If you watched WWE Monday Night RAW last night on USA, you saw an interesting promo that aired twice over the course of the show.
The promo was only about 20 seconds long, and it featured a dark figure in a trench coat walking through a rainy set. At the end of the post, the date “2/21/11″ flashed on the screen.
So what’s it all about? Obviously, WWE is building to the debut of some as-yet-unnamed new talent on the 2/21 edition of RAW.
Could it be “The Icon” Sting? That seems to be the popular pick among insiders. Odds would seem to favor that WWE is either building to the return of The Undertaker, or the WWE debut of Sting.
It doesn’t seem logical that WWE would launch such a mysterious build-up to the return of The Undertaker, and besides, last time we saw him he had just been “buried alive,” not that that means anything in the scripted world of pro wrestling storylines.
Sting (real name Steve Borden) was one of my favorite wrestlers growing up and it’s amazing that he’s managed to go his whole 20+ year career without ever setting foot in a WWE ring.
Sure, Vince McMahon and Sting have talked in the past, but Sting was always afraid of how WWE would portray his character. That’s why he decided to sign with TNA Wrestling, where he was under contract until several months ago, so that he could maintain some creative control over his character.
Many expected Sting to re-sign with TNA, given that he had a good working relationship with Jeff Jarrett and Dixie Carter, but it’s also well known that he doesn’t care for the new Hulk Hogan / Eric Bischoff /Ric Flair regime. He’s never like Hogan and Bischoff, going all the way back to the old WCW days, although he’s worked with Flair for almost his whole career.
Of course, many in the industry also expected Kevin Nash and Booker T to re-sign with TNA now that Scott Steiner is back on board with Kurt Angle and newcomer Crimson, and they are rumored to be bringing back the Main Event Mafia – one of my favorite factions of all time.
The problem is, Nash and Booker didn’t sign with TNA, they showed up at WWE’s Royal Rumble pay-per-view last weekend. The TNA writers are now said to be scrambling to come up with a new angle now that half of the faction they wanted to bring back has gone to WWE. It will be interesting to see who TNA offers up as the mysterious “they” faction on the much-hyped February 3rd episode of iMPACT (actually, this episode taped last night so you can probably just Google it and find out, if you want to ruin the surprise).
All the more reason for Sting to finally go to the WWE. It’s also believed that Sting would love to be in the WWE Hall of Fame, but hardly anyone has been inducted without spending at least a little time in the WWE (see a couple of exceptions in the comments below), so this could be his shot.
If Sting had a non-compete with TNA, by the way, it would be set to expire at the end of February. The February 21, 2011 episode of RAW is set to air live from the Save Mart Center in Fresno, California. Sting, of course, is from Venice Beach, California.
Sure, the promo could refer to Mistico or even Awesome Kong, the massive female wrestler who left TNA several months ago after a little falling out with Hogan’s buddy and overall annoying person, Bubba the Love Sponge.
No, this feels different somehow. Plus, the “guy” in the 2/21/11 promo was wearing a trench coat.
I must admit, if Sting showed up in WWE, I’d be disappointed on some level. I enjoyed seeing him wrestle in TNA and I’d hate for him to lose creative control over his character. Other wrestlers who’ve gone from WWE to TNA say that they have so much more creative control over their on-air personality in TNA. Mr. Anderson…Anderson…recently implied that WWE even told him how to walk, what to say, and told him to stop chewing gum on the way to the ring.
On top of that, I think TNA just puts out a superior product these days and I just can’t into all these new faces in WWE. Say what you want about TNA head writer Vince Russo, but he seems to have his finger on the pulse of pop culture.
Bringing in a Jersey Shore-themed wrestler (Robbie E.)was genius to me and the subsequent catfight with Jwoww got them a lot of mainstream press coverage from TMZ and other outlets.
I don’t know if the whole Chad Ochocinco vs. Marvin Lewis in a steel cage gimmick was Russo’s idea or not, but again, another stroke of genius that got a lot of press coverage.
Add in the X Division and their far superior Knockouts Division and TNA is the new frontrunner if you ask me. Now, they just need to ditch Hogan / Bischoff, get rid of guys like Orlando Jones and bring back the likes of one Christopher Daniels.
That having been said, would it be interesting to see Sting try and end The Undertaker’s “undefeated” streak at WrestleMania? Absolutely. The image above has been making the rounds on various wrestling forums and blogs, although it’s not clear where it originated from. Could this be further evidence of Sting’s impending arrival in WWE?
I guess we’ll have to wait until 2/21/11 to find out. You can check out the 2/21/11 video below.
UPDATE 2: With each new promo, it looks more and more likely that this will be The Undertaker. Unless, of course, it’s all an elaborate swerve, like when those female legs got out of the limo to make us think that someone other that The Rock would be hosting WrestleMania. We’ll see…
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- WWE’s 2/21/11 Promo: Potential Arrival Of Sting? I’ve Got The Update (bleacherreport.com)
- WWE News: WWE Airs “2 21 11″ Teaser Promo on Monday’s Raw, Could It Be Sting? (bleacherreport.com)
- Rumor Mill – WWE and TNA Battle for Sting (klqwrestling.com)
- USA Network Resurrects WWE Tough Enough (seattlepi.com)