Sting has addressed the comparisons that some fans have made between AEW, and WCW in its early days.
AEW has established itself as WWE’s biggest competition in the US since WCW. Some fans have argued that this is not where the similarities between the two companies stop, comparing AEW’s recent influx of ex-WWE names with WCW hiring the likes of Hulk Hogan, Scott Hall and Kevin Nash.
In the post-AEW Revolution media scrum, Sting explained the differences in the two promotions’ backstage dynamics.
Noting that talent want to perform for Khan like he’s a player-coach, Sting said:
“I think it starts from the top and works its way down. We had a period of time with WCW where Eric Bischoff came on board and Hogan, Hall, Nash, the nWo, Buff Bagwell, Lex Luger, The Steiner Brothers, Big Poppa Pump. But everybody was pointing in the same direction, and marching to the same beat for about a year. Maybe 18 months if we are lucky. And that was the best time ever in wrestling for me.
“But with AEW — and it started with Eric and worked its way down — with AEW, it’s Tony Khan telling you he’s a people person. I watch him talk with the grips, moving cable around, and he really cares about his talent and treats everybody with respect. He’s a giver, you know? So, he’s like a player-coach almost, you want to perform for the guy.”
On Wednesday’s edition of Dynamite, Sting and Darby Allin ran in to fight alongside Matt Hardy, who was getting beaten down by Andrade El Idolo and the Hardy Family Office. Jeff Hardy then made his AEW debut, which you can read more about right here.
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