WWE Turning Point: Analyzing Historical Impact of Sting's Potential Debut

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WWE Turning Point: Analyzing Historical Impact of Sting's Potential Debut
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Steve Borden, aka Sting, has been wrestling since his 1985 debut with Continental Wrestling Association. However, he is best known for his work with the NWA and WCW.

Sting was one of the most recognizable stars in WCW—as well as one of the most successful. He won 15 titles during his run with the organization, including having six reigns as WCW World Heavyweight Champion.

If you were to list the top WCW Superstars of all time, it would be very hard not to put Sting at the top of that list.

That impressive resume makes him the biggest star to never compete in WWE. But that could soon change.

Speculation has ran rampant about Sting joining WWE in a wrestling role for months, and a video promoting the WWE 2K15 video game that aired this past Monday on Raw only fueled that.

Sting is currently 55 years old, so the window is closing on him competing inside a WWE ring. Still, it has to happen at some point, right?

Not necessarily. But if we were able to see Sting on WWE television, it would certainly be a historical moment in wrestling history.

But to this point, the bigger story concerning Sting and WWE may be what could have been.

 

What Did Sting Miss?

Sting competed in WCW all the way up to the company's demise and eventual sale to Vince McMahon in 2001. On the final episode of WCW Nitro, Sting defeated Ric Flair in a memorable encounter.

But rather than come over to WWE following the sale like many Superstars did, Sting chose to go another route.

Rather than working for the top promotion in the industry, Sting instead made appearances for World Wrestling All-Stars and TNA Wrestling. This kept his name out there, but it also created some mystery as to why he never came to WWE.

By 2005, Sting was a regular in TNA and would spend the next several years of his career there, capturing the TNA World Heavyweight title four times. He also became the first member of the TNA Hall of Fame in 2012.

Still, none of these accolades will make the question of why he never worked for WWE go away.

We can speculate as to why Sting chose to work around WWE rather than inside it all we want, but he had a guaranteed contract from AOL/Time Warner following the sale of WCW, and that had as much to do with it as anything.

Unfortunately, it was wrestling fans who really missed out on some great matches and storylines.

Had he come over, following the sale of WCW, Sting could have battled the likes of Shawn Michaels, The Rock and Stone Cold Steve Austin. Those are all matches that will never come to fruition now.

How good would a feud between Sting and Edge have been? What if Sting was part of WWE's nWo storyline?

These are all things that will forever remain fantasies in the minds of longtime wrestling fans.

 

What Could Sting Still Accomplish?

In the above interview with Michael Cole (2:35 mark of video), Triple H addresses Sting and uses the old "never say never" line that WWE loves so much when discussing the possibility of him competing in WWE.

The rest of Triple H's answer is very interesting, to say the least.

We can all deem Sting to be "too old," and we can all complain about what could have been with Sting. Or, we can focus on what could still lie ahead if he finally joins the WWE roster.

The WWE has a great mixture of legends Sting could still have classic matches with as well as young stars whom Sting could put over in a major way.

Guys like Cesaro, Bo Dallas, Rusev and Seth Rollins could all gain a ton of momentum from working with, and perhaps even defeating, Sting.

Bray Wyatt sticks out as someone who could create magic with Sting. Between the twisted thoughts of Wyatt and the mysterious dynamic that Sting's "Crow" character had, fans would not be disappointed.

Then there is the list of guys Sting would have to face.

A match with Randy Orton would be an interesting encounter, and WWE could even have Orton go back to his "Legend Killer" gimmick, looking to put Sting away.

Chris Jericho and Big Show, two guys Sting worked with in WCW, would both be good TV matches, and a match against Kane had to be a top dream pairing of fans many years ago.

There aren't too many big names over the past 30 years that Sting has not been in the ring with. For that reason, a match between him and John Cena would be inevitable. It's a match that Sting would likely lose, but Cena respects the history of the business enough to know what that win would mean.

Then of course there is the big one. Perhaps the biggest dream match in wrestling history: Sting versus The Undertaker. This is a match that would be bound for WrestleMania, and it may not even be that much of a stretch.

According to Rob Leigh of the Mirror, Sting said he would love to face Undertaker, possibly even at WrestleMania 31.

The Undertaker's 21-match undefeated streak at WrestleMania would no longer be a factor, but that might be a good thing. Fans would get a match between two of the biggest names in the history of the industry on the biggest stage possible.

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Anyone who has followed the careers of those two men wants to see that match. However, Undertaker may be the bigger question mark at this point.

Following his loss to Brock Lesnar at WrestleMania 30, the 49-year-old Undertaker appeared to be a man who had just competed for the last time. Of course, he may have physical limitations at this point.

One can only hope that Sting becomes an active WWE competitor and Undertaker can get back to the point of being able to get in the ring again so we can all witness that epic encounter.

 

What Kind of Impact Would Sting Make Now?

Even at 55 years old, there is still plenty for Sting to accomplish in WWE.

He would likely only compete a handful of times, but it would put a final stamp on his legendary career and quench the thirst of wrestling fans who have yearned for years to see him do the one thing he hasn't done.

The experience and knowledge he would bring with him would be invaluable to the young crop of Superstars on the roster, and the potential matches he could have with others would allow for questions that have gone unanswered for years to be put to rest.

Then again, none of this may happen. Sting could be nothing more than a downloadable character in a WWE video game. That decision is his to make.

But if he ever appears live in the WWE, there is no doubt that it would be a turning point in wrestling history.

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