According to several sources, Sting will be signing or has signed with the WWE. The original plan was to sign Sting to a deal that allowed him to be used in a non-wrestling role in several capacities while wrestling very part time similar to The Undertaker.
[adinserter block=”1″]For years, the one wrestler who Vince McMahon could not make part of his circus up north was the missing piece to a WCW puzzle that was never complete. Now that appears to be no longer an issue.
The first rumor going out about Sting was that he was signing for only one match at WrestleMania 31 against The Undertaker. The thing is, this type of deal does not help the WWE as it would only allow them to use Sting once. The set up alone would be great and people would get the match they wanted. However, if WWE could sign him to a legends deal, he would be able to enter WWE’s Hall of Fame next year along with having a huge role with WWE Network and wrestling from time to time.
Now that Taker lost to Brock Lesnar and the “Streak” is over, the company must now develop new storylines that keep the 55-year old entertainer as part of their top tier promotional package. Now that a battered and beaten Dead Man appears to be at the end of his career, where does “The Icon” and the WWE meet in terms of entertainment value.
Could Triple H, Brock Lesnar, Randy Orton or Batista be the right elixir for wrestling magic? And who would he align himself with should he battle Evolution in the near future?
Sting is 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 premiere annual event Bound for Glory.
The problems with Sting signing now with the company are specifically related to the veteran talent that recently signed with the WWE. Batista’s win at the Royal Rumble and immediate build soured the fans and made a villain of The Beast. Would that be the same situation with Sting, who the wrestling fans, the WWE Universe and the IWC have waited for years to see in the WWE rings?
And with the signing of an “older” talent, what does that mean to wrestlers like Orton or a rising Roman Reigns, Cesaro and even John Cena? Does he step over the current rising talent to make his mark in the only major promotion he has eluded?
It really depends on who the company brings to the table as a solid opponent for the Stinger.
[adinserter block=”2″]I love the idea of Sting feuding with someone like Wade Barrett, Orton or maybe even Jack Swagger – three brawlers who can not only go the distance with Sting but also put him over.
Ryback, Curtis Angle, and even CM Punk could be interesting if Punk was still in the company.
The best thing about the Sting signing is that the company now has more options. The WWE needs to understand just how important their new employee really is and how much he means to his fans in order to deliver what is best for business.
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