Ricky Starks was one of those given the chance to make a huge debut in AEW, going up against Cody (now Rhodes) for the TNT Championship.
As is the case often in AEW, they don’t always sign stars to a permanent contract until they’ve been on TV for a while.
For Starks, it was very interesting that he made his AEW debut and the next day was contacted by WWE.
In an interview with Chris Van Vliet, Starks says he entertained the conversation, but thinks he “already knew” where he was headed.
The funny thing is, the day that I wrestled Cody I got a phone call from WWE saying ‘Hey, we’ve been watching you and we wanted to bring you in’. I said ‘Oh really? oh ok. Interesting. Of all days’. And so I entertained that conversation because I was curious but I think I knew already which decision I was going to make.
And I had a very dear, great friend tell me once: you should look at the people who want to invest in you and not know anything about you as opposed to the people who only wanted you when they saw someone else having interest. So that put things in perspective and I don’t hold any ill will towards WWE but I really think they dropped the ball majorly on that. I’ll never know why and I guess I don’t care now.
So now he’s a full-time member of the AEW roster, what does Starks think the next step is?
I think the next step would be a championship title.
Here’s my opinion: I don’t necessarily need a title. I can be just as great without it. I could probably go my entire career without ever having a title. But obviously having the title adds a certain spice to things and that only enhances the flavour of the entire meal, right? So I think having that only takes me up another step.
You can view the full interview here:
With thanks to 411 Mania for the transcription.