A few weeks ago Sting confirmed that he will be retiring in 2024 when he declared that his final match will take place at the AEW Revolution pay-per-view. Tony Khan later announced that he had a gift for Sting, and the gift turned out to be Ric Flair who made his AEW debut on Dynamite last week.
Sting talked about Ric Flair’s arrival during a recent interview with Sports Illustrated, and he indicated that we’re going to be seeing a lot of The Nature Boy in the months to come.
“I’ve never mentioned this to the press, or even in the dressing room, but real men cry. I’ve been emotional, full of tears, twice in my career. The first was Panama City when Ric and I had the last WCW match on Nitro. The second was last week on Dynamite. When Ric came out and I heard his music play, it hit me. I had this flashback, and it made me emotional. Ric is the guy who put me on the map. We’ve traveled around the world together, and Ric helped make me. Now he’s going to finish with me. After all the travel, all the matches, all the press slams, all the chops, and all the woos–woooo!–I experienced the same feeling on Dynamite this past week with Ric that I did on that final Nitro. Except this time, it was so much more positive.”
Sting also revealed that he originally wanted to retire in December, but noted that plans changed with Ric Flair coming in when he said, “I wanted to finish earlier, maybe in December. But now that Ric is here with me, I want to go longer, all the way to Revolution.”
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