Sting vs Undertaker At WrestleMania 30? It could happen
Anticipation among wrestling fans for legend Sting to appear in WWE is as common as Tim Tebow followers hoping he'll be accepted as a good quarterback. I can't speak about Tebow, but I can speak on Sting. The reality according to me is this: Sting will be on the card at WrestleMania 30.
Rumors in the wrestling world have been heating up behind the scenes that the 54-year-old legend who wears the face paint has been in talks about finally inking a deal to work for Vince McMahon. This isn't the first time negotiations have come close to being settled. To this point, the deal just never got done for one reason or another.
Sting, Stone Cold Steve Austin and Kurt Angle are the only three left on the list of fantasy booking that could and likely will happen. Fans continue to wait for Angle to return to WWE after spending years in TNA Impact wrestling. I'm confident Angle will return for a one-year farewell run in WWE by 2015. It will be exciting but won't move the needle.
If Austin has one more match, it will be against CM Punk ― the only match I see him coming back for ever. The appearance wouldn't be as significant because Austin has done so much in the past decade with WWE in terms of on-air authority and special referee roles.
Sting has never wrestled for McMahon and WWE. Sting needs this. Sure, he's the best guy who NEVER worked for WWE ... but what competition does he really have in that company?
Sting's had one period when he worked for the top wrestling company when WCW was beating WWE in the weekly TV ratings for more than 80 weeks in a row in the mid-1990s. For the bulk of that period, he didn't wrestle. From fall 1996 to December 1997, he stood in the rafters portraying “The Crow”-like character. He didn't say a word on the mic. I'm not saying his performance wasn't memorable, because it obviously was, but let's face reality: He's never been the major player for the top team. He's always been one of the top faces for the No. 2 company, whether it be WCW/NWA or TNA. You don't get to Cooperstown by being the best in Triple-A.
Sting needs this, but so does WWE.
Sting, Austin and Angle are the final three for this era. Hulk Hogan, Ric Flair, Scott Hall, Kevin Nash, The Rock, Mick Foley, Goldberg, Brock Lesnar and Shawn Michaels all have been crossed off the list of legendary names that either once left WWE, never worked in WWE or retired and then came back to have at least a match. However, Sting is also a final chance for WWE to recapture a certain generation's attention.
I mentioned to my editor that I'd be writing about Sting and filled him in on the situation. This editor is almost 50. When I told him I think it's very likely Sting will finally have a match in WWE at WrestleMania 30, he said, “I'd pay to see that.”
For fans born between 1960 and 1985, Sting's WWE appearance could grab their attention back for at least one night.
WWE is going through a big transition period, and I think, overall, it's positive. Changes in management resulting in Triple H gaining more control is a good thing, in my eyes. The roster that is forming is one of the most talented we've seen in a long time. There is a lot of talent, just not many stars. They haven't become stars yet.
A monumental night of Sting making his WWE debut at WrestleMania 30 could be a great chance to get some older audience members in the door for the night. They will wait to see Sting toward the end of the night and before they get him, WWE entertains them with three-and-a-half hours of the new blood like Dean Ambrose, Daniel Bryan and Dolph Ziggler.
Sting versus The Undertaker is your WrestleMania 30 match. It will satisfy the diehard fans and invite nostalgia to get the older crowd to set aside four hours and $70 (yes, $70) for WrestleMania Sunday on pay-per-view.
For at least one night and for the first time, Sting will be the top draw for the top company against the top guy with the top gimmick on the top show.
Trib Total Media staffer Justin LaBar has a wrestling column every Monday and Friday. He also hosts Wrestling Reality at sportstalk.triblive.com every Tuesday from 3 to 5 p.m.