The rumors are spreading about Sting jumping ship to the WWE after decades of never jumping ship. But is there enough to care about him?
A couple of years ago I was without a doubt interested in seeing Sting jump to the WWE. The vignettes that aired had me thinking it was Sting, instead, it was just the Undertaker.
There is one thing that comes to mind for me, though. People love to hate John Cena because he is stale and boring or can’t wrestle, but Sting gets all this interest. My question is… why?
I feel that if you have watched one Sting match, you’ve seen them all. His career has been built around his matches with Ric Flair dating back to WCW (which are literally the same match over and over). Was Sting ever really a top draw for WCW?
Yes, the torch was passed to him at Great American Bash 1990 and he was the top babyface from that time until February 1993 when Ric Flair returned to WCW. Personally, Sting wasn’t a major draw at the time and the time period when he was over huge, he never wrestled.
During his WCW tenure, Sting did have memorable feuds with Vader, Flair, Hogan, and Rick Rude. His in-ring from the late 80’s to about ’94 are fun to go back and look at. However, he was only ever put in the top spot when he was essentially the last option.
Hogan arrives in the summer of ’94 and Sting goes from the WCW golden boy to just a midcard guy lost in the shuffle. Hogan turns heel, and Sting becomes the top babyface, who never wrestles and destroys Hogan’s group, the New World Order. Considering the heat the group had, I’m willing to say anyone could have gotten over to the point Sting did.
Yeah, they botched the Starrcade ’97 finish but it seemed that once Sting won the belt, interest in his character was gone. So much to the point that Sting’s reign as champion only lasted two months in ’98. His longest reign as champion was his first one at 188 days.
As I mentioned before, fans hate on Cena for having a handful of moves. Doesn’t Sting fit into that as well? You’ve got his gorilla press slam, Stinger Splashes, a top rope cross body, the death drop and sharp shooter. That’s really about it. For most of his career, Sting was terrible on promos, too. I don’t really get the appeal.
He was presented as a star in TNA because he was the only top free agent around. The argument can be made that Sting did nothing to help TNA long-term. Who has Sting create during his career? Flair made Sting, but who did Sting make? No one.
Why is there so much desire to see Sting wrestle the Undertaker at WrestleMania XXX? It WAS a dream match, but not any longer for me. If the match were to take place, it would just leave a bad taste in my mouth knowing what could have been produced between the two five years ago.
For me personally, Sting was not someone I’d pay to see. Maybe it’s the damaged booking throughout his career, or maybe because I don’t find most of his stuff after ’94 to be all that enjoyable.
This might not be a popular opinion, but it is what it is.
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34-year-old currently living in Syracuse, New York. Long-time fan of the New York Mets, Chicago Bulls, and Minnesota Vikings. An avid fan of professional wrestling and write reviews/articles on the product. Usually focusing on old-school wrestling.