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AEW Dynamite 18/08/21 Preview: Sting To Wrestle On TNT For First Time In 20 Years

Credit: All Elite Wrestling

Twenty years and five months after defeating Ric Flair in the final Night of Champions episode of WCW Monday Nitro on TNT, Sting will once again wrestle on TNT this Wednesday in an all-new episode of AEW: Dynamite live from the Fertitta Center in Houston, Texas. (For some Vendetta opinions on the state of professional wrestling, click here!)

Widely regarded as one of the greatest professional wrestlers ever, Sting, along with his protégé Darby Allin, will take on the surging team of Matt Lee and Jeff Parker, better known as 2.0. This marks Sting’s first official match on TNT after a two-decade absence. Sting and Allin boast a perfect 2-0 record from their PPV victories over Brian Cage and Ricky Starks at Revolution, and Ethan Page and Scorpio Sky at Double or Nothing.

“My relationship with TNT goes back more than 25 years, so having the opportunity to wrestle on the network that housed some of my most important moments is pretty surreal,” said Sting. “The return of crowds has already been electric enough over the past month and a half, but there’s going to be an extra surge of adrenaline in Houston knowing that we’re live on TNT on Wednesday night.”

“When we first launched AEW, I was ecstatic to bring professional wrestling back to TNT after such a long absence,” said Tony Khan, AEW CEO, GM, and Head of Creative.

“So many wrestling fans, myself included, watched Sting defeat the legendary Ric Flair 20 years ago in that last match on TNT, and now it’s such a thrill that Sting will finally return to the ring on Wednesday Night Dynamite to team with Darby Allin against 2.0 in a Texas Tornado Tag Team Match. This historic match on Wednesday in Houston is just another example of AEW’s commitment to bring wrestling fans the great moments that they deserve.”

“I was much younger when Sting last wrestled on TNT, and now that I’m grown man, I’m excited to be a part of bringing the icon back to the network that made him famous. That young fan inside of me of Sting from twenty years ago, has only grown in admiration…kick those young whippersnappers’ asses,” said Sam Linsky, Associate General Manager, SVP, Programming and Operations, TBS, TNT, and truTV.

Coming off a red-hot debut episode of AEW: Rampage last Friday that featured Dr. Britt Baker, D.M.D. retaining her AEW Women’s World Championship against Red Velvet in the main event match, this week’s AEW: Dynamite promises another stacked card.

AEW World Tag Team Champions The Young Bucks will defend their titles against Jungle Boy and Luchasaurus of Jurassic Express, MJF, and Chris Jericho will finally face off after Jericho conquered all four of MJF’s Labors of Jericho, and Sammy Guevara takes on Shawn Spears in a continuation of the boiling feud between The Pinnacle and The Inner Circle.

Tickets for AEW: Dynamite and AEW: Rampage are available at aewtix.com. Fans can also watch AEW: Rampage every Friday on TNT at 10 p.m. ET and catch AEW: Dynamite every Wednesday on TNT at 8 p.m. ET., and on-demand on the TNT app.

All quotes and information in this article have come courtesy of a direct press release from All Elite Wrestling.

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