After making his pro wrestling retirement in 2016, Sting took away the possibility of perhaps the biggest dream match that never occurred: a showdown at WrestleMania against The Undertaker. During his very short in-ring stint in the WWE, Sting only had one match at WrestleMania. Upon retiring, Sting made it known that he feels that his career is fulfilled.
However, at 60, the former NWA, WCW, and TNA World Heavyweight Champion is open to return to fulfilled this dream match. He recently told Wrestling Travel (h/t ComicBook), “[Undertaker is] the only guy I’d come out of retirement for now. No one else… now, the only person I’m getting back in the ring for is Taker.”
While being one of the most recognized names in the history of World Championship Wrestling, Sting had a short WWE career that left many lifelong fans unfulfilled. After years of rumors and speculation, Sting made his WWE debut at the 2014 Survivor Series pay-per-view by assisting the team of John Cena, Dolph Ziggler, Ryback, and Erick Rowan. Big Show was also a part of that team, but turned his back on his teammates in favor of siding with The Authority.
The stipulation was that if The Authority (Seth Rollins, Mark Henry, Rusev, Luke Harper, and Kane) won, everyone on Cena’s team (except Cena) would be fired. However, if Cena’s team won, The Authority would be removed from power. Sting assisted the sole Survivor, Dolph Ziggler, in winning the match.
Following this debut, the stage was set for a match against Triple H at WrestleMania 31. For a series of weeks, Sting played a string of mind games towards Triple H, gaining a psychological advantage over him. However, much to the crowd’s dismay, Triple H was able to defeat Sting with the use of a sledgehammer.
Sting only competed in one other pay-per-view match, which was the 2015 Night of Champions event for the WWE Championship against Seth Rollins. Sting was unable to win the match, and also suffered a career-ending injury due to a botched buckle bomb from Rollins.
There is speculation that The Deadman will return to the ring at WrestleMania 35. Could Sting vs. The Undertaker be the final piece to the puzzle?