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Sting

Dubbed "The Franchise of WCW," the man known as Sting lies among the most recognizable faces in the illustrious history of professional wrestling. With that distinction, he was the backbone of the Atlanta-based wrestling company all through the late 1980s until the bitter end in 2001.

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Starting with his debut for the National Wrestling Association (NWA) in 1987, Sting brought an immense measure of flash to the squared circle with his bleach-blond hair, colorful face paint, neon ring gear and impressive physique. At the inaugural Clash of the Championson March 27, 1988 in Greensboro, North Carolina, The Stinger proved he was on his way to becoming one of professional wrestling's elite after engaged in a 45-minute time limit draw against NWA World Champion Ric Flair. Sting ultimately beat Flair to capture the NWA World Heavyweight Championship, and would later add six WCW World Heavyweight Championships, three WCW Tag Team Championships, two WCW International World Heavyweight Championships and two United States Championships to his resume throughout his storied career in sports-entertainment.

Although the colorful grappler was tremendously popular among fans of World Championship Wrestling, it was his transformation in 1996 that makes him memorable to this day. With the nWo running roughshod over World Championship Wrestling, Sting embraced a darker, brooding identity with Crow-inspired white and black face paint and attire. He became a silent hero who slinked in the rafters of arenas all across the United States, ready to strike the New World Order at a moment's notice. For over a year, Sting never spoke or wrestled, captivating fans until finally he squared off and defeated WCW World Heavyweight Champion and leader of the nWo, Hollywood Hogan.

Sting enhanced his efforts against the New World Order by joining forces with longtime friend Lex Luger, Kevin Nash, Konnan and "Macho Man" Randy Savage, changing his white visage to red. However, when the faction dissolved good, Sting retained his dark look, but adopted a persona similar to his colorful "surfer" days.

Sting remained loyal to World Championship Wrestling in spite of its collapse, engaging in memorable affairs with Bret "Hit Man" Hart, Lex Luger and Vampiro. With their long and storied rivalry, it is only fitting that the final match in the history of the promotion pitted Sting against Ric Flair.

With his unbridled charisma and war against the New World Order, Sting has become synonymous with World Championship Wrestling. Although he has never wrestled inside a WWE ring, more than a decade since the demise of with the Atlanta-based organization, he remains one of the most esteemed performers of all-time.

When Is Sting Going To Show Up In WWE?

Sting discusses his current relationship with WWE at Comic-Con International 2014

The latest Sting-related tease comes from the legendary wrestler himself.

While Facebook promoting his appearance at "The Big Event" next month in Flushing, New York, Sting that some big news is on the horizon.

With WWE and Sting together at last, this has left fans wondering as to when the legendary wrestler will actually step foot inside a WWE ring. According to MetsFan4Ever on Reddit.com, a verified WWE insider who has broken WWE news and produced multiple shows scripts, he will appear on WWE television, but not "anytime soon."

MetsFan4Ever, who still talks to people in WWE, was asked if a date has been made for Sting to debut.

"No official date as of yet. Actually, I don't think he'll be around anytime soon. The end of January at the earliest," he wrote.

Sting has targeted "one last big match" for WrestleMania next year in Santa Clara, California and he wants it against The Undertaker.

While Speaking to Mirror.co.uk to promote his inclusion in WWE 2K15, Sting says he's all for stepping inside a WWE ring.

"I've made it clear I'd love to have one last hurrah, one last big match hopefully. And of course I've been outspoken about Undertaker being the opponent," he said when asked in an interview with Mirror.co.uk promoting his playable characters in WWE 2K15 whether he is open to negotiate wrestling for WWE.

"I know what happened at WrestleMania where Brock Lesnar broke his streak. I think, or at least I'm hoping, that Taker's still going to come back and that he's not done. If he's not done, and he would consider doing it, I'd love to work with him one time.

"I'd love to wrestle him one time before I call it quits."

When asked where he might like his dream match to take place, Sting responded, "How about San Francisco, 2015, in April?"

Sting was also asked whether he may appear live on WWE programming to promote WWE 2K15.

"All for it, just put it that way. I'm all for it," Sting says.

After three decades in the professional wrestling industry, Sting formed a relationship with WWE due it being "now or never."

"I've done so many things in the wrestling business but the one thing I'd never done was wrestle or be a part of the WWE family," the 55-year-old said. "I didn't want too hang it all up and retire and disappear again without having done that in some capacity."

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