Wrestling fans have clamored for a dream encounter between The Undertaker and Sting for years. As it turns out, the latter half of that equation is more than willing to make it reality.
According to Rob Leigh of Mirror, Sting desires to close his career on a high note with one final match and he wants Taker to be his opponent at WrestleMania XXXI.
I've made it clear I'd love to have one last hurrah, one last big match hopefully. And of course I've been outspoken about Undertaker being the opponent. I know what happened at WrestleMania where Brock Lesnar broke his streak. I think, or at least I'm hoping, that Taker's still going to come back and that he's not done. If he's not done, and he would consider doing it, I'd love to work with him one time. I'd love to wrestle him one time before I call it quits.
This proclamation comes on the heels of Sting finally having some meaningful involvement with WWE for the first time in his nearly 30-year wrestling career. During Monday's edition of Raw, a promo for WWE 2K15 was released revealing Sting as a playable pre-order character.
As seen in this tweet courtesy of WWE 2K, the company has gone to great lengths to promote Sting already:
WWE has also released Sting shirts on its website and posted several articles looking at The Icon's illustrious career. Although no particulars have been released regarding Sting's potential deal with WWE, all signs point toward this being something more than a freelance agreement.
Vince McMahon also did his best to fuel speculation by discussing Sting on his Twitter account:
When Sting tweeted out a cryptic message nearly a week before the July 14 edition of Raw, fans wondered whether or not he might make a live appearance:
That didn't come to fruition, but Sting has made his intention to have some type of interaction with WWE and its fans quite clear, per Leigh.
"Why now? It's a now or never thing," Sting said. "I've done so many things in the wrestling business but the one thing I'd never done was wrestle or be a part of the WWE family. I didn't want to hang it all up and retire and disappear again without having done that in some capacity."
The ball is seemingly in The Phenom's court when it comes to a potential match between he and Sting, but Stinger offered a suggestion for when and where he would like the bout to take place if it does ultimately happen.
"How about San Francisco, 2015, in April," Sting said.
That, of course, refers to WrestleMania XXXI, which could prove to be the swan song for both he and The Undertaker. After Taker's 21-0 streak on the grandest stage of them all was broken by Lesnar at WrestleMania XXX, there is a great deal of uncertainty regarding his status moving forward.
Even though the vaunted streak is no longer intact, a match against Sting is worth coming back for. The streak simply isn't needed to make that encounter important as it would feature two of the darkest and most captivating characters in the history of professional wrestling.
The Undertaker is 49 years of age while Sting is 55, so cynics might argue that the in-ring work wouldn't be elite. Taker always manages to raise his performance level at WrestleMania, though, and Sting knows it would be his one chance to have a legacy in WWE.
Taker and Sting are two of the greatest wrestlers of all time. They are true pros who would do everything in their power to put on a WrestleMania classic. The stare-down alone would be enough to send chills up and down the spine of any wrestling fan.
It takes two to tango, so nothing is set in stone until The Undertaker reciprocates interest. Getting Sting in WWE has always been the biggest challenge, so the fact that he is in place and willing to lock horns with Taker means that there is more hope than ever for fans who want the ultimate dream match to happen.
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