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Sting Very Close To Signing With The WWE

Sting says he was very close to joining the WWERemember back in February when we all thought that Sting signed with the WWE? Well, according to a recent interview with Sting we weren’t far off. “I was very, very close to going up there.

The news comes in an interview published today on the Baltimore Sun website. Kevin Eck asked Steve Borden about his reaction when he saw the infamous 2.21.11 videos on WWE RAW and if the two sides even talked. Sting gave Eck a very interesting answer.

I’ll answer the second part first (his reaction to the videos). Yes, I was contacted by WWE people. The vignettes I can honestly tell you that I do not understand that one even now, unless it was some kind of deal where they were just trying to test the waters, I really don’t know, because so many people were saying, “I hope it’s Sting, I hope it’s Sting.” I thought, “Gosh, I wonder if they’re going to shoot themselves in the foot there by making this choice, because if things do not work out, why did they do it to begin with?” I had all kinds of things going through my head. But, yeah, I was very, very close to going up there, and I believe there probably would have been something with Undertaker. That was the word at least.

So there you have it. Apparently Sting was a lot closer than people thought after all to coming into the WWE. It is ironic because several people in the wrestling media reported that Sting and the WWE were hardly close at all. Yet at one point a New York newspaper published a story reporting that Sting had signed a contract with the WWE. It looks like the truth lies in between.

With all due respect to Sting, I think this whole scenario played out for the better. Sting’s age really caught up with him during his initial return to TNA Wrestling. He was slower and just looked a lot older than ever before during his career. Seeing Sting in the WWE in 2011 wouldn’t have been pretty. The demands on him in the WWE would have been much different than the demands on him in TNA Wrestling.

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I don’t even want to think about what Sting vs. The Undertaker at WrestleMania 27 would have looked like. The Undertaker came into WrestleMania beaten up with lingering injuries. Putting Sting in there with the Dead Man could have been a Goldberg vs. Brock Lesnar moment for the WWE. It hardly would have been anywhere close to the caliber match that Triple H vs. The Undertaker was.

I think it is fair to say that we will probably never see Sting in a WWE ring. It is an interesting story if you think about it because at one time or another most of the big WCW superstars of the 1990s appeared at least once on a WWE show. Sting is the exception and I think it actually enhances his aura and legacy a little bit. If he wasn’t in by WrestleMania 27 I don’t think he is ever coming.

Seeing Sting on his current TNA run is truly a mixed bag. Every once in a while he will show you flashes of what once made him great, but the majority of his matches have been big letdowns. I really would have liked to have seen more of Sting vs. Jeff Hardy had Hardy not left the company indefinitely. Unfortunately his matches with Ken Anderson and Rob Van Dam have really left a black mark on his legacy.

Speaking of Hardy, Sting also talks with Eck about the incident with Jeff Hardy at TNA Victory Road. Quite frankly he doesn’t say anything earth shattering, but it is interesting to read his take on what went down during that controversial night.

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Eric G.

Eric is the owner and editor-in-chief of the Camel Clutch Blog. Eric has worked in the pro wrestling industry since 1995 as a ring announcer in ECW and a commentator/host on television, PPV, and home video. Eric also hosted Pro Wrestling Radio on terrestrial radio from 1998-2009. Check out some of Eric's work on his IMDB bio and Wikipedia. Eric has an MBA from Temple University's Fox School of Business.

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