In one of the more odd news stories already this year, the case of a leaked photo of AEW star Ricky Starks backstage at WWE Royal Rumble.
And while Starks himself had a hilarious response to the viral snap when it first happened, it is still an odd tale.
Starks was spotted on security cam footage backstage at the Royal Rumble with Cody Rhodes that then somehow got shared around online, thereby sensationalizing his very presence at the event.
While Cody Rhodes himself has commented on the alleged gaffe in interviews, now Ricky Starks has spoken out.
Talking to the incomparable Stephanie Chase, Starks said of his attendance to support Cody Rhodes at the Royal Rumble:
“It was important to me because that’s my friend. That’s a guy who has helped me out through a neck injury. That’s a guy who had helped me out through my career, even before AEW, when I was an extra at SmackDown. This guy talked to me and gave me advice when he didn’t have to,”
“That’s what’s important. I don’t give a shit, and I want everyone who’s watching this to do this verbatim. I don’t give a shit if there’s some tribalism from the fans. I don’t care if someone from my company or over there thinks it’s a bad look. I don’t give a f**k. That is my friend.
“One thing about me is I’m genuinely going to be a friend no matter what, and if you ride for me, I’m gonna ride for you. So it’s important that I go there and see a guy who is ultimately on the biggest chapter of his career. It was important for me to be there because I would want the same damn thing.
“Like I said, I don’t care what tribalism happens from the fans, from the people I work with, over there, it was important for me to go and support my friend on one of the biggest nights of his life because that’s what friends do.
“If there’s one thing about me, it’s that I’m a genuine down-ass person that will ride for my friends, and nobody will question me for that. I refuse to let anybody question me. Or even try to give me any type of pushback on it. Because I’m a grown-ass person, I can do that.”
The grown-ass person Ricky Starks is set to have a giant career moment of his own, this Sunday at the upcoming pay-per-view, AEW Revolution.
Starks will take on Chris Jericho with the rest of the Jericho Appreciation Society banned from ringside.
You can read more about AEW’s upcoming pay-per-view, AEW Revolution by clicking this link.
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