WrestleMania XXX: It's Now or Never for Sting in the WWE

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WrestleMania XXX: It's Now or Never for Sting in the WWE
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Ask a fan who the biggest name in American wrestling to have never worked for Vince McMahon is, and odds are the answer will be Sting. An icon of WCW and a talisman for TNA, concerns about how McMahon would treat the legacy of WCW are thought to be what has prevented Sting from crossing over to the WWE—but could this all be about to change?

According to reports of the pre-taped episode of Impact Wrestling due to air this week—and consider this following paragraph a spoiler for this week's episode—Sting loses a title vs. career match against the reigning Magnus. Whilst such a stipulation is hardly enough in itself, it does suggest that Sting may be nearing the end of his time with TNA. If this were the case, it would certainly follow that the WWE would be the only real option for Sting.

It's no secret that Sting has been on the WWE's wish list for some time. In the build to WrestleMania 27, it seemed that Sting had indeed made the jump to WWE when vignettes featuring a familiar trenchcoat began airing on Monday Night Raw. While, in the end, they turned out to be hyping the return of the Undertaker, there is still some speculation that at least the first couple of vignettes were intended to be suitably vague as to work for either the Undertaker or Sting, should he have come to a deal with the WWE.

Since then, reports of Sting potentially signing with the WWE have become something of a WrestleMania season tradition, whether there is any basis or not. The continued intrigue surrounding the possibility of Sting working with the WWE suggests that there is still considerable interest in seeing the last great WWE holdout make an appearance for the company. And, there is little doubt who his opponent would be should he sign.

The Undertaker is the only real candidate to take on Sting for a variety of reasons. The obvious character similarities are one thing, but perhaps not the real reason that the match would be such a spectacle. If Sting represents a WCW lifer still reluctant to join the WWE after all these years, then the Undertaker is quite the opposite, having stuck with Vince McMahon for nearly 25 years now and becoming very much a part of the fabric of the WWE.

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Seeing Sting and the Undertaker face off at WrestleMania is a dream match for a lot of fans, but it's one that is fast leaving the realms of possibility. Both men have been wrestling for a long time, and you would think that both would rather not do the match at all than to have it disappoint.

The Undertaker currently holds a 21-0 winning streak at WrestleMania, and having passed 20, you would assume that the plan is to try and extend the streak out to 25. However, you would also assume that the latter few of these matches would be against younger talent, for the dual purposes of giving the rub to an up-and-comer and so that Taker could be given a little slack. Sting is not really in any position to do this, being several years older than the Undertaker.

 

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With no other clear-cut option for the Undertaker's opponent at WrestleMania XXX, Sting would seem like the obvious choice. If any party involved wants the match to go ahead, it would more than likely have to be this year. Hopeful fans will certainly be watching the Royal Rumble this weekend with bated breath, hoping for any sort of tease that Sting will at long last make his WWE debut this year.

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