In what comes as no surprise, the WWE made a major announcement today on WWE.com. For years now, the WWE Universe was curious as to Sting’s involvement in the company. Then, 2014 came along and Sting debuted at the Survivor Series pay-per-view to set up a program with the Authority. While his feud up to WrestleMania 31 wasn’t that memorable, he still had a great storyline match with HHH. The nWo and DX reprised their roles and made appearances for both sides.
Even though he had a Hall of Fame-worthy career in WCW, that obviously meant he couldn’t enter the WWE Hall of Fame. That is, until now. WWE.comdropped a bombshell on the WWE Universe and announced their first entrant for the 2016 Hall of Fame class.
“This year, on the eve of WrestleMania 32, Sting will receive an even bigger honor and take his rightful place in sports-entertainment history, as he is inducted into the WWE Hall of Fame.
“We are truly honored to have Sting take his rightful place in the WWE Hall of Fame,” said WWE’s Executive Vice President of Talent, Live Events and Creative, Paul Levesque. “His contributions to our industry are unprecedented, and we look forward to celebrating his incredible career with fans all over the world.”
Does Sting deserve this Hall of Fame induction? He’s a one-time NWA World Heavyweight champion, six-time WCW World Heavyweight champion, two-time WCW US Heavyweight champion, three-time WCW World Tag-Team champion, one-time NWA World Television champion, four-time TNA World Heavyweight champion, and one-time TNA World Tag-Team champion.
He’s already competed at WrestleMania, and was the main event against Seth Rollins for the WWE championship. His accolades speak for themselves. Unfortunately, his WWE career would’ve had a different way of going had he not sustained an injury to the hands of Rollins. In a freak accident, Rollins did his patented turnbuckle powerbomb.
The whiplash Sting suffered caused an injury to his neck. Sting’s condition hasn’t been updated since December, but he did speak to Ric Flair last month on his Woo! Nation podcast about his recovery and status.
“MRI’s and neurologists have been looking at it, Dr. Maroon out of Pittsburgh, he’s looked at it. He’s telling me that I’ll have to have a surgery. The dust only in the last couple weeks has kind of started to settle a little bit for me, just trying to get so much done in life but now it’s time to go get this thing taken care of.
“I guess it’s called cervical spinal stenosis. That’s what it is. I have two areas in my neck where the spinal canal, which holds the spinal cord, it’s kind of choked off in two different locations. Lucky that a catastrophe didn’t happen that night, long story short.”
Sting will presumably get into a WWE ring one last time. Who will his opponent be? A lot of WWE fan still speculate that he’ll face the Undertaker at WrestleMania 33. There are way too many variables to even see that being a possibility. Plus, the window closed when Taker faced Bray Wyatt, and Sting took on Triple H. That would have been the perfect place for that match to take place.
Now, the wrestling legend, Sting, may as well face a young wrestler to put them over on the world’s biggest stage. To WWE officials, hopefully it means something. Sting is an important figure in wrestling history. He was the only one to not jump to the WWE when WCW folded. If he only has one more match left, it will be a special moment in WWE history.
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