Despite retiring from professional wrestling when he was inducted into the WWE Hall of Fame in 2016, Sting has remained an active wrestler since joining AEW in 2020. Higher levels of age are rare in business, and he admitted to D magazine that he never intended to do it.
“I swore to myself, ‘I’m never going to be one of those people.’ I looked at people and thought, ‘Why do they stay there so long?'” he says. “I don’t know. Make some money, do what you want, and get out.”
Wrestling retirements are always hard to believe. Because very few people really walk away from the ring when they claim it’s over, with players like Mick Foley, Shawn Michaels and most recently Ric Flair making at least one of his more over the last few years. I withdrew the match.
“Like I said the first time, ‘I’m not going to be in this in 45 years,'” he said.
Sting is yet to be out in 2023 and his most recent match was Full Gear last November, when he and Darby Allin teamed up to defeat Jeff Jarrett and Jay Lethal. He had knee surgery. However, he and Arin are slated to return to the ring soon, as they will face Shirashi, AKIRA, and Naomichi Marufuji on January 22, teaming with Keiji Mutoh for the latter’s retirement match.