Triple H fired the first salvo when he and Degeneration X invades the WCW offices. Now, it would appear Sting is going to fire the final shot at WrestleMania 34 days from now.
If you would like a history lesson, it started in 1998. On episodes of Raw is War in April and May DX went to war with WCW, with whom the WWF were in direct competition at the time, through a series of legitimate visits to WCW headquarters and live events. On April 27, 1998 Raw is War and WCW Monday Nitro both took place in the Hampton Roads area of Virginia, a mere 19 miles apart. D-Generation X traveled from the WWF show in Hampton to The Scope in Norfolk and shouted insults against WCW through a bullhorn, as well as mentioning the fact that WCW gave out free tickets to fill up arenas for television while sporting black armbands with the acronym POWCW (Prisoner of WCW), which referenced Kliq members Scott Hall and Kevin Nash.
They then tried to enter the arena via a loading dock, in their army jeep before being stopped by someone closing the door. They also attempted to forcibly secure meetings with Nitro’s executive producer Eric Bischoff and WCW owner Ted Turner at WCW headquarters in Atlanta, Georgia. Another segment used computer graphics to make it appear as if Triple H had flown over the arena where WCW Nitro was taking place and wrote “WCW Sucks” and “DX Says Suck It” in the sky.
Now wrestling and the Sting/Triple H confrontation has come full circle.
Everything Triple H said at Fast Lane was right – the fact Sting “was” WCW and while wrestlers came and left, Steve Borden remained to the end of the promotion, defending it against opponents within the organization and against the common enemy – DX and the WWE.
In the end, we know what happens, the takeover, the control and the fact Sting held out longer than any other former WCW wrestler to finally join the fray and fight the good fight. Now, it shall be so. The match that we all thought at first when there was rumors of Sting’s signing with the company would be against the Undertaker is now against the man who as Triple H put it so eloquently, he helped put his competitor out of business, meaning Sting was looking for work.
I hope it is not a match like we have seen in years past with Sting and Hulk Hogan and Sting and Ric Flair – two greats who have been in the ring well past their prime.
The match is set. Now will it live up to the hype?
Here’s hoping Sting did not set himself up for failure. That would only mean another star proved he was past his prime. And in this case should never have gotten back in the ring – regardless if he was the last piece of WCW’s puzzle to finally give into the WWE machine.