Tonight, Winter is coming on AEW Dynamite, so is Sting as the WCW, NWA, TNA Legend and WWE Hall of Famer made his official AEW debut. It was later announced he signed a multi-year contract with the company.

Even if he retired from the rings in 2016, it is very unlikely to see Sting, 61, wrestle in AEW. As of now, his role is not clearly defined but he could easily be a manager or counsellor, the way Taz, Tully Blanchard or Arn Anderson are. The Icon will speak on next week’s episode of Dynamite.

Here is AEW’s official announcement:

“Winter is Coming” was already guaranteed to be the biggest episode of AEW DYNAMITE yet, but on a night packed with tremendous clashes, the debut of wrestling legend Sting took the world by surprise.

Widely regarded as one of the greatest professional wrestlers ever, Sting’s jaw-dropping appearance sent electricity through the crowd at Daily’s Place in Jacksonville, Fla., and throughout the wrestling world, when he stepped in the ring.

AEW has also confirmed tonight that it has officially signed Sting to a full-time, multi-year agreement.

“The surprise introduction of Sting was a great way to celebrate our biggest episode of Dynamite yet,” said Tony Khan, CEO and GM of AEW. “When AEW launched, I was ecstatic to bring wrestling back to TNT after a very long absence. Sting defeated the legendary Ric Flair in the final wrestling match to be shown on TNT for more than 18 years until the debut of Dynamite in 2019. Now, almost two decades later, it’s such a thrill to welcome Sting to AEW and bring him back home to TNT!”

Tune in to AEW DYNAMITE on TNT next week to see why Sting is joining the most boundless promotion in all of wrestling.

Stay tuned in the coming days for more details on Sting’s debut with AEW. Find out more about how Sting stunned the AEW audience in our episode review coming later today.

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