As we all know, in the wrestling world rumors come with the territory just like helmets do in football. Which is the focus of my latest article. The biggest and hottest rumor circulating in the wrestling world right now.
Will Sting face the Undertaker at Wrestlemania? It is indeed a dream match that fans have waited years for. Chances are if wrestling prophecy fulfills itself we just may see that in the next year or so. But not anytime soon.
Sting is undoubtedly the biggest name and character in the wrestling business that was not created by World Wrestling Entertainment Chairman and CEO Vincent Kennedy McMahon. Which makes him an interesting acquisition. Deep down wrestling fans want to see a major-leaguer like Sting wrap his illustrious career up in the WWE rather than TNA. They know what a Vince McMahon can do with a Steve Borden aka "Sting."
But all of this hype over Sting facing Undertaker at Wrestlemania XXVII is just that, hype. McMahon and WWE's Creative Staff aren't foolish enough to cram the buildup for such a monumental bout into a little over a months time. It just wouldn't work effectively.
For one, Sting has to have momentum coming into the WWE. He can't lose the match, it would make his character seem weak. Then where do you take his character after that? He's already lost to the Undertaker at Wrestlemania what kind of appeal does he have then in a match with another big name if he's gonna just lose? The WWE Creative Staff knows this just as well as I do.
Or even if he makes his debut, they rush the storyline and then he beats Taker at Wrestlemania. Then what? The streak is over so there is no more real luring appeal in the Undertaker appearing at Wrestlemania anymore. The thrill of the streak is over, 18-1. I don't see that happening either.
WWE is not foolish enough to rush a good thing. I believe Sting has signed on with the company but they have bigger plans for him than just a five week lead-in to a match with Taker on the "Grandest Stage of Them All." Even though Sting is already a legendary established character in the wrestling industry there are still standards to follow to make it work right. Get his face on television and build him up. Have him win some big matches against some big names, possibly Orton at Summerslam, stuff like that. That way he has momentum going into Wrestlemania next year. That way fans say "Man, he is really a threat to the streak!" That is appealing.
Remember, Sting has never competed in a WWE ring and although he is a bona fide legend in the business he still has to prove that he can cut a good pace with WWE's top echelon of current talent to prove that he's not just "another guy from WCW." Now don't take this the wrong way because I am not in any way questioning Sting's in-ring ability. I believe he deserves the proper build-up to a match of that caliber. As a realist I know that won't happen in a little over a month. It has the potential to be one of if not the biggest storyline wrestling has seen in the past ten years.
Since WWE is smart they will more than likely have him involved in the angle this year to help set the stage for a showdown with Taker at next years Wrestlemania. Where he would be the threat standing between Taker's 20-0 even record. Now that would be appealing. With a years worth of storyline and matches leading up to the battle. A few interferences, a few big wins for Sting to make him viable competition.
It shouldn't be a storyline that should just be thrown together it needs to be honed to perfection because it has the potential to be huge if done right.
Vince has probably already signed Borden aka Sting to a contract with World Wrestling Entertainment but we know he is probably keeping this under tight lock and key because this one will be too good to spoil with impatience.
Sting will make his WWE debut sometime this year. But it won't be against the Undertaker at Wrestlemania XXVII that would just be a waste. He may help the Undertaker secure another win at this years 'Mania only to cement his spot for next years.
So for all the people who are waiting to see it we will all have to wait until next year. And I assure you it will be well worth the wait.
As always this is about you, the wrestling fans. The polls are opened up so feel free to cast your votes as to which scenario you would rather see play out. Also feel free to let your voices be heard on this situation in the comment section as to how you would like to see this situation handled by WWE Creative.