Professional wrestling legend Sting was present at a WrestleCon event during World Wrestling Entertainment (WWE) WrestleMania 33 weekend. The Icon was part of the WrestleCon Kickoff Party panel in Orlando that also featured Ric Flair, Jim Ross and host / moderator Matt Striker. The 58-year-old revealed his regret over not having a match with The Undertaker at a ‘Mania.
Sting had a brief stint with the WWE before retiring from professional wrestling. His only ‘Mania appearance was at WrestleMania 31 in a match against Triple H. Unfortunately for The Icon, the match ended in a defeat for the World Championship Wrestling (WCW) legend.
Sting’s regret over not facing The Undertaker
Speaking with Justin Barrasso of Sports Illustrated, Sting discussed his thoughts about not facing The Undertaker in WWE. He also spoke about how he feels his own career panned out.
“There was a worldwide desire to see that match. It was a dream match for me, too,” Sting said.
“I regret not being able to get in the ring with him one time. It would have been great. But, I’m OK with the way it turned out.”
Sting’s lone WrestleMania appearance featured him in a singles match against Triple H that evolved into a WWE versus WCW storyline. The match included run-ins from DX and the New World Order, and Triple H won after drilling Sting with his sledgehammer.
Sting’s career ended in the fall of 2015 at Night of Champions in a WWE title match against Seth Rollins. Sting was power-bombed into the turnbuckle, severely injuring his neck, and was ultimately forced to retire from professional wrestling.
Sting satisfied with his own career
Despite having regret over not having a match with The Undertaker, The Vigilante did mention that he is more than satisfied with his career. He and Taker have both left lasting legacies on the professional wrestling industry although they never competed against one another.
“Of course, if I had a chance, I’d do it. But look at ‘Taker’s career; did he miss out on anything? Look at my career. I don’t think I really missed out on anything, either,” Sting added.
Speaking on the current state of wrestling in 2017, Sting mentioned that the art of selling–i.e. receiving a beating and showing its effects throughout the course of the match–is largely absent from the current day product.
“I’m guilty of it all and I’ve done it all. There is a time not to sell, but there is a time when you definitely most need to sell. You need to tell the story in the right way, and that’s sometimes missed now,” Sting added.
It’s a shame that The Undertaker and Sting never came face-to-face in a WWE ring, especially considering how close it came to actually happening. However, in hindsight, with Sting coming to the company towards the end of his career and Taker also being in the twilight of his career at the time, maybe the two wouldn’t have been able to deliver a match worthy of the billing.
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