Back In Black: The Significance of Sting In WWE


The rumor mills have been running wild for the better part of the last year. Is Sting coming to WWE? Who will he feud with? will he even wrestle a match at all? All these questions have been asked, and never have really gotten an answer. Last night on RAW, we got the first glimpse in what might be a debut so many have craved for several years.

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Steve Borden AKA Sting has always been an NWA/WCW guy for as long as I can remember. When the WCW ruled the wrestling world, Sting was one of the most recognizable characters in all of the sport. He took on many of the huge stars of the time, including Goldberg and the NWO, and always had classic matches with everyone he stepped in the squared circle with. Something about Sting I never understood when I was a young child was, Why didn’t I have see Sting in the WWE? There were so many potential blockbuster feuds waiting, and I just craved to see him step in the ring with another company and take on some new faces.

Sting, had something a lot of other the wrestlers of the time lacked. Loyalty.

When the WCW closed it’s doors, many thought it was the time to bring Sting in and have him have some great feuds with the WWF talent. As history tells us however, this was not the case. Sting didn’t feel like the character would be used well. He felt like Vince Mcmahon would ruin something he had spent his whole career trying to build up. So he went to a place where most wrestlers go when they don’t go to WWE, he went to TNA.

In TNA, Sting was welcomed in open arms. Since the company was trying to be a virtual copy of WCW, fans gravitated to him as if he never left the WCW. Still, many WWE fans still wanted to see Sting wrestle for the company, and be a part of the biggest wrestling company there was.

After many years with TNA, rumors and rumblings started of Sting make his long awaited debut. Everyone was clamoring over the possibility of Sting taking on the top talent the company had, including The Undertaker.

Talk about a big money match. The Undertaker vs. Sting would be the biggest match the company could have possibly had, with two icons of two different brands going head to head in a match for the ages. And so people waited for the Sting debut. And waited. And waited. The day never seemed to come.

Cue Wrestlemania 30.

Would there be a better place or time for the stinger to come in and take on the Undertaker and possibly end the vaunted streak? With Sting’s TNA contract coming to an end, many thought this would finally be the time we would that very match. Wrestlemania came and went, and Sting was not a part of it. I personally started to give up hope of ever seeing Sting with the company, besides maybe a hall of fame induction. I just knew the Sting that would be with the company today wouldn’t nearly resemble the Sting I remember for so many years.

Then that commercial aired on RAW. And you know what? I got chills. The same chills I got watching him fall from the rafters. The same chills watching him stand toe to toe with the NWO and come out on top. And then it dawned on me. I don’t need to see Sting wrestle a bunch of matches. I, like most wrestling fans, are witnesses to history. The biggest star never to work for the biggest company, and it is potentially right at our finger tips. Watching that small clip reminded me why I love wrestling in the first place. You become attached to characters. And As you get older, you feel a certain amount of nostalgia just seeing them again. Last night, I was 8 years old all over again.

I want to see Sting in the WWE. It has been something I have thought about for a long time. And it might just happen. And it doesn’t matter how long it takes, because I know when I do, I will get the same feeling I did watching him do his thing so many years ago.