When I was a kid, for whatever reason I seemed to lean more towards WCW than WWE. Once Kevin Nash, Hulk Hogan and Scott Hall changed organizations, it seemed like a no brainer. The creation of the NWO changed wrestling as we know it, but one man who always hung loyal to WCW was Sting. He was their soldier, their franchise, their icon. Not once did fans have to wonder about him making the jump to WWE.
About 14 years after the fall of WCW, word finally got out that Sting had reached an agreement with WWE and it all just seemed surreal to me. When my dad brought me backstage during WCW shows back in the 1990’s, meeting Sting was one of my favorite moments. I remember today how nice he was and his down to earth personality. I’ve been lucky enough to remain in touch with him over the years as well.
Fans were calling for Undertaker vs. Sting, but both of them were cornerstone good guys for each organization, so in my mind it didn’t make much sense. Would it have been awesome? Sure. Would it have made sense? Not really.
Before I give you my thoughts on this whole ride of Sting in the WWE, let’s take a quick look at the timeline of events from his WWE debut to now.
Sting made his first impact at Survivor Series, interrupting Triple-H’s plan to move The Authority into higher power in the WWE. After taking care of Dolph Ziggler with a pedigree, Hunter dragged Seth Rollins on top of Ziggler for the pin and brought out Scott Armstrong for the final pinfall. Before the two-count, a mysterious music came over the sound system as the video boards showed flashing black and white lights of trees, crows and the face of the Vigilante, Sting. In front of a capacity crowd, Sting and HHH had quite a staredown before Hunter tried to attack him. Sting countered with a blow to the chest and a Scorpion Death Drop. Following that, he dragged Dolph Ziggler on top of Rollins for the pin, stripping The Authority of their power in the WWE. The whole staredown between Sting and Triple-H was awesome and right then you knew what the Wrestlemania match was going to be.
In January, Sting continued to wreak havoc on The Authority as he did the NWO in WCW. As Seth Rollins was getting ready to put a Curb Stomp on John Cena, a picture of Sting appeared on the video screen from backstage, distracting the members of the match. Sting then appeared on the entry way, giving time for John Cena to grab Rollins from behind for the surprise pin. That distraction got Dolph Ziggler, Ryback and Erick Rowan back and continued to piss of Triple-H, the head of Team Authority.
Finally, at the end of January, Triple-H challenged Sting to a match, to which The Vigilante accepted. The two met face-to-face at Fastlane in February as Hunter attacked Sting with his microphone. Before he was able to use his sledgehammer, Sting countered with his trademark bat, which made HHH drop the hammer. Sting pushed Hunter into the turnbuckle corner before pointing his bat to the Wreslemania sign.
A liitle less than two weeks before Wrestlemania, Sting made a surprise appearance on Raw. Just as Randy Orton was about to get outnumbered and attacked by The Authority, the lights went dark. Once they came back on, there was Sting in the middle of the ring with Orton. The two manhandled the Authority and Sting finally spoke for the first time, saying that his goal was to take Triple-H down.
Triple-H and Sting finally met at Wresltemania on March 29th and the match was phenomenal. The two stars put on a heck of a show and it included appearances by DX and the NWO. Sting controlled the momentum for the first few minutes of the match, before Triple-H got the edge. It seemed as if Sting may have had Triple-H beat with the Scorpion Death Lock a number of times, but a rope break and interference’s kept him from sealing the deal. In the end, the combination of a Shawn Michaels superkick and a sledgehammer to the face was too much for Sting. Triple-H pinned the WCW soldier after an exhausting match between the two superstars. After a few minutes of regrouping, Triple-H and Sting both shook hands and that was that.
The following night on Raw, Sting made a brief appearance on an exclusive WWE Network interview after the show. It was a rather short bit, with Sting saying that he doesn’t know what the future holds, but will definitely listen to anything the WWE has to throw at him. Fans chanted Under Taker when he was asked what the future holds, but all in all? Yawn.
Having been a Sting fan for a lot of my wrestling life, I really loved the build up of this match. Sting was terrorizing Triple-H and The Authority just like he did with the NWO in WCW but obviously on a smaller scale over a smaller time frame. It was a perfect angle. Sure, the NWO coming out to save Sting didn’t make a ton of sense, but it was awesome. It was the Monday Night Wars in one match.
What irked me about it was how it all ended. It almost made the buildup not really worth it at all. After almost five months of anticipation, they have Sting lose after taking a sledgehammer to the head in one of the most nonchalant finishes I’ve seen in a while. It was an anticlimactic ending to say the least, even though the rest of the match was perfect. It brings the question up of whether or not Sting really got the respect he deserved at all. Was him winning ever even in the question? If he wasn’t going to win, why end it like that? Why not make it something better? Whether or not this is Sting’s last hurrah remains to be seen, but hopefully it isn’t because I don’t think this is a great way to go out for him at all. His legacy seemed to lose a lot of steam here.
That brings up the question of who would Sting face if this wasn’t his only match? Everyone wants it to be Taker. The Undertaker lost to Brock Lesnar last year and came back to beat Bray Wyatt this year, so it seems highly unlikely that they make “The Phenom” lose again, let alone to a guy who’s loyalty was always to another company. Could there be a rematch with Triple-H and Sting? There could, but then why would they have shaken hands after their match? I just don’t see a great angle for him to come back, especially if it would be against one of WWE’s more well known superstars. I would be all for an Undertaker vs. Sting match if it happened, but I wonder who would come out victorious in that one.
So yes, we got to see Sting in a WWE ring over the past five months, but was the ride really worth it? I’m not too sure anymore.