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For several years many wrestling fans have hung on the hope that WrestleMania will feature a match between two of the biggest icons in the business: Sting and The Undertaker.
The talk got really crazy in 2013 when it appeared Sting was going to finally be signing a WWE contract. But CM Punk ended up facing the Dead Man that year and I don't think Sting ever officially signed a deal. Then prior to WrestleMania XXX the buzz started again, but instead it was Brock Lesnar who took on and ended the Undertaker's streak of victories at the annual event.
|Ending The Streak|
A year later the buzz started again, but instead Undertaker battled Bray Wyatt and Sting, who wrestled his first and only WrestleMania match, was defeated by Triple H. Fans were pissed for a variety of reasons, some because they didn't get the match they'd dream of, others because Sting lost in his WrestleMania debut. Me? I wasn't pissed, but I didn't care much for the finish involving DX and the nWo. I was never a huge fan of either faction, I know that makes me some kind of weirdo.
|Sting vs. Triple H|
A few months after that Sting was seriously injured in a match against Seth Rollins. So injured that it marked the icon's last match. He was inducted into the WWE Hall of Fame in 2016 and ended his speech with an announcement that he was in fact retiring.
Less than a year after Sting revealed that news, fans are STILL hoping for a match against the Undertaker at WrestleMania 33. I understand many are hoping for this because we've never seen Sting vs. Undertaker (as the Undertaker). But for the love of God, Sting retired because of an injury, getting into the ring at his age (not that he's old) and his physical condition could lead to serious and deadly consequences.
I would never tell anyone to stop hoping or dreaming or asking for a match. But seriously, I have a better shot at wrestling the Undertaker at WrestleMania than Sting does. Why would you want to jeopardize the man's safety for an encounter that's 15 years overdue?
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