Sting originally considered December for AEW retirement

Ric Flair is set to help Sting ride into the sunset.

Two weeks ago, Sting revealed his final match will take place at AEW Revolution 2024. He recently told Sports Illustrated that he wanted to retire earlier but having Flair in AEW has motivated him to continue until next March's pay-per-view. 

“I wanted to finish earlier, maybe in December,” Sting said. “But now that Ric is here with me, I want to go longer, all the way to Revolution.”

Flair was Tony Khan's gift to Sting on last week's Dynamite. It was one of only two times in his career that Sting says he's been emotional on-air. 

“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,” Sting continued. “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.”

As for what Sting has planned for the final months of his career, all he will say is that he wants to leave people with a memory that will mean something. 

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“All I can say for now is I want people to walk away and say, ‘Wow, what an ending,’” Sting continued. “I’ll be three weeks away from turning 65 at that point. I want to leave people with a memory that will mean something.”

Neither Sting nor Flair has been announced for tonight's AEW Dynamite in Louisville, Kentucky. 

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