Report: Sting Signed With AEW Due To Unhappiness With WWE Run

"The Icon" wants one more run...

With the onset of "winter" came the AEW debut of Sting.

The 61-year old, 14-time World champion made his first appearance for All Elite Wrestling on Wednesday night's episode of Dynamite, interrupting Team Taz's attack on Cody Rhodes, brother Dustin, and TNT champion Darby Allin.

It was previously reported that Sting signed a "multi-year, full-time" deal with AEW, though to what degree he'll be involved is not currently known. 

He retired in 2015, after sustaining a serious neck/spine injury during a WWE title bout with Seth Rollins at that year's Night of Champions, so one would think that if Sting were to wrestle for AEW, it'd be limited.

According to a report from Louis Dangoor of WrestleTalk, one of Sting's motivations for signing with AEW was due to his unhappiness with his WWE run. His year spent as a part-time wrestler included the aforementioned match with Rollins, as well as a feud into WrestleMania 31 with Triple H that dredged up long-buried WWE/WCW hostilities, and resulted in a Triple H victory.

Dangoor's report says that Sting, "joined AEW to do “something good” for the fans for his final full-time gig."

Sting is scheduled to appear on this Wednesday's edition of AEW Dynamite, where he'll be interviewed by longtime colleague Tony Schiavone.

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In addition to writing lists and commentaries for Cultaholic, Justin is also a features writer and interviewer for Fighting Spirit Magazine, and is co-author of the WWE-related book Titan Screwed: Lost Smiles, Stunners, and Screwjobs.