As the article highlighted, the company released a teaser trailer for the event in which Miro — formerly known as Rusev — asked, “Who is going to create the next big moment?”
The trailer was ambiguous and didn’t leave much in the way of clues. However, Miro’s words suggested that a debut could be on the cards, and the timing of the video is interesting.
According to Wrestling Inc, PWInsider pointed out that WWE pulled all of Sting’s merchandise from its online store on Friday.
Merchandise is typically removed from the store when the company has parted ways with a performer. It happened to Brock Lesnar when he became a free agent earlier this year, fueling speculation about his future as well.
The Wrestling Inc article also noted that Sting hasn’t been included in the company’s latest video game and action figure series. It appears as if WWE is no longer contractually obligated to be aligned with “The Icon” in any way.
Sting also left the promotion on his own accord. As The Inquisitr reported, his contract expired earlier this year. Chris Jericho dropped hints that Sting could appear on AEW television afterward, though he may just have been trolling fans.
The latest episode of Dynamite also featured a nod to the former WCW World Heavyweight Champion. During Cody Rhodes’ TNT Championship match with Orange Cassidy, Darby Allin — Rhodes’ Full Gear opponent — watched from the rafters, much like Sting did during his heyday.
Sting also has a storied history with the TNT network as he was a permanent fixture on WCW television when it aired on the channel. Bringing the veteran in for a nostalgic pop could make sense in many ways. AEW is also known for bringing back the defunct promotion’s legends, as evidenced by Eric Bischoff’s recent appearance.
It’s possible that Sting could play a part in the TNT Championship match. Rhodes’ current manager is Arn Anderson, a member of the Four Horsemen faction and long-standing rival of Sting’s from back in the day. Perhaps the Hall of Famer will show up to pass the torch to Allin.
Sting was forced to retire from in-ring competition in 2015 after picking up an injury in a match with Seth Rollins. However, several performers have returned from career-ending injuries in the recent past, so he might be interested in competing again.