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WWE Plans Revealed For Sting

Sting fans are getting restless. Fans of the former TNA and WCW champion have been told that Sting is coming to the WWE. Reports indicate he is on the way but it may be best to temper your expectations because you won’t see a lot of the stinger inside the ring.

Dave Meltzer breaks the news in his latest Wrestling Observer newsletter. Meltzer has reported for weeks that Sting to WWE is an imminent deal. Meltzer has also reported that the WWE don’t seem to be in a rush to finalize the deal. That may be because Vince McMahon and company have no plans to rush him into the squared circle.

“There is a working idea that he does one WWE match and then retires, which everyone presumes at this point will be with Undertaker at WrestleMania 31 in Santa Clara. Whether this is made clear at Mania itself, at Raw the next day, or at some point closer to the show is unclear. Right now the only thing confirmed is the idea is Sting will do one last match. The idea he’s studying Undertaker tapes would lead one to believe it would be that match.”

Meltzer also reports that Sting is booked for a convention signing on WrestleMania weekend at WrestleCon. The report indicates that the promoters were told that Sting is not expected at Mania or at RAW the following day. Meltzer speculates that if Sting appearing in either location is meant to be kept secret, the promoters could wind up being worked by Sting and company to help keep it on the down low.

The idea of signing Sting to only one match is interesting. It is even more intriguing that Sting would leave TNA Wrestling now and sit out for a year, not wrestling again until he is 57 years old. If this is the plan, why not just stay in TNA until January 2015? There is always the likely possibility that TNA didn’t want him back as part of a cost-cutting move.

I have to be honest and tell you that the idea of seeing 57-year old Sting against a banged up Undertaker at WrestleMania 31 is not very appealing. The pressure on these guys would be enormous to pull off a match that even comes close to meeting the hype. I just don’t see it being a possibility, especially if the angle kicks off at Mania or the day after, thus giving this match a full year build.

I am not sure what you do with Sting in the meantime. A DVD would be inevitable as well as appearances on WCW-related home video productions. I suppose he could act as some sort of an authority figure. I would guess that there would be incredible temptation to get him in the ring if he sticks around. The idea of WWE introducing him in April and keeping him alive with videos sprinkled in until next year would likely be a better payoff in the end. I do think that less is definitely more in this case but this is a lot less than fans expected.

At the same time it is probably the most logical use of Sting at his age. He looks great for his age but he is slower and after all, he is 55. Sting in a very small dose could pay big dividends. Whether the WWE has the conviction to hold the Stinger out for an entire year is the bigger question in my mind.

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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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