On Sunday, November 23rd, at the WWE’s 28th annual Survivor Series pay-per view, the icon Sting made his glorious and long-awaited debut, finally stepping foot in the centre of a WWE ring. Rumours, debate and speculation have been circulating for over a decade, ever since Sting jumped ship from a sinking WCW, which was then liquidated and absorbed by the WWE. The question was always why, why did Sting leave WCW? Why didn’t he sign a contract with Vince McMahon? Why did it take so long? Well, although we don’t have the answers to all those questions, we do have one thing; which is the icon, the franchise, the stinger, present on the WWE roster and ready to fight at last.
During the main event of November’s pay-per view, Survivor Series, Sting made his appearance and used his mystery to confront the confused leader of The Authority, Triple H. Before explaining further, let me set the scene: Team Cena (John Cena, Ryback, Erick Rowan, Big Show and Dolph Ziggler) squared off against Team Authority (Seth Rollins, Russev, Kane, Mark Henry and Luke Harper) in a 5 vs. 5 elimination tag team match, meaning that if a person is pinned, they must return to the locker room and leave their team to fight, with an added stipulation that if The Authority lose, they are out of power, but if Team Cena lose, each member besides Cena is fired.. Fast forward to the latter half of the match with only Cena, Show and Ziggler remaining against an opposing Rollins, Kane and Harper; Big Show would turn on John Cena, leaving him lying on the mat due to a knockout blow, Cena would be eliminated and Show would return to the locker room, betraying his team and leaving only Dolph Ziggler to fend off against the last 3 members of Team Authority.
After a valiant effort, Ziggler would eliminate 2 opponents, making it a 1 on 1 fight against Team Authority’s captain, Seth Rollins. Numerous interferences by The Authority and several referees later, we’re left with Triple H standing over a broken Dolph Ziggler and battered Seth Rollins, setting the scene for another interference which would even the score.
A single crow’s cry echoed through the arena, the lights go down and a tall figure appears in the walkway, donned with black and white face paint, a trench coat and an expressionless look, Sting was here. Over 10 years had led up to this moment, Sting has made his debut, an arena full of people exploded into noise as the leader of The Authority, Triple H and a faction-less Sting confronted one another. Ultimately ending in Triple H being planted with a Scorpion Death Drop and Sting placing Ziggler on top of Rollins, Team Cena took the victory.
This endeavour places Sting near the top of the list of greatest debuts ever, along with Y2J, Chris Jericho and The Devil’s Favourite Demon, Kane. But the speculation comes from how things will proceed; who is Sting going to fight? What were his motives? How will the WWE utilise his stardom? And when are we going to get The Undertaker vs. Sting at WrestleMania?
Sting seems to have outlived his previous use of promoting WWE 2K15 as it has now been released on all platforms, however, that doesn’t mean he can’t compete in the ring. Rumours are that he was being used as a one-time, rare tool in an attempt to grab in new subscribers for The WWE Network out of those who capitalised on the free month of November, however, looking at the WWE’s previous creative track record, the opportunities are endless. He could face Triple H for costing him his leadership of The Authority, he could face The Undertaker, allowing the WWE to rectify the huge opportunity they missed in the past, he could face The Rock, in another awesome fantasy booking scenario, or he could face any other number of people. The important thing is that Sting is here, after the long wait, The Icon has arrived at his new home, with a career reborn in the WWE.