The 2.21.11 vignettes of a dark figure walking through the rain in a full-length trench coat have created radical speculation over a certain Icon. Would-be insiders staked their claim that this was none other than Sting, and that he was well on his way to WWE to challenge The Undertaker for his WrestleMania Streak.
Furthermore, others have remarked the similarity of 2.21.11 to a video package of Sting’s WCW return at Starrcade ’97. Although, the Starrcade vignette reintroduced Sting’s vengeful side going into his match with Hollywood Hulk Hogan, while 2.21.11 exhibits the figure walking into a sequestered cabin. Why would Sting need seclusion?
And why 2.21.11? Aside from it being the Raw after The Elimination Chamber pay-per-view, what significance does this date hold? Or what if it’s not the date, but the day that carries significance? 21 days…? 21 years….?
21 years ago, Sting was the NWA World Heavyweight Champion in WCW. On September 1, 1990, Sting defeated a wrestler by the name of Mean Mark. But to everyone else, Mark would become known as The Undertaker
Two months after his match with Sting (also his final match in WCW), The Deadman debuted in WWF/E, while Sting remained a prominent fixture in WCW. That was up until WWE purchased WCW, in which Sting chose not to partake in Vince’s company.”After all the years that I put into wrestling up to that point, it just seemed like a gamble to me. I didn’t trust how I would be used.”
A second vignette was aired this week featuring the lyrics of Johnny Cash, “There ain’t no grave (Can Hold My Body Down).” Now, these lyrics indicate a vengeful promise. The grave can signify WWE burying WCW through its Invasion Angle, and Sting wanting retribution for the company he wrestled in for so many years. And if he has finally decided to come to Vince’s company, it may possibly be to destroy the main attraction to its biggest spectacle of the year, The Undertaker’s Undefeated Streak.
Then again, the only notable wrestler known for wearing a trench coat that would require seclusion before fulfilling his vengeance is The Undertaker. The Undertaker has been buried alive many times, with no grave being able to hold his un-dead body down. With WrestleMania hastily approaching, Taker has a Streak to defend. The question is, against who?
Kane put him in a vegetative state, took his Holy Grail, turned Paul Bearer against him, and ultimately buried him alive. Wade Barrett and The Nexus, for reasons unknown even to Kane, aided in weakening Taker before his burial.
However, after losing in a Last Man Standing match to Edge, Kane’s role as the tormentor for Friday Night Smackdown has subsided. Wade Barrett is no longer the leader of The Nexus, but a member of The Corre. Too much has occurred in WWE since Taker’s absence.
Who’s left for Taker to face? With Triple-H most likely inducting Shawn Michaels into the WWE Hall of Fame class of 2011, The Game could have a score to settle with The Phenom, because after all, it was Taker who ended Michaels’ career.
So who’s in the vignette, Sting or Taker? The latter of the two seems more probable as Taker is expected to come through in time for ‘Mania. In addition, prior to the vignette, WWE advertised in TV spots (through the Fresno Arena) that The Undertaker would be appearing at the Raw show.
Then again, this may be a stretch but, Sting is billed from Venice Beach, California, and Raw 2.21.11 takes places in Fresno, California. And another stretch, only because Sting wrestling in WrestleMania in Atlanta, Georgia, the birthplace of World Championship Wrestling would be of historic value, what if Sting was the perpetrator behind The Nexus attacking Taker? We all heard David Otunga once threaten Barrett about telling the world why they helped Kane, and Barrett made sure to keep Otunga quiet. What if the truth is that Sting wanted Taker to be in a weakened state come WrestleMania, so when he finally ends the Streak, he can prove that WCW wrestlers were not peons.