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Sting to return to TNA at tonight's Impact tapings, thus won't appear at WWE's WrestleMania PPV

Yippee, Dixie Carter gets to keep Sting!  (Wikimedia Commons)
Yippee, Dixie Carter gets to keep Sting! (Wikimedia Commons)

Both James Caldwell of PWTorch and Dave Meltzer of f4wonline are reporting that Sting will return to TNA at tonight's Impact tapings in Fayetteville, NC, their first taping outside of Orlando in over two years.  This means that Sting won't appear at WrestleMania this year, as the rumour mill suggested was possible after WWE's initial ambiguous video to hype The Undertaker's return.  Simply put, with The Rock guest hosting WrestleMania and Shawn Michaels being inducted into the Hall Of Fame, Sting wasn't necessary for the show, so it's unsurprising that his informal negotiations with WWE went nowhere, especially with Triple H already being granted the main event slot for the show against The Undertaker.  Moreover, TNA was always going to be waiting in the wings with the same lucrative contract, light schedule and main event push that Sting has gotten used to over the past several years, so it was going to take a very special offer to get him to jump ship and the timing wasn't right this year for that.  Maybe next year will be different?  So this was the right move for Sting, but what about Dixie Carter?  Splurging cash to keep the banged up Sting at this stage is arguably more wasteful than signing Jersey Shore's Angelina Pivarnick for a few appearances, as at least Pivarnick might get the company some media publicity while meaning nothing for their ratings or PPV business.  The only thing signing Sting does is allow Dixie to save some face for allowing Kevin Nash and Booker T to slip through her fingers, at least WWE didn't succeed in getting a clean sweep of all the guys TNA hadn't got under contract but still planned for their terminated Main Event Mafia reunification angle.

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