Fresh upon the heels of WWE's annual Night of Champions spectacular fans are fearing the worst as it seems the days of the Icon Sting are now numbered.
In an enthralling battle with the upcoming Seth Rollins, a powerbomb onto the turnbuckle inflicted a neck injury that the ageing Sting may not be able to recover from begging the question, is this the end of Sting's in-ring career?
Due to time Sting decided to sign with the company, we missed out on what would've been over a decade of high-quality feuds, matches and moments to treasure for a lifetime.
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Many have been lucky to go toe to toe with the Icon but sadly here are a few of the dream matches fans will never be able to witness.
The Monday Night Wars was a pivotal moment in the history of the industry and ultimately led to the closure of WCW. The Heartbreak Kid showed his loyalty to Vince McMahon by refusing to jump ship when so many of his closest allies took the leap.
This meant that fans were deprived of a dream match up consisting of two all-time greats with Sting unwilling to sign with the WWE. The Invasion angle was poorly executed and a number of WCW stars were buried, Sting did not want to be a part of it and now we will never see a match which easily could've headlined a WrestleMania.
With two submissions moves that resemble each other, the Brahma Bull and the Icon would've put on a feud to remember. Both have larger than life characters and their promo skills are immense, the build up to this heavyweight clash would've simply been unforgettable.
The Rock still has a match or two left in his repertoire, but it seems unlikely that Sting will ever get to go one on one with The Great One. In a match that would've cultivated a lot of PPV buys, it's a shame that it'll never be witnessed.
Many fans thought that a clash between the Deadman and the Icon in their hometown of Texas at WrestleMania 32 was seemingly a lock. That was until Sting suffered a questionable injury at the hands of Seth Rollins and now it seems as an opportunity missed.
It would've been the perfect match to end both men's careers with the Phenom's character similar to the eerie figure that Sting portrayals so eloquently. One final bow is surely what both these men deserve and the decision to field Sting against Triple H is now even more confusing.
Icon vs Icon. The match sells itself and pitting one of the biggest wrestlers of the modern age against a man who has been honing his craft for a quarter of a century and has the potential of smashing PPV buy rates.
It would've been a similar angle to that of Shawn Michaels and Ric Flair with the Authority telling Sting that every match could be his last while choosing John Cena as his Wrestlemania opponent. The stipulation being if John Cena wins, Sting's career is over in what would've been a moment to savour for the ages.
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