After months of speculation and buzz, WCW legend Sting has officially signed with Vince McMahon and WWE, per a recent report.
In this week's (subscribers-only) Wrestling Observer Newsletter, Dave Meltzer notes that the star is finally under contract, although what his exact role in the company will be going forward has yet to be determined:
Sting has signed his deal with WWE. Not sure of the details regarding what role he will play but he is scheduled to be on television at some point, but not right away...he deal described to me as being close for a while, but now it’s signed. Sting’s assumption was he would work with Undertaker, which many expected. With Undertaker losing, and his future being in question, that would be up in the air.
Of course, the recent launch of the WWE Network practically gives the performer a ready-made role.
Due to the new channel, wrestling legends are now in higher demand than ever.
Thanks to his importance in wrestling history, Sting can obviously be of great use to the fledgling network. He can participate in various WCW documentaries, round table interviews and other nostalgia-style programming.
Who knows? He could even be a cast member in the next season of Legends' House, as crazy as it sounds. (Ideally, he would also keep the face paint on throughout filming.)
No doubt the star will also end up in next year's Hall of Fame class, too. And could maybe serve as a goodwill ambassador for the product, like Mick Foley and Hulk Hogan before him.
As for using him as a wrestler? That's a bit more tricky.
It's not just The Undertaker's shocking loss to Brock Lesnar at WrestleMania XXX that presents a big problem. There's also Sting's physical condition to think about.
He is 54 years old, after all.
And he's been hindered by various shoulder problems and injuries in recent years. Towards the end of this TNA run you could really tell the physical wear and tear was catching up with him.
Some of his last matches were truly awful. Sadly, he's just not the performer that he used to be.
Even if WWE is willing to let him get in the ring and wrestle, would he be any good?