When Sting looks back on his time with WWE, he speaks glowingly about it. Only good memories, as he told SI in a recent interview. It wasn’t enough to keep him from leaving to go to All Elite Wrestling, however, where he’s navigating the end of his pro wrestling career.
It very well could have ended in WWE, as it turns out. They just needed to book the one match Sting so badly wanted before calling it quits:
“I wanted that to happen. I was very clear publicly, and I was very clear with WWE, as well. I wanted my last hurrah against Taker. For whatever reason, it just never materialized. To this day, I don’t know why. Maybe Taker never wanted to work with me. I have no idea. I mean, I’ve had good conversations with Taker and we’ve always got along. I don’t know why the match never happened, but it should have happened. Because it wasn’t going to happen, and I knew it, and that wasn’t the only reason why I left WWE, but it’s one of the reasons why I left. I wanted that one last match.”
As he says, there were other reasons to leave, but would he have stuck around if he got to close things out with Undertaker? Obviously, it’s at least possible, which makes it a fascinating “what if” to add to pro wrestling lore.
Instead, he’s gearing up to tag with Darby Allin in a match against Ethan Page & Scorpio Sky at AEW Double or Nothing later on this evening.