Should Sting Lose at AEW Revolution?

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Should Sting Lose at AEW Revolution?

Should Sting Lose at AEW Revolution?

January 12, 2024 1:34 AM
Should Sting Lose at AEW Revolution?
AEW News

Does Sting Owe It to a Younger Wrestler to Do the Time-Honored Tradition?

Should Sting lose at AEW Revolution? Sting, whose run in AEW has been nothing short of magical is preparing for his final match at AEW's 3 March pay-per-view. Now, fans are asking whether The Stinger owes it to the business to put his opponent over or whether he should go out undefeated in AEW.

The Time-Honored Tradition

Wrestling's time-honored tradition of a wrestler putting an opponent over before they go to another promotion or retire has been seen countless times in assorted promotions. However, should it apply to Sting?

Sting is undefeated in AEW since his debut at 2 December 2020's Winter is Coming special edition of Dynamite. Some fans and critics were skeptical of whether Sting was up to wrestling but he's convinced many skeptics that he can still go, even if it's in matches that help him work around his physical condition and age.

While Sting has impressed many with his matches, there has been criticism about him not losing to anyone. After all, shouldn't Sting give some of AEW's younger talent the rub by having them beat him?

That hasn't been AEW's policy. Instead, it appears AEW wants Sting to give the rub to the wrestlers he teams with such as Darby Allin rather than losing to wrestlers. Should this change with Sting's final fight? And what of Sting's apparent opponents, The Young Bucks?

Should Sting Wrestle The Young Bucks at Revolution?

While the match hasn't been confirmed, it appears Sting and Darby Allin will face The Young Bucks at Revolution. Sting was preparing to discuss his retirement match on the 10 January Dynamite when Nick and Matt Jackson (aka The Young Bucks showed up). Fightful Select is reporting on the potential match as well as what (if any) say Sting has in his final opponent:

Fightful has learned that Sting has had a major say in who his opponent or opponents will be. We’ve heard that he’s been more keen on continuing to do tag team matches as opposed to a singles match, as he’s indicated in the past

H/T Fightful Select

J.R. also shared his thoughts on what appears to be AEW's direction for Sting's last match, a tag team bout with Darby Allin against The Young Bucks:

‚ÄúI don't have a problem with it. You know you're gonna get second guessed by today's social media world no matter who you put to Sting in Darby against. Young Bucks are trying to kind of reinvent themselves. You can tell by their attire, their appearance. I thought they cleaned it up pretty good, got the little mustaches and so forth. They're looking for a fresh start and that's one way to do it. People are going to say, 'Well, what if they don't want to put so and so over?' I don't look at it that way. This is your job, and so tonight, your job requires you to lose. Let's role. Let's go.‚ÄĚ

However, if Sting and Darby battle the Bucks, should Sting count the lights for them? 

Should Sting Lose at Revolution?

Jim Ross weighed in on whether Sting should lose at Revolution and why it's good for Sting to work in a tag match rather than a singles match.

“No. I hearken back to my disagreement with beating The Undertaker at WrestleMania with Brock Lesnar. It wasn't necessary and I still don't agree with that decision, but in any event, it has happened and people kind of forgot about it and moved on a little bit until guys like me and you bring it up. I like what they're doing with Sting. Sting needs to be in a tag. Don't be stupid. He'll feel more confident. The match will have more action."

H/T WrestleTalk

AEW has done a solid job protecting Sting by putting him into tag team matches, giving him time to take a break (although the 10 January Dynamite Tornado Tag Match involving Sting and Darby Allin against the Don Callis Family’s Powerhouse Hobbs and  Konosuke Takeshita may not have been the best idea). That doesn't mean Sting has taken it easy in AEW. Far from it as he's taken some sick bumps in his matches, some that fans never saw until his current run in AEW.

Sting Should Emerge Victorious

There is no reason for Sting to lose at Revolution. Sting has wisely been kept out of title pictures and kept as a special attraction, a fitting role for someone of his legendary status. Furthermore, Sting has made opponents look good in losing. As some pundits have pointed out, Sting put over Seth Rollins in the WWE during their match at Night of Champions. Sting's AEW run has been a mix of nostalgia and fun. Why ruin it with Sting going out with a loss?

Do you think Sting should lose at Revolution?

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