Tonight, it happened. After everyone said you'd never see it, you saw it go down. After hearing rumors saying it wouldn't be possible, you heard it happened. Finally, after all these years, STING finally stepped foot in a WWE ring. And his impact was felt HARD.
I'm of age to remember cheering on Sting in WCW in the late 80s/early 90s. I'm of age to remember cheering him during his Crow era in WCW. His TNA days...eh...Well, I cheered him on there as well. See, once I'm loyal to something or someone, it takes a lot...a LOT for me to give it up. And I've been a Sting fan since a young age when he'd put on great matches and he has the ability to put on great matches now, so why give up my love of the Stinger?
Tonight was huge. Make no doubt about it. History was made in St. Louis. After all the years of saying Sting would never step in a WWE ring, after all the back and forth, after the flipping and flopping, he finally appeared in a WWE ring in front of a live crowd. I can't believe it. I've been dreaming of this since I was a kid playing with a Sting Galoob fighting my Randy Savage Hasbro. I've been holding on to hope since WCW closed and every year his contract with TNA was announced to be expiring. Like I said, worth it.
When news broke this past weekend of Sting showing up, fans were clamoring and guessing in what capacity. I think most thought he'd just saunter down and do a speech advertising the WWE Network or plug the video game WWE 2K15. But I don't think anyone...ANYONE expected Sting to actually hit the ring to throw Triple H in a Scorpion DeathDrop. Being that active was way more than I and anyone else expected.
Now, what's next for the Icon? As someone who's been hoping and dreaming of this moment, it's simple: Undertaker. I can't say Sting vs. Taker will be the 5 star match of the century. It won't be Flair vs. Steamboat. At their ages, they're gonna work at a slower pace. But from a storyline point of view, they've beaten the same people, they were the cornerstones of each respective companies, they've been loyal to those companies that made them famous and they have rather similar styles. Will this match be a 5 star Dave Meltzer classic? Probably not, but for the fans who hoped it would happen, it would send us all back to being 8 year olds in front our tv playing fantasy booking with our action figures.
For the time being, Sting is in WWE. And no one and nothing can take this excitement away. I honestly feel like a ten year old all over again. I knew it was happening, I heard it, I saw it...but I still cant believe it.
And that's the joy of being a wrestling fan of any age. That's the magic of believing if only for a second. And while my girlfriend may have laughed and teased me(in good fun) of hyperventilating and going over the top with excitement, this is a moment I'll never forget as long as I live. A moment every fan will remember where they were. A moment...much like the man himself...that was ICONIC.
Now, WWE...make us happy...because IT'S SHOWTIME!!!!