NWA, WCW and TNA legend Sting was announced as a WWE 2K15 pre-order exclusive character during Monday Night Raw. The game's Twitter account sent out a tease:
This was one of the 55-year-old’s first appearances in something WWE-related, and it's truly an amazing moment for wrestling fans of all generations.
Last year, fans saw a similar working agreement when The Ultimate Warrior was announced for WWE 2K14. Let the hype surrounding Sting begin. The WWE Universe Twitter account started it with a black-and-white picture of multiple Stings:
Sting’s involvement with WWE 2K15 will open up the veteran to a whole new generation of wrestling fans and could set the stage for his in-ring debut. The former world champion took to Twitter last week to tease the fans about a possible announcement:
07.14.14— Sting (@Sting) July 8, 2014
Even if WWE officials have reservations about adding Sting to a potential WrestleMania card due to the lack of prowess shown in TNA over the past few years, the excitement that will come from his involvement in the game will likely cause a buzz similar to what fans witnessed with The Ultimate Warrior last year.
For those unaware of the accomplishments of Sting, he was the face of the NWA and WCW. As a seven-time world champion during that period and one of the most popular wrestlers in history, Sting was one of the biggest stars of the late 1980s and '90s.
Feuds against Hulk Hogan, the Four Horsemen and the nWo during the years made him the ultimate hero, and many fans anticipated that he would make the jump to WWE when the company purchased WCW in 2001.
Sting did not sign with the company due to fears that his character would not be treated with respect, similar to what happened with Booker T and other top WCW talent, as seen in the video below:
Instead of signing with the WWE, the legend took time off before eventually signing with upstart company TNA. During the early 2000s, Sting added a veteran presence to the company and helped build its legitimacy over the years with five world title reigns.
After over a decade working with Impact Wrestling, he was written out of the top storyline in January.
While Sting’s appearance in WWE 2K15 should be a welcome sight for all true fans of the sport, there are some people who think bringing in an older star will not be good for business.
CM Punk, who has been in headlines himself recently due to his time away from the company, was asked in January at a comic convention about Sting joining WWE. He was not receptive to the idea, according to a report from Wrestling Inc.: “He doesn't think that Sting should come to WWE because frankly, he doesn't have anything left in the tank and would again take away from the younger wrestlers.”
Regardless of what the wrestlers think, Sting is a legend and deserves the respect of everyone who enjoys and participates in the sport. Wrestling is all about the biggest attractions, and even at his age, Sting working with the WWE would be a big deal.
Was WWE wise to Include Sting in WWE 2K15?
There are countless feuds for the veteran if he were to enter the ring, but wrestling fans understand there is only one match that must come to fruition for a potential Sting WWE run to be a success: He must square off against The Undertaker.
While it would ideally be done on a WrestleMania stage, a battle between Sting and The Undertaker is something that has been anticipated for well over a decade. With Sting's involvement with WWE 2K15, the window of opportunity is possibly open for this to happen in the near future.
The match won’t be the in-ring masterpiece many fans would desire, but with both men understanding the magnitude of the potential battle, they would tell a compelling story.
WWE must make this dream match happen before it’s too late.
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