With a name like “The Vigilante”, I was half expecting Sting to point his bat at Triple H in their encounter at WWE Fastlane and say, “Triple H, you have failed this federation!” Instead, true to his WCW persona, Sting remained silent and let his bat do the talking.
Much like The Vigilante of Starling City, Sting attempted to overturn the broken authority that corrupted WCW as a symbol of retribution. But in Sting’s tapped verbal response, he admitted that he failed to save WCW. Not because his loyalty wavered, but because of forces beyond his control.
Fourteen years after the destruction of WCW, Sting vows to take out Triple H at WrestleMania. Because, according to Sting, Triple H’s loyalty is to himself, and his corruption and control has led to the ruin of Superstars’ lives.
About half a year ago, when TNA’s Bully Ray was on Chris Jericho’s podcast, he stated that if he ever returned to WWE (as seen at the Royal Rumble) he would want to come back as Bubba Ray Dudley because that’s the character WWE fans remember him for.
So it’s funny when wrestling fans get upset because WWE doesn’t acknowledge Sting’s past with TNA. Why would they? If Green Arrow appeared in a cross over issue with Hawkeye, would it ever be mentioned in the DC Universe? No, because each universe has their established storylines and set characters.
WCW is a part of the WWE Universe because WWE owns the video library. So the Sting we see now is picking up where Sting left off in the WWE Universe, and that’s when he disappeared after WCW closed its doors.
Although the dream match for WrestleMania was Sting and The Undertaker, I have to say that Triple H is a more logical opponent for The Icon than The Phenom. Because when WCW was bought out, Triple H made sure that the fleeting memory of the competition was bastardized. And Sting knew that if he showed up in WWE back then, his legacy would have died. But his years of silence is now over and it is time for him to enforce his vengeance.
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