Sting‘s name has created a lot of buzz in the pro wrestling industry this year. His “appearance” on Monday Night Raw as part of a $200,000 commercial for WWE 2K15 has given people a reason to believe it’s only a matter of time before Sting himself shows up on WWE programming.
It’s still unclear whether or not Sting has signed an official contract with the WWE. The two parties have been seriously talking for several months, with Vince McMahon and co. consistently expressing their feeling that it was only a matter of time before an agreement is reached. Considering the company is already peddling Sting merchandise to go along with the special pre-order for their video game, it’s pretty clear some kind of deal is in place.
Whether that deal is wrestling-related is another story.
One of the reasons the negotiations have taken so long is because neither party wants to rush into anything. If Sting is going to wrestle, it likely won’t be until WrestleMania XXXI in Santa Clara, which is still more than eight months away. There’s really no reason to put him on TV much sooner than that, so nobody’s in that big of a hurry to hash out the particulars.
Sting also feels he has leverage in this situation and is adamant that he comes in on his own terms. It’s a case of two big bulls locking horns and jockeying for position, so it shouldn’t come as a surprise that things are moving slowly.
Due to his age, Sting feels it’s now or never as far as wrestling is concerned, and next year’s WrestleMania is his No. 1 target. He’s definitely interested in wrestling at least one more match, and has publicly stated that the Undertaker would be his ideal opponent. Undertaker vs. Sting does feel like the contest most fans are hoping to see, but Undertaker’s future is very uncertain. It should be noted that Sting is open to working with other top guys if a battle with Undertaker isn’t in the cards.
The saga of Sting and the WWE isn’t over yet, and there’s a lot of questions that need to be answered. Judging from the pace we’ve grown accustomed to over the last few months, it may still be quite a while before we know all the details.