A WWE Hall of Famer has shared his view that Vince McMahon didn’t understand the value of having a bona fide wrestling icon in his company.
Sting is one of the most recognisable personalities of all time in the wrestling business but if you only ever followed WWE you might wonder what all the fuss is about.
The face-painted star made his name in the NWA and WCW, having legendary feuds with the likes of Ric Flair and Hollywood Hulk Hogan. Sting became the talk of the wrestling world when he took on the ‘Crow’ character, appearing from the rafters at WCW shows to menace his foes in the New World Order.
Prior to 2014, Sting was one of the last big stars never to have appeared in WWE, choosing to extend his career following WCW’s demise in TNA. But at Survivor Series 2014, that changed when Sting arrived to help Dolph Ziggler put an end to The Authority’s reign of terror in the company.
That led to a match at WrestleMania 31 between Triple H and Sting which is best remembered for the inclusion of both DX and the nWo as the Attitude Era came alive for one more night. To the surprise of many, Sting lost the bout and later in the evening Triple H and his wife Stephanie McMahon were involved in a more memorable confrontation with Ronda Rousey and The Rock.
Speaking on The Wrestling Outlaws podcast, Road Dogg, who was part of the DX troop at WrestleMania 31, explained why he thinks Vince McMahon didn’t see the true value in having Sting as part of the company, especially when his best days in the ring were behind him:
“This is going to get me in some trouble, but this is just the truth. I don’t know what value Vince McMahon saw in Sting. Like, he was an older gentleman at the time, he was not going to come back and work 300 days a year for me [McMahon] and he worked for the other company that I didn’t follow.
“I don’t know if he knew what he had in Sting and I think he saw it as an opportunity to utilize whatever he had and promote this big match [Triple H vs. The Rock] for WrestleMania next year, which ended up falling through but I see the business strategy behind it. It’s just that it sucked because it didn’t happen and it definitely sucked for Sting’s fans.”
Sting is undergoing a career renaissance in AEW where he frequently teams with Darby Allin. Together that pair alongside Shingo Takagi put away The Young Bucks and El Phantasmo at Forbidden Door.