And then there were none.
Sting, the last major active professional wrestler who has never stepped in a World Wrestling Entertainment ring, made his debut Sunday night at the 2014 Survivor Series in St. Louis.
The former World Championship Wrestling icon interfered in the main event match featuring Team Cena and Team Authority and confronted Triple H. After an intense stare down, the 55-year-old laid out the WWE’s top villain with his patented “Scorpion Death Drop.”
— WWE (@WWE) November 24, 2014
With WrestleMania 31 — the WWE’s flagship pay-per-view — just five months away, all signs point to a match between two guys who both worked for WCW in 1994.
(Look at that hair on Triple H!)
Wrestling fans have been craving for a Sting match at WrestleMania — but with The Undertaker instead of Triple H. Problem is, there has been no mention of The Undertaker on WWE programming since his surprising loss at WrestleMania 30 to Brock Lesnar. The loss was The Undertaker's first at WrestleMania in 22 matches. With the "Dead Man" likely not in the picture anytime soon, the 13-time world champion will have to do.
When WWE acquired WCW in 2001, many top wrestlers made the switch to the once-rival promotion. Sting decided not to work for Vince McMahon and he was a real afterthought until signing with Total Nonstop Action Wrestling in 2003. He was TNA’s inaugural Hall of Fame inductee in 2012, where he feuded with former WWE greats Hulk Hogan, Kurt Angle and Jeff Jarrett. Following his departure from the company earlier this year, Sting appeared in an April WWE documentary on the late Ultimate Warrior. Two months later, 2K Sports announced that Sting would be featured as a playable character in its WWE 2K15 video game.
And if you’re wondering why the WWE decided to roll out such a major debut at Survivor Series, you can thank the struggling WWE Network subscription numbers. With stockholders upset about the network not meeting expectations, the WWE has made the digital network, which carried the Survivor Series, available for free during the month of November. Rolling out Sting feels like a Hail Mary move in hopes of attracting the casual fan to stick with the service.
For the sake of the company, I hope there’s an Odell Beckham Jr. waiting on the other end.