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.
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.
Sting has targeted "one last big match" for WrestleMania next year in Santa Clara, California and he wants it
against The Undertaker.
On Monday, the legendary wrestler was announced for WWE 2K15 as two playable characters through a pre-order
offer. Speaking to Mirror.co.uk to promote his inclusion in the video game, he says he's all for stepping inside a WWE
"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 if 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
"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 says. "I didn't want too hang it all up and retire and disappear again without having done that in
Elsewhere in the interview, Sting discusses his relationship with the late Ultimate Warrior and past dealings with Vince
McMahon. He also singles out a few WWE Superstars, including Bray Wyatt, Daniel Bryan and Roman Reigns. The full interview
is available here.
Look for Sting to be a part of WWE beyond appearing in a video game.
The potential drawing power of a man who never appeared or wrestled for WWE is too great to not tap into. His involvement with WWE 2K15 should prove to just be a gateway to more, Sting making his way onto Raw, stepping into the WWE Hall of Fame and singing his wrestling swan song.
Fans are most concerned, though, if Sting is going to wrestle again. Despite him being 55-years-old, there's a lot of anticipation surrounding him finally stepping between the ropes for WWE.
In an interview last week with the Daily Mirror, Sting said, "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."
He reiterated that to Grantland.com.
Sting called him going up against The Undertaker a dream match and said that he was "hoping for an opportunity" to face
him. When asked him how much he had left in him, he responded, "One more match. That's what I'm hoping to do, and I'd like it to be Taker, and then I'll hang it up."
As has been customary in recent years, next year's WrestleMania in Santa Clara, California will be headlined by three major matches. The WWE Chairman wants one of those matches to be Sting against The Undertaker.
There are signs, however, that Sting's farewell bout may be with someone else, though.
One concern is Undertaker's health.
After his match with Brock Lesnar, Undertaker spent the night in a hosptial suffering from a severe concussion. Every year as of late has forced fans to wonder if it's Undertaker's time to retire.
Injuries, surgeries and Father Time keep threatening to end his storied career.
He looked to be in bad shape during the Lesnar match and was clearly worse off when it ended. The fact that WWE seems to be gauging fan interest in other potential matches is a possible sign that officials doubt that Undertaker is coming back.
WWE.com listed five potential dream matches for Sting. With John Cena, Triple H, Kane, Chris Jericho and Bray Wyatt as the options, the company also posted a poll asking which opponent fans would like to see Sting face.
There was no mention of The Undertaker.
Should Taker be unable to compete at WrestleMania, McMahon's second choice opponent for Sting is John Cena.
What would the connection be between the two? It would a battle of "the ultimate good guys," according to WWE.com.
The website says of a potential Sting vs. Cena match: "While not in WWE, Sting has squared off against many of the biggest
names in WWE history. He's stood toe-to-toe with Ric Flair, Hulk Hogan, "Macho Man" Randy Savage, and even "Stone Cold"
Steve Austin (back when he was "Stunning"). And throughout his career - give or take one or two instances - Sting has always
been a good guy. The fans have always loved him and he's always been on the right side of history. So it would only make
sense that the greatest Superstar in WCW history face off against arguably the greatest Superstar of the modern era: John
"Of course, this runs deeper. John Cena, like Sting, is the ultimate good guy. Cena has stared in the face of hate and
betrayal. He's been outnumbered and, when all hope is lost, the Cenation leader has always found a way. Most Superstars turn their backs on the fans every once in a while, but Cena and Sting have remained the ultimate forces for good both in and out of the squared circle.
"The ramifications of such a battle would rival the impact and historical significance of when The Rock took on Hulk Hogan at WrestleMania X-8. It would be two very different generations, two Superstars driven by the same goal: to be the best without compromising their integrity."
Cena has been WWE's go-to choice for incoming big stars. He faced Brock Lesnar after his return and The Rock at two straight WrestleManias. Cena certainly doesn't mind the rub that would come with taking on Sting, but his star power makes it an intriguing collision.
It should also be noted Cena was a Sting fan growing up. He said years ago in the Greatest Stars of the '90s DVD that he idolized "The Stinger" as a child. Then, when he started out wrestling in 2000 as The Prototype, he patterned his look after Sting's blonde surfer days - Cena revealed this while discussing "The Icon" on a recent edition of the WWE Network's Countdown series. There is also the connection of Sting and Cena being discovered by the same person, a former wrestling promoter named Rick Bassman.
Whether it's John Cena, The Undertaker or someone else, fans can expect Sting to step foot inside a WWE ring at least one
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Sting discusses his current relationship with WWE at Comic-Con International 2014
Out today from WWE is The Best of Sting, a DVD and Blu-ray set chronicling the legendary wrestler's entire
career from his Mid-South days as part of the Blade-Runners (with Ultimate Warrior) through his last WCW match vs. Ric Flair
on the very last episode of WCW Monday Nitro. The video features "more than two dozen matches in total, many never
before released on Blu-Ray. This includes a combination of well-known memorable matches, as well as some fairly obscure
matches including encounters with Vader, Cactus Jack, Hulk Hogan, and Ric Flair. In addition, packages throughout the title
will help tell the story of Sting s career evolution."
The packaging for the DVD and Blu-ray features a noticeable error, at least to hardcore fans of Sting. On the back
of the box, there is a photo of the impostor version of Sting.
In September 1996, the nWo put one over on the fans of WCW by having Jeff Farmer, who had been wrestling as Cobra, dress
as Sting and attack Lex Luger. The WCW wrestlers and fans were fooled into thinking that Sting had joined the nWo. It
later came out that there was a "fake Sting," played by Farmer. In 1997, he traveled back and forth to New Japan Pro
Wrestling where he was a part of nWo Japan. That's where the photo comes from.