During the October 25th 2023 edition of AEW Dynamite, Tony Schiavone spoke with Sting and Darby Allin. Schiavone mentioned that AEW President Tony Khan had a gift for Sting and introduced Ric Flair. Flair came to the ring and hugged Sting. While speaking to the fans, Flair put over Sting for being a legend in the ring and one of the nicest guys in the history of wrestling.
Christian Cage interrupted the segment and issued a six-man match challenge for Full Gear. Sting said him and Darby would find a partner and accepted the challenge.