Although he's been in negotiations with the company for over a month now, Sting has yet to officially sign a contract with WWE. The reason? According to published reports, WWE doesn't see him as a top priority right now what with everything else the organization has going on. Hulk Hogan is coming back into the fold, CM Punk is gone and they're trying to get him back, television rights deals are being negotiated, the WWE Network is about to launch, and the WrestleMania 30 card is being put together.
That's without mentioning Undertaker returning soon.
Speaking of which, Dave Meltzer is reporting in the latest edition of the Wrestling Observer Newsletter (subscription required but strongly recommended) that Sting was hoping for a match with "The Deadman" at WrestleMania this year and there's one big reason he may have been a better option than Brock Lesnar, who is currently scheduled to be 'Taker's opponent:
Sting himself was hoping to get a match with Undertaker at this year's Mania, so I guess he bought into the Internet hype for himself since the company and Undertaker himself have had the Lesnar plan dating back to 2010. The one thing from the Sting standpoint is that since he lives in the Dallas area, he was willing to go with Undertaker and work out the match in private at Undertaker's gym, over and over, to get it right, which is what Undertaker's opponents the last several years have done. That's one of the reasons the matches have gone over so well. There was some question that Lesnar, who is in it because he makes huge money for limited work and only has a certain number of dates on his contract, of whether he would be willing spending several extra days working with Undertaker to get the entire match worked out.
While a number of fans have definitely bought into the Sting vs. Undertaker hype of years past, WWE may have moved on from the idea when Sting failed to sign with the company a couple years back. Realistically, there may be a great story to be told but the actual match likely couldn't live up to what Lesnar could do.
Plus, there may be an equally good story to tell with Brock and Undertaker settling up that worked interaction back at UFC 121 in Oct. 2010.
They're gonna do it.
Still, at least it looks like Sting will likely be brought in and used in some capacity, just not for that dream match he wanted. Hey, there's always next year, right?