Sports Illustrated’s own Justin Barrasso recently appeared on The Wrestling INC Daily podcast with managing editor Nick Hausman and reminisced about professional wrestling in 2020.
Justin Barrasso gave his thoughts on a variety of topics such as Sting jumping ship to All Elite Wrestling, Sting pitching a match with the Undertaker, and Undertaker never wrestling Sting.
When commenting about The Undertaker and the possible interest of wrestling Sting, Justin Barrasso had this to say:
“Well, I guess we don’t know, and I’d love to ask him if I ever get the chance to speak with Mark Callaway, The Undertaker. We don’t know what Taker thought, if he was interested [or] if he wasn’t. I don’t know why he wouldn’t be, and to me, that’s a money match. Taker didn’t work another match post, and that might not be an anti-Steve Borden thing, Taker didn’t work another after WrestleMania.”
Barrasso also gave his thoughts on the relationship between Sting and WWE and how Sting wasn’t appreciated the right way in WWE:
“The sad part is it doesn’t surprise me that WWE or Vince McMahon wasn’t interested. They weren’t interested in Sting. What’s the difference if you’re a WWE fan? The way WWE presents, and I think he’s a legend, so I’m not knocking him, but what’s the difference between him and Ricky ‘The Dragon’ Steamboat? Who was a legend in the the Flair matches, the Savage WrestleMania 3 match, which I don’t know if it’s the greatest of all time because of Hart – Austin a decade later at Mania, but it’s right there. He’s no different than Steamboat. Sting, to me, is probably bigger than Taker just in terms of everything with WCW, and that’s not the way he’s presented in WWE. He’s presented as kind of another one of the legends. He was part of that Ric Flair 70th birthday party. He came out and was one of the legends, shook hands and Sting to them was, I always say, to them, to Vince was always just another guy, which is crazy because the fanbase always said otherwise.”
Barrasso and Hausman did also comment on Sting’s presence in All Elite Wrestling and gave their thoughts:
“I think we’re seeing too much of him to be honest. I wish we hadn’t seen him as much. To me, Sting is special. One of the things Vince did well, and you can like Vince or dislike Vince, and you can like Hulk and dislike Hulk, but one of the things Vince did really well, whenever he had Hogan, was he never really overused him, just throughout their history together, and the business was different too, but he spread out Hogan’s appearances.
“WCW did at times too, but to me, Sting is an attraction, and what makes an attraction? You don’t see it every week because if you see it every week, it’s just another part of the show. I wish we’d see a little bit less of Sting, knowing here’s there. It’s a multi-year deal, and he has AEW tattooed to his soul. That doesn’t change, but I think we’re seeing him too much. I don’t want to see him every week. When sting pops up, I want to be like, ‘Wow! Where did that come from?’ They’re still kind of getting there, but that’s a brand-new story. They’re still kind of figuring that one out.”
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