Tony Khan Makes Tribute To The AEW Career Of Sting

Tony Khan opened up on Sting's AEW run ahead of retirement

Sting will walk into the ring later tonight at AEW Revolution for one last time before closing the book on his professional wrestling career and entering retirement, after appearing on his last episode of Dynamite earlier this week. Many names from across the wrestling world have poured out tributes over the last week in anticipation for this huge event and moment, and one of those names is Tony Khan.

Sting’s current boss and President of AEW Tony Khan took to X to issue a tribute to Sting and his run in AEW, detailing how their working relationship came together and how it progressed through the years. 

“Tomorrow night, Sunday, March 3, the Greensboro Coliseum in North Carolina will be packed for AEW: Revolution, and fans from around the world will be watching live on pay-per-view to witness the well-deserved sendoff for professional wrestling’s most enduring icon: Sting. Sting first contacted me about All Elite Wrestling in 2020, expressing interest in a comeback. Seizing the opening, I convinced him to make a surprise return to TNT, 25 years after his first appearance on the network, at AEW Dynamite: Winter Is Coming. 

“Sting in AEW would fit like a glove. The Stinger had kept himself in incredible condition, and for his return to the ring, I recommended a partnership that grew to be a bond far stronger than any wrestling hold. In our early phone conversations about a comeback, I told Sting that I saw a great deal of him in a tremendous young wrestler named Darby Allin, and I thought that they could be a great team, although I never imagined what close friends they'd become outside the ring as well. Sting's surprise arrival in AEW kicked off a mentor-protégé relationship with Darby Allin, which led to a tag team street fight at AEW: Revolution 2021 against Team Taz, Ricky Starks and Brian Cage, as Sting stepped in the ring again for the first time in years. Sting and Darby continued teaming in exciting matches for years to come on TNT and TBS, leaping off of stages, balconies, and ladders with reckless abandon as they accumulated an undefeated record. Finally, they captured the AEW World Tag Team Championship, and they went to bask in the glory of a victory celebration with Sting's family, only to have the timeless moment stolen in an abominable attack by AEW's jealous EVPs, Matthew and Nicholas Jackson, going against everything that the company is meant to represent when they desecrated a legend and hurt Sting's loved ones. And now, at AEW: Revolution, this Sunday, 3 years after the comeback began, it all comes down to one last grudge match, The Final Showtime: Sting and Darby Allin defending the AEW World Tag Team Championship against Matthew and Nicholas Jackson, the Young Bucks.

“Before we all gather on Sunday to witness the culmination of one of the greatest runs in wrestling history, the AEW locker room and Sting’s family wanted to share their favorite memories in tribute to The Icon himself. We cannot thank him enough for everything he’s given us over his nearly 40-year career.”

The biggest takeaways to this tribute are details such as Sting reaching out to AEW first rather than the other way around, and it being Tony Khan’s idea pitching his partnership with Darby Allin. Sting will team up with Allin at Revolution tonight to defend the AEW World Tag Team Championships against The Young Bucks, before sailing into retirement.

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