Sting can change wrestling again with final match at AEW Revolution

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Sting has been a game changer through some of pro wrestling’s biggest moments, and he could be again even after leaving pro wrestling.

The 64-year-old icon, whose real name is Steve Borden, will be in his final match after 39 years in the wrestling industry, when he and Darby Allin take on The Young Bucks at Revolution for the AEW World Tag Team Championship. Sunday from the Greensboro Coliseum in North Carolina, where perhaps the most important game of his career took place.

In 1988, “Surfer Sting”, the NWA’s first modern, colorful superhero, competed against WrestleMania IV in the main event of the first Clash of Champions on free television, defeating the World Champion. It was here that he proved himself in a 45-minute draw with Ric Flair.

WCW’s nWo storyline was taken to the next level thanks to the creation of “Crow Sting,” which put a new spin on babyfaces in the late ’90s. He finally gave the nWo a reliable foil at the highest level. Sting showed he could build a compelling story without saying a word for over a year, even though Starrcade ’97 was lackluster and ended up being his most-purchased PPV in company history. .

Sting has proven time and time again that he is the go-to guy for new brands looking to offer talent and fans an alternative to WWE. TNA joined less than a year after its inception, and AEW joined it two years after its inception. Outside of his injury-shortened WWE stint, Sting has been a champion of opponents at the main event level, something that may never be replicated in today’s wrestling landscape.

This will be Sting’s final match at AEW Revolution. Lee South/AEW

Sting could do another favor for the wrestling industry and its legends on Sunday.

For years, it was customary for wrestlers to do “business” and lose when they were on their way out of the company or when they retired, that is, when a performer did not return for an extended period of performance. And whether it’s Ric Flair retiring from WWE, “Stone Cold” Steve Austin losing to The Rock at WrestleMania, or The Undertaker bringing Shawn Michaels home, if you do it right, that path can be magical. It can be.

But why can’t our heroes get up on top, in the middle of the ring, with their hands raised or gold around their waists, and defeat the villains once again when the situation calls for it? ?

(Yes, The Undertaker did exactly that at WrestleMania 36, ​​but it was a cinematic match that wasn’t originally planned to be the last, and Flair ended up winning in his third retirement go-around.) )

That’s Sting’s chance to do it at Revolution, and he probably will. To reset our thinking about how to say goodbye to a legend. Sting and Allin are undefeated (25-0) during their time together in AEW and are the reigning champions. Sting will be in the ring with three of AEW’s top staffers instead of other aging veterans in an attempt to get his nostalgic taste.

The Young Bucks don’t need the friction and heat that would come from defeating Sting in their last match, even if they’re newly disgusting heels. Just fine the referee who counted the fall $1,000 or claim he did something other than tap out.

The very story of the Young Bucks’ attack on Sting’s sons, Allin’s bloodshed, and the death of Sting’s biological father last week screams the need for a victorious ending. Sting took things to the next level on Wednesday with a chillingly intense promo that might just be his best performance in AEW.

The Young Bucks will be Sting’s final opponent. Lee South/AEW
Sting and Darby Allin will compete in Revolution as the AEW Tag Team Champions. Lee South/AEW

Flair has complained about not being around Sting enough and is exploring options by attending a meeting with the Young Bucks, which could definitely throw a monkey wrench in. But it feels like a horribly flat and overdone angle for Sting to get fucked up by Flair. A suspenseful double-cross between “The Dirtiest Player in the Game” and the Bucks, with everyone raising their hands to celebrate Sting’s victory, feels like the way to go.

And unlike many other fighters, it’s Sting who ends the moment once and for all by actually making this his last match and the last image we see of him as a competitor in the ring. It’s probably a responsibility.

It could be a game-changing moment for the wrestling legend, and proof that the old ways aren’t always the best.

this means war

It’s the babyface promo we’ve been waiting for from Wardlow during his time in AEW. He showed passion, conviction and a natural response to the fact that his first big challenge was a failure and he never got a chance to win a world title despite his overwhelming strength. He spoke with disgust. He talked about CM Punk barely defeating him, crushing MJF before he could become champion, and choking out current champion Samoa Joe.

He referred to himself as the “Uncrowned King” and declared a “declaration of war” before the “Meat Madness” match between Lance Archer and Powerhouse Hobbs at Revolution. Looking at Wardlow’s promo, he seems more like someone who will need an uneasy alliance with the returning MJF going forward, rather than someone looking to cede the world championship to Undisputed Kingdom leader Adam Cole. It sounded like. After much struggle and false starts, Wardlow regained his composure.

Gold is here

New Japan Pro Wrestling has booked Matt Riddle to defeat the real-life president Hiroshi Tanahashi to become the New Japan Pro Wrestling World TV Champion, and New Japan Pro Wrestling has booked Nick Nemeth to defeat David Finlay to become the IWGP Global Champion. , it was a great week for the former WWE star to work with his new company. Shortly into their tenure, they won the championship on the same night.New Japan Pro Wrestling made the headlines and it felt like an attempt to draw attention to the brand in the US.

Then in TNA, Mustafa Ali defeated Chris Sabin in the first match in the main event of No Surrender to win the X Division Championship. Ali’s first major championship in 20 years will be the first test for his rising star and further proof of how rewarding life outside of WWE can be for talented talent in the current wrestling environment. It will be.

ten count

I liked Cody Rhodes’ enthusiasm and determination to go on the offensive and “hunt” Bloodline this time to end Raw, but I don’t like his protection for Paul Heyman, who claimed to have suspended an NYPD officer. I don’t know if what he beat was the best in this segment.

Significantly, AEW has signed former WWE writer and Emmy Award-winning Daytime Soup producer Jennifer Pepperman to work with Tony Khan as Vice President of Live Programming. That should mean a huge commitment from AEW to tell more layered stories, and with the women’s division likely starting with Mercedes Mone, she’s needed as a high-ranking female voice in the creative field. — Coincidentally, his relationship with Pepperman is the same) A close relationship begins with ~.

The Good Brothers appearing on NXT really makes it feel like that’s where talent goes when there’s nothing on the main roster. Hopefully this is the start of a bigger angle across the brand and WWE just finds something to do with them.

Bayley has been one step ahead of Damage CTRL so far, so don’t fall for Dakota Kai’s potential tricks.

Lexis King has a storyline with Mr. Stone and I understand it cost him the match, but seeing King ultimately get crushed by North American Champion Oba Femi was great for this character. I still don’t know if it was the best optics. I think he should have lost the match he was supposed to win.

The House of Black feud with Mark Brisco might be his best use yet. He feels less like a punchline and more like the sympathetic babyface he’s meant to be.

mark briscoe AEW

It felt pretty weird to have Dominik Mysterio and The Judgment Day go after Gunther’s Intercontinental Championship and Imperium when WWE already has a WrestleMania match scheduled with Sami Zayn and Chad Gable. . Could this be the beginning of Judgment Day failing miserably and ultimately collapsing in the coming months?

With the full list of DLC wrestlers for WWE 2K24 set to be announced, CM Punk was somehow left out of the base game and it took a viral movement led by the Voice of the Voiceless to include him. I think it’s very coincidental that the season will pass in a few hours.

Join me in hating off Jake Hager as he unleashes his wrestling superpowers.

Seth Rollins lays the idea of ​​Bloodline taking over WWE even more firmly at the feet of Drew McIntyre after the Scottish Warrior gets a lot of help from the group he once hated, and their match and Cody vs. Roman created the perfect WrestleMania dilemma for the match.

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Wrestler of the week

Rhea Ripley, WWE

Ripley’s rise in WWE has given her the most special opportunity – wrestling in her home country (Australia) for the first time in seven years with her family in the front row of the main event in front of a crowd of over 50,000 people. It is to do. He also won one of the championship’s best matches, a victory over Nia Jax in the main event of Elimination Chamber, and was hailed as a conquering hero, making it more than possible for his heel character to be a babyface. It’s another thing to show that you have sex. Run without any changes.

match to watch

Samoa Joe (c.) vs. Swerve Strickland vs. “Hangman” Adam Page for the AEW World Championship at AEW Revolution. (Sunday, 8 p.m., Bleacher Report)

The AEW World Championship scene is full of possibilities. Strickland seems destined to become the promotion’s first black world champion, but Page continues to be an obstacle and Joe’s reign is only a few months away. Oh, an angry Wardlow is waiting in the wings. AEW has a lot of options on how to position this, and it will have ripple effects for months to come.