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Der Sting-Abschied von AEW war in vielerlei Hinsicht perfekt

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Darby Allin plunged approximately 20 feet through a glass pane onto the ground, spent a good five to ten minutes having medical personnel at the ring pick glass shards from his back, and handed Sting his final comeback and victory, making it perhaps the third or fourth best match on AEW’s „Revolution“ on Sunday night. This is the kind of AEW that always seems to pass the test of their PPVs, even if their weekly television can sometimes falter.

„Revolution“ was not just a fitting title for the AEW show, but also for where it stands between what was and what is to come. With Sting’s retirement match as the centerpiece, it was also the in-ring debut (at least as a full-time player on the roster and not just as a guest) of Will Ospreay, just a week or two before AEW welcomes Kazuchika Okada and Mercedes Mone (Sasha Banks) into the fold. Alongside Bryan Danielson winding down his full-time career, AEW is definitely shedding one skin after another.

Sting’s match may have been the perfect metaphor for what AEW was and will be – a healthy and passionate reverence for the past (the montage before Sting’s entrance was masterfully done) while adapting to a different style of wrestling that wasn’t seen on television before the company’s inception. Sting’s sons accompanied him to the ring, dressed as different eras of their father’s character (Surfer Sting and nWo Wolfpac), and minutes later, Allin crashed through that glass pane. The Young Bucks paid homage to Ric Flair’s final match by kicking him in the head at first (feel free to replay that) and poking fun at Shawn Michaels‘ „I Love You“ in that match before superkicking Sting. This, of course, triggered the final phase of the match where Sting emerged victorious. Here was a legend of the past in a modern game, not only looking good but also solidifying his status.

AEW played Sting’s final hurrah in wrestling perfectly since his emergence during the pandemic. They elevated him just enough to make it feel like a special occasion, used him to turn everyone he encountered into stars, and treated him like a demi-god gifted to them. His farewell was equally perfect, a tribute to nearly 40 years in the ring and a thank you for the way he has pushed the newest major company forward. And for being crazy enough in his sixties to jump off things through other things. In AEW, Sting was more like Jeff Hardy than Jeff Hardy himself.

While Sting’s final match was the pinnacle, one could easily argue that it wasn’t the apex. Danielson and Eddie Kingston went out and simply delivered an All Japan Wrestling „King’s Road“ match because they felt like it, with plenty of strikes and submissions, each move seemingly meant to expose the opponent’s guts. Every facet of the match was built on Danielson finally relenting and showing Kingston the respect he deserves, and although Danielson will be around for a few more months, it was also based on Kingston picking up his torch as the Wrestler Of The People after Danielson’s departure. Both are guys who grew up watching grainy tapes and fan feeds, somehow just hopping over the barricade into the locker room.

Shortly after, Ospreay announced his presence and claim to be the best wrestler in the world by hosting a Wrestle Kingdom main event in North Carolina with Konuske Takeshita. Sometimes it feels like Ospreay is still battling the criticism of his match with Ricochet years ago that involved all sorts of flips and dives but was mocked by some as a gymnastics routine. He had the perfect dance partner in Takeshita, as both are top-tier athletes, but he mastered the blend of acrobatics with powerful and impactful moves that left the crowd in awe and created a much more layered match. They could do the following:

Or this:

Or this:

They hit every gear, mood, and pace, and Takeshita seems once again destined to be the star that anchors the company for a decade or more.

If all that wasn’t our cup of vodka, Christian Cage and Daniel Garcia kicked off the show with an old-fashioned, sneaky trick, maneuvering the more talented, younger face around the TNT Title. It may have been „Wrestling 101,“ but it was flawlessly executed, much like most of Cage’s run as the biggest scoundrel in wrestling.

Oh, and the Blackpool Combat Club and FTR had a tag match, and Toni Storm and Deonna Purazzo put on a barnburner for the women’s championship. These would have been the top matches on a Dynamite in a regular week, and likely by a wide margin.

With the arrival of big names on the horizon, AEW is not necessarily saying goodbye to what it has done before. Sting and Danielson/Kingston were nods to what influenced and built the company. Takeshita vs. Ospreay was a teaser of what’s to come next. It’s tough to drive both at the same time, but that’s an AEW thing.

Anyway, looking forward to Cody and Roman doing the five-minute train next month. It’s sure to be great.

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