The Phenom versus the Icon – Will it Happen this Year?
WWE Wrestlemania has long been touted as the showcase of the Immortals. In fact, this annual professional wrestling event – draws more audiences than other major sporting spectacles. As the brainchild of WWE CEO Vincent McMahon, Wrestlemania has featured countless epic matchups and a range of celebrities since its inception in 1984.
From Hulk Hogan slamming Andre the Giant at WM3 to appearances by Muhammad Ali and Liberace – this event has produced billions of dollars in revenue and everlasting memories for wrestling fans all over the world. With Wrestlemania 2016 set for Dallas, fans may finally be able to see a clash between two of the sport’s most enigmatic icons and legends.
The Undertaker versus Sting
Mark Calaway is a household name in the WWE. Better known as “The Undertaker”, the Phenom boasted the longest undefeated streak in WM history. In fact, the Undertaker crushed 21 opponents before falling to former UFC Champion Brock Lesnar at WM 2014. The “Deadman”, however, did return to Wrestlemania last year and picked up a victory against Bray Wyatt. 2015 also marked the WWE debut of “The Icon” Sting – the face of former rival promotion, World Championship Wrestling. WCW was the only promotion to defeat the WWE in the ratings for over 80 weeks in a row. This was known as the infamous “Monday Night War”, which was spearheaded by several names and factions. This included Ted Turner and the nWo, along with Vince McMahon and D-Generation X. While WCW and Extreme Championship Wrestling were purchased by WWE in 2001, no one ever thought they would see Sting (Steve Borden) in a WWE ring.
Sting Makes a New Impact
While Sting was a fixture in Total Nonstop Action – a Nashville based promotion – for several years, dwindling ratings and network issues prompted many stars to leave for greener pastures. This included James Storm, along with “The Immortal” Hulk Hogan, The Dudley Boys, and countless others. Sting’s arrival in the WWE was met by a mixed response at best.
While the Stinger was slated to appear in the WWE 2015 video game, rumors about him signing a legends deal continued to circulate. Also known as the “Vigilante”, Sting also appeared in several programs on the WWE Network before making his official debut at Royal Rumble 2015. It was there that the Stinger took out Triple H in a heated confrontation – leading to a showdown between the two at Wrestlemania in New Orleans.
While Sting put on a valiant effort, he ultimately failed to beat Triple H in their bout. The match also saw members of the nWo (Hogan, Hall and Nash) fight at ringside with members of D-X (Billy Gunn, Road Dogg, and Shawn Michaels) – reigniting the spirit of the Monday Night War between WWE and WCW.
While Sting continued to battle the WWE’s “Authority”, he sadly announced his retirement earlier this year due to neck injuries. Sting is now being inducted into the prestigious WWE Hall of Fame this year at WM in Dallas. However, the rumor mill is circulating again about a possible showdown between Undertaker and Sting at the event. This has long been a fan’s fantasy matchup and the event might make it a reality!