Sting Talks WWE Owning Footage of His Career, Match with Undertaker, More
The Phoenix New Times is featuring a new interview with Sting. Here are some highlights.
Differences between TNA and WWE: “I have not really watched their product for some time now, occasionally I’ll flip though and I’ll see little bits and pieces here and there, but I really don’t know what’s going on up there. And for 27 years I’ve been doing this now, and I have never — hardly ever — watched our product. Watched anything that I’ve ever done. So I’m more of a hands-on guy while I’m there in the thick of it and it’s happening. But watching it happen on TV after it’s already been done? You know, I just never have done that.
“I’m glad that the storylines are what they are now…eh, I don’t agree with everything happening, but, again, whatever is put before me, I will always just try to enhance or tweak or make changes that I think will make it better for everybody. And I’m not just talking about for myself, I’m talking about for everybody.”
Who he’d like to make into a big star: “There’s some great talents here. Magnus is somebody who I’m watching and going, “Man, there’s definitely that could be done with him.” He just needs to find his niche. There are few others that I’m interested in working with and I want to do that.”
If he’ll ever be inducted in WWE’s Hall of Fame: “Well, I know every year there seems to be talk of it. There’s rumors that always fly. It was all over the Internet pretty big last year or the year before. So, I don’t know, especially now that I will be inducted into the TNA Hall of Fame. They may just turn the page at that point. I have no idea.”
WWE owning footage of his career: “Yeah, that’s tough for me. It really is. I’ve been public about this over the years, although I don’t feel that way anymore. At that particular time [when WWE bought WCW] it was like the enemy came in and took all the women and children, raped and pillaged and whatever else happened. It was a hostile takeover. It was surreal. I could not believe it, you know? And when [WCW] ended it was a weird deal. There have been times over the years where I wanted to have some footage to use for other personal things in life and I don’t have it. Although I did call once and they were great. They gave me whatever I needed and it was nice.
“It was for religious purposes. I was giving testimony in churches and different places like that and I just wanted to have some footage. And, of course, as long as it was going to be used in that setting, they didn’t really mind.”
If he would ever join WWE: “Ahhh…It’s too tough of a question to answer because its not just what they would do. It would have to depend on what the dynamics of that particular time would be. What’s going on? What’s the context? For example, right here with TNA. What are my choices? You just never say never.”
Who he’d like to face outside of TNA: “Everybody knows, as far as non-TNA wrestlers, it would have to be Taker. Always wanted to have one real cool thing with Taker… The last time I spoke with him is when he was with WCW [when he was “Mean” Mark Callous]. Teddy Long was his manager and I actually worked with him. We worked a few matches.”