We all love a good WWE rumor. The fact there are several media reports and online publications talking about a Sting appearance on Monday Night Raw tonight may be crazy, but more importantly, it really makes no sense. There is too much momentum tied up in the rise of Roman Reigns and Seth Rollins as well as the return of Chris Jericho and a rumored Brock Lesnar return at or after Battleground. Bringing Sting into the fold right now would throw the rocking boat really of kilter.
[adinserter block=”1″]According to sportsworldnews.com, Sting took to his Twitter page and sent fans abuzz by hyping up next Monday night and revealing a picture of him in his classic black and white face paint along with the “7.14.14” date, but according to Wrestlingheadlines.com, he will likely not appear on RAW live from the Richmond Coliseum in Virginia this Monday. After the initial buzz that Sting may make his WWE debut, it was reported that it was likely that he was teasing the announcement that he’d be in the WWE 2K15 video game on Monday, but that wasn’t confirmed.
It was also not confirmed if in fact Steve Borden, the man behind the face paint and the former WCW and TNA World Champion would triumphantly make his return.
Sting’s accomplishments are well known; a fifteen-time World Champion, having held the NWA World Heavyweight Championship twice, the WCW World Heavyweight Championship six times, the WCW International World Heavyweight Championship twice, the WWA World Heavyweight Championship once and the TNA World Heavyweight Championship four times. He is a WCW Triple Crown winner, has held 21 total championships between WCW and TNA, and is the only man to hold the NWA, WCW, and TNA World Titles in his career. Sting has headlined many major pay-per-views since the late 1980s.
Perhaps most notably, he closed the 1989, 1990 and 1997 editions of WCW’s premier annual event, Starrcade, in singles matches, and won the Battlebowl main event of the 1991 edition; as well as headlining the 2006, 2007, 2008, and 2009 editions of TNA’s premier annual event Bound for Glory.
But does his appearance now signal that the WWE might be in panic mode and want to use the Character to save the company from itself of sorts?
The Undertaker isn’t wrestling, so the most logical place for Sting is to assume the usual role of fighting “Authority,” much like he has done with WCW and then Impact Wrestling. But I am not sure the falling from the rafters, creature of darkness act would work in the current state of the WWE. And if you are thinking of a Sting vs. Lesnar feud, I cannot see that happening either since the locker-room is full of up and coming stars like Bray Wyatt, Cesaro, Reigns, Dean Ambrose and Rollins. What could work is Sting comes to the WWE to challenge the Authority and he works a program with Kane, which would follow the lines of the “Dark Hero” facing “Evil” and winning – possibly at the Royal Rumble.
If the WWE can get eight months of work out of beating the hell out of Daniel Bryan, they can work eight months out of Sting stepping in the ring – even at 55 – and showing who the bad ass really is.
[adinserter block=”2″]If the WWE was smart (yes, I am being sarcastic), it would wait until the end of the year to unveil a “new” Sting product. By then, battle lines will be drawn and Roman Reigns should be the WWE World Champion. I really don’t think the company will put the strap on the “Icon” but having him around adds resolve and heat to an idea of him winning the Royal Rumble and moving on to WrestleMania 31.
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