Sting Reveals How He Prepared For His In-Ring Return At Revolution

Five and a half years after wrestling his final match in WWE, Sting made an illustrious in-ring return at the AEW Revolution pay-per-view.

The wrestling legend teamed up with Darby Allin to face Brian Cage and Ricky Starks in a cinematic Street Fight. The 61-year-old and the AEW TNT Champion emerged victorious.

So with that, Sting's match with Seth Rollins (for the WWE World Heavyweight Championship) at Night of Champions 2015 won't go down as the final match of his historic career.

After Sting debuted for AEW at the Winter Is Coming special, it was revealed that AEW held plans for him to wrestle. So how did Sting prepare for his first match in over five years?

During an interview with Bleacher Report, Sting revealed that Tony Khan offered to send a ring to his house. The Icon happily accepted, marking the starting point of his return to the squared circle.

"After five-and-a-half years of not being in a ring, there was some rust on me, for sure, especially with guys in the ring like Darby, Ricky Starks and Brian Cage. These guys are incredible," Sting said. "Tony Khan asked me if I wanted a ring sent to my house and thankfully, I have a barn that is insulated with climate control.

"We put the ring in there, and I had to get used to running the ropes again, and it was an eye-opener for me. It was a challenge. I didn't recover as quick as I used to. It was grueling. I had a lot of work to get my cardio ready to go and get into good physical condition. It was tougher than it's ever been but I got there."

Sting's tenure with the WWE was widely viewed as a disappointment. For one, the company never went with the ultimate dream match against The Undertaker, which The Vigilante wanted.

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The decision to have Sting fall to Triple H in his WWE debut match at WrestleMania 31 was also heavily criticized. After that, Sting only wrestled two more matches in WWE before retiring at the 2016 Hall of Fame induction ceremony.

Sting left the WWE last year following the expiration of his contract. AEW has already made strong use out of the WWE Hall of Famer, and he certainly doesn't look like somebody who's close to calling it quits a second time.

Sting Has Been A Grade-A Addition For AEW

AEW has capitalized on Sting's star power and popularity. He is the perfect fit in this promotion, and for Sting's giant fanbase, it's nice to see him finish out his career on a super high note. WWE wouldn't give Sting the proper sendoff he deserves, but AEW promises to supply it.

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