I love it when a great idea comes from a conversation that happens between friends. I especially love it when one of the friends happen to be a fellow Bleacher Report columnist.
On Thursday I had a discussion with fellow wrestling writer Tom Clark and a friend of his, Chris McLeod. We were discussing, of all things, Tom’s recent story on the importance of Sting’s possible jump to the WWE, which is a great read that I highly recommend.
While the seed had already been planted in my brain and the wheels have been turning for the past few days, McLeod stated the obvious:
“He is the white whale. I know everyone will go straight to him and Taker and they should, but if they ever want to retire the big gold belt with any shred of class, it could be with it around his waist one last time.”
It was brilliant. I could not have said it more precisely than that. But it is true. The WWE, at some point, will need to think about retiring the World Title with a new championship belt or having one championship and unifying the two titles.
But before the “creative” team of the WWE runs the WHC off, it needs to be around the waist of the man who helped it thrive in the days of WCW.
Steve Borden deserves to hold that championship one last time.
I don’t have to explain this because Sting’s accomplishments speak for themselves: A WCW Triple Crown winner, he 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.
But to put a cap on his career, everyone will look to him facing The Undertaker, whom he has openly talked about.
“It would be awesome to have had at least one match with him,” he told Wrestling Epicenter.
Remember this first: Sting has to get to the WWE. Secondly, he would have to address the “elephant in the room” immediately and then he would be thrust into a program with a WWE superstar who is hungry and looking to get over even further, someone like Cody Rhodes, Wade Barrett or Dolph Ziggler.
The point is, Sting cannot come into the WWE and expect to wrestle Undertaker and then ride off into the sunset. There must be a beginning, a middle and an end. Other than Ric Flair, is there another wrestler who meant as much to the meaning of the WCW World Heavyweight Title than the Stinger?
Vince McMahon gave Flair one hell of a send off after his match with Shawn Michaels at WrestleMania 24. Putting the strap on Sting one last time would be just as huge.