Sting and Darby Allin vs. Brian Cage and Ricky Starks at AEW Revolution will not take place live in front of the sold out audience of 1,300 fans, and was pretaped as a cinematic match last night. Kurt Angle ‘pulled out’ of being the AEW Revolution surprise.
Sports Illustrated’s Justin Barrasso wrote on Twitter, “AEW Revolution note: The Team Taz-Darby Allin/Sting Street Fight was filmed ahead of time and is said to be a massive success.
The match highlights Sting while ensuring he worked in as safe of an environment as possible; allowed Ricky Starks and Brian Cage to have some star-making moments; and gave Darby Allin — who had a chance to apply his film school background — more chances to be a daredevil.”
This will be Sting’s first match in 5 and a half years, with his last match coming at WWE Night of Champions in September 2015 when he suffered a spinal stenosis injury against Seth Rollins in a WWE title match that caused him to collapse and seemingly ended his wrestling career.
Sting was inducted into the WWE Hall of Fame in 2016 and announced his retirement, but a year ago seemed to reconsider, trying to get a cinematic match with Undertaker. He left WWE in mid-2020 and signed with AEW in December. Christian meeting with a big AEW name was just revealed.