One of the biggest stories in WWE over the last year has been the company’s use of future Hall of Famer Sting, who finally arrived in the company late last year, after never having worked for the company in his three-decade professional wrestling career.
It was apparent after Sting’s WWE debut that he would be wrestling Triple H at WrestleMania 31, which would be “The Icon’s” debut match for the company. Most assumed that WWE was matching Sting up with Triple H so Sting could get a win in the company before they have him take on The Undertaker at WrestleMania 32, which is a dream match that wrestling fans have been hoping to see for nearly twenty years.
Many wondered how WWE would use Sting following his debut, but no one predicted that WWE would actually have him lose his debut match to Triple H on the biggest show of the year.
After Sting’s loss, WWE Hall of Famers “Stone Cold” Steve Austin and Ric Flair were baffled, saying that they would rather have seen Sting win. “Rowdy” Roddy Piper and Jim Cornette went as far as saying that WWE shouldn’t have even bothered with bringing Sting in if they were going to beat him on his first night. Once again, nobody saw it coming, and nobody understood the logic behind it.
Since the match, Sting hasn’t commented on why he ended up losing the match. But on the Into The Light DVD, which is a documentary about his legendary wrestling career, Sting talked about his match with Triple H at WrestleMania 31 and explained why he lost the match by simply saying “it was the right thing to do.”
Sting also mentioned in the documentary that he believed that WrestleMania 31 was going to be the last wrestling match of his career, and it’s customary in wrestling that if you’re leaving, or retiring, you lose your final match. So Sting, who felt that he wasn’t going to wrestle again at the time, honored the tradition and put his opponent over.
In a recent interview, Sting talked about his current role in WWE, and what his role will be going forward. Mainly, he was asked if he’s just being used as a guy to put other guys over, and Sting responded by saying that he’s had his time and now everything isn’t about him, so he has no problem putting people over.
“I had my time. There’s no question about that. For a guy my age to be where I am right now is, to me, next to impossible. And yet, I’m here. It’s not about Sting, not anymore. You’re asking a straight-up question, I’ll give ya a straight-up answer. That’s it, and I am just fine with that.”
He also mentioned in the interview that Triple H was “worth the put-over” when asked about his loss to “The Game” at WrestleMania 31. Sting also noted that he hasn’t heard any of the criticism from the fans, because he doesn’t listen, nor does he care, what the critics think.
For now, due to a spinal injury that he suffered at Night of Champions last month, Sting’s wrestling future is very much in question. He says that he would wrestle again under the right circumstances, but, due to the condition that he’s suffering from — spinal stenosis, which forced both Edge and “Stone Cold” Steve Austin to retire — WWE may never allow the 56-year-old to step back into the ring again.
The original plan, before Sting’s injury, was to have “The Icon” wrestle Bray Wyatt at WrestleMania 32, but WWE is likely going in a different direction with Wyatt due to Sting’s questionable future.
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