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I hope you don’t mind me being casual in addressing you by your given name. I have a hard time using your stage name since you seem to have a hard time performing as the character for which you’re famous.
I felt the need to address you openly since I’m sure you’re reading anything that’s printed about you. You certainly aren’t competing right now, so I’d assume you’ve got plenty of free time on your hands. I also assume you’ve got a high enough opinion about yourself (and your net worth) that you would indeed read whatever is said about you. I base that on your ongoing hesitance to sign the contract that WWE sent to you some time ago and has been lingering in limbo ever since.
How you haven’t done this yet is just beyond me.
As Geno Mrosko himself mentioned, this pointless dance has been going on for way too long, and many fans are just beyond caring right now. This kind of stalling isn’t doing you any favors. So I have a novel idea that you might want to consider.
Just don’t sign.
Let it go. Stop trying to tease the dirtsheets by dropping hints about wanting to finish your career in WWE. No more cute references to your favorite number (Which would be whatever WrestleMania is coming up next that you won’t be attending anyway). Don’t even appear on anymore WWE Network specials.
Just stop getting your fan's hopes up.
It’s not fair to them. They have waited for you to debut on "the grandest stage of them all." They have played fantasy booker between you and Undertaker. They have waited with baited breath every single time your name is mentioned in a news story.
Do right by them, and just walk away.
Because if you ever do sign, it’ll be a massive disappointment. And here are the reasons why:
- The right time for you to show up was 13 years ago during the InVasion. This wasn’t your fault, not really, but that ship has set sail.
- Your last excellent match was probably sometime in 1994. You haven’t had a memorable one since.
- The only match/feud that made sense for you no longer makes sense. The Streak has been broken, and the Undertaker is hardly in prime fighting shape. The match quite simply means nothing. Even if it did…
- What’s the sense in signing you on for just one match? It’s not like you’d be likely to feud with anyone else or work a regular schedule, and that’s because…
- You’re getting up there. You just turned 55 this past spring. You would effectively be the oldest competitor—regular or part time—on the roster. Even the Undertaker has yet to crack 50.
- If WWE wants to make a documentary about you, they have all the footage they need. You don’t need to be present at this point; all of your colleagues will gladly spin yarns about your glory days. Speaking of which…
- You have spent the last 13 years out of the limelight. Regardless of being on a major network, TNA is not a household name like WWE. It’s an entirely different audience. Rob Van Dam once remarked that many fans were unaware of his stint in Orlando, and I would think it safe to say there are many others who would be just as blind to your exploits there. Then again, that might be for the best because…
- Your name value has been diminished by TNA. Again, not totally your fault, but it’s hard to care when the last thing most fans remember is your lousy Joker character. But that leads me to discuss the biggest reason why you shouldn’t sign…
- There is nothing special about you anymore. The idea of watching you walk down a ramp to a WWE ring for the first time in history doesn’t give us the same feeling it did over a decade ago. There is literally no way it would be successful either in terms of ratings or quality. Considering the Sting character is not a product of Vince McMahon’s mind, you’d probably get ribbed and buried very quickly onscreen. The moment can’t live up to the hype today, and maybe it never could.
The thing is, all of these facts were present well before you began negotiating with the folks in Stamford. The fact that you still haven’t signed yet just accentuates the fact that it’s a bad idea, because I sense a silent heat among hardcore fans online about your game-playing.
Let me put it in perspective: WWE was able to sign Legends contracts with both Bruno Sammartino and the Ultimate Warrior. In that statement, you have one man who was possibly Vince McMahon’s biggest critic for more than two decades, and one man who was reviled and blackballed by both Vince and his peers.
WWE could mend fences with them. But signing Sting is apparently beyond their power.
So don’t sign, Steve. Just hang up the boots, put away the face paint, and put the trench coat in the attic. Let the fun memories be, and stop ruining people’s opinion of you. Because for a Born-Again Christian with such strong ethics, this hardball ethic doesn’t paint you as the passive, humble person you want us all to believe.
There’s a certain irony to me that you are perhaps most well-known for your run in WCW from the summer of 1996 to the fall of 1997, back when you first ditched the bright colors and blonde buzz cut for Brandon Lee’s old wardrobe. That’s when you were at your most popular, by far.
It’s ironic to me because just like then, you are most famous right now for spending the majority of your time away from the ring.
Personally, I’m just fine if it stays that way.