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BREAKING: ‘The Icon’ Sting Makes Shocking Debut In AEW Dynamite

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The Icon has returned to TNT.

The man they call STING made a shocking appearance this Wednesday night on a special edition of AEW Dynamite – one that the company had heavily promoted as the biggest and most important episode in its young history.


The 61-year-old wrestling legend made his career in the National Wrestling Alliance, arguably becoming the most important figurehead of World Championship Wrestling and its flagship show on the TNT network, Monday NITRO.

It was believed that Sting suffered a career-ending injury during a match with Seth Rollins in 2015, during his short-lived run with WWE. He announced his retirement from professional wrestling the following year while being inducted into the WWE Hall of Fame.

Sting arrived in All Elite Wrestling carrying his signature baseball bat, chasing off Taz, Brian Cage, Ricky Starks and Powerhouse Hobbs, who were in the midst of assaulting AEW coach Arn Anderson.

In the ring, “The Icon” had a very pointed and tense stare down with both the “American Nightmare” – an obvious intergenerational dream match in the making – and TNT Champion Darby Allin, who has been compared to Sting’s “Crow” character by many fans.

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Handcuff Stipulation Added To 1/27 AEW Dynamite Match

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Dax Harwood of FTR is scheduled to face Jungle Boy of Jurassic Express in a singles match on Wednesday’s AEW Dynamite.

While the action inside the ring is expected to proceed like normal, their respective ringside onlookers are going to be restrained. AEW announced on Monday that Cash Wheeler and Tully Blanchard will be handcuffed to Luchasuarus at ringside to prevent outside interference.


Below is the updated lineup for Wednesday:

  • Hangman Page vs. Ryan Nemeth
  • Britt Baker vs. Shanna
  • Dax Harwood vs. Jungle Boy
  • Chris Jericho & MJF vs. Varsity Blonds
  • Eddie Kingston vs. Lance Archer
  • Jon Moxley speaks
  • Cody Rhodes responds to Shaq
  • Darby Allin & Sting address their Street Fight
  • Young Bucks & Good Brothers vs. Dark Order

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Darby Allin Discusses Working With Sting & Being The TNT Champion

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Darby Allin has given his thoughts on working with Sting in recent weeks, and what it has been like to be TNT Champion.

Allin spoke with The Total Slam Podcast where he spoke about working with Sting, who he has been together with since the wrestling legend joined the company.


“I don’t know where it is going and how it came up,” Allin said of their storyline. “I feel like he saw something in me that is almost lost in wrestling today with the creative side of things. I know he saw my videos and it’s something different, and I feel he sees a little bit of himself in me.”

Darby also spoke about getting to be the TNT Champion and the experience he has had with the company since he joined.

“It feels amazing. When I first stepped into AEW and I saw what they had to offer, in my mind I thought I was the poster child of creative freedom. You’ll give me creative freedom and I will show everything I can do here and not elsewhere,” said Allin. “They realized it with all my videos and how I put matches together and it feels really good and that I belong in that spot.

“I was bitter and angry on my independent run because I was a second match card guy and saw the main eventers, and in my mind, I thought there is no reason why I can’t be there. I’m just not taken seriously like I want to be taken. If you give me the opportunity like I did with Cody or with Cage, and I can show everybody that if you give me the ball, you will never get it back.”

Allin is currently set to be part of Sting’s first match back at AEW Revolution, where the duo are set to face Team Tazz members, Brain Cage and Ricky Starks in a street fight. (H/T to WrestlingInc.com for the transcriptions)

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Dax Harwood Reveals He’d Like Chad Gable To Join AEW

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AEW’s Dax Harwood recently spoke about WWE Superstar, Chad Gable, discussing the chemistry they had and how he should join AEW.

Harwood and Gable have a huge history together from their rivalry in WWE with American Alpha and The Revival having some fantastic matches together. When speaking with Arn Anderson as part of a special AdFreeShows watch-along for the ARN podcast, Dax spoke about how you can tell if a wrestler belongs, and why AEW should sign Gable.


“That’s what separates the wrestlers from guys who are playing wrestler. There are guys who can go in there and do some athletic, crazy stuff, and I wish I could. But if you believe in your heart that you’re the best, if believe you’re the biggest badass in the world, nobody can beat you, you’re gonna look legit. I think we should get Gable into AEW, but that’s just my thought.”

Harwood then put over the American Alpha stars as two of the hardest workers they’ve ever wrestled, and how they shook up their matches regularly to keep them fresh.

“Those two guys are two of the hardest working guys I’ve ever been in the ring with. They are the two hardest working guys I have ever been in the ring with. We worked with those guys for I don’t know, four months straight, 5 months straight on these house shows. This is when NXT was picking up and we were going to these house shows every week. Every week, my goal was to change the match. I never wanted to do the same thing, ever. There’s some guys that want, and I can understand, there’s some guys that want to preserve their body and preserve their mind and just get through it, and I get that, but these guys weren’t like that.” (H/T to Fightful.com for the transcriptions)

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