It was trolling as much as it was polling, with the appearance of notable non-WWE talents sure to send Twitter into delirium.
Go crazy, Twitter. Go crazy.
There's nothing wrong with a little wishful thinking. Pro wrestling wouldn't be the genre it is without speculation. Time was, Mean Gene's hotline and publications like Dave Meltzer's (paper) Wrestling Observer Newsletter fed insatiably inquisitive fans. These tabloid practices were prevalent when the business operated under a strict kayfabe policy both in and out of the ring.
The rumor-mongering enterprise in pro wrestling has only grown, rather ironically, despite everyone now knowing it's a work. Well, almost everyone.
That enterprise received welcomed, contrived Dirt Sheet fodder when Sting was selected as the greatest United States champion of all time. Meanwhile, Hulk Hogan was tabbed as the greatest WWE champion of all time.
Only fans of Major League Baseball rival the WWE Universe in its nostalgic tendencies, and in this world, Hulk Hogan is Babe Ruth.
Rumors of talent turnover start with expiring contracts. This appears to be the case with both Hogan and Sting.
"Sting Watch" is a mock-genre in and of itself, peaking during WrestleMania season while seeing moderate spikes every time he his mentioned on television.
His recent involvement in WWE video packages back in July was enough to jump start Sting Watch 2013," which was layered with a fresh coat of speculative paint during Night of Champions.
Why not? The unlikelihood of both Sting and Hogan—let alone one of them—landing in WWE is exactly what would make such an occasion so special. It also adds to the wishful thinking necessary for the hype machine to work.
Sting and Hogan shipping out to (somewhere near the vicinity of) Boston may not be as much of a pipe dream as some may think. Not only has Sting reportedly been in WWE's crosshairs in recent months, Hogan's contract is expiring on October 1 according to multiple sources. There is reportedly no new deal in sight.
So here we are with expiring contracts, WWE mentions, a distant rival in turmoil and John Cena on the shelf.
Go crazy, Twitter. In pro wrestling, hope is invincible.
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