WWE posted a video of Sting's appearance:
The WWE’s official Instagram account posted a video of Sting before the appearance:
The WWE Universe Twitter account also passed along a photo of the superstar at the panel:
Sting was officially announced as the pre-order exclusive character for WWE 2K15 video game on the July 14 episode of Monday Night Raw, but rumors from the Wrestling Observer Newsletter, via Wrestling Inc., claimed the Sting hadn’t signed with WWE yet.
This appearance as a member of the WWE should end all doubts that he is under contract.
Even at 55 years old, the announcement of his inclusion in the video game series caused a serious buzz in the wrestling industry. There was a time when seeing Sting wrestle in a WWE ring was considered by many to be highly unlikely, but the possibilities grow with every additional appearance.
Even Vince McMahon teased a possible Sting match on Twitter:
When asked about a possible bout in the WWE, Sting spoke bluntly to Rob Leigh of the Mirror about his desire to fight The Undertaker at WrestleMania:
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.
If Sting works WrestleMania 31 against Undertaker, it will be one of the biggest coups in wrestling history.
There will always be a contingent of fans who complain about getting this match now with the advanced age of both men (Undertaker is 49 years old), but just like Manny Pacquiao vs. Floyd Mayweather in boxing, this is a dream feud every fan from any generation can support.
WrestleMania is the showcase of the immortals, and the time looks to be right for an unforgettable moment.
Sting was a seven-time world champion in NWA/WCW and helped carry the company for many years. Whether it was Surfer Sting and his colorful face paint in the late 1980s and early '90s or Crow Sting in the mid 90s that stood up to the nWo, he was one of the biggest reasons WCW was a viable alternative to WWE.
Instead of signing with WWE when the company bought WCW in 2001, Sting took time off and decided not to make the transition due to the treatment of his peers. In 2003, Sting signed with TNA and helped bring legitimacy to the upstart company until he left in January.
Now that Sting is finally in WWE, the excitement surrounding the potential dream match should be enough to lure Undertaker back for at least one more WrestleMania moment.
While the Wrestling Observer (subscription required) has remained adamant that the Deadman may not be ready for WrestleMania 31 at Levi's Stadium in Santa Clara, California, a match of this caliber is too big of a draw for all parties not to come to an agreement.
Sting’s appearance at the San Diego Comic-Con on Thursday marks the beginning of a long road that will potentially conclude with a final retirement match against Undertaker at WrestleMania 31.
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