Only two more matches two preview for WWE Wrestlemania 31, which airs this Sunday on the WWE Network.
And the match that will be previewed today is one that is considered one of, if not the, most anticipated match on the card…
STING vs TRIPLE H
What makes this match so majorly hyped? Because fellow wrestlers, observers, and fans alike consider them two of the greatest professional wrestlers of all time.
There’s Triple H, known as “The Game” and the “King of Kings” among other nicknames. In his WWE career, he is a 23-time champion, a 13-time World Heavyweight Champion, and has been a major part of World Wrestling Entertainment for nearly 20 years.
Whether a part of a stable (such as Evolution or D-Generation X), or just as a singles competitor, Triple H has cemented a part of WWE history as one of the greatest in company history.
And then…there’s Sting.
He’s gone by many names, with “The Franchise” and “The Icon” being two of the most notable. He made his professional wrestling debut in 1985, but is most famous for his 14-year tenure with Jim Crockett Promotions, and its successor, World Championship Wrestling, WWE’s biggest competitor in the 1990’s.
While with JCP/WCW, Sting was a 15-time champion, including being a six-time WCW World Champion, and a frequent headliner of WCW’s equivalent of Wrestlemania…Starrcade.
As the 1990’s went on, WWE (known as WWF at the time), began to take control of what is famously known as the “Monday Night Wars”, while WCW began to steadily downfall. In 2001, WWE acquired WCW. The majority of WCW wrestlers became members of WWE, but Sting was not one of them.
Not until last year, that is.
At last year’s Survivor Series event at the Scottrade Center in St. Louis, during a match between Team John Cena and Team Authority, which is led by Triple H and Stephanie McMahon. Just as Team Authority was about to win, the lights went off, and the sounds of crows filled the arena.
Sting’s music hit for the first time in a WWE ring. He would confront Triple H, and hit his finishing maneuver, the “Scorpion Death Drop”, on him and leave the ring.
Sting and Triple H have confronted each other plenty of times in the past few weeks, adding fuel to the fire as their match at Wrestlemania is only a couple days away.
With two legends and future Hall of Famers clashing, it will be exciting to see who comes out on top.
Jeremy Karp: Just the stare-down between the two will be intense unlike any other seen in a long time. Fans have wanted to see Sting in WWE for a long time. But it remains to be seen who wins. Both will hit their finishers at some point or another, and there will most likely be a point where Triple H will just “toy around” with Sting, much to the crowd’s dismay.
However, in the end, in his first WWE match, I predict “The Icon” Sting to be victorious against “The Game”.
Scott Bachelor: Arguably the most anticipated match on the card, the debut match of the Icon, or Vigilante or whatever moniker he is going by nowadays. Some say this could be his only match in a WWE ring. I find it hard pressed that he signs a deal for one match. I think Sting has enough respect for the business to do a Brock Lesnar like contract. I think this is the first of a few matches Sting has.
That being said, Triple H hasn’t won a match on television since he beat Brock at WrestleMania 29. Since then, he hast lost to Brock Lesnar, Daniel Bryan and the shield twice. It almost feels as if Triple H just doesn’t have it anymore. So the questions begs where does the story go if Triple H wins? I am not sure, he is not an up and comer looking to really make a name for himself. He already has an established career and a plethora of big wins under his belt. He doesn’t need this one.
Sting on the other hand needs to prove something to the WWE audience. Why? That goes back to what I have already covered in my predictions this week. This cannot be Stings only match because as of now, he gets nothing for winning. Is he going to wrestle one match and move on? No way. Vince knows the star power Sting has. This is setting up a bigger play. As nice as it would be to see Triple H get one more win under his belt, this one goes to the Stinger. Winner: Sting.
Be sure to check in tomorrow for the FINAL article of Wrestlemania preview week!