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You know Sting will debut on this Monday Night Raw now...


Warrior was a close friend of mine (I also had the pleasure of growing up in the same city Chris Benoit called home -- Peachtree City, Ga -- and used to talk to him at the gym all the time). 

Benoit's death hit me hard, because he was the nicest guy in the world and I always saw him walking around the golf cart paths of my home town with his son on his shoulders. 

Warrior's death is unbelievably tragic, because he was so happy to be back with the WWE and was poised to tell  new stories (though his last appearance on RAW was so prophetic). 

I met Warrior in 2003 at a conservative function in D.C. and thereafter we would talk three or four times a year on the phone for hours on end. 

He was incredibly passionate and the true man shown through at the HOF this past weekend, with his love for his wife and daughters the highlight of the show (and, by all the tweets from wrestlers, something they all noticed as well). 

Back in 2010, we were talking on the phone right before Wrestlemania 26 in Phoenix and he told me how close he was to going in the HOF then, but he couldn't do it until they told the right story (which they did on the new DVD). He told me at a meeting with WWE to go over the libel lawsuit surrounding the Self Destruction of the Ultimate Warrior DVD, all of a sudden Vince came from behind and gave him a huge bear hug... as if nothing had happened between 1996 and 2010 in their relationship.... ha. 

Warrior was alpha, one of a kind. The media storm surrounding his horrific death is testament to this and the power sports-entertainers (wrestlers) have over the public imagination. 

That he was able to come back and end things ON HIS NOTE (with perhaps the most eerie final promo in the history of... promos)... isn't that the most poignant way to end an incredibly enigmatic and obviously inspiration life?

Anyways... if Sting has signed with the company (though they weren't that close after the Blade Runners broke up), it makes too much sense to have him debut this coming Monday Night at some point, especially to fill the role of ambassador Warrior was set to do. 

What say you?

See, I don't even know that Sting and Warrior were close past their initial association in the 80s.  Sting certainly gave no indications of being in touch with Warrior in any of the interviews he's done.  However, I think Sting's a pretty well-spoken and well-respected guy who would do fine as a goodwill ambassador for the company.  Or if nothing else he can hang out on Wall Street and point baseball bats at anyone trying to sell their WWE stock.  

I think they can disguise him pretty well in the ring if he's doing limited stuff, because I feel like the younger guys would respect him so much that they'd be lining up to sell his offense and would probably keep him from getting too exposed.  If he was to take on a role where he was, say, mentoring the Shield or teaming with John Cena against the Wyatts to even the odds (and you know Cena would mark out for that) he'd probably do fine.  


  1. Scott, This is nice and all but why have you not posted the Jesse Baker streak emails yet??? I know you have at least 3 in the inbox

  2. There's a clip from the new Warrior DVD where he talks about Sting and says "It's not like we had an real love for one another".

    I've listened to other interviews they've both done and they both say the same thing, that they just had different philosophies of life.

    The briefly teamed together in the beginning of their careers, and that was the extent of their association.

  3. He e-mailed me the "proper" booking for the Shield angle on RAW last night and I really wasn't in the mood for it. Nothing from him on the streak, oddly enough.

  4. Over/under 5 rapings in the email? I'm guessing over?

  5. Mister_E_Studd_Got100ProblemsApril 9, 2014 at 7:41 PM

    If Sting has to wrestle then it needs to be against a young guy. Or in a team schmozz or something. No "epic" Sting match, because it just won't be.

  6. Sting and the Shield.. wow.. mind blown..

  7. Sting vs the Wyatts. Easy peezy

  8. I don't get the continuing insistence that Sting and Warrior have any connection. They were a team well before either made it big in WWF or WCW and, other than a mention on Nitro in '98, their past team has never been a factor in either major company. I guess they have a parallel in being 80s/90s guys with face paint, but that's about it.

  9. Only hardcore fans really understand the relationship. Both men have freely admitted that they are by no means friends. Not enemies either, just two guys who started work together somewhere at the same time.
    When uninformed fans here about the Blade Runners, they think they are "boys". I expect mainly because of their similarly lateral timeline of wrestling fame. Both simultaneously peaking as champions in WCW & WWF, both being jacked up, charismatic, face-painted super heroes.
    Shit, to this day I wonder why WCW didn't try to BANK on this when they were both there. They could have played it up as them being close like "brothers" and probably even named them the Blade Runners. Fans would have eaten that shit up all day.
    Damn you WCW.

  10. I was hoping that when The Shield interefred on RAW and Triple H grabbed the mic and said "You guys answer to me!" and then they say "No we answer to someone higher" and they look up into the rafters and Sting is up there.

  11. If they are doing Wargames and wanna go to 5 on 5, adding Cesaro or Brock to the heel side and Sting to the faces would be a great way to feature guys they wanna feature, cover for Sting's weaknesses, and make sure nobody takes a loss they shouldn't (so whoever taps out ISN'T Bryan, Reigns, or a Heyman guy).

  12. The Shield doesn't need an old WCW Sting pulling the strings, if anything I think it lessens their gimmick. IF however they become pals with him, well I think that would be ok.

  13. "we answer to someone higher"

    I don't see what RVD has to do with this.

  14. Every time someone says "what say you?" for some reason I picture the most stereotypical nerd ever playing some fantasy role-playing shit. I don't know why. I just do. It's a really annoying way to ask someone what they think.
    I also hate when people use the word "whilst." I don't care if it's being used in grammatically correct fashion (which it rarely is, anyway). It's impossible for anyone to use this word like it's totally normal to use in everyday conversation without sounding like a total jackass.

  15. They did team up once in one of Warrior's three WCW matches. It seems like the connection was played up. Unfortunately Warrior was hurt and there wasn't much to the match.


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