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- Sting recently spoke with The Baltimore Sun. Here are some highlights:

Do you have any more film projects in the works?

It’s so tough [because of the wrestling schedule]. I’ve had to pass on a couple other projects with some really good people, but I’m looking forward to doing some more. But, yes, I know that I will have time coming up here and I’d like to do a whole bunch more.

There is a lot of adult content on Impact Wrestling. As a man of faith, is it a concern for you to be on that type of show?

Absolutely. There’s no question about it. This is something that many Christians will use as their ace in the hole, and I’ll use it, but I’m not going to use it in a real loose way, and that is that Jesus Christ himself went in amongst the sinners – the murderers, the adulterers, the idolaters, the drunkards, and so on and so forth. And he didn’t come to judge them, he came to save them, be a doctor to them. I’m not putting myself on that level obviously, but at the same time, we are in the world, we are not of the world, if we are believers. I’m not going to put myself in a shell – it’s just not going to work that way. You have to get out there somehow or another and try to be a light or be the salt of the earth, and that’s all I’ve tried to do. As far as the content goes, I will only involve myself in situations that will not jeopardize my walk or my witness. You won’t hear vulgar things coming out of my mouth or sexual innuendos and all that kind of stuff.

In your current story line with Hulk Hogan, it almost seems as if there are some religious overtones as far as you trying to save the Hulk Hogan character and get him back on the right path. Is that the case or am I reading too much into it?

You know, there’s probably a thread of that in there for sure. Most of my story lines do have some sort of a redemptive quality to them. Vince Russo is writing a lot of this stuff, and many people may not know this, but he also is a believer. He writes with that kind of flair. The other thing, too, is I really believe that because of the nostalgia of Hulk Hogan – you know, he made an appearance on “American Idol” and got a huge, gigantic reaction – wrestling fans all over the place would love to see the story line for real. I think they want to see him come back and just be Hulk. I’d like to see it.

What was your reaction when WWE began airing the mysterious vignettes early this year that turned out to be for The Undertaker’s return, but initially had a lot of wrestling fans believing that the videos signaled that you were coming to WWE for to face The Undertaker at WrestleMania? And the second part of my question is: Did WWE contact you to come in and do something at that point?

I’ll answer the second part first. Yes, I was contacted by WWE people. The vignettes I can honestly tell you that I do not understand that one even now, unless it was some kind of deal where they were just trying to test the waters, I really don’t know, because so many people were saying, “I hope it’s Sting, I hope it’s Sting.” I thought, “Gosh, I wonder if they’re going to shoot themselves in the foot there by making this choice, because if things do not work out, why did they do it to begin with?” I had all kinds of things going through my head. But, yeah, I was very, very close to going up there, and I believe there probably would have been something with Undertaker. That was the word at least.

What are your thoughts on what went down the night you faced Jeff Hardy at the Victory Road pay-per-view?

I want to be careful with my words here because I really like Jeff Hardy. I’m hoping he can come back because that guy is so talented, but he has personal issues in his life and it just became too much for him, too overwhelming, and he just couldn’t cope and didn’t know how to handle it. So he made some bad choices and he’s having to deal with those choices and the consequences now. I hear he’s doing much, much better. Last I heard, he was riding his bike 10 miles a day and just getting in great shape and his life was getting in some kind of order.

You’ve said in the past that you intended to retire several times, but every year when your contract comes up in TNA, you get talked into staying for another year. At this point, how much longer do you plan to continue wrestling?

You know, you’re right. I think I’ve said every year for at least the last four years that this will be my last year. And I’m speaking the same way again now. I think I’ve smartened up a little bit. When I know it’s done, I’ll know it’s done. I’m going to go as long as I can, but, honestly, whether I want to or not, I cannot see going too much farther.

  • Shawn

    @Freakzilla, so guys like Triple H, Miachels, Undertaker, Rock, Austin, Foley, etc never had to wrestle lower card guys? Didn’t Triple H and Michaels have a feud with the Spirit Squad? I believe Undertaker wrestled Mark Henry at Wrestlemania. Rock had a mini feud with Hurricane Helms. The point I’m getting at is, just because you at one time had to wrestle or feud with a non-main-event guy, doesn’t mean you were “buried”. Also, out of curiosity, what’s wrong with Bradshaw (who went on to become JBL) and Test? Not megastars, but they weren’t total scrubs either.

    The biggest problem with most of the WCW guys is that they didn’t sign long term contracts and most were well past their prime (WWE did them a favor by signing them and giving them any time at all). WWE wasn’t going to build around an unmotivated, uncharismatic, old Goldberg. Steiner should have retired long before WCW folded. Scott Hall got fired because he loves the booze. Nash’s knee couldn’t stay in place.

  • http://none Andy Garland

    Tna is failing with hulk hogan and eric bischoff. sign with wwe even if its wwe and be in the hall of fame and wrestle the undertaker at wrestlemania even if he loses to the undertaker it will be a great match.

  • rick

    The only thing related to wcw that truly got buried in wwe was the nwo. Then after that Nash and Hogan were pushed as main eventers while Hall was his own worst enemy.

  • It’s all Gobbledygook

    …yeah, Goldberg did have a nice 1 year run with WWE. I pictured Sting having something similar…

    …Steiner was pushed straight to the top against Triple H but sadly he just disappointed everyone…

  • rko

    It would be nice to see Sting in the wwe make one last run. He deserves to be in a hall of fame even if that’s the wwe’s hall of fame.

  • dan

    tbh tho if u were sting and was ready to retire after one more year… facing taker in possibly takers last match… (next years mania) which could still be sting after all he only has 1 year contract… :P
    it would be well worth it.. for the money and for the memories it wouldnt tarnish his name in any way if he did lose and it would definatly make every wrestling fan over the world tune in to see!… just gives u goosebumps thinking of it really…

  • Rucdogg

    I would agree with the invasion angle, they made booker a joke and let stone cold and angle take over the alliance, the smart think would have been booker be the leader, but eventually booker had a good run. Steiner was over the hill, Goldberg got a title run. So I dont agree with the wcw guys gettig buried besides in the alliance angle. I just think sting wants to stay loyal to the jarret family like he said, they gave him his start and he feels loyal, plus I think deep down inside hes prided himself on not having to go to wwe and being one of the biggest wrestling stars ever.

  • Freakzilla

    @Steve. Have to disagree with you pal. The whole nWo angle had the members buried. Scott Hall went from wrestling Austin to Bradshaw, Steiner went from Triple H to Test (RIP). DDPs last match was on Velocity vs Bob Holly. Booker T had pretty much start from scratch before he got the World title. I think he had 3 PPV matches for the title as Booker T. I could go on but during the whole Invasion and nWo angle. The top WCW guys were pushed down to lower mid card and the lower mid card guys pushed down to jobbers. Just have to look at that Survivor Series match between Team Alliance and Team WWF in 2001 to see how badly WCW was buried.

  • Evil Doink

    Mysterio was post-1999, but you get the idea.

  • Evil Doink

    I guess now we know that Sting can’t possibly have any moral objections to WWE, considering he is willing to work on a show where the guys swear constantly, and there is a lot more “adult” content, whereas, WWE has made a concerted effort to clean up its show. Seems like every time I turn on TNA, they guys are in the ring swearing at each other, even getting bleeped out, and I can’t help but notice the dozens of kids under 10 years old sitting ringside. So, in that respect, should have been easy for Sting to make the WWE decision.

    I don’t agree 100 percent with WCW guys getting buried or used. Plenty of guys have been pushed to the top, while the bulk of the 1999 WCW roster was mid-card guys at best. There are plenty of guys who came from WCW, even before ’99 that went to the top (Guerrero, Benoit, Mysterio, Jericho, Booker, Foley, Big Show, Sid, and yes, even Undertaker–going WAY back).

    Sting being afraid to go to WWE at this stage of his career is just dumb. He could have had a good run.

  • Shawn

    Also, keep in mind that Sting (Steve Borden) is great friends with Kevin Nash and Shawn Michaels. They are, of course, great freinds with Triple H. He, of course, is the son-in-law of Vincent Kennedy McMahon. Does anyone think Sting will really be mistreated? Exactly.

  • venom

    @Steve

    I agree with you. The only guy that I think got mistreated was DDP. Other than that, everybody got what they deserved. Was Bagwell and Kanyon suppose to be maineventers? I wouldn’t want to see that. I’m sure Sting would be treated well. I’m not saying he should come in for one match against Taker. He should sign a one year deal and get a good run with the company.

  • Shane McMahon

    thoughts of maybe when stings contract is up he signs with WWE sits low and him and Undertaker at WM and they both retire after the match.

  • Steve

    The majority of the guys that came over with the purchase of WCW weren’t that good any way. They weren’t stars or stars-in-the-making. The only guy that I can really think of that Vince buried/destroyed was DDP (who was so old, at the time, he wasn’t worth investing time/money/energy in anyway).

    Hogan, Nash and even Hall had decent runs. Flair, obviously, was treated well. Goldberg was handled as best as Goldberg could have been (well, except for the Goldust incident, lol). Booker T held numerous titles while there. Other than the King Book-a thing, which I believe was his idea, he had a respectable run in WWE, all things considered. Scott Steiner did all right. Shane Helms (as Hurricane Helms) had success.

    So unless you’re only looking at DDP and, perhaps, Kanyon(???), what other ‘big time’ WCW talent got buried? I think that’s a bad misconception that people like to have.

  • Generic Troll

    @venom, read what @jushin liger said, its so spot on, Vince doesn’t respect wrestlers at all, he uses them how he wants them to be used then dumps them in the wellness program, look at how scott hall ended up.. at least tna works with wrestlers and lets them have their bit like anderson and co.
    sting won the heavyweight title on return, wwe offered him a loss and to be just another name taker defeated, and as for coming back for his last mania this year, i think the contract clause may just be that bit too long for decent road to wm, and what about triple h saying when you come back i’ll be waiting, pretty obvious that if theres another streak match we know who taker is vsing..
    yeah alot of people were disappointed sting didn’t sell out, but i for one think he made the right choice, he’s finishing with the company thats been a family to him, don’t get me wrong i’m a wwe guy, but sting like aj and kurt is a tna man at heart.

  • Rucdogg

    Sting has proved his entire career he doesnt neet WWE, Hogan, Flair, Sting, since I have been a kid those have been the 3 biggest names in wrestling, and the only one to not go to WWE was Sting. Now I will admit, with the thought of him at Mania this year and going into the HOF I wanted that to happen, but you cant get mad at a man for deciding where he wants to work, hell isnt that what we all want, to pick where we work and be happy with it. Sting= Icon

  • venom

    Sting should face Taker in his last Wrestlemania. Sting knew everybody was getting excited to see him. So what was his reason not to sign with WWE??? At least he knows he was letting everybody down.

  • jushin liger

    @ Steve:
    Sometimes its not about the money or the fame, sometimes its just on principle.I truly believe sting stays at TNA because he has alot of control over his character and storylines and he does what he is comfortable with.If he went to WWE he would have vince doing a “my way or the highway” dance and it would probably turn out real real bad.I don’t think most you people have long enough memories to remember when vince bought out WCW.Vince buried 99% of WCW wrestlers, even the main eventers.Sting knows if he went to WWE it would just be to lose to the deadman and that is all.Sting deserves way better than that and thats why he told mcmahon to shove it.

  • CC

    Didnt his people say that there was no contact from WWE, even after he re-signed with TNA?

    I’m starting to get the feeling that maybe he regrets the decision he made. If this is the case, then it can only help him finally sign with WWE when his current contract ends.

  • Steve

    Sting missed out on the opportunity of a lifetime. He could have faced one of the biggest wrestling stars ever, on the grandest stage of them all for the top wrestling company in the world! Millions of fans wanted it and he disappointed them. He turned down millions of dollars and for what? Oh yeah, to be embarrassed in the ring with a drug addict. Well, I guess we’ve all made mistakes…. right?

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