Here's a crazy, extravagant idea, that granted, would take some tying of loose ends, which I will get to after this, but...Digest this...In a way no one saw coming, what if Sting just laid down and took the pin because he's a higher power within ? Therefore "Ray will go onto remain champion FOREVER!" which is why he would no longer need a shot again, in kayfabe terms. Think about it for a second, at first, it just seems too much...but there would be an obvious reason he was high on Hogan trusting Ray...To set up what they needed to happen. Then that brings us to his determination to face him, to get the stage they need to really make Hogan look foolish. Also, there's gotta be someone else who isn't known yet. Fulll drawn out explanation or not, of months of planning, Raymond just couldn't have done it all himself, he's just not that kind of evil genius. Sting, on the other hand, has proven able to see things others couldn't (Immortal coming with Hogan.) Seems outlandish, but could work. I also, as many others, think Brooke's in on it too, as Hogan clearly could not be convinced by one of them alone.