It seems that winter was not the only thing that was coming.
During the biggest episode of AEW Dynamite to date, WWE Hall of Famer Sting made his long speculated debut.
It came about in the aftermath of a tag team bout pitting TNT Champion Darby Allin and former champ Cody Rhodes against Team Taz members Ricky Starks and Powerhouse Hobbs.
After the bout, which saw Allin and Rhodes victorious, the heels attacked the victors, with Brian Cage and Taz joining in to give them the numbers advantage. Dustin Rhodes and even Arn Anderson attempted to make the save but to no avail and Taz’s group eventually housed Cody Rhodes in the air before the lights in Daily’s Place went out and an atmospheric video began to play.
Eventually the name ‘STING’ appears on the screen and the icon himself emerged, face paint on and trusty black baseball bat in tow.
The crowd on hand went bananas and this genuinely felt like a true moment in wrestling history as Sting hit the ring and snow began to fall in the arena. It was truly awesome stuff.
After Team Taz left, Sting stood face to face with Arn Anderson who seemingly can’t believe he is seeing his old WCW nemesis. After teasing interactions with the Rhodes boys, Sting turns his attention to Darby Allin, with the two painted warriors coming eye to eye.
Sting slowly and methodically inspected both sides of Allin’s face (both the painted and unpainted) before howling to the fans who utterly lapped up the whole moment.
After the show was over, it was confirmed that this is no short term deal. AEW President Tony Khan announced that Sting has signed a multi-year contract with the company and will speak for the first time on next week’s episode of Dynamite.
Sting ended his legends deal with WWE earlier this year and speculation has mounted ever since we would see him in AEW, with debuts rumoured at both the Double or Nothing and Full Gear PPVs.
To AEW’s immense credit, they chose a moment for the debut in which nobody was seemingly expecting it. Despite, in hindsight, the theme of the show being a huge tease, we all concentrated solely on the huge Jon Moxley vs Kenny Omega AEW Championship match. A true promotional slight of hand.
We can’t wait to see how this legend fits in with the current AEW roster. The usage of legends to help enhance current stars has so far has been exemplary so we expect Sting to be a big success.