allin. Prior to joining AEW, Sting had a stint in WWE, but it was not as successful as fans wanted it to be. In fact, Sting felt like WWE pressured him to retire.
Sting’s performance in AEW has been impressive, especially considering his age of over 60. He is able to compete at a high level, impressing both fans and fellow wrestlers. Many fans believe that this is how Sting should have been utilized in his previous tenure with WWE.
Sting debuted in WWE back at Survivor Series 2014 and had a handful of matches. However, he was forced to retire due to an injury he suffered during a match with Seth Rollins after a bad buckle bomb.
While speaking in a new D Magazine feature by Mike Piellucc, Sting revealed that he felt WWE pressured him to retire in 2016. That being said, Sting admitted that he wasn’t “forced” and “nobody made me do it.”
Sting realized WWE wanted him to retire when Triple H approached him about his WWE Hall Of Fame induction in April 2016. Vince McMahon then suggested that Sting may be nearing retirement and that WWE wanted it to happen within their organization.
“I just felt like everything was…pointing toward, ‘You just need to retire. Just get it over with.’ … I finally relented and said, ‘Alright. Let’s just do it,’ “
Tony Khan also recently ripped WWE for underutilizing Sting. Sting also knows how he wants to end his professional wrestling career. His contract will also expire this year. We’ll have to see what’s next in store for Sting.
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