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After decades of waiting, Sting finally made his debut in the WWE last night at Survivor Series. The Icon helped Team Cena get the victory over Team Authority which in turn, forced Triple H and Stephanie McMahon out of power (on a personal note, Stephanie’s freak-out at the end was hilarious. A tantrum a five year old could be proud of). He didn’t say anything. He didn’t have to. His presence alone spoke volumes. I was watching the show with a group of friends and we were marking out like crazy because we’ve waited so long for this moment.
When people talk about the greatest wrestlers to have never competed in WWE, Sting is always top of the list and rightfully so. He’s everything that Vince McMahon looks for in a top tier superstar. He’s got the charisma, the looks, the ability and the fans love the guy. I must admit, I was surprised he appeared last night in all honesty. Sure the rumours were out there but I took them with a pinch of salt. If anything, I was half expecting him to debut around February in time for WrestleMania, but it was pretty awesome to see him finally appear on WWE Television. Pretty odd considering how much of a WCW guy he was. It was like when I first saw Hulk Hogan in WCW after all that he’d achieved in WWE. It was no secret that Stinger was going to appear on WWE TV. A line of merchandise has been released recently including DVDs, T-Shirts, action figures and he was also a bonus character in the new WWE 2K15 video game. It was always a question of “when” not “if” he’ll ever appear.
People will argue that he should have joined WWE earlier. I agree but I completely understand his reasons also. In an interview, Sting claimed that he was all for joining in 2001 as part of the failed invasion storyline, but there was this one segment on Raw where The Rock buried Booker T by asking him, “who are you”, after Booker was made to look strong in this one particular segment. Instead, Sting spent most of his post-WCW days in TNA and did well for himself there.
The question everyone will be asking is what’s next, in particular, will he face Undertaker at WrestleMania? I’m sticking my neck on the line and saying no. Why? With the way things ended at Survivor Series, Triple H will be looking for revenge and Sting is on the hit-list. It makes sense too. Triple H was in power, Sting took that power away from him and now he’s gunning for revenge. Simple booking. It’s going to be a must see match in some regards and which event is big enough to host a match of that calibre? Well, WrestleMania of course! They could book it in the same way Sting v Hogan was back in 1997. It will be interesting to see how it pans out. As for a potential match against Undertaker, I kind of expect that to happen at WrestleMania 32 in 2016 where both men will retire. Sting will be 57 by then and Undertaker will be 51. It’s fitting for them to bow out on the grandest stage of them all.
I’m not going to lie and say that I’m a massive fan of Sting but I certainly respect his contributions to the business. He’s one of the biggest stars in the industry’s history and he deserves the respect. He’s going to be inducted into the WWE Hall of Fame. That’s for certain. But until then, there so much to look forward to as the man called Sting begins a new chapter in his colourful career as a member of the World Wrestling Entertainment.