Post by justsomeguy on Feb 18, 2021 13:59:51 GMT -5
Thats just it, He doing what he wants. Nobody held a gun to his head to sign with AEW in the first place. There are things he wanted to and that why he signed. The guy has millions in the bank or he should being he was a top player all his career in major wrestling companies for the last 30 years plus. The guy was never known to live a lavish live style like a Flair has. He here now because he wants to be and clearly wants to end his career on a better note.
I'm not expecting to see the Sting of old but the guy always seem to take pre good care of himself. As lonbg he can do his man spots which outside the Scorpion Death Drop, are all non back bump moves. If he can take a powerbomb, even that move isn't out of the question but I sure limit how many times he does it.
No one held a gun to Undertaker/Flair/Hogan/Goldberg/Kane/Big Show's heads either and forced them to keep wrestling but it didn't stop a lot of people over the years saying they were too old and should retire. Hell, you're seeing it right now in NOAH with Muto at almost 60 being a shell of his former self winning the world title in a poor match and a lot of their fanbase think he shouldn't be wrestling anymore, let alone in big marquee matches.
If it was just a one-off cinematic thing to put over someone that would be one thing but with the news that he's signed a 3 year deal I think some people are worried that this 62 year old dude whose peak was 25-30 years ago is going to go over Starks/Cage then continue to have high profile matches for a good while yet. Remember it was just recently that a broken down, unable to walk without a limp Matt Hardy twice went over a guy in Sammy Guevara who should be a future star. In fact, never mind future, even in 2021 Sammy should be on a higher level than Matt and not losing to him.
And it's not just an AEW thing. WWE having 53 year old Goldberg coming out on top over arguably their biggest kayfabe threat in The Fiend is probably even worse than 3 of AEW's up and coming stars backing down from Sting for two months straight and potentially losing a match to him. And speaking of Sting himself, he was arguably booked ridiculously strong in TNA for an older, part-time guy. He literally won the main event of their biggest show of the year 3 years straight when he was a semi-retired guy who wrestled 6-12 matches a year. When he beat Jarrett in 06 that was fine, when he beat Angle in 07 that was a little worse but Angle was a made guy anyway but then him going over Joe in 08 really took it too far. Then he returned again in 2011 when he was in his 50s and had really slowed down in the ring and won the world title again. On top of the physical issues, it can be a booking nightmare using these kind of guys in ways that don't make a lot of the current, full-time guys play second fiddle. As TNT champion Darby should in theory be the number two guy in the company right now but he's coming across as Sting's little sidekick.