WWE Reimagined got everyone talking about the potential for The Undertaker vs. Sting, but Chris King has another idea: both icons teaming up at WrestleMania?
Two icons from two separate companies, “The Phenom” The Undertaker and “The Icon” Sting. Two mysterious forces who traveled similar paths in two separate companies. During the 1990s, both WWE and WCW battled head-to-head competition in the Monday Night Wars. For over two decades the world of professional wrestling has begged the question will these two legends ever face each other one-on-one inside a WWE ring? What if they joined forces at next year’s Shows of Shows? Last week WWE sent out another tease, to add to the speculation that this fantasy could soon become a reality. This was obviously debunked as a teaser for the upcoming WWE Reimagined series. In the world of professional wrestling one thing we know, that is certain is never say never!
The First Sighting Of The Vigilante In WWE
At the 2014 Survivor Series pay-per-view; Sting made his official WWE debut by allowing Team Cena to defeat Team Authority in the main event, thus putting The Authority out of business and control of the company.
Sting would enter into a lengthy program with HHH, which culminated at WrestleMania 31. All-the-while, Undertaker was also preoccupied with his own dancing partner, at Shows of Shows in the form of Bray Wyatt. Despite Sting’s loss against HHH; this was not his final appearance in the WWE. Sting would return later that year to challenge Seth Rollins for his WWE World Heavyweight Championship at Night of Champions.
Scary Bump Led To Retirement From The Squared Circle
Towards the middle of his first and only WWE championship contest with Rollins; Sting would whiplash his neck during back-to-back bucklebombs in the turnbuckle.
On December 9, 2015, Sting was a guest on WOOOOO Nation With Ric Flair where he answers Flair’s question about his overall health following Night of Champions.
“Yes and no. Obviously that night I had some problems. Both buckle bombs were not Seth’s fault. I have no idea what I did. My neck whiplashed on both of them. On the second one, he picked me up and i’m having a casual conversation in my own mind as I’m hoisted up on his shoulders and I’m thinking ‘ok Steve, tuck your chin and do what you know what to do.’ I wasn’t worried at all even though on the first one I had a shock going down the left and right thigh down to the finger tips. You can see me in the ring trying to get feeling back in my hand. The second time, for whatever reason, I clicked out or checked out. I don’t know what happened and I did the same thing and this time it affected my leg. There was no strength and the power in my legs was kind of going away. I felt like I didn’t have control. I had temporary paralysis and for a few minutes I thought ‘I don’t think I can continue.’”
His comments rang as a resounding no; for the upcoming WrestleMania 32 that took place in Texas, the home state of both Undertaker and Sting. The next year he was a guest on the original series on the WWE Network ‘Legends with JBL’ to promote WWE’s brand-new mobile game WWE Champions. Sting was not silent about his inability; to wrestle the one opponent that has alluded his pro wrestling career Taker. Here’s what he had to say.
— Sting (@Sting) February 16, 2017
Ultimately Sting would be entered into the WWE Hall of Fame Class of 2016, during his speech he announced his retirement from the squared circle. Fast Forward to last week; when WWE lit the WWE Universe on fire with yet another ominous clip, where Undertaker is inside of a WCW ring back in the 1990s.
— WWE (@WWE) July 6, 2019
Coming off the heels of Super ShowDown in Jeddah Saudi Arabia; where for the first-time-ever Undertaker went one-on-one with WCW’s Goldberg. Next year would be the best time to announce a blockbuster announcement that “The Vigilante” and “The Phenom” will team-up to battle with two top heels at WrestleMania 36. Since both men are not in the best of shape; yes the one-on-one dream match has been fantasized for over two decades but, at this point in their illustrious careers sharing the ring in a tag team match will be just as “Iconic” and provide the WWE Universe a special moment!