Last week’s episode of Dynamite saw Professional Wrestling legend “The Icon” Sting get involved in a physical manner. It all started with Taz taunting the Stinger, saying the Icon relies on his baseball bat to bail him out of fights and that without that weapon Sting was nothing.
Sting then answered back by throwing his jacket directly at Brian Cage, who suddenly attacked the pro wrestling legend. Sting was able to land a number of punches before Brian Cage kicked him directly to his stomach and nailed him with a nasty powerbomb.
This is the first time Sting got physical in AEW since signing with the company about two months ago. Sting was forced to retire from active in-ring competition after suffering a neck injury during Night of Champions 2015 in his WWE Championship Match against Seth Rollins. Since then, the Stinger has not been active in in-ring action and has not taken any bumps.
Immediately following last week’s Dynamite, AEW announcer Tony Schiavone took part in an AEW Dynamite Post-Show, where he revealed that the Icon obviously wanted to and that the Stinger obviously thought it is good for business. Schiavone also confirmed that Sting was OK and that he is looking forward to Sting’s in-ring return, but that he was shocked and scared as to why Sting took the bump.
AEW President and CEO Tony Khan recently spoke with Mike Johnson of PWInsider and said that Sting has been fully cleared to wrestle and that he has been training with the TNT Champion Darby Allin and his sparring partners. Tony Khan also said that one thing Sting did during his training was get ready for the powerbomb. Khan also said that this was Sting’s idea and this was something he wanted to do.
This is what Tony Khan said:
“He’s been cleared, he’s been fully cleared.” “He’s been training with Darby and sparring partners and he’s been fully cleared to wrestle. In his training, one thing he’s done to get ready with his sparring partners is a Powerbomb. In terms of getting ready for this, I was more than fine with it and in fact called it. At that point when he’s taking them in training, it’s time for the live crowd.”
“So he was completely cleared to do it and wanted to do it and he wanted to get out there and wrestle. Sting is going to be on Dynamite tomorrow looking for payback and all bets are off now. Sting’s cleared to wrestle and he wants to wrestle and this is how he wanted to end his wrestling career in-ring was in AEW and come in and go out the way he always wanted to go out with great matches.”
“He’s been preparing for this and I expect Sting to have a great performance on March 7th. He has very high expectations for this match and his comeback here, and I do too. I thought Brian did a great job with the Powerbomb and certainly got people talking about the match in a very positive way and created conversation about, ‘Is Sting going to be OK? Is this all right?’ Well that was the idea, we’re trying to create that conversation but the most important thing is he is OK and he walked through the curtain… that’s not going to be an easy moment, it took a lot out of him but at the same time, he came out of it in one piece and it’s what he wanted.”