When Sting’s TNA Contract Expires, Alberto Del Rio’s Opponent At SummerSlam, Another Match Planned, Wellness Testing Takes Place & All Talent Warned Over Recent Failure

- With recent talk surrounding Sting entertaining a possible run in WWE, we’re told his contract with TNA Wrestling is up after Bound for Glory next fall. According to a source, his deal expires in November, upon which point he would be able to negotiate with WWE if he is indeed interested.

- Expect to have a better idea about who will be challenging Alberto Del Rio for the World Heavyweight Championship after this week’s TV tapings. We’re told the mentions last week of Rob Van Dam as a potential challenger have cooled.

- At this point Damien Sandow vs. Cody Rhodes is the direction the company is going to “push both” and should be official for SummerSlam some time this week.

- We’re told a round of Wellness testing was conducted in WWE last week. Talent was told they needed to consult their medical staff before taking anything, even if it can be legally purchased over-the-counter. This was in response to Ricardo Rodriguez’s violation as he reportedly tested positive for an over-the-counter fat burning supplement.

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  • Xavier

    Del Rio/RVD makes a ton of sense right now with Ziggler busy with Big E. It also gives the fans a break from Del Rio/Ziggler for a bit for a fresh match up while capitalizing on the return of RVD.

    If Sting does indeed return I really hope that Vince/WWE takes the proper steps in keeping it a secret, the last thing the WWE is a bunch of smarks chanting his name and ruining segments before they have a chance to take place like they did with Goldberg’s & Lesnar’s returns. Imagine the pop he would get if he was a surprise entrance in the Royal Rumble.

    • Gary Robert

      I don’t think the majority of a WWE audience at a live event would even know who he was upon his entrance, actually.

      • Xavier

        Sad but could very well be true.Could end up being similar to what we got when Hart cameback. I remember when Bret Hart returned in early 2010, his pops weren’t as loud as I thought they would be. I always felt that Hart cameback too late, had he cameback in late 05/early 06 when his DVD was selling I think his pops would of been a lot louder. Hart/McMahon at WM22 would of been ideal.

  • Gary Robert

    NEXT Fall? Good, so he’ll only be like 55 then. This is VERY exciting, lol

    • Xavier

      I’m not really that excited for a Sting return myself. Don’t get me wrong it would be nice to see him have a couple of meaningful matches in the WWE and go into the HOF but I feel like he’s missed the boat somewhat, Sting coming back between 2001-2004 would of been ideal. People are pushing for Taker/Sting at WM which is understandable but I honestly don’t think the match itself would be all that great. There are so many other better options for Taker at this point for Mania. And why have Sting comeback just to lose?

      • Matt Hansen

        You mean a Sting debut? Sting has never been in WWE

        • Xavier

          Yeah I meant debut. Just noticed that lol

          • Matt Hansen

            It’s ok, common mistake.

      • outkazt09

        I am glad Sting did not join WWE after the purchase of WCW. There would be a possibility of him getting buried. In addition, he was not really big on the TV-14 content. That kind of confuses me though, he is in a TV-14 wrestling promotion at the moment. I would welcome such a bout between both, but the outcome would have to favor both in a way. Tough finish to orchestrate.

      • LeftyTosser

        Xavier, your comment on Sting missing the boat somewhat indicates that Steve has somehow not gotten everything out of his career that he wanted. I don’t think that is the case in any way, shape or form. He has been quite happy with the work he has done. The only two things that the WWE really potentially offer at this point would be one match at WM and the WWE Studio. The match at WM could have a significant pay day, which any person would like. Steve is not in a position to NEED the pay day, but it would always come in handy. On point two, with the lack of recent success of the WWE Studio, that’s probably not a big deal, especially when you take into account the type of film work that Steve prefers. He uses his film work to further his ministry, not to do action thrillers.

        • Xavier

          I honestly didn’t mean it that way. I understand that he doesn’t need the WWE and vise versa. I just don’t think Sting (55) vs Taker (48) wouldn’t be as good of a match as people think. Taker vs Cena or Taker vs Lesnar make more sense at Mania for Taker then Sting would and would do a bigger gate IMHO and make for a better match. I think it would make more sense if Sting debuted in a match and won. Sting vs Orton(Legend Killer) anyone? I’m not really sure how interested Sting would be in doing a film with WWE studios. WWE studios seems to finally be headed in the right direction with them using actual A list actors with wrestlers taking on more of a supporting role (instead of a leading role). “The Call” actually turned a nice profit and did better then WWE officials expected.

          • LeftyTosser

            Xavier, that makes more sense. It really sounded like you felt like he needed the WWE and that certainly is not the case. While I think Taker vs. Sting could be a great match (given time to get themselves ready together), I don’t think Steve needs to come to WWE and lose. Losing would do nothing to maintain or improve his legacy and his legacy is far more important to him than the money at this point. I could be wrong, but I think when all is said and done, his interest in the WWE is still overshadowed by his complete distrust of VKM. While Paul is “in charge” of more and more in the WWE office, VKM is still quite capable of throwing his weight around and burying anyone he wants. I also think that it will be interesting to see what happens with RVD now that he is back. Will he continue to be somewhat elevated or will he pay the price for the past several years. Will Morgan eventually sign with WWE and get squashed?

          • Xavier

            All valid points, however I don’t see Sting ever being buried by Vince though. Despite Vince’s rep for burying guys from outside promotions a lot of guys like Benoit, Guerrero, Mysterio, Punk, Bryan, Goldberg (before he left at Mania), Booker T, RVD (until he smoked his bug push away) have/had all had great runs under Vince.

          • LeftyTosser

            Booker was buried right away once the sale was done. Goldberg got a little run and then things turned really sour really quick. The others were not big stars for the main rival at the time. ECW was never more than a small regional promotion. The concern I hear from Steve is that he is the last of the WCW stars that did not kiss butt back at the time of the sale. It is just like VKM to hold a grudge or want to make a statement even after all the time that has passed.

            No matter what the general feeling is with the fans, VKM knows that TNA is only one or two right management people away from being a real competitor within the wrestling part of the business. The talent is in place to do good things. Unfortunately the management has been horrible.

  • thepowerserge

    Sting returning? Not really interested in that anymore. I mean, which one should we expect: Bladerunner, The Stinger, Wolfpac Sting, The Crow, or The Jokester? He looks, and acts, more like Doink these days than Heath Ledger. The Undertaker/Sting “dream match” would be more of a “pipe dream” nowadays anyway.

  • Karl Walker

    Sting’s TNA Contract Expires?? Is this the same like the Mark Henry contract………..