Sting To WWE?, What Makes Bray Wyatt Intriguing, TNA Creative, WWE Eliminating High Risk Spots

Are reports true that WWE has a decent chance of signing Sting to a contract once his deal with TNA Wrestling is up?

Sting puts himself in this position because he chooses to work on a year-to-year contract with TNA Wrestling. He’s flirted with WWE before so as long as he does so, there will always be speculation regarding his future. I have heard from credible sources within WWE there is interest but there’s always interest. Sting isn’t getting any younger and the window is closing but we certainly can’t rule it out. However,  if you’re going to root for a former WCW star to come to WWE, I would root for Sting over Goldberg because I think there’s more of a chance of signing the former.

I personally feel that Bray Wyatt and The Wyatt Family are possibly the best gimmick that WWE has come up with in years. However, I do feel they’ve been limited by short storylines and monthly angles. Would they not benefit from a longer feud?

WWE seems to be “feeling out the trio,” gauging where they are best fit before making any long-term commitment. Kane is expected to resume his program with them when he returns although the current direction is the program with The Miz. I am very high up on The Wyatt Family but feel the money with Bray Wyatt is in his gimmick. I’m not saying he can’t work, but it’s his mic work and “spooky” character that people are interested in. After his Ring of Fire Match [against Kane] at SummerSlam, people were criticizing his in-ring work while ignoring the spectacle. I took this as an IWC overreaction. Not all gimmicks and characters are based around what happens in the ring, WWE is not Ring of Honor. The match had a perfect feel to it and really helped set the groundwork for Bray’s character.

Who is on the TNA creative team?

The TNA Wrestling creative team is currently comprised of Dave Lagana, Matt Conway, John Gaburick and Eric Bischoff. Lagana and Conway have been there for awhile now while Gaburick replaced Bruce Prichard and Bischoff maintains his role as Executive Producer.

We’ve seen WWE take measures to reduce the number of concussions, however, it seems more workers are utilizing riskier spots such as suicide dive and spots that require them to bump outside of the ring. Is there any concern about this?

Vince McMahon has traditionally discouraged workers from utilizing high-risk movesets to reduce the number of injuries. WWE is different from promotions such as Ring of Honor because the focus is not on the in-ring work. WWE’s broad demographic caters to pro wrestling fans but also people that are intrigued by the storylines and gimmicks. With that being said, WWE is still very physical and there’s no way to get around that. The spots you are talking about are done for a reason to help “tell the story” and I would be against eliminating them. It’s important to take precautions and I’m all for eliminating unprotected chair shots to the head but no one wants to see mass restrictions. Precautions can and should be taken but at the end of the day pro wrestling is still pro wrestling and it’s going to be physical.

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  • Isaac

    Sometimes I feel frustrated being a part of the IWC because it does feel like they expect/want WWE to become Ring of Honor and they under-appreciate other skills besides in ring work that it takes to be successful. I for one am really enjoying Bray Wyatt.

    • opie

      I like everything about Bray Wyatt. His ring work is unique, and his gimmick has a ton of potential. I would just like to see an actual angle play out rather than the same thing on every Raw.

  • Jbreed

    Bray Wyatt was the one who seemed the least likely to success out of Nexus and now he’s one of the most intriguing and most over stars in the WWE. It just goes to show how with the right gimmick they can make a star out of just about anybody if the WWE decides to put the time and effort into coming up with the right ideas.

    • Omi Ramos

      Agreed! I was thinking the same thing. I feel that gimmick comes very natural to him and his overall character. This is why I feel WWE can benefit (not always, but many times) by allowing the wrestlers to develop into a gimmick that feeds off their best overall traits.

    • HiBaby

      “most over stars in the WWE”? I beg to differ. He has the potential to be extremely popular, but isn’t quite there yet.

      • Jbreed

        Well at least as far as the midcard division is concerned I would say he is the most over besides The Rhodes and The Shield. I’d even put him ahead of our world heavywieght champion ADR who nobody cares about.

      • Robert D Miller

        i’m thinking he meant “most over”out of the nexus bunch and besides DB he is that’s just a fact but let us be honest it took a demotion and a rework to get him there

  • Ricky

    I would like to see Sting not only in the WWE but also inducted into the WWE Hall of Fame. Now before anyone says that Sting never worked for WWE, neither did Abdula The Butcher, The Four Horsemen (as a stable and under the Horsemen name) and The Von Erich Family (Again as a Family.)
    I think the Stinger can still give good matches paired with the right person such as Bryan, Hunter, Orton, Taker or Punk.
    I remember WWE banned both the 450 Splash and The Shooting Star Press. If memory serves didn’t Evan Bourne have to perform the Shooting Star Press flawlessly several times to be allowed to use the move?

  • Xavier

    Sting in a WWE ring would be a nice feather in the cap of long time wrestling fans such as myself and others on here. I hope to one day see him in the WWE Hall Of Fame. But outside of that he really doesn’t have much left. His knees are completely shot and he’s nowhere near the wrestler he was 10-20 years. I saw a match of his a few months against Magnus I believe it was and he looked completely blown up 7 or 8 minutes into the match. Sting would get a reaction if he walked into a WWE ring but I think (like Bret Hart when he came back in 2010) isn’t much of a draw anymore. One thing we have to remember with Sting is that he doesn’t have any brand recognition with the WWE and a lot fans who watch the product today A.) Have no idea who Sting is or B.) Have only seen his stuff in TNA. We have to remember that from 2002 thru 2008 we saw a huge turnover in the type of fans who now watch wrestling. Sting being in the WWE would be a dream come true but I still have no interest in a Undertaker/Sting match at Mania, give me Taker/Cena or Taker/Lesnar everyday of the week at Mania. I know I’ll get a lot of dislikes for saying all that but that’s my 2 cents.

    • MildSauce

      I agree. But i’d take it even further and say I do not really care to see Sting wrestle at all at this point. Him showing up in a WWE ring, very cool. Him wrestling in a WWE ring.. eh. And Like you, I’d much rather see Taker/Cena I think the numbers would be HUGE for that WM, if they can put that together
      .

      • Xavier

        I’m not so much against him wrestling a match in a one off or something like that but I see where you are coming from. Sting is not really a draw anymore. I’m sure I’ll get some comments directed my way for saying that but he’s nowhere near the draw of a Cena or Lesnar. Taker is going to be 49 very soon and Sting is going to be 55. That’s not a very good mix. Sting really missed the boat to come to the WWE over a decade ago when he still had a lot to offer. Taker/Sting sounds great on paper but fans need to be realistic about this, do they honestly think a 49 year old Undertaker facing a 55 year old Sting who’s not in the best of shape these days would produce a better match then Cena/Taker or do a better live gate or sale more PPVs.

        • Nostaljack

          The Sting ship has sailed and I no longer care if he shows up on WWE tv or not.

          • Xavier

            I don’t understand the real reason why he just didn’t come into the company around 2001-2002 with Hogan, Flair & Steiner. Every time he’s asked that question he gives some lame ass cop out answer that doesn’t add up. First it was because WWE was TV14 and he didn’t approve of the storylines and yet he’s in TNA which is TV14 and WWE has long cleaned up the storylines and gone to more family oriented programming, then in his second excuse he always alludes to this segment on RAW where Rock returns and ask who Booker T is and claims that Vince would only bury WCW guys which is a pretty lame argument considering that Benoit, Guerrero, Mysertio had more success in the WWE then at WCW. Booker had about the same amount of success in WWE as he did in WCW. Sting contradicts himself at every turn when asked that question.

    • Batman

      “One thing we have to remember with Sting is that he doesn’t have any
      brand recognition with the WWE and a lot fans who watch the product
      today A.) Have no idea who Sting”

      You know who else doesn’t have any brand recognition with the WWE and a lot of fans?

      Every. Single. New. Employee.

      Big E didn’t. Daniel Bryan didn’t. Every single character that appears on tv or in a movie. NO ONE ever starts as a huge name. You introduce him. And, frankly, Sting has a HELL of a lot of material you can show to introduce him to your current audience so they can get to know him.

      This whole “no one knows who Sting is” argument against him is ridiculous. Very few people who watch WWE know who Kazuchika Okada is, but that’s not stopping WWE trying to get him to sign.

      • Xavier

        It’s not a ridiculous argument, it’s the truth. Those guys you mentioned are young and in their primes and have their whole future ahead of them. Can’t say that about a 55 year old Sting who’s way past his prime. And like I said, I’d love to see him in the WWE hall of fame, get a DVD. Wrestle maybe once or twice but as far as Sting/Taker at WM30 goes, I’ll pass.

        • Batman

          It’s the truth because you say so? No, that’s not how “truth” works. I pointed out where your argument is ridiculous, in that NO ONE is known to people until you introduce them, and Sting is already known to a portion of the audience.

          You talking about him “not having brand recognition”? Ridiculous argument.

          • Xavier

            Nope, it’s the truth because it is so. Like you said Sting is known to a “portion” of the audience who were around from the Monday Night Wars. But a good chunk of those fans no longer watch wrestling. And what brand recognition does Sting have? He’s never ever been mentioned on WWE programming. Do you realize how many under the age of 21 watch WWE now? It’s a lot.How many of those fans remember Sting from his heyday? You know how many people out there that give a ZERO F**** about TNA? A lot more then people who actually care. Here I’ll use another example, When Bret Hart returned in 2010 Hart/McMahon was suppose to be the feud that sold WM26. That feud didn’t generate the type of numbers that Vince was hoping for and the Montreal Screwjob had been referenced on WWE so many times before Hart even returned and that incident will probably go down as one of the more famous incidents in wrestling. Just like in 2010, the majority of younger fans weren’t familiar with him and those that did know of Hart only know him because of what they heard or saw of him on the DVD. Imagine watching RAW as a kid in the attitude era then of all of sudden Bruno or Backlund comes back, you think most people aside from fans in their late 20s/early 30s would really care much?

      • Nostaljack

        Sting is in his fifties now. Big difference. It’s too late for him to try to get over with the casual fan that doesn’t know him.

        • opie

          I don’t think there would be too many problems getting him over. He’s one of the most popular wrestlers OF ALL TIME. WWE has a massive library of his work from NWA and WCW (you know, all the work that made him famous in the first place).

          • Nostaljack

            The casual fan doesn’t know him though. He’s one of the best to ever do it, of course. He is of value only for the reason you stated in regard to the footage he could help market.

          • smark calloway

            i think a lot more people know who he is than you are giving credit for . remember when wwe did the poll at night of champions ( i think it was on that ppv ) and he got the most votes for being the best u.s champion of all time ( against a few other names that the wwe audience are familiar with as they have worked for the company ) those polls are a shoot too. they are a legit voting system as richard and other writers have attested too. and i doubt that all of those voting were all smart marks or tna fans . so it shows the casual audience does still know who he is

      • opie

        I completely agree with you.

    • smark calloway

      i think a lot more people know who he is than you are giving credit for . remember when wwe did the poll at night of champions ( i think it was on that ppv ) and he got the most votes for being the best u.s champion of all time ( against a few other names that the wwe audience are familiar with as they have worked for the company ) those polls are a shoot too. they are a legit voting system as richard and other writers have attested too. and i doubt that all of those voting were all smart marks or tna fans . so it shows the casual audience does still know who he is

      • Xavier

        I doubt it. I think your giving Sting’s drawing ability more credit then it really deserves. And most polls voted on by the internet are voted upon by smarks. Have you been to a WWE live show in the past 4 or 5 years? A whole lot of families and young adults between the ages of 18-21 watch the show and most of them are only familiar with Sting’s work in TNA. Sting is nowhere near the draw/cash cow as a John Cena, The Rock or Brock Lesnar. Trust me on that bro. Sting coming to the WWE would create a buzz no doubt about it (like Bret Hart in 2010) it wouldn’t generate near the mainstream media buzz that the Rock did when he cameback in 2011 or Lesnar returning in 2012. You really think a 55 year old Sting with both knees shot, who’s not in the best shape and way past his prime could get a better match out of Undertaker then Cena or Lesnar could? Do you actually think Sting/Undertaker would draw biggrt then Cena/Taker or Lesnar/Taker?

        • smark calloway

          haha im no way saying that sting coming into wwe is like the rock or lesnar coming back .i know that..im not even a sting fan, and have no interest in seeing him wrestle in wwe ( maybe i could handle seeing him against taker just once, just for the spectacle )but i just think that a lot more people know who he is than you are giving credit for. and i really dont think it was all smarks that voted for sting at the ppv because it has been proven only about 10 percent of the audience ( maybe even less than that ) that watch wwe each week are smarks , so are you telling me that they are the only ones that vote on the wwe app each week?

          • Xavier

            Most of them, yeah. And I’m not saying people don’t know who he is, I’m saying that a lot of people aren’t as interested as you may think.

          • smark calloway

            the fact that he was top of a wwe poll against people that have appeared in wwe , a company that he has never set foot in, shows that there is some interest for him from the public..( i know not the same amount as a brock, rock etc but there is some interest there or else wwe wouldnt of been pursuing him for the last couple of years for mania would they , if they thought no one would care )but do you have stats , facts or figures that can prove that most of the voting done on the wwe app each week is from the smart marks ? if you can present to me some proof of this i will accept it …maybe richard knows and can tell us the proper percentages

  • Nostaljack

    Bray Wyatt is absolutely mesmerizing every single time I see him. Even on Monday when the match didn’t involve him, I was never not curious what he was doing on his chair. I sort of miss his ring weirdness but if all he did was talk, I’d be fine with that.

  • Ant_C

    Would be cool if they can do a Wyatt family and shield feud like an old stable feud. Given the images of the stables and that they’re both heel don’t think it would work though.

  • Tim

    Technically ,We all are including you Richard A part of iwc. So if everyone can shut up and stop crying about the iwc. That would be grrreat

  • Robert D Miller

    im sorry when you take a combined age of 104 years old between two workers that do not know each other ring wise (yes I know they faced off in tag teams against each other like 25 yrs ago but let’s keep it real here) and they are 2 of the best in the last quarter century things could get ugly real quick I for one have been watching wrestling since the days of the wild samoans , backlund, etc and 10 yrs ago I would have squealed like a cena fan that caught an arm band to see those two get it on but at this point absolutely not. Sting doesn’t need WWE and basically taker’s only real match left is CENA in a “passing the torch” type of match even though we all know there isn’t one to pass to the man