Tony Khan comments on Sting's upcoming retirement.
Sting will retire at AEW Revolution 2024, three years after he made his return to the ring in cinematic fashion at Revolution 2021. Sting has been an active competitor in-ring competitor from AEW since Double Or Nothing 2021.
Speaking to Steve Hermon of BBC West Midlands, Tony Khan was asked how much responsibility he feels in getting Sting's retirement right.
“I think it’s incredibly important for us to make sure Sting gets a great send-off. He absolutely deserves it. He’s a legend in wrestling, with decades of experience. Sting is beloved, and I’m very excited about Sting’s retirement tour, which has embarked. He’ll be finishing up at Revolution. Of course, Sting was a huge part of the original AEW All In at Wembley Stadium. When Sting came out to Metallica, what a moment. ‘Seek and Destroy’ will be something that will live on in perpetuity in the video library as a great moment. I hope Sting will come. He’ll be retired at that point, but I hope he’ll still come be an ambassador because he’s in many ways AEW’s greatest legend, and I think he’s one of wrestling’s greatest legends," said Khan.
Sting teamed with Darby Allin to defeat Swerve Strickland & Christian Cage in a casket match at AEW All In 2023.
“I’m working with him very closely and still overseeing what we do but also talking to Sting because I want to make sure it’s people he feels comfortable wrestling and people he wants to get in the ring with, matches he’s excited about. That’s how we’ve done it this whole time, and we’re gonna keep doing it because Sting’s final run has been I believe one of the great send-offs in wrestling so far. We’re over two-and-a-half years into that retirement run, and at the three-year anniversary of Sting’s comeback match, we’ll celebrate this great three-year run he’s had. He’s been undefeated in AEW, which is pretty amazing. Sting’s had about 20 matches in AEW, and to have that record, to be undefeated, it’s pretty incredible. If he can maintain that record going into Revolution, it’ll really be something to see if Sting can finish his career with that three-year undefeated streak," said Khan.
Sting has faced the likes of FTR (Dax Harwood & Cash Wheeler), The Acclaimed (Anthony Bowens & Max Caster), MJF, Minoru Suzuki, Chris Jericho, Christian Cage, and more during his AEW run.
Sting started his career in 1985 and is one of the most decorated wrestlers in history, winning the NWA World Heavyweight Champion and WCW World Heavyweight Championship on multiple occasions.
Elsewhere during the interview, Khan commented on signing Will Ospreay. You can find his full comments by clicking here.
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