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The WWE cannot have Sting/Taker at WrestleMania 27

WWE superstar Edge at WrestleMania XXIV in 2008.

WWE superstar Edge at WrestleMania XXIV in 2008. Credit: WWE

The wrestling world has gone bananas over the possibility of Sting facing the Undertaker at WrestleMania. It's not even wrestling rumor that has been started by the evil Internet. It's mostly all hopeful wishing on the part of wrestling fans. Any old school wrestling fan would love this match, but let's be honest with ourselves: there are too many factors working against this dream match.

1. Undertaker's health: Has everyone just forgotten the Undertaker is rehabbing a torn rotator cuff? Granted he is working very hard to be back before WrestleMania. Even if Taker is able to make his way back right before the event, he will not be 100 percent. I don't want to see this epic match with Taker not able to wrestle at full capacity. Back-to-back years of five star matches against Shawn Michaels have set  the bar very high for Undertaker going forward at WrestleMania. If fans are going to see Taker/Sting, they want to see a match on par with the last two years and that is something Taker might not be able to pull off.

2. The clock is working against the WWE: WrestleMania 27 is April 3rd in Atlanta. That's less than three months to get Sting into the WWE and prepare some kind of feud with Taker to set up their match. A feud like this needs time and cannot be rushed. The creative team cannot drop the ball with this match and if they're rushed it could be ugly. This could be a massive disappointment for the WWE fans. Only do this if it can be done correctly.

3. Sting's status: Does anyone know for sure what Sting's status with TNA is? All bets are off if he is still under contract. Not to mention he might have a no-complete clause following the end of his contract. Even if he quit, he might still have a no-compete clause for 30 or even 90 days. 

4. Does the WWE and Sting really want anything to do with each other?: Face it, most fans today have no idea who Sting is. Does the WWE want to give Sting a pile of money for one match that most of their target audience won't really care about? Remember, the WWE's target audience is kids who don't know much, if anything, about WCW or NWA.

The other side of the coin is, how much does Sting want to do this? In all his years of wrestling he has never once wrestled for Vince McMahon. Sting is perhaps the biggest name in pro wrestling to never step into a WWE ring. McMahon and Sting have a decent personal relationship from what I have read in interviews. Sting is a deeply religious man who has never cared for McMahon's tactics. However, the WWE hays gone PG and that could sway Sting's thinking. But, will Sting be OK with losing to Undertaker? Taker's streak is not ending, especially to a guy who made his name outside of the WWE.

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