On a recent edition of the “AEW Unrestricted” podcast, Sarah Stock discussed her signing with AEW and how visa issues delayed her start date for almost a year.
Stock has been working as a coach and producer for AEW since March. She said,
“I was in Mexico at the time. I had been out of the ring for seven years, I hadn’t wrestled. I had made the decision to get back in the ring for three matches in Mexico, that was it, just have this little comeback, but it wasn’t planned to be a full time return, just motivation to get me back in the ring. I’m not sure what sparked the interest, but it was shortly after I made that decision and went back to Mexico to prepare for those matches that AEW got in touch with me. It all moved very quickly and then very slowly. Quickly in terms of, I really wanted to work with the company and we came to an agreement on things. The unfortunate part is, being a Canadian citizen, things aren’t as easy as starting to work. Rolling the red tape, getting visas, it was about a year after that conversation that I actually stepped foot through the doors in Winnipeg. Obstacles kept coming up in that process. Thankfully, the AEW legal team and the law firm they work with to get visas were excellent in staying positive and keeping me positive because at that point, I stopped my whole life. I was done in the ring, I did these little matches in Mexico, and I’m going to get ready to go to work in AEW. I thought in a couple of months I would be there and ready to go. Everything stopped. It was limbo and frustration because I didn’t know if the visa would ever come through. When It finally did, it was the biggest relief. I’m so glad it all worked out.”
On a recent edition of his “Hacksaw Hour” podcast, WWE Hall of Famer “Hacksaw” Jim Duggan revealed that Bill Watts didn’t care for Sting or The Ultimate Warrior when they signed with Mid South Wrestling/UWF in the 1980s.
Duggan said, “Him [Sting] and Helwig [Warrior] came in down there, and Bill Watts didn’t like them. He screwed them over pretty good down there, where they left with a bad taste in their mouths. And then, of course, he went down there in Georgia, and he became a huge star as the neon Sting.”
Sting and The Ultimate Warrior worked as a tag team early on in their careers, first starting as The Freedom Fighters and later becoming The Blade Runners.
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Sarah Stock, a former WWE wrestler and current coach and producer for All Elite Wrestling (AEW), recently discussed her signing with AEW and the visa issues that delayed her start date for almost a year. Stock, who had been out of the ring for seven years, made the decision to have a small comeback in Mexico before AEW reached out to her.
The process of joining AEW moved quickly in terms of reaching an agreement, but it became slow due to the challenges of obtaining a visa as a Canadian citizen. Stock faced obstacles and frustrations throughout the process, not knowing if the visa would ever come through. However, she expressed gratitude for the support of the AEW legal team and the law firm they worked with to secure her visa. When the visa finally arrived, it was a huge relief for Stock, and she was thrilled that everything worked out in the end.
In another wrestling-related podcast, WWE Hall of Famer “Hacksaw” Jim Duggan revealed that Bill Watts, a prominent figure in Mid South Wrestling/UWF in the 1980s, didn’t care for Sting or The Ultimate Warrior when they signed with the promotion. According to Duggan, Watts treated them poorly, leading to their departure with a negative impression. However, both Sting and The Ultimate Warrior went on to achieve great success in their careers, with Sting becoming a huge star as the neon-colored character in Georgia.
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Overall, these discussions shed light on the challenges and obstacles that wrestlers face when signing with promotions and the importance of legal support in navigating visa issues. It also highlights the resilience and determination of wrestlers like Sarah Stock, who overcome setbacks to pursue their passion in the ring.