Ricky Starks' Mysterious Absence Stirs Speculation Among AEW Fans

AEW star Ricky Starks' hiatus fuels fan theories.

by Noman Rasool
Ricky Starks' Mysterious Absence Stirs Speculation Among AEW Fans
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With the unknown status of Ricky Starks in All Elite Wrestling, many are wondering if he will ever be back working for the Jacksonville-based promotion. The 34-year-old hasn't wrestled in a ring in upwards of two months, and it remains a situation that is relatively vague despite what AEW President Tony Khan may have insinuated when it came to wanting to see Starks back competing.

Starks is a recognized talent in AEW who was last featured on TV in the March 30 episode of AEW Collision. During the said event, he and his tag team partner at that time, Big Bill, lost their quarterfinal round against Top Flight in the World Tag Team Title tournament.

This preceded his abrupt disappearance from weekly shows, raising so much talk in wrestling circles. Initial speculation had Starks facing disciplinary action for attending a WWE event, reportedly to see his friend Cody Rhodes.

That was quashed quickly, but the actual reason remains a mystery left to fans and pundits' speculation.

Fan Theories Swirl

Online, there has been mixed speculation on what Starks may do. Some have run speculation towards WWE due to the Instagram posts and their tone alone.

"I'm not seeing it. If he chooses WWE, I'll enjoy him there," one fan wrote, while another said, "Nope…next time we see Ricky is on WWE Programming." Others have thrown out more dramatic scenarios, such as trades involving other talent like Ricochet.

The intrigue is added to with the news, according to a recent report by the Wrestling Observer Newsletter, where AEW had mapped out a massive storyline for Starks initially, featuring his eventual betrayal at the hands of Big Bill and turning him babyface.

These plans, however, were nixed out of the blue. While all this speculation prevails, professional wrestling lovers alone shall get behind the accurate updates on Starks' status and plans regarding AEW. Whether it is the path of his career to re-enter the ring or maybe forge a new beginning somewhere else, it will be centrally located in the interests of fans and insiders alike.

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