Sting, Vince McMahon, WWE Injuries and More from the Comeback Mailbag

Alfred Konuwa@@ThisIsNastyFeatured ColumnistJanuary 21, 2016

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The road to WrestleMania is all over the place. If it were an actual road it would be the always-congested 405 in Los Angeles, with all kinds of construction and detours. WWE is clearly shuffling to put together a card that, on paper, should have been the most star-studded show of all time.

WWE's non-wrestling linuep certainly sounds promising. The Rock, who will likely not wrestle, announced his appearance, and WWE recently announced Sting as the first inductee for the 2016 Hall of Fame.

That sounds about right. Right?

Too Soon for Sting?

It will never be too early to induct Sting into the Hall of Fame.  In fact, I always assumed that the only reason WWE would ever bring him in would be for a merchandising deal that leads to an induction. Everything else—the WrestleMania match and the WWE Championship match—seems like a bonus.

It's a shame that Sting's wrestling legacy in WWE may forever be linked to an 0-2 record on pay-per-view. Hopefully he can retire on a high note if he is able to compete in one more match.

It would be nice to see Sting compete at WrestleMania 32, especially with WWE's star power suddenly in peril. Sure, a nice handful of legends will be on hand for the record-breaking event, but most of them will be doing so in a non-wrestling capacity. If fans see too many legends who aren't wrestling, it will only make them pine for the good old days, which isn't fair to WWE's upstart roster.

Provided Sting is healthy enough for one more match, this is definitely something WWE should explore.

Comeback Kids?

ScorchingSanity @DerrickJerrolds

@ThisIsNasty Will WWE properly utilize certain stars when they return from injury? For example, Cesaro, Rollins, etc.

"Properly" is a subjective term. To the unbearable Internet Wrestling Community, Cesaro as a perennial world champion would be a proper use of his talents, despite the fact that he's pro wrestling wallpaper outside of a small circle of fanatics.

Cesaro is best-served in the midcard, where he can have strong matches against up-and-comers with more star power and charisma. Roman Reigns, Bray Wyatt and Dean Ambrose can all benefit from wrestling a mechanic like Cesaro.

I expect Rollins to pick up right where he left off. Rollins is young and did a fine job as WWE World Heavyweight champion, but years of wear-and-tear from a physical wrestling style could be catching up to him. Though he played up his heel persona upon accepting the Slammy for Superstar of the Year, it would be surprising if Rollins wasn't immediately booked as a top babyface upon his return.

Cena and Orton should be utilized as elder statesmen upon their return. Cena has been a willing gatekeeper in the United States Championship division, and it has worked as long as WWE emphasizes the importance of the title. Orton could be the same type of competitor in the Intercontinental Championship division, thus adding purpose to a lame-duck title.

Old McMahon

PaddyPeeps @PDouble79

@ThisIsNasty why can't Vince McMahon pronounce WWE anymore. Sounds like he's leaving out the second W.

There are a lot of things Vince McMahon can't do anymore, including opening a lottery ball. I would give a winning Powerball ticket to see McMahon's reaction to that painful segment from Raw once he went backstage. Whoever had the assignment of tightening those lottery balls is probably interviewing with TNA as of this writing.

Despite maintaining a muscular physique, the more I see McMahon on television, the older he looks. He recently tripped over the ropes while exiting the ring. While serving as a special guest referee two weeks ago, he'd simply crumble to the ground before beginning the count. It was the same motion my great uncle makes when he's searching for his contacts.

At one point in that match, McMahon appeared out of position as he was rummaging around—even making eye-contact with Sheamus as he pinned Reigns—during a spot where he was supposed to be out cold.

McMahon is still a strong character who clearly makes a difference in ratings. But at this stage in his career, less is more. If McMahon appears on television every week leading up to WrestleMania, he'll run the risk of becoming an even bigger caricature of himself, which doesn't even seem possible.

Alfred Konuwa is a featured columnist and an on-air host for Bleacher Report. Like him on Facebook, and listen to his pro wrestling podcast, PodNasty.


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