In the world of professional wrestling, my guilty pleasure, there have been lots of interesting things going on. The WWE is getting ready for what looks to be a pretty good Wrestlemania. Cena and Miz, Edge and Del Rio, Orton and Punk, Taker and HHH. Not great but not too bad. The ROCK has come back to host and he has been mixing it up ever since. However, some things have gone very, very wrong over the past 2 months.
First, WWE airs this 2-21-11 commercial. Most every fan is pretty sure it is the Undertaker returning BUT free agent wrestler Sting who has never worked for the WWE is also a candidate. The Blogosphere goes crazy. Is Sting going to take on the Undertaker? Icon v. Phenom with the streak on the line. Talk about a buy rate. WWE would have been swimming in cash. They could have bumped HHH down to beating on Sheamus in a cage or perhaps one last appearance for DX. Either way, it would have worked out perfectly. So another promo ad and then another and the possibility it is Sting or that Sting is involved has lessened.
Rumors swirl that TNA is going to bring the Main Event Mafia back, a group led by Sting and Kurt Angle with Kevin Nash, Scott Steiner and Booker T included. This would have boosted fan’s interest but it is out there well before TNA wants it to be. Spike pressures TNA publicly so the WWE knows what is coming. So, what does the WWE do? They sign free agents Kevin Nash and Booker T to appear at the Royal Rumble. WOW! That was pretty exciting. Nash doesn’t have much left in the tank but Booker looked pretty good. TNA, can you say OWNED. TNA eventually puts Flairs group as this “other” group which makes no sense and they try to sell it to the fans. Blah. TNA now removes Sting’s profile from the Web site. So, once again, it is now looking like Sting is becoming an odds on favorite bolt TNA for a WWE Hall of Fame induction and Wrestlemania match against the Taker.
2-21-11 comes and Taker comes down followed by…HHH. What? OK, good match but we’ve seen this before. There is nothing new or exciting. Both men have been gone for a while and there hasn’t been a story line between them for some time now.
Where is Sting in all this? His fans are going banana sandwich to see what the hell is going on. WWE now appears to have its superstar power for the “Superbowl” of professional wrestling and no longer needs Sting.
Shortly after the Taker v. HHH is promoted in WWE, TNA runs an ad that says 3-3-11. It was very similar to the WWE ad. I mean how bush league was that? Most fans know it is Sting but still nothing is solid and TNA could have made that anyone as a ploy to get people to tune in. HOWEVER, it was freakin tape delayed from Fayetteville, NC. I shit you not. You can go on Youtube or similar sites and see Sting come down to the ring to take on Jeff Hardy in this freaking fruity looking outfit. Oh, spoiler alert, he beats Hardy for the title. Weird, right? Hardy is mixing it up with Mr. Kennedy, and Matt Morgan and they throw the title at Sting in his first night back? TNA, now you know why you are a second rate organization and that’s only because there are two main wrestling organizations at this time. No surprise element at all and they can’t even promo something original.
Now wrestling fans have to wait and hope the WWE can swing something with Sting for next year’s Wrestlemania. Time is running out as the Stinger gets older. Will Sting and the Undertaker have enough left in the tank for a meeting next year? My guess is no. Very sad Sting and the WWE couldn’t come to an agreement. If all parties concerned are really in this for the fans they would find a way to make it happen but the reality is that it is a business and they simply can’t come to terms. There is no reason they couldn’t have signed him to a 3 month deal, have Sting pop up at Royal Rumble, start screwing with Undertaker, get inducted into the HOF and then Wrestlemania. It would have been perfect and then Sting could have bolted back to TNA if that is where he wanted to be or retire or whatever.
This whole situation makes the WWE look bad, Sting look worse and TNA just look like a bunch of half-wit ding dongs that couldn’t come up with an original idea if a terrorist had a gun pointed to there heads.