January 29, 2014

Direct Kick: Does a wrestler have to sign with WWE to make it?

By Denis House
Sports Editor

LAUREL COUNTY, Ky. — Now that the Royal Rumble is over it has officially become Wrestlemania season, and with that comes the ever popular “Is Sting going to the WWE?” talk.

Sting’s contract with TNA has expired, so he is free to sign with the WWE. Every year around this time his contract expires and the Internet is filled with rumors of him finally signing with Vince McMahon’s organization. And every year the rumor turns out to be false and resigns with TNA.

A lot of people believe that a wrestler hasn’t really “made it” until they have wrestled for the WWE. I for one don’t feel that way. Ric Flair, Dusty Rhodes, Ricky Steamboat, Ted DiBiase and Hulk Hogan were already stars before Vince talked them into signing on the dotted line. Yes I know Hogan briefly wrestled in the old WWWF for Vince’s dad, but he really became well known while in the old American Wrestling Association, then moved onto the then-WWF where “Hulkamania” really took off.

The trouble is a lot of WWE fans, especially back in the days of the territories and before the Internet,  didn’t really pay attention to any other wrestling organization. If they didn’t read the national magazines or surf the web they had no idea who these stars were that suddenly appeared on their television, and back then wrestling organizations didn’t acknowledge the existence of other ones.

But back to the Sting deal. For some reason wrestling fans want to see an Undertaker-Sting match. Why I really have no idea. Maybe 10 years ago this would have been a good match, but really, both men are passed their primes. And you know that Vince isn’t going to let Sting be the man to break the Undertaker’s undefeated streak at Wrestlemania. Sting has always been a little weary of how Vince would handle his character, and for good reason. He certainly doesn’t want to end up in polka dots ala Dusty Rhodes back when he signed with Vince. And if I were Sting I wouldn’t want to sign just to job to the Undertaker.

Rumor has it that Vince wants to use Sting on television for a year to get fans used to him. Excuse me, but real wrestling fans already know who Sting is and what he has done in wrestling.

Money-wise it would be a good career move for Sting, as I’m sure Vince can offer more than Dixie Carter can in TNA. Plus I’m sure that Sting would be inducted into the WWE Hall of Fame in the next couple of years, then sign a legend’s deal with the WWE. So financially it would be a good move for Sting.

But Sting in a WWE ring? I’m not so sure I can picture that.

Think long and hard before you sign any deal, Sting. Remember how they treated Booker T when he first signed with them. Do you want the same treatment?