The Following is by Joshua Overton, a friend of mine who graciously offered this blog to me for Ringside News.
In 1996, I was 8 years old and I found myself in the heart of a movement that impacted my childhood probably more than it should have. The New World Order changed the world of professional wrestling forever, and during that process an ICON was reborn and became bigger than sports entertainment itself. No, I'm not talking about Hollywood Hulk Hogan, Scott Hall or Kevin Nash. Rather, the man that stood against them in the opposite corner.
Steve Borden is a name that most people wouldn't recognize, heck most wrestling fans wouldn't catch that name either. But utter Sting from your mouth and watch the average person or wrestling fan drift right down memory lane. No I'm not talking about Roxanne & the golden boy from The Police. More along the lines of stinger splashes, scorpion death locks, scorpion death drops, baseball bats and repelling from the rafters.
At the time this post was written, we are exactly 75 days away from Wrestlemania 30! The Annual Royal Rumble PPV is set for this Sunday, which marks the beginning of the road to Wrestlemainia! The Showcase of Immortals is the highlight of everything that is sports entertainment, and over the past several years has brought with it rumors that THIS will be the year that our beloved Sting finally walks down the ramp to a WWE ring. Said rumors may never be as hot as they are this year, and honestly is it really Wrestlemania season without them? At 54 the window is certainly beginning to close for the 15 time World Champion to sign with Vince McMahon, and to steal a line from the guy the internet loves to hate, "My time is now". With the launch of the WWE network set for next month, DVD opportunities, the WWE 2k deal and the slow death of TNA, Sting would be crazy not to make the jump. On top of that, the opportunity to cement his legacy and be inducted into the WWE Hall of Fame provides more than enough compensation for the greatest US Champion of all time (as voted on by the WWE Universe in 2013). Will we see the greatest superstar to never work for Vince McMahon walk down the ramp in the Superdome on April 6th? I hope so...
I still remember how I felt when Sting won the WCW title back from Hulk Hogan and the NWO. I want to feel that again! I want it all. T-shirt Sting... Bald Undertaker... Give me the build up, the pops, the video packages, the stare downs, I want it all.
And any wrestling fan who says they don't want the same is lying.