Arn Anderson has been in a face-to-face showdown with Sting on more than one occasion but seeing the two of them do so once more on AEW Dynamite was something to earmark in the history books.
“The Enforcer” recently caught up with Dominic DeAngelo of WrestleZone to discuss that iconic moment as well as the new video aspect of his podcast on AdFreeShows.com’s Patreon.
“One of the most important things in our business and it’s something that the young guys, one of the last things that they pick up are the nuances. What you do between the physicality and how you let me know that you’re hurt or you’re excited or that you’re disappointed. All those things are so important and the best nuance that Sting has mastered is the ability to do nothing. Walk around the ring with that baseball bat, flatline for an expression and just stare because you know he’s capable of exploding at any moment. Less is more and I tell ya, I’m not sure how many people we had that night, but I was down on the mat obviously after getting knocked on my can and all I had to do was listen and that’s what I did. The reaction, it was disbelief.”
“It was one of those moments on a show that if you’d have wrote down that, ‘Okay, tonight we’re going to have a surprise guest, give me your top five picks.’ Sting would have not made that list I don’t think just because it’s so iconic and you hadn’t heard a word about it. It did not get out. No one knew, we didn’t know—the talent and that just made it so cool and there’s so few surprises anymore because of social media. And I feel bad again, for the fans like you and I, that like surprises on the show. That’s what we work for is entertaining the audience and that was one that was huge and when I looked at Sting in the ring it took me back 30 years. It was a great moment for me. I was just in awe of the whole scenario.”
Arn also happened to get physical during the Stinger’s debut and the Horsemen original talked about how he isn’t a spring chicken anymore, but can still pick and chooses his moments to gallop.
“Well, I figured after waffling Will Hobbs about six times in the back that I had made a huge mistake. He is one large, solid individual and I am not 25 anymore. I probably should have kept myself on the floor but you still, the in-ring stuff, the wrestling is what I always aspire to do and bits and pieces here and there, it feels good to get in there and do just a little bit. I don’t want to make a fool out of myself. I cannot compete with those young kids, nor am I gonna try, but I might slip in there every occasion and get excited and try to slip one in on them. We’ll see.”
You can listen to the full interview in which Arn gives details to Dominic about coaching Cody Rhodes, the key to having a great faction and plenty more. Be sure to also check out all of the content available on AdFreeShows.com’s Patreon site, including the new Arn Show video show.