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5 Reasons why Sting should sign with AEW

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Modified 15 May 2020
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#4 A return to TNT

AEW Dynamite broadcasts on TNT in the United States.
AEW Dynamite broadcasts on TNT in the United States.

Executives at US television network TNT agreed on a deal to broadcast AEW Dynamite before the promotion had even run an official show. Make no mistake, in partnering with AEW, they were hoping to replicate the success that the channel had seen when it was the home of WCW Monday Nitro.

From 1995 to 2001, WCW's flagship show was a Monday night staple for TNT. For much of that run, it was a ratings hit for the network. The show once famously defeated the then-WWF's Monday Night RAW in the ratings for 83 straight weeks.

WCW's biggest home-grown star during that period was none other than Sting. Indeed, Sting faced Ric Flair on both the first and last-ever editions of Nitro.

Cody has been vocal about his desire to make sure that the history of professional wrestling is respected on AEW programming. Cody's father, "The American Dream" Dusty Rhodes, was instrumental in helping Sting develop into a top-tier performer earlier in his career - and Cody would love to have him as part of the promotion.

In terms of ratings, a few select appearances by Sting on Dynamite would likely draw big numbers for the program. Dynamite goes head-to-head with WWE's NXT each week - and Sting's mainstream appeal dwarfs that of anyone who currently appears on NXT.

On weeks where it is critical for AEW to attract a good audience, having Sting available could prove invaluable.

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Published 15 May 2020, 08:20 IST
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