TNA and Sting held a conference call with media today, during which — according to several Internet reports including on PWInsider.com and PWTorch.com — he said he would like to wrestle The Rock (his name was mentioned several times), Abyss, AJ Styles, Samoa Joe and others (and would have liked to face Steve Austin, The Undertaker and other big names in his career); he talked about his shared Christian values with Shawn Michaels and Ted DiBiase; that he doesn’t want the World Title (although he’d be fine if that’s what TNA felt made sense) or to be on the booking committee; and why he chose TNA over WWE. Here are highlights as posted on TNAWrestling.com:
Highlights of Sting Conference Call On Wednesday
January 11th, 2006 20:21
On Wednesday afternoon, new TNA star and wrestling icon Sting took part in a TNA media conference call to discuss this Sunday’s “Final Resolution” Pay-Per-View as well as his thoughts on joining Total Nonstop Action. Below are some of the highlights of the Sting conference call….
THOUGHTS ON HIS COMEBACK:
According to Sting, it was “now or never” for a return to wrestling and he wanted to go out on his own terms. He wants to leave the world of wrestling the right way, and that includes helping TNA become an even better promotion for fans to watch.
WHY HE DIDN’T GO TO WWE
Sting revealed he had been in ongoing talks with WWE, but that he ultimately settled on joining TNA for a variety of reasons. The WWE’s schedule can be chaotic, and Sting really wanted the opportunity to help TNA and be around his family at the same time.
FITTING INTO TNA
Sting said the athletes in TNA do things in the ring he has never seen before, and he can’t wait to find his niche on the roster. When asked who in TNA he would like to wrestle, Sting answered AJ Styles and Abyss.
THE MATCH THIS SUNDAY ON PAY-PER-VIEW:
Sting stated he was
excited for the match this Sunday – he’s been working out and getting into shape in recent months to prepare for his return. He said he’s looking forward to shaking off the ring rust and getting his hands dirty in the ring. Sting also discussed his tag team partner Christian Cage, who he called “very talented”.
HIS ONE YEAR DEAL WITH TNA:
Sting discussed his one-year deal with TNA Wrestling, saying ideally he would like to wrestle his last match with TNA and walk away on his own terms. However, Sting said there is potential he could continue long-term, but it all depends on how he can hold up against the current crop of stars. He doesn’t want to stand in the way of the youth, but he wants to go out and “deliver the goods” for fans while he still has it.
THE REACTION FROM HIS FAMILY ABOUT HIS RETURN:
Sting said his teenage sons are excited about his return to wrestling for Total Nonstop Action. In the past, his sons had traveled with him on the road with WCW and they are looking forward to seeing him in the ring again.
HIS LEGACY IN WRESTLING:
After all is said and done in his career, Sting wants to be remembered as someone who found the Lord, straightened his life out and entertained people with integrity. He said he’d like to be remembered as someone who gave back to wrestling because it gave to him.
In addition, Sting spoke about wanting to see TNA on Monday nights, TNA’s X Division, his thoughts on Vince McMahon, the last WCW match against Ric Flair and so much more…
Watch “Final Resolution” this Sunday on Pay-Per-View to see the return of Sting to wrestling as he teams with Christian Cage to face Jeff Jarrett and “The Alpha Male” Monty Brown!