Jim Ross Reveals Incredible Offer Sting Received To Join WWE In 2005
WCW icon Sting was offered a dream clash with Dwayne 'The Rock' Johnson should he have signed with WWE in 2005, according to Jim Ross.
The 60-year-old former wrestler, real name Steve Borden, remained on WWE's radar after the demise of WCW in 2001.
WWE never bought Sting out of his AOL Time Warner contract and the wrestling legend was in talks to sign with the company after his deal expired in 2002.
But the Hall of Famer would eventually sign for rival promotion TNA and wouldn't make his sensational appearance on WWE TV until 2014.
However, legendary commentator Jim Ross has now revealed that WWE tried to lure the ex-TNA star with the proposition of competing against The Rock in a blockbuster match.
"Look, we were trying to recruit Sting, Conrad, ever since WCW closed their doors," the 68-year-old said on his Grilling JR podcast.
"And then, subsequently, when he finally got all his money from Time Warner that he was owed, we knew he'd be healthy, he'd be refreshed and he'd have a full bank account. He should be a happy guy.
"And we only wanted him for a part-time role at best to maximise the investment and to not overuse an asset that had more matches in him than he had left.
"So, yeah, we were always talking about bringing him in. Why not? But Rock and Sting would have been cool as hell."
'JR' went on to explain that WWE legend The Rock was confident of getting the best out of Sting in a match "without any problem."
The Hall of Famer explained: "And Rock -- look, the thing about this, and I may have mentioned this before. It's worth reiterating as far as bookers are concerned.
"Bookers find out that the top talents who are gonna draw the money and put an a**e every 18 inches know exactly who they can and cannot work well with.
"Meaning that a great attraction like The Rock fighting another great attraction like Sting at the biggest event of the year like WrestleMania for the first time ever is money.
"Here's the key, though. Rock knew in his heart that he could get a match out of Sting, who had been dormant for quite a while, without any problem. Full confidence. And I believe that, too. So anyhow, yeah, it was a topic we talked about."
Sting suffered a devastating neck injury in 2005 and retired from professional wrestling after his induction into the Hall of Fame in 2006.
But the former WWE star has hinted that he could come out of retirement for a dream showdown with The Undertaker at WrestleMania 36.
WWE legend Jeff Jarrett, who worked closely with Sting in TNA during the 2000s, revealed why he would be "excited" to watch the mega-match between the two wrestling icons.
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