Sting’s AEW Contract Expires “Sometime This Year”
DMagazine recently released an article profiling Sting. In the article, Sting revealed that his current contract with AEW expires “sometime this year” but did not provide an exact date. Sting also revealed that he will be retiring after his current contract ends.
“His deal with AEW expires sometime this year; he won’t say exactly when. When it ends, so will his time behind the face paint.
So many of the guys retire and then they come back, and I thought, ‘I’m not going to be like all the rest of the guys,’” he says. “Just like I said in the beginning, ‘I’m not going to be in this in 45 years.’ And here I am.”
The Young Bucks Comment on The Elite’s Best of Seven Series with Death Triangle
Sports Illustrated held a recent interview with The Young Bucks’ Matt and Nick Jackson. One of the topics discussed included the Young Bucks’ thoughts on their Best of Seven Series with Kenny Omega against Death Triangle. This interview was held prior to this past Wednesday’s AEW Dynamite show.
Nick Jackson – “At first, we kind of hesitated. That changed when we talked. We might not ever get this opportunity again to wrestle three of the best wrestlers in the world, and this will be the seventh time on TV. I guess we were all a little worried that fans might think it’s repetitive, but that was the challenge, and it excited us to make every match a little bit different from one another.”
Matt Jackson – “Wrestling the Lucha Bros. just feels like home. When I started training to become a professional wrestler, I was first taught the style of lucha libre in the beginning, so bracing for intricate arm-drags, head scissors, fast-paced sequences is second nature. We’ve been consistently wrestling them for years now, and have trust in each other. I feel safe when I work with them—like I can do anything. No idea is too crazy. Nothing is impossible or too ambitious. With them, I can do anything and the impossible is possible. They’re our current greatest opponents.
So our goal quickly became: How can we top every match from before? How can we tell different stories every time? Can we keep fans’ interest? Every wrestling fan assumes it’ll go seven matches, so how do we keep the suspense? At this point in our career, the most fun part of wrestling is a good challenge. And I think we’ve all collectively done a fine job at answering the challenge that came with this.”
On the topic of not being with Kenny Omega for his match against Will Ospreay at New Japan Pro Wrestling’s Wrestle Kingdom 17 event earlier this month, the Young Bucks stated:
Nick Jackson – “We were actually asked to wrestle and be in Kenny’s corner. But Matt and I had vacation plans that week. Maybe next year. Who knows?”
Matt Jackson – “We got a fantastic offer. Personally, the timing and the situation didn’t fit for us. I’m sure one day you’ll see us back in a NJPW ring.”
AEW News & Notes
The New York Times recently released an article profiling Danhausen. During the interview portion of the article, Danhausen stated that he does not have any interested in signing with WWE in the future.
Andrade El Idolo recently posted a cryptic photo on Twitter featuring his entrance mask in a bag and the word of “Bye.” While responding to a fan question about why he does not follow his brother-in-law Conrad Thompson on Twitter, Andrade stated to Thompson that “someday I will be with you in the podcasts and I will talk about everything….Sueña Interesante!”
A new updated version of the official box art for AEW Fight Forever was recently released. This new cover no longer features CM Punk and replaced with Kenny Omega as the new center piece star. This new cover also features Hangman Adam Page, Sting, MJF, Orange Cassidy, Bryan Danielson, and Briit Baker joining the cast of previously revealed AEW talent for the cover.
This past Wednesday’s AEW Dynamite show in Los Angeles, California featured the return of ring announcer Justin Roberts. Prior to his return, Roberts had been away from the company for the past several weeks due to his mother dealing with a serious illness that required hospitalization.
Pro Wrestling Illustrated recently announced that MJF won their awards for Feud of the Year and Most Hated Wrestler for 2022. MJF celebrated the occasion on Instagram which drew the ire of CM Punk over a photo posted by MJF that revealed he had taped over Punk’s name on PWI’s plaque for his Feud of the Year award. Punk responded to MJF’s post stating “Maybe find some tape for the ratings so nobody sees those either.”