Sting Says He's 'All In' With Potential WWE Appearances, Talks One More Match
Posted by Jeremy Thomas on 07.17.2014
And he explains why he didn't go to WWE after WCW folded...
- I know you all wanted another Sting interview, so here you go! The Icon spoke with Grantland about being in WWE 2K15 and more. Check out the highlights:
On how it feels to finally be part of WWE: "It's an honor. It's something I always hoped I could do — to somehow or another be a part of the WWE family in some capacity. And here I am."
On if there are any plans for him to be on WWE TV: "I'll just say that I'm all in and very willing to participate. Believe me."
On his favorite guys of the current generation: "I'm a strange breed. When I got into the business I really didn't know anything about wrestling. I never watched wrestling on TV because we didn't have it in the area of Southern California where I grew up. So it's amazing that I even ended up wrestling. I still don't watch a whole lot. Thirty years and I never really watched anything — I never even watched myself. I'm just now at a place where I'm like, "Let me start to learn some of these newer guys coming up." I always heard that when John Cena started, a lot of people looked at him as the new Sting. That was flattering. As far as some of the new guys, I love the look of Roman Reigns and I think he has all the ability in the world. Daniel Bryan, I've seen him perform. Bray Wyatt, I've seen him. Unreal what they do."
On a potential Undertaker match: "Absolutely. I would love to have that match. I think for wrestling fans it's a dream match, but really it's been a dream match of mine for a long time, as well. I know that the streak was taken away by Brock Lesnar at this last WrestleMania, but I hope [Undertaker]'s not done. I don't believe he is. And if he is going to be around, I'm hoping for an opportunity."
On the WWE 2K15 Raw promo: "One of the interesting things I read about the promo video was that for anybody who thought the generational gap would be not in Sting's favor, well, we can put that to rest. The way the crowd reacted was amazing — and even the younger kids who don't know who I am. The painted face, that video — I'm the sort of guy who's really hard to please, but when I saw that video, with the violins playing, it was great."
On if worry about how WWE would handle him led to him not signing on in 2001 after WCW folded: "Honestly, back then I probably did make rumblings like that. But the truth is that I had a contract with AOL/Time Warner. WWE didn't assume those. I had 18 months left on that contract, and AOL had to pay me the money they owed me, and they did. I also did an audit for merchandise and got another lump of money there. After 18 months, I had a conversation with Vince. Long story short, when I spoke with Vince it was great, then when the attorneys got involved it wasn't so great. It never materialized. I let it go at that point."
On if he regrets not signing with WWE sooner: "Yeah, you know what they say about hindsight. I can look back now and wonder why I didn't do this earlier. But it is what it is, and I'm excited right now. It's like Vince used to say every time I came close to signing but never did: 'Don't forget to cross your t's and dot your i's, and someday we'll do business together.' And here we are. It's a video game, but that's for starters, and we'll see how it develops from here. I'm glad it turned out the way it did."
On how many more matches he has in him: "One more match. That's what I'm hoping to do, and I'd like it to be Taker, and then I'll hang it up."