WWE News STING LIVE Q&A REPORT: Sting addresses current health in first appearance since Night of Champions, talks WM32 possibility, losing to Triple H at WM31, Hogan, TNA, more
Oct 7, 2015 - 1:43:36 PM
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By James Caldwell, PWTorch assistant editor
Sting Q&A Live Report
October 5, 2015
London, England at Lyric Theatre
Report by PWTorch reader Mau Acharya (@Mau_Acharya)
This was Sting's first public appearance since Night of Champions, where he was injured in the WWE Title match against Seth Rollins.
- On his injury status: Sting said he "feels pretty normal" considering how scary his situation was at Night of Champions when he lost feeling in his arms and legs. "Something serious happened to me in the ring," Sting said. "(But) I feel good." Sting said he's going to talk to a neurologist face-to-face to hear exactly what his condition is.
- On WrestleMania 32: At the moment he says he has to take things one step at a time, and the first step is getting fixed up. He said he still has yet to see his neurologist face-to-face. If by some miracle, after that he's given the 'okay' and has his neck checked out, then we'll see what happens and take it from there.
- On Triple H: He is a great opponent, and was most probably the right choice of opponent for him in his debut match at WrestleMania 31. After being asked about his loss at WrestleMania (and by now being 0-2 in the WWE) he responded that for him it was more about being able to say "I wrestled at WrestleMania!" and accomplishing that goal so late in his career, and for him to be able to do that with Triple H was an honour.
Due to time constraints, I didn't get to ask my question which would have been, "At the conclusion of your match at WrestleMania with Triple H, you shook hands and exchanged some words. Would you mind sharing those words with us here tonight?" However, this is one of the things covered in the new "Sting: Into The Light" home video release.
- On the conclusion to his match with Hogan at Starrcade '97: "Hulk Hogan is the greatest chess player of all time." He said with a smile on his face. He felt that there was quite a fair amount of politics in practice on the night and although everyone knew what was supposed to go down, the feeling for what was actually going to happen was very different. Sting didn't spend too much time talking to anyone that night, and Bischoff confirms this on Sting's DVD. There is further discussion of this same topic on the upcoming 'Sting: Into the Light' Home Video. Sting said it was wrestling history now. It is what it is and it's in the past.
- On Owen Hart: After Owen's tragic passing, Sting was scheduled to be descending to the ring from the rafters a week later, but declined because of the great loss. He didn't feel right about going through with it, and was asked by a fan whether he was concerned about the fact that it could have been him in that same situation. Sting said that it resonated with him, and went on to talk about some nerve-wracking rope descent stories. He came back to the point that after some time had passed, he asked Bret Hart if he would be okay with it. If the Hart family would be okay with it. Bret told Sting to go ahead, and had their blessing - so after some time, Sting began to once again use that rope descent entrance.
- On TNA: He wishes them no ill will or harm, but he hasn't watched any of the product since he left the company. Says his favourite opponent was Kurt Angle, without a doubt. He says Kurt always pushed him to maximum capacity and was a cardio machine. He also mentioned that he liked working with Abyss, and had high praise for A.J. Styles because of his capabilities and how creative he was in the ring. Sting also said that he had some of the most fun in his career with the 'Insane Icon' Joker Sting gimmick, which got a huge applause from the audience.
- On Characters today: He wished that there were more characters in wrestling today. He said he was an advocate of black and white (face and heel). He said sometimes things just need to be clear cut, and maybe that is what is missing these days is the characters that tell that story. That story that sucks you in. Those characters that have you invested in what they are doing as good guys, or bad guys. He didn't want to name any names, but he did say that Bray Wyatt was a good example of a great character.
- On John Cena: *After someone jeered at his name* Sting went on to say that if you could see what Cena does behind the cameras, you wouldn't be saying/doing that. "The amount of work that he puts in to seeing children who are critically ill is something to see, and his heart is as big as this world." No one can touch him, no one comes close to how hard this guy works.
- On his new theme: "They didn't ask me." Says Sting jokingly. But went on to say that they had a few ideas and they (WWE) have been very respectful and worked with him throughout all the ideas and processes such as entrance music. They had a few samples that they wanted to try out and have Sting listen to them and give his input and make a collaborative decision.
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