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Sting Bringing Back Surfer Gimmick For Retirement Match?

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During a recent episode of his weekly ‘What Happened When’ podcast, legendary NWA/WWF/WCW play-by-play commentator Tony Schiavone spoke about Ric Flair joining All Elite Wrestling to be in the corner of Sting, all the way until Sting’s official retirement match at the AEW Revolution 2024 pay-per-view.

Tony then expressed interest in ‘The Icon’ bringing back his legendary ‘Surfer Sting’ character, which he used back in Jim Crockett Promotions and later World Championship Wrestling.

The Surfer Sting character is known for brightly-colored face paint and spiked blonde hair. While Sting has experimented with different looks ever since, including the black and white face paint, a red and black face paint, a Joker-themed face paint, … the possibility of a return to Surfer Sting remains uncertain, leaving fans hopeful for its reappearance.

Here’s what Schiavone had to say:

“I was talking to Sting on Saturday when we were in Oakland, and we were giving each other a hard time, as you do. There were a bunch of guys standing around, and I said, ‘Yeah, I remember the first time I stuck the microphone in front of Sting at TBS Studios. Sting rolled down, he was so blown up he couldn’t get words out. He was breathing heavy’.

Sting says, ‘I don’t remember that’. I said, ‘It’s on video if you’d like me to pull it up’. Both have been such phenomenal performers, and I’ve said this many times, I’m honored to be tied to them in some way.

You look online and see a lot of photos of Ric Flair, it’s me holding a microphone. That’s very special to me. I really would like for Sting, for his last match, to come out at Surfer Sting. Blonde hair, spike it up. It would be great. A lot of people would love to see it. Maybe we can convince him to do it.”

A few years ago, Sting talked about his old 80s/90s Surfer character, and stated that he isn’t going to dye his hair.

However, that still leaves the possibility of him going back to the 1996 version of the gimmick, which included him no longer dying his hair blonde, but going back to his natural hair color instead.

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