Sting was present at the SmackDown debut on FOX, but he did not make an appearance on the show. Instinct Culture spoke to the WWE Hall Of Famer for a blue carpet interview, prior to the show.
Sting said he misses the wrestling fans and admits that they are the reason why he is still interested in wrestling. He was also asked about what it was like to finally come to WWE and what he thought of the fan reaction.
That’s one of the things that kept me glued to wrestling, all the years that I was wrestling, 30 years, it was the fans, the crowd, I mean anyone who says that the roar of the crowd doesn’t really matter to them is lying. It really matters what the crowd says, what they’re feeling, what their emotions are and all that. You wanna have a storyline that is meaty, and man it’s incredible, I’ve enjoyed and I’ve missed the relationship with the fans that I had all those years, good times but you know what I am getting a taste of it here tonight….
Well first of all it was amazing, it was different from anything that I ever experienced, yes I’ve heard all kinds of crowd reactions and all but the WWE crowds, oh my gosh, they’re first of all enormous, they’re very very loyal. No, I never thought that I would be under the WWE umbrella, I never thought that I would be interviewing here on the very first SmackDown on Fox. This is my first SmackDown, you know for me, but yeah I never thought any of it would happen, but it did, it came full circle all the way around, and everything’s turned out fantastic.
Perhaps it will be a long time until we see Sting again on WWE television.
h/t to Instinct Culture for the transcription.