Sting profiled by magazine, article notes that his AEW deal expires 'sometime this year'

Originally published at https://www.postwrestling.com/2023/01/12/sting-profiled-by-magazine-article-notes-that-his-aew-deal-expires-sometime-this-year/

A longform article about Sting. 

At AEW Winter Is Coming 2020, Sting made his All Elite Wrestling debut and shortly after, it was revealed that he signed a multi-year deal with the company. 

Present day, Sting is paired on-screen with the reigning TNT Champion Darby Allin. There is a longform article centered around Sting that Mike Piellucci of D Magazine wrote. It is noted in the article that although Sting did not give exact details, his deal with AEW is up ‘sometime this year’. 

Borden knows only that it’s soon. His deal with AEW expires sometime this year; he won’t say exactly when. When it ends, so will his time behind the face paint.

It is also noted in the piece that Sting’s daughter-in-law, Katelyn, is a member of AEW’s social media team and is training to become a wrestler. 

He has a few more matches for Gracie, now 22 years old, to appreciate her father’s career in a way she never could as a child. He’s got a little while longer to work in the same company as his daughter-in-law, Katelyn, who is on AEW’s social media team and is training to be a wrestler.

Looking back at how he thought his career would pan out, Sting expressed that he never thought he’d be the guy that is hanging around wrestling after ‘retiring’ and joked that he’s one of those guys ten times over. 

I swore to myself, ‘I’m never going to be one of those guys,’ and I’m one of those guys 10 times over.

So many of the guys retire and then they come back, and I thought, I’m not going to be like all the rest of the guys. Just like I said in the beginning, ‘I’m not going to be in this in 45 years.’ And here I am.

AEW President Tony Khan was interviewed and he touched on WWE’s utilization of Sting. He does not get how any company could have him under contract and not get the most out of him. 

He [Sting] definitely had a lot more to offer than he’d be asked or allowed to show (during his time in WWE). To know that a wrestling company could have somebody like Sting—or really, specifically, Sting himself, because there’s nobody like Sting—under contract, and he would want to work, and they wouldn’t want to use him, it makes no sense to me. I don’t care what company it is, what time. I don’t care how many people you have under contract. If Sting wants to be active, and you have Sting on your roster, why wouldn’t you utilize him?

After Darby won the TNT Championship on January 4th, Sting came out to celebrate with him in Darby’s hometown of Seattle, Washington.