Ricky Starks On His AEW Absence: I Have No Answers, That Isn't Up To Me

Ricky Starks says things are not in his control.

Former AEW World Tag Team Champion Ricky Starks has been absent from AEW television in recent months. He last wrestled on the March 30 episode of AEW Collision, where he and Big Bill lost to Top Flight. Starks recently clarified that he was not injured.

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In an interview with WhatCulture Wrestling, Ricky Starks was asked about missing AEW Dynasty and whether there was a chance that he would be at AEW Double or Nothing.

“I don’t know. I would hope so. But I really don’t know. Things are…every time I always predict something to go some way, it doesn’t go that way, and it kind of just leaves me being like, well, we’ll just figure out and see. I really have no clue. It’s just a very interesting time, I feel like. I wish that I was on Dynamite, or I wish I was on Dynasty. I wish I was on these things, but I think at a certain point, just for my own sanity, I can’t go too crazy about it because the proof is in my work and my effort that I’ve constantly given. I’ve constantly given 1000% effort. So at a certain point, it’s not in my control. I think that’s the biggest lesson I have. Things are just not in my control, but the things that are, I try the hardest," Ricky Starks said.

Starks was then asked to comment on his status, and he reiterated that he was not hurt. He noted that he did not have any answers, and it was not him to him. Starks also expressed his appreciation for the fans' support.

“I’m not hurt. Even that night [on AEW Collision], I specifically stated, hey, I’m not hurt. I was just being cautious about it because at the moment, I didn’t know what was happening, especially with this side of my body. So I wasn’t hurt. I was never put on an injury list or anything like that. I have no answers. People ask me all the time, ‘Well, why aren’t you…’ I don’t know. I have no clue. That isn’t up to me. It does suck, obviously, to not be on TV, but the support in people online and people sending me messages is very, very sweet and endearing, and very encouraging, from that standpoint," Starks said.

When asked about having six matches this year, Starks noted that he had not realized that. He stated that the number was small, compared to what he had been doing. Starks made it clear that he still believed that his work would carry him through any obstacle.

“That’s a small number, compared to what I was doing the years prior. I don’t bullshit anybody, I don’t try to play with anybody’s life or anything like that. So I just kind of stick to myself. I just always operate under the belief, like, well, my work will carry me through any obstacle. I still believe that," Starks said.

Starks then brought up Mike Johnson of PWInsider reporting that he was in Jacksonville, and he repeated that he was just getting his physical.

“Mike [Johnson] from PWInsider, whatever, he didn’t say that I was hurt. But people alluded to, ‘Well, he was there to get cleared.’ No, bro. I was just there to get my balls checked and do my physical, and that was it. That’s all I was doing. I’m healthy, I’m great, I’m perfectly fine. I shouldn’t have any type of questioning, ‘Are you really?’ Bitch, I’m telling you I’m not hurt. I don’t know what more you want me to say," Starks said.

Starks was also asked about his contract status. He laughed, and when asked again, he noted that there was nothing he could say. Starks stated that he thought that some things should be kept to the heart.

"[Laughs] No. Because some things should just be kept to the heart, and I see all the time, reports of this person and this person. It’s like, when am I gonna just have something for myself? When can I have something just for me to know and go from there?" Starks said.

There is no word on when Ricky Starks will return to AEW television. Fightful will provide more information as it becomes available.

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