COMMENTARY | One of the unofficial aspects of the annual Road to WrestleMania is talk of Sting finally going to the WWE.
For as long as I can remember, pro wrestling fans have dreamed of seeing Sting take on The Undertaker at WWE WrestleMania. However, Sting continues to bear the moniker of the greatest wrestler alive who's never worked for the WWE. But a recent storyline in Total Nonstop Action (TNA) Wrestling could pave the way for Sting to make this wrestling fantasy a reality. 2014 could finally be the year Sting signs with the WWE.
After a nice run in Bill Watts' UWF promotion, Sting quickly rose through the ranks to become one of WCW's top stars. His face paint, blonde hair, and high-energy matches made him the most popular babyface on WCW's roster. Sting had memorable feuds with Ric Flair and Lex Luger before taking his character in a new direction to feud with the NWO. This dark, morose Sting was still popular with wrestling fans who liked this new dimension of his character.
Although Vince McMahon purchased WCW, Sting did not join the WWE in 2001. Instead, Sting worked independent shows before joining Jeff Jarrett's TNA promotion in 2003. Despite his age, Sting has often worked a regular schedule in TNA throughout the promotion's history. Sting has had many feuds in TNA, but the most memorable to me was his program with Kurt Angle. This feud was particularly violent and intense with Angle at the top of his game.
Lately, Sting has been feuding with Dixie Carter, who has taken on the role of an on-air heel authority figure. As such, she is making life miserable for all the TNA babyfaces. Recently, Carter turned AJ Styles' contract into a storyline. This angle saw Styles defend the TNA World Heavyweight Championship in other wrestling promotions. When Styles and TNA legitimately could not come to an agreement, he dropped his title to Magnus on Impact Wrestling.
Now the same thing may be happening to Sting. If you haven't been keeping up with TNA Wrestling, Sting will face Magnus on the January 23 edition of Impact Wrestling in a match with two stipulations. If Sting wins, he will capture the TNA title. If Magnus wins, Sting has to leave TNA. This storyline looks eerily similar to AJ Styles' contract angle. At 54 years old, it's hard to imagine Sting becoming a World Champion again. Therefore, Sting may be leaving TNA.
While it seems likely that Sting and TNA could be parting ways, that doesn't imply that he's finally heading to the WWE. However, the WWE is seriously playing up nostalgia in 2014. Bruno Sammartino and The Ultimate Warrior are back in the good graces of the WWE. "Old School" Raw may become an annual WWE event. And there is talk that Hulk Hogan could be returning to the WWE. Sting would fit right in with the WWE of 2014.
If Sting does join the WWE this year, that does not necessarily mean he will face The Undertaker at WrestleMania XXX. For a veteran who has resisted the urge to ever join the WWE to instantly get a high profile WrestleMania match with The Undertaker could upset the locker room. But when weighing the pros and cons of such a match, the WWE must take into consideration what wrestling fans want to see. So this match may be what's "best for business."
Vince McMahon has proven many times that he doesn't hold a grudge when it comes to the WWE. The Ultimate Warrior, Eric Bischoff, Bret Hart, and many others have angered McMahon, yet he is always willing to do business. Clearly, McMahon won't hold a grudge if Sting is willing to wrestle for the WWE. With Sting's contract running out and the unlikelihood that he will defeat Magnus, 2014 could be the year Sting joins the WWE.
Patrick Michael lives in New Orleans and has always been a big fan of pro wrestling. Patrick's favorite wrestling promotion was Mid-South Wrestling back in the 1980s. Patrick's favorite wrestling angle of all-time was the NWO and his favorite wrestler is Roddy Piper. Follow Patrick Michael on Twitter at patmichael84.
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