Steve Borden, also known as "The Franchise" Sting is rumoured to be making his WWE debut the night after WrestleMania XXX to announce his "dream-match" vs The Undertaker.
However, by the time WrestleMania XXXI arrives, Sting will be 56-years-old whilst "The Deadman" will be 50-years-old. In turn, making any technical wrestling fan question as to why Sting has waited 14 years to wrestle in the WWE.
Following the purchase of WCW by Vince McMahon, it was obvious that there would be several promotion switches within the wrestling business by all of the top stars in WCW. Booker T, Ric Flair, Goldberg and even Eric Bischoff made the switch to WWE, yet Sting has continuously declined several offers from Vince McMahon.
Sting stated: "I'll never forget when Booker T was making his first appearance on their show. He came into the ring and he's making this big huge fight and guys are flying all over the place. Then, the Rock comes into the ring and the Rock starts hitting guys, guys are flying all over the place. Then, they come back to back, they turn around and look at each other and the Rock says: 'Who are you'. I just didn't trust how I would be used."
Instead, Sting has spent the past 11 years of his career at Total Nonstop Action Wrestling. Whilst at TNA, Sting became TNA World Heavyweight Champion four times, leading him to become the inaugural inductee into the TNA Hall of Fame. Nevertheless, his career move still leaves wrestling fans wondering why Sting has prolonged his debut in WWE so long, because TNA has never come close to the popularity of WWE.
By the time WrestleMania XXXI is upon us, Sting would have been a professional-wrestler for thirty years. To put this into perspective, Sting is older than Kevin Nash by four months and nearly ten years older than Batista.
Additionally, the outcome of the Wrestlemania XXXI match would be incredibly predictable. There is no chance of Vince McMahon allowing Sting to walk into his company for one-match as the former-icon of WCW and TNA to end the 22-year legacy of the Undertaker's Wrestlemania streak. In fact, there is more chance of Hornswoggle becoming the next WWE World Heavyweight Champion.
To conclude, Sting could have been one of the biggest stars in the WWE alongside Undertaker and we could have witnessed this feud a decade ago with the two of them in their physical prime. However, Sting's fear of being "buried" like Booker T, killed his aspirations of succeeding within the WWE.
Fast-forward 14 years of missed opportunity for Sting, and Booker T has been inducted into the WWE Hall Of Fame after winning the World Heavyweight Championship, the United States Championship four times and the Intercontinental Championship. Despite accomplishing all of this, Booker T still joined TNA to wind-down his career. Hopefully, Sting vs Undertaker is an instant-classic, as it would be tragic to see such a dream-match fall flat due to old-age.
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