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Scott Hall story about WrestleMania 31 confirms what we were all thinking about Triple H beating Sting

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In an excellent, wide-ranging discussion with Justin Barrasso over at SI.com's Extra Mustard blog, WWE Hall of Famer Scott Hall told a story about last year's WrestleMania and the headliner to this year's Hall of Fame, Sting.

As you'll no doubt recall, the WCW legend was facing Triple H for his first official match in a WWE ring. It was an overbooked (in the good sense) bout which featured run-ins by the nWo and D-Generation X, making it a fun, glorious mess of a contest intended to represent the Attitude Era and Monday Night War in microcosm.

So when Sting - the name most associated with WCW and the non-McMahon side of that rivalry - was pinned by The Game, most fans rolled their eyes and muttered "of course".

According to the man who played Razor Ramon, we were all right to:

I was there and obviously involved in his match at WrestleMania last year.

We're rehearsing the match in Cali last year at Levi Stadium, and it's the Kliq and the New Age Outlaws out there, and we all know each other. And then there's Sting, who doesn't know anybody. He's an outsider. I just think he never felt comfortable there. Being hurt was answered prayer for him-just let it end.

You need to remember that Vince is never going to go with something he didn't create. But we didn't get anything done at the rehearsal the night before, so WrestleMania day, there were tents in the parking lot set up with rings for rehearsal. So we're all in there again, and I'm next to Hulk [Hogan] on the ring apron and Triple H is going over the match and then he goes, "OK, he'll break the sledgehammer, then I'll hit him with the sledgehammer, and cover him, 1-2-3."

I looked at Hulk, and Hulk looked at me, and I was thinking, "Sting, what kind of lawyer do you have, bro? You're coming in the door doing a job? You weren't even guaranteed to go over?" That's Vince just reminding you who won, even if he's going to make money the other way.

That match, and Sting's entire WWE in-ring career, were part of the world's longest victory lap...one Vince doesn't have any interest in stopping running. It's why, even though his Hall of Fame induction will be awesome, a spectacle and tribute to his legendary career that no other promotion could pull off ... he'll enter with a 0 - 2 record in the company whose name is first on the marquee.

Check out Barrasso's entire interview with Hall for more on his son's career in New Japan, his goal of being a trainer in NXT and more.

Surprised by this behind-the-scenes look at WM 31? Is getting hurt while facing Seth Rollins a blessing for Sting, at least in the sense that it frees him to retire?

Let us know what you think.