Will Hobbs Recalls His Reaction To Sting's AEW Debut, Meeting Sting Backstage

Sting returned to TNT for the first-time since the end of WCW on December 2, 2020 when he made a surprise appearance on AEW Dynamite. 

Sting came out during a segment that saw Team Taz lay a beating on The Nightmare Family, running off the group consisting of Powerhouse Will Hobbs, Ricky Starks, Taz, and Brian Cage. 

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Speaking to Chris Jericho on Talk is Jericho, Hobbs recalled his emotions being in the ring as Sting made his debut. 

"Sting was my dude [growing up]. Not until a couple of hours before," Hobbs said when asked if he knew about Sting showing up. "I still didn't see him. [I wondered] if he was going to appear on the screen or what. When he came out and the snow was coming down, I kid you not, I was looking around and yelling 'Oh my God!' It was so loud out there. I remember watching WCW and when Sting would come out, how the NWO would [react]. I got goosebumps. It's one of the top moments in the company and I was part of it."

When asked about his meeting with Sting backstage, Hobbs said, "He came up to me and thanked me. I'm like, 'Thank you. You were a big influence in my childhood.' He said that meant a lot and looked me in the eyes and I truly appreciated it. I had gotten into my grandma's makeup kit and put my own little facepaint on."

Hobbs then went on to say his grandma would make him "go get the switch" for a whooping after he was caught going through his makeup. 

Sting is set to get back in the ring at AEW Revolution when he teams with Darby Allin in a street fight against Ricky Starks and Brian Cage. 

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