WWE: Sting vs. Taker at Wrestlemania Isn't Going To Happen, At Least Not Yet
Listen, I know everyone is excited over the 2-21-11 promo that appeared on Monday Night Raw this past week featuring a dark and ominous figure walking in the rain to a creepy shack.
Many have said this was a teaser for the 51-year-old Sting to finally make his WWE debut. Couple that with a report from the New York Daily News yesterday that Sting had signed a one-year deal with the WWE, and everyone thinks that Sting is going to face the Undertaker at this year's Wrestlemania.
I've got news for you: It's not going to happen.
Whether this promo is really for Sting or not is yet to be seen. Shoot, there is a possibility that it could be for him (even though the two sides haven't announced a contract signing) but given the vague nature of it, if something goes wrong with the negotiations, the WWE could easily switch it to someone else.
But for the sake of this article, we'll assume the dark figure in the promo is indeed the Stinger.
Coming to the WWE in late February would almost certainly mean his first match would be at Wrestlemania, and if he were to challenge the Undertaker, it would mean his first -ever WWE match would be a loss.
That's not the way you bring an icon into your company. Furthermore, I don't see why Sting would want to sign on with the WWE just to lose at the biggest stage of them all in his first-ever match.
Assuming Sting is coming to the WWE, what is the best match for him at Mania?
I'm not sure who Sting would come in to challenge at Mania right now. Thinking back to WCW and even more recently with TNA, I can't think of anyone he'd feud with.
The newly signed Diesel (Kevin Nash) or Booker T could face off against him, but Nash vs. Sting would be a slow and painful match to watch, and rumor has it that Booker is only going to do commentary on Smackdown.
For Sting's debut at Mania to have any impact at all, it would have to be someone fairly big but someone we could actually see him beat.
That eliminates both champions, because I doubt Vince McMahon is going to allow Sting (who has shunned the WWE numerous times) to come right in and win a major title.
This also takes away guys like John Cena and Randy Orton. Both wrestlers would help Sting have a phenomenal match, but I can't see either of them actually losing to a 51-year-old.
Maybe Shamus could be a decent opponent for Sting's Wrestlemania debut, but if Shamus put Sting over it would surely stunt his career for a bit. So that might not happen.
It really is a tough sell to bring Sting into the WWE at this point in the year and have his Mania debut be special.
However, if they want to bring him in as a heel or just someone who has it in for the Undertaker, they could have him simply run in against the Deadman at Mania to try and end his streak, but have it backfire with the Undertaker still winning.
Then they could feud off and on for a year and have a showdown at next year's Mania.
Like I said, bringing Sting in in late February is going to be a tough sell for Mania. He'll have almost two months to build a feud.
That's enough time for up and comers to get on the Mania card, but for an icon like Sting, who will more than likely face off against another big name, two months is just going to seem forced.
I hope I'm wrong and if 2-21-11 is truly Sting's debut with the WWE, I hope it's something special.
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