The man they call Sting is one of the very last wrestlers from the “old school” that is still an active wrestling in 2013. Sting has a legacy in the squared circle that cannot be matched, and quite possibly may never come close by any other wrestler. Sting has held multiple world titles across the globe. Singles, mid-card titles, as well as tag team championships to add to his already impressive resume. Sting has been in the ring with just about every top star on the planet and if that isn’t enough, he is the first entry into the TNA Hall of Fame. It is all of these accolades, honors and achievements that without a doubt signify the reason as to why Sting needs to leave TNA Impact Wrestling.
Sting’s time in TNA is passed due and his welcome is almost worn out. When Sting officially debuted in TNA on January 15th 2006, it filled all wrestling fans (no matter where your allegiance stood) with an overwhelming amount of intrigue, curiosity and excitement. Knowing that we were about to see one of our all-time favorites in the ring once again, giving it one final run and not seeing him since 2001 – who could ask for more? But that was 7 years ago. And 7 years ago was close to the twilight of his already impressive career.
What exactly is it that Sting still needs to prove in TNA? Not only did Sting win the NWA World Heavyweight Championship while in the company, but in addition is a four-time TNA World Heavyweight champion. Sting has proven that his skill level and skill set has transcended to prominence in multiple major promotions. Sting’s unique resume is missing the World Wrestling Entertainment, and he needs to end his career with a final run under Vince McMahon’s watch.
For Sting to end his professional wrestling career with the WWE, this would be the ultimate way of cementing his name into greatness. One thing that the WWE does well is generate a great deal of respect for men who are deemed as all time legends. To put the WWE marketing machine behind a Sting run would give WWE a different type of a serious surge that it has never experienced before. With this being said, I do know and recognize that if Sting were to do a WWE run, it may not be ideal for him to do a full time road schedule. Wrestling the likes of Heath Slater and Drew McIntyre every night would not be necessary, but a legends contract would be fitting. Imagine a match between Sting and The Rock, Sting and CM Punk, Sting and Triple H, or even Sting and The Undertaker. Those matches on paper instantly increase the number of tickets that will be sold. Fans want to see the dream match of The Undertaker and Sting at Wrestlemania (maybe 30). If this Wrestlemania match were to happen, Sting would make more money in that one night than he has ever made in his entire life. And remember, this is the same man who wrestled Hulk Hogan at Starrcade 97. Financially, he would do himself a great service signing a match of that magnitude.
What may be more important is the potential success of a WWE released Sting DVD/Blu Ray package. Granted, WWE already owns the rights to all of Stings matches in the NWA and WCW, so if they would like, they can in fact release this DVD compilation already. However, WWE would much prefer to release the DVD collection with the documentary added, but more importantly, Sting being a part of the documentary. The information and commentary that Sting would give in this feature would give another level of depth that cannot be attained anywhere else. True, you can have men like Booker T, Arn Anderson, Ric Flair, Kevin Nash and Dean Malenko speak about working with Sting, but nothing like the center focal piece being a part of the project. In 2003, the Ric Flair “Ultimate Ric Flair Collection” DVD set record sales. And then in 2004, the “Rise and Fall of ECW” DVD broke all kinds of records in sales and still stands to this day. An all-Sting DVD, released by WWE home video may set those sales records into another stratosphere. Something else for Sting to consider, financially.
I understand that Sting is well off in terms of financial stability. Just to keep him around, talent in TNA must be sacrificed every year. And by talent, I’m speaking about young hungry guys who are working their way up from the indies just to get a job in TNA. The countless numbers of jobs that Sting alone has cost, due to his contract actual reads as a who’s who. Wrestlers like Jay Lethal, Consequences Creed, Petey Williams, Roxy, Brian Kendrick, Shark Boy, Homicide, Hamata, etc. All of these top names and more needed to be scarified in order to keep up with his million dollar contract. No blame is being made on Sting for this because yes, he does deserve a contract, but at the cost of younger talent who are trying to make a name for themselves as well? This problem would not exist in WWE.
I know and recognize that Sting holds a certain degree of honor when it comes to being the only man who is a top tier talent to never sign a WWE contract. He has been approached by The McMahon’s to come on board and has been extremely close on a couple of occasions (one of the closest was his 2006 debut, he could’ve very well been at Wrestlemania 22 in Chicago). But at the 11th hour, he would turn the other way. But if that conversation happens to resurface one more time, that should be a conversation he should look forward to and give some consideration. Imagine it, Sting does a 1 year legends contract, creating some all time great matches. Sting is announced to be inducted into the 2014 WWE Hall Of Fame the night before Wrestlemania 30 against The Undertaker. After a 35-40 min non-stop battle of two all time legends, Sting loses gracefully to Taker and all alone in the middle of the ring Sting receives a standing ovation. The next night on Raw, Sting announces his final retirement from the ring, with the show dedicated to his legacy and honor having a final word in saying “Thank You” to the fans. And then 6 months later, the Sting DVD is released with documentary, all time great matches, never before scene moments, the Hall of Fame, Wrestlemania match and the Raw after Mania. If you ask me, this is how you end your storied career and this sounds like a commitment that is worth leaving Total Non-Stop Action.
Maurice D. Proffit is a Writer With Rant Sports