Before being forced into retirement in September 2015, Sting wrestled four matches for WWE after signing the year prior. His first bout came at WrestleMania 31 in April 2015 in a match against Triple H.
However, AEW commentator Jim Ross has revealed that WWE tried to bring Sting in for a big WrestleMania match way back in 2005.
On an episode of his Grillin JR podcast, the WWE Hall of Famer revealed that WWE wanted to bring Sting in for WrestleMania 21 for a match with The Rock:
“Look, we were trying to recruit Sting, Conrad, ever since WCW closed their doors. And then subsequently when he finally got all his money from Time-Warner that he was owed. We knew he’d be healthy, he’d be refreshed, and he’d have a full bank account. He should be a happy guy. And we only wanted him for a part-time role at best to maximize the investment, and to not overuse a asset that had more matches in him than he had left. So yeah, we were always talking about bringing him in. Why not? But Rock and Sting would have been cool as hell.
“And Rock — look, the thing about this, and I may have mentioned this before. It’s worth reiterating as far as bookers are concerned. Bookers find out that the top talents who are gonna draw the money and put an ass every 18 inches know exactly who they can and cannot work well with. Meaning that a great attraction like The Rock fighting another great attraction like Sting at the biggest event of the year like WrestleMania for the first time ever is money. Here’s the key though. Rock knew in his heart that he could get a match out of Sting, who had been dormant for quite a while, without any problem. Full confidence. And I believe that too. So anyhow, yeah it was a topic we talked about.”
Not only did the Sting vs. Rock match not take place at WrestleMania 21, but the two legends never went head-to-head at any stage in their illustrious careers.
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