News On A Backstage Scuffle Last Year Between Swerve Strickland & Ricky Starks


Stop us if you’ve heard this before, but there was a backstage scuffle last year in AEW, this one between Swerve Strickland & Ricky Starks.

Fightful Select have shared details of the altercation between the two All Elite wrestlers. Starks and Strickland spoke about the scuffle while on the Jericho Cruise for an upcoming episode of Swerve’s podcast. The issues stemmed from a miscommunication during the tag team championship at last year’s Double Or Nothing pay-per-view event. The miscommunication was reported at the time, but it went unreported that the two got physical with one another.


According to the report, an unplanned spot saw Swerve attack Ricky after a pin attempt on Jungle Boy. Starks was originally supposed to go for his finish on someone, but Swerve found himself doing nothing and thought it would be a better improv to get hit and dumped out of the ring, instead of standing there watching. A follow-up segment on Dynamite between Strickland and Starks was nixed after that, but the two made peace and are fine to this day. They even worked together a couple of months later on AEW Fyter Fest.

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