Against all odds, Sting still going strong at 64. He proved it at Forbidden Door, where despite being dropped on his head by Sammy Guevara and taking a spot on the sick table, the Hall of Famer rallied and continued the match injury-free. As good as he still looks though, there will be a time sooner than later when Stinger will hang up his baseball bat. Although he has talked about the ending many times, he still isn’t quite sure what it will be like or when it will happen.
At the AEW x NJPW Forbidden Door post-show media scrum, Sting was asked if he knew when his AEW retirement match would take place. “I haven’t decided on a date, for sure. A lot of people have wondered if I would retire at Wembley. That would be great, but I don’t see that happening. I think I’ll go.” Tony has been in my ear here and there saying, ‘Steve, you can stay as long as you want.’ I’m not sure how long it will be, but as I said a few months ago, Showtime is about to end, and it really is, but I’m really looking forward to getting back to London. Last time I was there I was Joker Sting the crowd loved it there and it wasn’t the big stadium but it was still a great crowd. I really want to go back there.” (w/w Fighter)
What will Sting’s final match be like?
When Sting suffered a neck injury in his WWE Night of Champions match with Seth Rollins in 2015, it seemed the icon was over for good. It was a shock when he returned to the ring with AEW. Tony Khan has used it well, he doesn’t put it on TV every week and he doesn’t exploit it with individual matches. Instead, Sting is used sporadically in the ring in tag matches, and when he’s not wrestling, he pushes the next generation by standing by Darby Allin’s side. That doesn’t mean he still can’t act. When Sting fights, he looks nothing like a sixty-year-old man.
Sting has spoken before about what a retirement match would look like. He has said that it will not be a one-on-one match and that Darby Allin will be involved in some way. All In seemed like the perfect ending point, but with All Out now scheduled for next week and All In looking almost like a 70,000-person house show, somewhere else will be the final landing point for Sting’s career. We know it will be a tag match with Allin involved, but when and where it will happen no one knows, not even Sting or Tony Khan. What we do know is that Sting’s next match will involve him and Darby Allin against Chris Jericho and Sammy Guevara this Wednesday on Dynamite in a Tornado Tag Team Match.