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The Sting Controversy - A Rick Starr Blog Splash

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It began just under a month ago, With an eerie promo of a deserted house, on a dark and rainy night. Heavy footsteps slowly crept up to the house, and several distorted faces reflected through the rainy window...or so we thought. At the end, a date singed the screen..2-21-11.

For weeks rumors had raced throughout the internet saying that the legendary Sting was finally comming to the WWE to face the Undertaker in an epic battle at WrestleMania. Newspapers like the New York Times had even joined in saying that Sting had signed in with WWE, and to top things off he was removed from TNA's roster, only adding more feul to the fire. Finally it was nothing more than smoke and mirrors, as The Undertaker came out, and his opponent would be non-other than HHH.

This past week on TNA they had a very similar promo of a man walking up a set of steps in a stormy night (you can see where this is heading) where a date is lit up by lightning..3-3-11. (well at least TNA is not making us wait.) You can easily guess by the promo..and all the news reports that it's Sting. The Question is did Sting make the right decision in staying with TNA? (To View both The WWE and TNA Promos in one package click here)

Earlier today I came across a certain blog. Partially of out curiosity and the rest of it was out of sheer boredom..there wasn't much news out there today, I decided to give it a look over. This person, who I won't even name said that Sting chose a "forgettable career" over a "legendary career in WWE". Maybe this person was dropped on his head a few times at birth, where he left out WHY Sting said he would never work for the WWE.

Many years ago Steve Borden (aka Sting) did try out for the WWF. But Vince McMahon turned him and his character away saying his character was not sell-able. This was back in the days when he was "Beach Sting" and went to work in the NWA, and WCW. If Sting had taken Vice's advice, we would NEVER have the sting we would have today! Sting then vowed never to work in the WWF/WWE. He has only worked for the WWE for one single day, and that was the day the WWE bought WCW. However he never set foot in an offical WWE ring.

Now some may feel that Sting should have buried the hatchet and made peace with the WWE. Do I think that Sting deserves to be in the WWE Hall of Fame? Absolutly! the WWE has no problems selling DVD's with his name on it from the WCW days, and the WWE has also inducted plenty of wrestlers who have never set foot in a WWF/WWe ring. Sting should be no different. They have no problems raking in the cash while he's in TNA, they should induct him while he's in TNA...but we all know they wont.

As Far as the "dream match" at WrestleMania with The Undertaker is concerned, Why should he take a big paycheck, just to be The Undertaker's bitch? Isn't Sting worth more than that? I certainly think so...and apparently Sting thinks so to. And if this "Idiot" thinks that Sting can't influence kids from TNA, then you don't know a single thing about wrestling at all. TNA is nowhere as big as WWE, I'll grant you that, but it has it's followers. And Sting himself has his own reputation...wether you knew that or not. To be honest when I read this jack off's blog, it sounded like he was just one of those guys who was expecting sting to show up, then got pissed when he went the other way.

My Opnion: Yeah it would have been a great dream match at WrestleMania, but in the end, we all know who's gonna win...The Undertaker. (let me give you all a hint Taker's gonna beat HHH too) The WWE isn't gonna give Sting a title shot, certainly won't give him a title reign. The WWE will work him like a dog, and have the younger stars treat him like a stepping stone. In the end They'll make a DVD for 24 bucks give him a ring and a watch, and a boot out the door. Gee let me think about that one for a sec.....nah I'll stick with my pride and the buisness that treats me right. -Rick Starr

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  1. delvec's Avatar
    OK I have issues with the comments in here-
    Sting actually vowed to never work for Vince? When?
    Vince told him his gimmick would never go over and this was his gripe?
    Sting worked for WWE?

    Where is this stuff coming from? This video?
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ktxW0vidElE
    First, I remember hearing that the guy that formed the Powerteam USA group trying to get them a deal but Sting wasnt Sting then, he was Flash. And Powerteam USA was a group of 4 very green guys, despite 2 of them becoming huge. (I really cant call Warrior great) But for Vince to say this is very hard considering Sting was kinda a mash of 2 of Vinces biggest draws- Hogans superhero surfer and Venice and UW facepainted maniac. Maybe, Vince said something like why would I need him since the gimmicks were already there.

    Sting probably had 2 chances to goto WWF- Once right before he got big and once after the sale.
    This was right when Turner bought JCP and turned it into WCW they were looking for their marketable hero and here was Sting who just become a star. So when WCW became official, Sting was the face of the company and up north his old partner, UW was the face of the WWF. With a company owned by Ted Turner and youre the face, do you walk away? NO especially after all the other stars started leaving- Luger, Flair, Simmons etc. Then Turner started shelling out the bucks to bring back Flair, and then Hogan and then Macho Man- and then it was the dawn of the nWo and Sting was put on the shelf to build up the huge return to battle the evil Hogan (and the beginning of the Crow look) WCW was the #1 promotion and was drawing all the major stars and Sting once again was the top face.

    But then it all came to an end when Vince purchased WCW. The main eventers- Flair, DDP, Luger, Nash, Goldberg and Sting all had guaranteed contracts. But the final Nitro, despite Vinces appearance was still in fact WCW as the sale had not been completed. All the main stars rode out their guaranteed contracts which is why Vince only had to midcarders when he started the Invasion angle. Their contracts were separate, I believe, and in order for them to work for Vince, the needed to accept a buyout and since most of them were up there in age, what sense would it make to accept a buyout to go back to working a full schedule in an overcrowded WWF?

    By then Sting's was up which was the second chance to go and as he stated in the video above. He was afraid of how was gonna be used. He was used to the comfort zone of WCW and being the top guy but now suddenly had to start over? Aside from DDP and Goldberg, he was the only star at that time to not work for Vince but both of those guys didnt have as much time in the biz as Sting- so didnt have as much to lose. In that video, I didnt detect any distaste for Vince nor any vow to never work for him- in fact praised him. And Stings concerns were very legit.

    I dont think Sting really blew it- as the face of WCW he was in a much different spot than everyone else. Keep in mind before WCW got huge- Sting was well known even in mainstream. Not WWF huge but pretty big. Sure Vince couldve made him a bigger star or he couldve just got lost in the shuffle. Once he turned down the offer after the sale, TNA was the best option. Like someone said- good pay and a much better schedule plus Im sure lots of creative control. You can not fault him.

    As for now- sure hes back w/TNA but the skills arent there anymore. Sure it sucks we will probably never see Sting in WWE but would ya want him there just to say he was there- despite his declining skills? I dont- not just for us fans for for the legacy that he created.
  2. Rassling_Fan's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by Rick Starr
    First off, that was about 10 years maybe even longer before he made the change. and he was in WCW, not the WWE. Vince would have never created that specific character, let alone the name "Sting". He wanted to remove the name, because he thought it would remind people of the other "Sting"...the musician. Years laters Ric Flair told Sting he should try to go and work for McMahon, but Sting never would. Do I think he should have tried? yes I do, but not at this point of his career.
    Sources? I've heard the interview where he said he wouldn't work for WWE, but not any of these specific details.

    And delvec above has some great points, specifically the following...

    First, I remember hearing that the guy that formed the Powerteam USA group trying to get them a deal but Sting wasnt Sting then, he was Flash. And Powerteam USA was a group of 4 very green guys, despite 2 of them becoming huge. (I really cant call Warrior great) But for Vince to say this is very hard considering Sting was kinda a mash of 2 of Vinces biggest draws- Hogans superhero surfer and Venice and UW facepainted maniac. Maybe, Vince said something like why would I need him since the gimmicks were already there.
    Though didn't Sting and Warrior broke up in 86 when Sting was in UWF while the Dingo Warrior appeared in WCCW?
  3. jethro's Avatar
    "Rick starr blog splash"...nice
  4. Rick Starr's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by delvec
    OK I have issues with the comments in here-
    Sting actually vowed to never work for Vince? When?
    Vince told him his gimmick would never go over and this was his gripe?
    Sting worked for WWE?

    Where is this stuff coming from? This video?
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ktxW0vidElE
    First, I remember hearing that the guy that formed the Powerteam USA group trying to get them a deal but Sting wasnt Sting then, he was Flash. And Powerteam USA was a group of 4 very green guys, despite 2 of them becoming huge. (I really cant call Warrior great) But for Vince to say this is very hard considering Sting was kinda a mash of 2 of Vinces biggest draws- Hogans superhero surfer and Venice and UW facepainted maniac. Maybe, Vince said something like why would I need him since the gimmicks were already there.

    Sting probably had 2 chances to goto WWF- Once right before he got big and once after the sale.
    This was right when Turner bought JCP and turned it into WCW they were looking for their marketable hero and here was Sting who just become a star. So when WCW became official, Sting was the face of the company and up north his old partner, UW was the face of the WWF. With a company owned by Ted Turner and youre the face, do you walk away? NO especially after all the other stars started leaving- Luger, Flair, Simmons etc. Then Turner started shelling out the bucks to bring back Flair, and then Hogan and then Macho Man- and then it was the dawn of the nWo and Sting was put on the shelf to build up the huge return to battle the evil Hogan (and the beginning of the Crow look) WCW was the #1 promotion and was drawing all the major stars and Sting once again was the top face.

    But then it all came to an end when Vince purchased WCW. The main eventers- Flair, DDP, Luger, Nash, Goldberg and Sting all had guaranteed contracts. But the final Nitro, despite Vinces appearance was still in fact WCW as the sale had not been completed. All the main stars rode out their guaranteed contracts which is why Vince only had to midcarders when he started the Invasion angle. Their contracts were separate, I believe, and in order for them to work for Vince, the needed to accept a buyout and since most of them were up there in age, what sense would it make to accept a buyout to go back to working a full schedule in an overcrowded WWF?

    By then Sting's was up which was the second chance to go and as he stated in the video above. He was afraid of how was gonna be used. He was used to the comfort zone of WCW and being the top guy but now suddenly had to start over? Aside from DDP and Goldberg, he was the only star at that time to not work for Vince but both of those guys didnt have as much time in the biz as Sting- so didnt have as much to lose. In that video, I didnt detect any distaste for Vince nor any vow to never work for him- in fact praised him. And Stings concerns were very legit.

    I dont think Sting really blew it- as the face of WCW he was in a much different spot than everyone else. Keep in mind before WCW got huge- Sting was well known even in mainstream. Not WWF huge but pretty big. Sure Vince couldve made him a bigger star or he couldve just got lost in the shuffle. Once he turned down the offer after the sale, TNA was the best option. Like someone said- good pay and a much better schedule plus Im sure lots of creative control. You can not fault him.

    As for now- sure hes back w/TNA but the skills arent there anymore. Sure it sucks we will probably never see Sting in WWE but would ya want him there just to say he was there- despite his declining skills? I dont- not just for us fans for for the legacy that he created.
    I Read on the web sites throughout the years that Sting got turned down, way before the Monday Night Wars, even Started. and since then he swore he would never even work for Vince. I even read on one of the sites about that rumor about the whole Sting name. I was always told the internet rumors are about 75% crap, and for some reason, on this issue i just didn't listen. My mistake.
    I saw on Ric flair's DVD that Flair told Sting over the years that he should go work for Vince, but Sting never did...He never stated why. Thank you for setting the record straight.
  5. Rick Starr's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by jethro
    "Rick starr blog splash"...nice
    Thanks alot man.
  6. Graffis's Avatar
    So... I don't know about you guys, but I'm pretty sure IF Sting ever really did want to go to the WWE (which he honest to God should) he would probably get the same sort of deal that Goldberg got. Basically, Goldberg and Sting were the two top stars WCW had that Vince McMahon didn't make huge. So, Sting would come in... Make a HUGE impact... Wrestle the most over guy at the time and win... Get thrown in the title picture and win... Lose it to the biggest heel... Win it back from the biggest heel... Then, like Goldberg, decide if he wants to stay or go. If he didn't resign he would drop the title and never see a ring again. If he stayed he would continue to be champion. It is all that simple. You guys are over thinking the entire thing. Plus, Vince has always treated Sting with respect from what Sting has said in interviews. So why wouldn't he treat him with respect now?
  7. Hesterica's Avatar
    From the blog and all the comments, I'll take this: Sting had the best opportunity to go to the WWE in 2002. Build him up, rest a year or two, come back ala Chris Jericho, and go out into the HOF. At this point of his career. Nah, too much work for someone growing old. I think he did right staying in TNA right now. He still gets paid good money. Spends less time on the road. Be with his family. And he adds star value for TNA who needs it more. Albeit as a fan, I lost out on seeing Sting vs Taker and even Sting vs HBK (if he signed years before).
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