Sting Is Doing Incredible As AEW’s Oldest Wrestler

Hamish Woodward


Sting is AEW’s oldest full-time wrestler and has been killing it so far. His partnership with Darby Allin has lit a fire under the Icon and he still has a lot left in the tank despite being 63 years old.

AEW Wrestler Sting, known as “The Icon” was born on March 20, 1959, making him currently 63 years old. The legendary WCW and TNA wrestler has been wrestling since 1985 when he was 26 years old. His career has spanned nearly 40 years, wrestling in the CWA, UWF, Jim Crockett Promotions, WCW, WWA. TNA, WWE and finally AEW.

He made his name in the 1990s, wrestling for the Georgia-based World Championship Wrestling (WCW). In WCW, he was involved in legendary matches with the likes of Ric Flair, Hulk Hogan and Vader, and became a seven-time world champion in the process.

After WCW folded in 2001, he moved to World Wrestling All-Stars (WWA) where he became a one-time world champion in the company. Despite drawing well oversees, the company was a flop and folded just a few years later.

After that, he joined up with Jeff Jarrett’s Total Nonstop Action (TNA). It was in TNA he would add a new chapter to his legacy, being the face of the company, winning five World Championships in the promotion and becoming an even bigger legend in wrestling. He would slow down considerably toward the end of his run but still keep up to an excellent standard of wrestling despite his age.

Signing with WWE at 55

Sting was in his mid 50s when he finally left TNA and signed with Vince McMahon’s WWE. At 55 years old, he made his WWE debut at Survivor Series 2014, attacking Triple H to set up their Wrestlemania 31 match up. It was his first match for a major American company since 2001, and fans were at a fever pitch to see how Sting could still go.

Despite being the overwhelming favourite, and in his first WWE match ever, Sting would be defeated by Triple H at Wrestlemania. It was a fun match, with D-Generation X and the NWO running in to attack both men in the match. It was the Monday Night Wars played out inside the ring, with the NWO and DX two of the biggest factions of the era, with Sting the face of WCW in 1990s.

After his loss to Triple H, Sting would had three more matches in WWE. A match with the Big Show on Monday Night Raw ended in a DQ, with it immediately being changed into a tag match, where the 56 year old Sting tagged with John Cena, with him being victorious. He would later lose to Seth Rollins at Summerslam 2015, suffering a severe neck injury that would not cause him retire from the ring, temporarily.

Sting was later inducted into the WWE Hall of Fame in 2016, where he announced his retirement from wrestling inside a WWE ring. He was later released by WWE in 2020 and moved to All Elite Wrestling (AEW)

Debuting in AEW

Sting made his debut in AEW in November 2020, at AEW Winter is Coming. Sting was 61 years old when he made his AEW debut, when he interrupted Team Tazz attacking Darby Allin, Cody Rhodes and the Nightmare Factory. He fought off Team Tazz with trusty bat, before forming a partnership with young star Darby Allin.

With Darby Allin being 29 and Sting being 63 currently, it is one of the biggest age gaps between tag team partners of all time. They are currently undefeated as a tag team, beating teams like Team Taz, 2.0 and FTR. They recently teamed with CM Punk to beat the Pinnacle on AEW Dynamite.

Sting is 63 years old and at the tail end of his career. He looks set to end his career by taking on Darby Allin in a singles match in AEW. Sting vs Darby Allin looks like it will be the last match Sting ever wrestles in, but as the pair are still currently a top tag team in AEW, it could be a while before we see that match, despite Sting’s age.

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