“There’s a Great Unity” – Sting Reveals What Makes AEW a Better Working Place Than WWE

Published 05/30/2021, 10:03 AM EDT


On Sunday at AEW Double or Nothing, pro wrestling legend Sting will have his first in-ring match in nearly six years! He will team up with former TNT Champion and his protege Darby Allin to face the team of Ethan Page and Scorpio Sky.

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Before AEW, Sting had a two-year run with WWE where he feuded with Triple H and Seth Rollins, before announcing his retirement. Last year, he broke out of his retirement to come back to AEW at the Winter Is Coming PPV.

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Ahead of Sunday, Sting spoke with the Paste Magazine about his experience in working with AEW. In his three-decade-long career, the legend has worked with almost every promotion in existence.”

“It is a place where you’ve got a bunch of male and female soldiers all sort of marching in the same direction,” Sting said. “And pretty much everybody’s marching to the same beat. There aren’t really any factions or cliques or groups of people.”

WWE Wrestling: WrestleMania 31: Sting poses in the ring during an event at Levi’s Stadium.
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“Everybody is looking out for everybody, and everybody wants AEW to succeed. Everybody wants… they’re really involved with other matches.” Sting revealed after a good match when a wrestler walks backstage everyone applauds him or her.

“I think there’s a great unity, really, to be honest with you, with almost everybody there in AEW. Something that I’ve never experienced,” he said.

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Sting compares the work environment of AEW to WCW

Sting’s greatest success came with WCW. His loyalty to the company stopped him from going to WWE for almost 15 years. He revealed that the work environment of AEW almost mimics WCW.

Back then WCW had some of the biggest names in wrestling including Hulk Hogan, Kevin Nash, Scott Hall. But their egos never clashed and they all looked out for each other, according to Sting. However, that ended after WWE bought out WCW.

But here, I’d heard that’s the way the atmosphere was in AEW, and I walked into it and have experienced it firsthand now for six months, and that’s exactly the way it is. It starts at the top and filters its way down.

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“Tony [Khan] is a very personable guy, a very approachable guy. I’ve noticed he’s like that with just about everybody. It doesn’t matter who you are. It’s a good atmosphere.”

Fans can’t wait to see Sting and Allin teaming up with each other. Seeing Sting’s words of praise for AEW, it is safe to assume he is willing to be with the company for a long time.

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Angana Roy is a WWE and AEW author for EssentiallySports, having published more than 800 professional wrestling articles. She is currently pursuing higher studies in English language and literature from the University of Calcutta and has over three years of experience in journalism. As a life-long fan of the sports entertainment brand of pro-wrestling, her work consists of live coverage of weekly shows, PPVs, speculating the future course of storylines and everything in between.

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