After months and months of speculation to go along with expectation that Sting would, after a long 25 year career spent working everywhere else, sign with WWE and go to work for Vince McMahon, it appears that's finally the case.
That's according a report in the latest edition of the Wrestling Observer Newsletter (subscription required but recommended), which notes that Sting has signed on the dotted line and he is "scheduled to appear on television at some point".
This comes on the heels of the announcement that he took an independent booking to appear for Pro Championship Wrestling in June, complete with a video promo featuring the man himself telling fans to come meet him (see it here). If he signed with WWE but is still taking this date, that lends credence to the idea that he won't be appearing on WWE television anytime soon.
This also comes on the heels of Undertaker losing to Brock Lesnar at WrestleMania 30 this past Sun., April 6, 2014, at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome in New Orleans, Louisiana, ending "The Phenom's" streak at 21 consecutive wins at the "Showcase of the Immortals". On top of losing the one specialty match that has kept him coming back all these years, the 49-year-old veteran suffered what was described as a "severe" concussion during the match, one bad enough to keep him hospitalized overnight and keep him off Monday Night Raw the next evening.
We may very well have seen the last of Undertaker in WWE, at least as a wrestler.
So what to do with Sting?
He still has value, considering he was a big star for WCW during its time on top of the pro wrestling world, and he's one of the biggest stars to never work for WWE. But the perception was that he would come in only for a match with Undertaker and when that was over, he would retire. Sting has been assuming he'll work with Undertaker -- he actually outright stated he has no desire to do anything other than that before WrestleMania -- but that's up in the air now.
So who else could he work with before riding off into the sunset before his inevitable Hall of Fame induction?
The Observer mentions The Rock saying years ago that he wanted to work with Sting and never got the chance during his career as an active wrestler. This deal creates the possibility but Rock costs a lot of money and there are very real questions regarding whether or not fans would pay to see that. Plus, to justify making the match would mean waiting for WrestleMania 31 and would that be the headlining attraction?
Again, WWE is in an unenviable position of having finally signed the biggest star to never work for the company at a time when there doesn't seem to be any clear cut way of using him.
Go ahead and help the creative team out by throwing out some ideas in the comments section below, Cagesiders.