Sting had by far the greatest career in the history of WCW. There is a reason why they referred to him as 'the face of WCW," after all.
Though fans were fortunate to see Sting go up against many all-time greats - including Ric Flair, Hulk Hogan, Bret Hart, Randy Savage, and Triple H - there is a long list of wrestling legends that he never went up against.
Sting did go up against future WWE stars during his time in WCW, including Kane and Steve Austin. But if fans had it their way, we would have seen Sting go up against these other 10 wrestling greats.
10 CM Punk
Throw in CM Punk's incredible wrestling skill set and his phenomenal work on the microphone, and you can only imagine how incredible a feud would have been with The Man They Call Sting.
Of course, CM Punk left WWE in Jan. 2014 due to fallout with Triple H and Vince McMahon. Sting wouldn't debut for WWE for another 10 months.
Had CM Punk stayed longer, or if Sting had signed some years earlier, maybe we would have been treated to an all-time classic between these stars.
9 Bray Wyatt
This match could have realistically taken place at WrestleMania 31, but Sting was pitted against Triple H, while Bray Wyatt clashed with The Undertaker. Of course, there was also a chance to do it at some point between after WrestleMania and the Night of Champions pay-per-view, which marked Sting's final match.
Wyatt and Sting would have put on quite a show in the ring, especially considering the similarities between their personas. For what it's worth, Wyatt teased at targeting Sting several months ago, but nothing ever came to fruition.
8 Daniel Bryan
Daniel Bryan was, unfortunately, dealing with injuries during Sting's year-long run in WWE. Perhaps we would have seen a dream showdown between the two if Bryan had been healthy.
Of course, Bryan was cleared to return to the ring in 2018, and he remains as good as ever in the ring. Unfortunately, Sting would retire from wrestling several weeks after Bryan initially called it quits.
The timing simply didn't allow these two legends to square off in the middle of the ring.
7 Roddy Piper
Sting and 'Rowdy' Roddy Piper were pitted against each other in two different tag team matches back in the days of WCW, but they never fought one-on-one.
On the Sept. 7, 1998 episode of WCW Nitro, Piper and Diamond Dallas Page defeated Sting and Lex Luger in a tag team match. At the ensuing Fall Brawl event, DDP, Warrior, and Piper won a 3-on-3-on-3 WarGames tag team match which included Sting - who was wrestling for nWo Wolfpac.
Both Piper and Sting constantly feuded with the New World Order during its highest point of power, too, so the opportunity wasn't really there for the two Hall of Famers to have a singles match.
6 The Ultimate Warrior
After leaving the WWE for a second time in 1996, Ultimate Warrior opted to join WCW in 1998. His tenure with Eric Bischoff's company lasted less than a year, however, so there were few opportunities for him to go toe-to-toe with The Vigilante.
As noted above Warrior, DDP, and Piper won the three-way tag team match at Fall Brawl 1998, which included Sting. Warrior and The Icon defeated Bret Hart and Hulk Hogan via disqualification in a tag team match on the Oct. 12, 1998 episode of Nitro.
It marked the final match between Warrior and Sting together in the history of professional wrestling, as the former retired several months after joining WCW.
5 John Cena
They called Sting the face of WCW in the 90s. They called John Cena the face of WWE during the Ruthless Aggression Era. How fitting would it have been for these two all-time greats to square off in a "Face of WCW vs. Face of WWE" match?
Sting debuted for WWE at the 2014 Survivor Series pay-per-view, where he attacked Triple H and helped Team Cena defeat Team Authority in a 5-on-5 elimination tag match. Had Cena's team lost, his four members would have been fired by WWE - but Sting had saved the day. And on the Sept. 14, 2015 episode of Raw, Sting and Cena defeated Seth Rollins and Big Show in a tag team match.
So we at least got to see Cena and Sting share the ring together. We just didn't see them go up against one another.
4 Chris Jericho
Chris Jericho worked in WCW from 1996 to '99, but despite superb mic skills and elite in-ring wrestling skills, Eric Bischoff and company officials never game him much of a push. Y2J was stuck in the mid-card division, and he wisely chose to sign with WWE in 1999 - thus putting himself on the path for a Hall of Fame career.
With Sting in the main event picture during Jericho's tenure in WCW, it didn't make sense for the company to pit the two against one another. Sting was mainly feuding with the nWo during this period, after all. And of course, Jericho wasn't with WWE on a full-time basis during Sting's lone year with WWE.
So we're left wondering what could have been between these two in the ring.
3 The Rock
The Rock debuted for WWF in 1996, during the early stages of the Monday Night Wars. Of course, he quickly became one of the company's top babyfaces, so there was no way he was going to head to WCW.
Though The Rock returned to WWE in 2011 to begin a feud with John Cena, his final go-around with WWE concluded well before Sting had arrived at Survivor Series 2014.
What if Sting had signed with WWE instead of TNA following WCW's demise? Certainly, he would have seen him challenge the People's Champion? That would have been a match for the ages, but it just wasn't meant to be.
2 Shawn Michaels
Unlike many other WWE legends of the 90s and early 2000s, Shawn Michaels never competed for the WCW promotion. He and Sting stood on opposite sides during the Monday Night Wars, which obviously meant no dream match would take place.
But that doesn't mean we can't imagine the type of match these two would have put on together. You're talking about two of the absolute greatest men to ever grace the wrestling ring.
We saw both these legends go up against the same opponents such as Triple H, Hulk Hogan, and Ric Flair, among others. The Vigilante against The Showstopper. Who would you take? That's the million-dollar question that nobody will ever find the answer too.
1 The Undertaker
Some of you might point out the fact that Sting and Undertaker technically competed, and you'd be right, because it did happen at a 1990 WCW event.
But it was different then. The Undertaker was competing as 'Mean' Mark Callous, and Sting wasn't in his Crow gimmick at the time. What wrestling fans really hoped to see was the Crow version of Sting vs. The Undertaker, the established WWE icon that everybody knows and loves today.
Since Sting turned down WWE in favor of TNA, fans were left to imagine how a match against Undertaker would have gone down. But WWE had one chance to make it happen when Sting signed with them in 2014. Instead, he clashed with Triple H and The Authority - when Sting could have met The Undertaker at WrestleMania 31.
WWE even teased a match between the two wrestling legends. But with Sting retired and The Undertaker likely to follow suit in a few years, it's all but certain that we'll never see this dream showdown.