By Ryan Clark on February 8, 2014
Several sources have noted recently that the feeling within WWE from those high up in management is that the company does not view Sting as a top priority. There are those that are pushing the idea that he is, but apparently these are people that don’t have a lot of pull.
Even though that is the case, the company does see the potential for a lot of money to be made through Sting with t-shirts, action figures, DVDs and other merchandise opportunities.
The latest word regarding Sting is that he may appear in some fashion at WrestleMania XXX in April, however he likely won’t be wrestling in any matches on the show. The company isn’t looking to put much stock into Sting as a wrestler, with the feeling that if he can pass the physical, he would still only be a special attraction type performer in the ring.
With WrestleMania 31 being held in California next year, and with Sting being a California-based guy, there is a possibility that Sting would be a strong candidate for next year’s WWE Hall Of Fame class.
ORIGINAL: As noted on Thursday here on the website, the latest word is that Sting has not yet signed an actual contract with WWE as of last weekend. Those within WWE continue to believe that the deal is very close to being finalized. Right now, it’s believed that Sting and WWE are working on the merchandising portion of the agreement. The idea, which could obviously change between now and then, is that Sting will not be used in a wrestling role at WrestleMania XXX in April, but likely will be used at WrestleMania 31 in California next year.
MORE BACKSTAGE WWE NEWS:
As noted earlier here on the website, KENTA returned to Pro Wrestling NOAH Sunday night (Monday in the United States). Prior to the show, he spoke with the media about his trip to the WWE Performance Center. KENTA stated that it was not a tryout, and that he attended to work out in the WWE environment and learn from it. He did note that he has always wanted to work with WWE, and if they offered him a deal, he would consider it.
KENTA also said that he was “Pro Wrestling Noah for life”. In an update on this, KENTA spoke with the Japanese media and said that his tryout with WWE was not formal. He told them that he just wanted to see what it was like to work in the “WWE atmosphere” and learn from it.
As you’d expect, John Cena was kept off Monday’s RAW due to his eye injury. Cena’s eye reportedly swelled up bad on Sunday and the swelling didn’t subside much on Monday so they opted to keep him off TV as it didn’t look good.
According to a source, the injury was described as a “fingernail to the eye” during a match with Randty Orton at a WWE live event on Saturday night. As noted, Cena was cleared to return backstage at the SmackDown tapings on Tuesday and will headline RAW next Monday against Randy Orton. The hope is that by the time next Monday rolls around, the swelling will be gone and it’ll look like nothing happened.
As previously reported, Stephanie McMahon recently met with former WWE Diva Stacy Keibler in New York to discuss the possibility of signing her to a deal to return to the company. Apparently a possible Hall Of Fame induction is rumored as part of the deal as well.
According to sources, WWE wants Keibler to have a big role at WrestleMania XXX, possibly as a “backstage correspondent” throughout the show.
It should be noted that nothing is official yet as far as whether or not she will actually return to the company, but as noted, the offer was lucrative enough this time around that Keibler is reportedly giving it strong consideration.
Partial Source: The Wrestling Observer Newsletter
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