Speaking to Barstool Rassilin’, AEW President Tony Khan has detailed exactly how he believes the use of legends in AEW can benefit the product. Talking about his experience working with Sting in AEW, Khan had this to say:
“Sting, who is very much a star of today… I’ll be honest, I don’t know how you could screw it up with Sting. Because I’ve been working with Sting now for the last seven months. This is the easiest, greatest man that I have ever known. And he wanted to work! He wasn’t looking for a $20 bajillion either, I’ll be honest with you. He would be very useful to any wrestling company in the world, and he wanted to do stuff. And he’s at T.V. every week! He’s a huge part of our roster. So, I count him as a star of the present. Sting hadn’t wrestled a match in many years and this year he came back and wrestled two great matches and two very different kinds [of matches]. He’s very much proved he’s still a star of the present.”
Khan would go on to talk about another one of AEW’s elder statesman, in recent signing Mark Henry. Khan not only acknowledged how important Henry will be in his role as a coach but, also hinted that we may see an in-ring return from the “World’s Strongest Man”. Khan would say this on Henry:
“I talked to [Mark Henry] for forty-five minutes the other day. As a coach, and as a mentor, he is going to be so valuable to everyone on the roster [both] male and female because he has such a great perspective. Particularly [teaching] the larger people with size and how to use that size. But he has insights for everyone [including] the smaller people because he’s worked the big person vs. small person matches. He is so insightful and intelligent, and as a coach he is adding a lot. He’s going to be great as a scout. But he also still has gas in the tank as an athlete and a wrestler.
Sting recently had huge praise for AEW, you can read about that here.