Sting starting to bite into WWE

 

Miami Herald Writer

The one thing for sure about Sting is nothing’s for sure.

It’s a phrase we’ve heard from the WCW legend in keeping fans guessing on what his next move will be.

Although if you look at the last few months, there are signs pointing to a more involved partnership with WWE. Many people have been clamoring to see Sting work for the company ever since WCW folded in 2001.

Earlier this year, video game developer 2K revealed through a well produced teaser that the face-painted entertainer was to be featured in the upcoming “WWE 2K15” video game. Mattel also unveiled the first Sting action figure during a WWE panel at Comic-Con, which also saw a surprise appearance by the man himself. There is even a DVD/Blu-ray set coming out later this year on his storied career. The popular grappler had nothing but positive things to say about his dealings with WWE.

“It’s very impressive,” he said during an interview following the “WWE 2K15” roster reveal panel during SummerSlam Weekend.

“It’s a class A operation. These are very professional people, from the office people to marketing to merchandising. I was up in the offices in Connecticut and saw the different departments. It’s unbelievable. The whole roster, the talent and everybody there has been all top-notch.”

That includes meeting the chairman Vince McMahon.

“It was very good,” he said. “I’ve spoken to him many times over the years. I may a NATPE (National Association of Television Program Executives) convention over the years in the early 1990s at one point. There was a recent time a few weeks ago we had met.”

When asked about McMahon wanting to bring him into the company under a contract he coyly responded with, “I believe so.”

Sting was given further motivation to join WWE from his longtime rival and friend Hulk Hogan. During the SummerSlam Confidential panel the Hulkster remembered a plane ride with the hot free agent and telling him he needs to wrestle for WWE. The Stinger wants to face The Undertaker. His recent appearances at company events has given him a chance to meet members of the roster.

“I met Daniel Bryan at Comic-Con,” he said. “Paul Heyman, I already know. It was good to see John Cena for the first time at the panel [at SummerSlam], Sheamus, Cesaro, Renee [Young], all of them.”

Among the superstars who caught Sting’s eye is Bray Wyatt. Could we see two colorful personas go head-to-head?

“I’d love to see that,” he said. “I’d love to see Bray Wyatt coming up the way he is because he has the one thing I do believe that is missing. It’s the characters. Everybody is just so grey. Not everybody. I’m just saying wrestling in general in the last 10 years or so everybody got kind of grey.

“The personalities I grew up with like ‘Macho Man’ Randy Savage was a reason I wanted to get into wrestling. Hulk Hogan and his personality, completely over-the-top. So I think this is really good. Wyatt is not completely over-the-top. Bray Wyatt has the ability to have a good mix of both. He has some realism along with his character.”

Sting has access to hours of content on WWE Network to get acquainted with the talent today.

“I’m just now starting to watch and pay attention,” he said. “I’m learning the roster as we speak because I’m a strange breed. You have 30 years, and I’ve never watched any wrestling really. I don’t watch it. I never have. I never watched myself. So now I’m just learning it all. I’m using it for study.”

• Follow Sting on Twitter @Sting.

• “WWE 2K15” will be available on Oct. 28 in North America and Oct. 31 internationally.

• Visit http://wwe.2k.com for more information and updates regarding the video game.

• Follow @WWEGames on Twitter.

• Look for upcoming features on Stone Cold Steve Austin, John Cena, Hulk Hogan and others.

• Follow me on Twitter @smFISHMAN.

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