The man called Sting has finally made his WWE debut. One of the most iconic figures in the history of professional wrestling, Sting was always the one individual who had never crossed over into the realm of WWE. Sting is a 15-time world champion, holding the NWA World Heavyweight Championship, WCW World Heavyweight Championship, and TNA World Heavyweight Championship all on multiple occasions. Best known for his time spent in WCW, Sting initially portrayed a charismatic surfer character that sported a blonde flattop and colorful face paint. However as the industry shifted more towards the Attitude Era his character evolved into the darker crow inspired persona sporting a dark trench coat, black and white face paint, and often wielding a baseball bat. At the peak of the Monday Night War, he achieved huge success and notoriety portraying this character. He’d often drop down from the rafters to fend off the members of the nWo and defend WCW’s honor.
As the Attitude Era eventually came to a close, Vince McMahon and the WWE purchased WCW in 2001. With this acquisition it like seemed we’d all finally see the dream matches that had always been left to our imaginations, unfortunately that wasn’t the case. Sting declined the WWE’s offer at that time deciding to sit out his lucrative contract with WCW. In 2003 he made random appearances with TNA until actually returning on a regular basis in late 2004. Sting would remain in TNA until 2014 where he was inducted as the first member of their Hall of Fame. After his contract with TNA expired he went silent leaving everyone to wonder what was next.
In April of 2014 Sting appeared on the WWE Network in a special produced for his former tag team partner Ultimate Warrior who had recently passed away. This was the first time Sting had appeared on WWE programing (excluding the final episode of WCW Nitro) and led to much speculation that the Stinger could actually be gearing up for a run in the WWE. Three months later on an episode of Monday Night Raw it was announced that Sting would be a pre-order exclusive character in WWE 2k15. Then on November 23, in the main event of Survivor Series, Sting made his first appearance in a WWE ring by attacking Triple H and costing Team Authority the win against Team Cena. With the arrival of Sting, the Internet exploded trying to predict which opponents the WWE might actually have in store for him.
10. John Cena
John Cena is the face of the WWE and has been for the past 10 years. There is no individual currently in the company that better represents the WWE brand more than John Cena. This match would allow the man who best represented WCW to square off against the WWE’s current poster boy. Although both of these superstars come from extremely different eras, they are two of the biggest names in the history of sports entertainment and would offer fans an extraordinary match previously limited to the imagination of fans or the confines of a video game.
9. The Rock
When Sting was on top of the wrestling world battling the nWo back in WCW, The Rock was ushering in a new era of sports entertainment in the WWE. The trail brazing, eyebrow raising, people’s champ The Rock was launching the WWE to new heights. In the Attitude Era there were few individuals bigger than these two megastars. To see this encounter now would have the entire WWE Universe as split as they were at WrestleMania X-8 when The Rock fought Hollywood Hulk Hogan.
8. Chris Jericho
During the Monday Night Wars, Jericho was one of the big stars to jump ship from WCW to WWE. He was frustrated with his position in WCW where he was stuck in the cruiserweight division and offered little if any room to grow. After arriving in the WWE, Chris Jericho became one of the biggest stars in the industry. He is the first Undisputed Champion in the history of professional wrestling (a honor he earned by defeating Stone Cold Steve Austin and The Rock in the same night to unify both the WCW and WWE Championships). Jericho has become a household name, consistently has incredible matches, and has never faced Sting in the squared circle making him a very possible and dangerous opponent for Sting.
7. Randy Orton
Randy Orton is a third generation superstar and one of the most devastating competitors in the WWE. He was a member of the group, Evolution that included WWE superstars Triple H, Batista, and “The Nature Boy” Ric Flair. At SummerSlam 2004, Orton made WWE history at the age of 24 by becoming the youngest World Heavyweight Champion in history. He also earned the nickname “Legend Killer” by taking on and defeating legends including Shawn Michaels, The Undertaker, Ric Flair, Mick Foley, and even Hulk Hogan. Don’t you think he’d love to add Sting to that list?
After Team Authority’s loss at Survivor Series, Kane has been forced out of his role as the Director of Operations and will obviously want his revenge for what transpired. Kane has become a legendary figure in the WWE playing an integral part in the company’s growth since the Attitude Era and would make a compelling opponent for the Stinger. Furthermore, Sting has already been very clear in his desire to face The Undertaker before eventually retiring and would obviously be more than happy to dish out some extra punishment to his brother as well.
5. Bray Wyatt
Bray Wyatt is a third generation wrestler that has quickly developed a cult like following in the WWE. “The Eater of Worlds” has the kind of on-screen character to truly embroil himself in a feud with Sting. Their match up would be the perfect clash between the past and the present. The mystique behind Wyatt’s character would allow him to craft a haunting story with the Stinger that would leave the WWE Universe deeply rattled, never to be the same again.
4. Brock Lesnar
After ending the Undertaker’s undefeated streak, and subsequently winning the WWE Championship, Brock Lesnar has shaken the very foundation of the professional wrestling industry since returning in 2012. He is one of the most dominant and unstoppable forces not only in professional wrestling but also in mixed martial arts. Lesnar actually left wrestling in 2004 and after training began a career in the UFC in 2008 where he captured the UFC Heavyweight Championship after defeating Randy Couture. As the current WWE World Heavyweight Champion Brock Lesnar has an obvious target on his back and Sting would definitely have his eyes set on him. It’s easy for the WWE to find a motive as to why Sting would want to face Lesnar.
3. Seth Rollins
Up until this point “Mr. Money In The Bank” has been living comfortably situated in his position with The Authority that was until Survivor Series of course. Sting’s interference directly resulted in Seth Rollins being pinned by Dolph Ziggler and leading to the end of The Authority and their loss of power. Without the protection of The Authority, Seth Rollins has been fuming and will certainly be looking to take his frustrations out on Sting. The self-proclaimed future of the WWE is an extremely dangerous competitor who will obviously stop at nothing to get his revenge.
2. Triple H
No one has had to deal directly with the consequences of Sting’s interference at Survivor Series more than Triple H. Thanks to Sting, The Authority is no longer in power and Triple H made sure to vent those frustrations on Monday Night Raw the following night. This match will surely occur at some point based upon the promo cut on RAW and the long stare down at Survivor Series between the two icons. Both of these superstars played essential roles in their respective companies during the Attitude Era and onward. They’ve continued to deliver high star matches in their careers that have in many ways been parallel to each other. It will be exciting to see these two superstars clash now that their courses have finally collided.
1. The Undertaker
There is no other acceptable answer for the number one spot. After joining the WWE in 1990 and having a career spanning nearly 25 years, The Undertaker is not only a legend in the WWE; he is an icon. He has competed in 22 WrestleManias and won 21 of those matches. The Undertaker is a four-time WWE World Heavyweight Champion and three-time World Heavyweight Champion. As Sting was in WCW, ‘Taker has been a staple in the WWE and a leader for their locker room. He has been part of some of the most memorable moments in the WWE’s storied history and will forever be known as one of the greatest stars of all time. It has been rumored for years that both Sting and The Undertaker have had interest in a match together. Sting has recently gone on record stating that he wants to face The Undertaker in his final match and it has never seemed so possible until now.
Although it is currently unknown if The Undertaker will wrestle another match following his loss at the hands of Brock Lesnar at WrestleMania XXX, this is the ultimate dream match and greatest potential opponent for Sting.
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