Cody Rhodes, an AEW superstar and two-time TNT champion, recently spoke to Inside the Ropes about the legendary Sting, and how he still hopes to have a dream match with him now that he’s on the AEW roster. The following are some of the highlights from the interview.
Talks about Sting joining AEW:
“Tony is the only owner of Sting. He allowed me in on the process, and I was able to assist in certain ways, but I believe he did so out of respect for my fandom. Growing up, Sting was my favourite wrestler, and he was a significant part of my youth. I’ve modelled a lot of the babyface I’d like to have after Sting’s babyface. So it’s huge for him to be a part of what we do.”
Sting was cleared to compete thanks to AEW’s excellent medical team:
“Having a solid medical staff is crucial to getting him approved. I can’t say enough good things about Doc Sampson and his plans for AEW. After Double Or Nothing, I returned through the curtain and was offered a bottle of electrolytes by one of the Young Lion type medical trainees he has on hand because he always has a group of interns and students. I mean, I’m not a big believer in a lot of those things. I’m an amateur wrestler from back in the day. At least, that’s what I aim to be. But that is how you keep your job. It’s the cold baths, the kinesiology, and the genuine nutrition attention to detail. Sting decided to join the healthiest company he could find. And it wasn’t just a matter of getting him certified; he’ll have to accomplish that through his and our doctors, but more importantly, I’m not sure we anticipated Sting would have a “match”. I didn’t believe he could have a match until I watched the level of tension in the cinematic—probably more intense than a real 12- to 15-minute match. You’re only as good as your dancing partner, and when people talk about someone who may be medically challenged—they may have a disability, they may have a problem—we protect them. It is our responsibility to safeguard that.”
Wants dream match with Sting:
“I was passionate about wanting to do a match with him, and while it’s not anything that’s been talked or contracted or anything like that, I still hope it happens while he’s here. He’s such a big part of who I am, and he was such a jerk to me when he showed up the second week, which I love. And I admire his admiration for my father. A huge part of what we do is sting. What a different company when you have Sting and Jack Evans working together. That is something AEW excels at. It’s a very diverse cast.”