Recently news has come out that Sting has put the word out that he is considering a run in WWE to end his career. This could potentially, if pulled off, be one of the greatest moments in WWE as Sting has made it known he would like a match with Undertaker, which means a match at Wrestlemania is potentially on the cards. But does Sting really need to go to WWE to finish his career? I take a look at Stings achievements and consider if a run in WWE would benefit his legacy.
Sting began his wrestling career back in 1985 and went on to sign for NWA/WCW in 1987. He established himself as not only as a top performer, but as a multiple time champion and became one of WCW’s biggest drawing performers with legendary feuds with The Four Horsemen, Vadar, Hulk Hogan, and most famously Ric Flair. When WWE purchased WCW Sting chose to move over to TNA in 2003 and has been with the promotion ever since.
There’s no question that Sting has established himself as a first ballot hall of famer, even if he did not come to WWE I think somehow Vince McMahon would allow him to enter WWE’s Hall of Fame. So what would coming to WWE really achieve for Sting? The man has been there and done it all when it comes to wrestling. Most people are of the opinion that you haven’t made it until you’ve been to WWE, but I don’t really think this always applies. Sting is a fine and rare example that you don’t always need to go to WWE to make it in this industry and in his career this has not done him any harm.
The easiest answer is it achieves one of Stings dream matches, as well as a dream match for most things, in that if it was done at the right time you could see Sting face Undertaker at Wrestlemania. This was heavily rumoured back in 2011, even with the above image being spread rapidly around the internet. WWE began airing mysterious vignettes to added fuel to the fire, but those vignettes turned out to be for Undertaker in the end. Sting has acknowledged that if he could have a dream match with anyone his choice would be Undertaker. With fans screaming out for it, could Wrestlemania 30 be the stage for it to finally happen?
It also benefits Sting in that by signing with WWE he will finally shake the monkey off his back and it will mean the speculation that now comes out every year will end. Would Sting have anything to offer to WWE? Despite his advancing years I think Sting can still bring plenty to the table for WWE. He would be a huge draw as I have already stated, and he could prove to be huge in developing up and coming talent in the WWE ranks.
But does Sting really need to come to WWE? My personal opinion is actually no. Sting has achieved so much in an industry that sees WWE as the benchmark of success that it could even have a detrimental effect on his career. If the dream match of Sting versus Undertaker were to occur and it turned out to be a huge disappointment (I know this is unlikely) then people are going to get on the bashing bandwagon and claim Sting is past it. Sting has made a huge success of himself without help and he does not have to come to WWE to prove anything to anyone. In fact, it would be better for someone of his stature in the business to be unique and say they never set foot in WWE.
One of the biggest stumbling blocks I can foresee is this is potentially going to be another part time talent on WWE’s books. Sting is going to probably command a large contract similar to that of someone like Brock Lesnar. Sting was close in the past to signing with WWE so clearly the money was available then, but how much is available now? With Rock seemingly not being around for the foreseeable future it does free up some cash so I expect it’s not out of the question. Another thought is will Sting work strictly TV’s and Pay Per Views only? I would like to see him work house shows too in the deal similar to how he does now in TNA but this is entirely up to what WWE and Sting want to agree.
Sting is no doubt a legend that will go down in wrestling history as one of the true greats. He will perhaps go down as it’s biggest success story for the fact he established himself in the industry without working for Vince. If he does agree to join WWE then his legacy will still go down as one of the truly greats success stories, but it could also become a hindrance on his career if it all goes wrong.
What are your opinions on Sting and going to WWE? Does he really need to work for Vince or do you think this would be something his career could live without? As always, thanks for reading and I hope you enjoyed reading the article as much as I did writing it.