How Triple H Ruined The Big WWE Debut of Sting In 2015

Published 12/03/2020, 8:20 AM CST


‘The Icon’ Sting shocked the world when he made his AEW debut on the Winter Is Here Edition of Dynamite. The crowd, everyone watching at home, and social media, went nuts over Sting’s AEW debut.

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Sting is no stranger to anybody out here. Often regarded as ‘The Franchise of WCW,’ the six-time WCW World Heavyweight Champion also had an infamous in-ring run in the WWE from 2014 to 2015.

WWE dropped the ball on Sting

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After several mysterious vignettes, Sting first appeared for WWE at Survivor Series 2014, where he cost Team Authority their match by attacking Triple H with his patent Scorpion Death Drop.

Sting and Triple H continued feuding and eventually met at WrestleMania 31, his official WWE in-ring debut. Shockingly, Triple H went over the icon in a match that saw both DX and the NWO make an appearance. Fans wondered why ‘The Icon’ didn’t go over Triple H. ‘Best for business,’ maybe? Not really.

Sting then feuded with Seth Rollins and challenged for his WWE World Heavyweight Championship at SummerSlam 2015. Unfortunately for Sting, he sustained a legitimate neck injury because of a Buckle Bomb from Rollins. He needed surgery, but kept it on the back burner. He would eventually announce his retirement during his WWE Hall of Fame speech the night before WrestleMania 32.

Sting only wrestled four matches in the WWE. He won two, one via disqualification and the other was a tag team victory alongside John Cena. What looked like a perfect start with the hype WWE created, suddenly fizzled out because of WWE’s creative mess and some unfortunate injuries.

Many argued WWE should have gone for Sting vs The Undertaker right away at WrestleMania 31 as both men were already aging out. Fans also hoped Sting would challenge Taker interrupting his final farewell. Sadly, it is a dream match that’ll always remain a dream match.

The Franchise returns to TNT

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‘The Franchise’ made his debut for AEW in truly iconic fashion. The snow added more elements to an already awesome and surprising debut.

With Tony Khan announcing Sting has signed a full-time, multi-year contract, the madness is just getting started on Dynamite. We’re hyped already with that stare he gave to Darby Allin. Hell! We wouldn’t mind a reignited rivalry with ‘The Enforcer’ Arn Anderson as well!

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Will Sting have a perfect ending to his career in AEW? The chances are highly likely. We are down to see some great first-time and dream matches. Are you? Let us know in the comments below!

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Ishan Chavan

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Ishan Chavan is a WWE and AEW author at EssentiallySports. Being a Journalism graduate, Ishan has over six years of experience in the Media Production Industry, having worked with Viacom 18's streaming platform, Voot. A wrestling fan since childhood, Ishan's favorite wrestlers are Daniel Bryan, AJ Styles, and Chris Jericho as he feels these three have the perfect blend of wrestling and promo skills, especially Jericho.

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