Wednesday, October 29, 2008
Sting Speaks On Retiring, Undertaker, Not Working For Vince, More
The UK Sun recently conducted an interview with TNA World Heavyweight Champion Sting. Below are highlights. You can read the entire interview at this link.
On retiring: "I cannot go on much longer. I don’t want to embarrass myself, or embarrass Spike or embarrass TNA. We all know it’s a wave that is coming in to shore. I don’t know when exactly it will hit, but it’s gonna hit. I thought probably this year. Actually it’s over the last couple of years it seems the thought has been in-and-out, in-and-out, in-and-out these thoughts of retirement and everything else but under the circumstances I think that I want to stick it out for one last – and this is THE last – hurrah. I don’t know when it will end for sure, but as long as I stay healthy into 2009. But how far into 2009 I don’t know."
On realism behind the young vs. old storyline in TNA: "I would have probably gone into the WWE if it was about money. I came here [to TNA] very humble, believe me. But I wasn’t welcomed with big, wide open arms from everybody. I didn’t know it was going to be that way, but it was. It would surprise you if I named some of the guys that didn’t receive me that well. You’d never guess. There are a lot of the young guys that want us ‘dinosaurs’ to move out of the way, once and for all. And you know what? I can sympathise in some ways. I can. When I was a young Sting, back in the day when it was Ric Flair, Macho Man Randy Savage, Hulk Hogan, Dusty Rhodes, The Four Horsemen and all those guys, I had those moments of frustration. But I still always respected what they did. So yes, there’s a lot of realism in this story."
On Vince McMahon trying to sign him: "Yes, I was really close at least three, four times over the years. A few times in the early 1990s, when I chose TNA and once at a real key moment when WCW had overtaken WWE as the No1 group in wrestling. And I was pretty much at the peak of WCW, in their peak days. I forget how many weeks in a row WCW beat them in the ratings wars but it got really bad for WWE - WWF at the time. That was a key moment, and I was really close to jumping."
On dream matches for him: "In TNA, I’d love to have a match or two with AJ. I’ve just had my first one with Joe. I think another one with Jeff Jarrett would be good. Outside of TNA, I’ve always thought Undertaker v Sting would be really something. And we just did this huge autograph session and I had so many wrestling fans come and say: “How about one more match with Ric Flair?” I think I could be 80-years-old and they’d still be saying that."