Dave Meltzer Discusses Sting Retirement Ideas with AEW Tony Khan

Exploring the impending conclusion of a wrestling legend’s journey.

by Atia Mukhtar
Dave Meltzer Discusses Sting Retirement Ideas with AEW Tony Khan
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In an emotional revelation during the October 18 edition of "AEW Dynamite," the iconic Sting declared his intention to hang up his boots, earmarking AEW Revolution 2024 for his swan song. The wrestling world has since been abuzz with speculation and suggestions concerning the opponent worthy enough to share the ring with him in his final match.

Meltzer's Blueprint for Sting

Dave Meltzer, an esteemed journalist from "Wrestling Observer," lent his voice to the conversation on a recent episode of the "McGuire on Wrestling" podcast. Meltzer not only offered his insights but disclosed a personal outreach to AEW’s CEO, Tony Khan, sharing a potential blueprint for Sting’s retirement.

“I’m not certain if it was a call or an email, but I made sure to reach out to Tony Khan following the spectacular retirement match of Great Muta,” Meltzer elucidated. “I told him, ‘This, this is the pattern you might want to consider.’ It’s essential to look at how Pro Wrestling NOAH impeccably orchestrated everything for ideas when it’s Sting’s time”.

Great Muta’s retirement bout, a tag team spectacle involving Sting and Darby Allin against Hakushi, AKIRA, and Naomichi Marufuji, transpired on January 22. This event was of particular resonance given Sting and Muta’s storied rivalry and partnership that traces back to April of 1989, making their shared ring time a poetic nod to their history.

The wrestling community continues to weigh in on this impending monumental event. Former AEW Women’s Champion Thunder Rosa expressed her view that Sting’s final dance should be against his mentee, Darby Allin. Eric Bischoff, on his “Strictly Business” podcast, echoed Rosa’s sentiment, suggesting Allin as a fitting choice, while also floating the name of WWE Hall of Famer Ric Flair into the mix.

As the anticipation continues to build, the wrestling world watches, waits, and speculates on how AEW will curate this historic farewell, ensuring that the Stinger's illustrious career receives the grand finale it rightfully deserves.

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