There generally isn’t a whole lot of news that come out of the TNA Impact Wrestling tapings these days. However, a sneak peak into the future reveals a match scheduled to tape in January has some enormous implications on both TNA and the WWE’s WrestleMania 30.
Sting’s contract status is always a huge story leading into the next year. Sting is on a yearly deal with TNA which reportedly expires at the end of the calendar year. While rumors of Sting to WrestleMania are nothing new, they were stronger this year than in any other year I can remember. Well we can put those rumors to rest once and most likely for all.
Spoiler Alert: Sting has a match booked on Genesis against Ethan Carter III. With Impact taping on January 16 this is confirmation that Sting is sticking around in TNA for another year. Sting could always be appearing here on a nightly deal but that is not likely according to Dave Meltzer. TNA fans for better or worse will get to keep their Stinger and WWE fans will be Sting-less at Mania.
I have to say that I am somewhat surprised. Sting had been hinting heavily about leaving for the WWE in recent months. Sting outright told several media outlets that he a match with The Undertaker at WrestleMania was a dream match of his. Sting had even expressed frustration after being booked to lose in a match in which he’d never get another TNA world title shot if he lost. The strongest fuel to the fire came when the WWE featured Sting in a video celebrating former world champions several months ago.
I say I am somewhat surprised because I was asked about Sting on a podcast sometime ago. Brian Fritz and I talked about Sting, Hulk Hogan, and Kurt Angle and who we thought would stay or leave TNA. I predicted that Hogan and Angle (Angle’s deal is up towards the latter part of 2014) would leave and Sting would probably stay. Although I will be the first to admit that I had second thoughts after seeing Sting promoted so heavily on WWE television.
I really can’t say it was a big surprise when you look at it from all sides. Sting was not getting his match with The Undertaker at WrestleMania this year. Brock Lesnar has been penciled in for that spot with John Cena possibly getting the call according to the latest Mania rumors. That left Sting with no options for any kind of a dream match scenario. I floated the idea of a Sting vs. John Cena main-event a few months back. Other than Cena I really couldn’t come up with anything worth the price of signing the Stinger.
I also think that once Hulk Hogan left the odds were far greater that Sting would stay. TNA is certainly cutting back costs but they aren’t going to let both of their most recognizable stars leave within months of each other. Now for a company that isn’t seeing any real money being drawn from either one of them I think the better business move would have been to let them both walk. At the same time who knows what kind of pressure Spike and Viacom put on the company to keep at least one of them.
I think it is fair to say that any chances of Sting ever coming to the WWE for a match or two have expired.
Update: It was brought to my attention that Sting signed a new deal last March, which would indicate his deal isn’t up until then. I was only commenting on what I heard reported on Meltzer’s podcast. I guess it is just wait and see at this point.