kingbeavis wrote:Do you think that Sting could have been as big as Hogan if he would have had the WWF promotion machine behind him by the time Hogan was being phased out in 92-93. I was watching an old Sting match against Ric Flair and his charisma is through the roof, he had a great look and he could put on great matches too. What would have happened if they replaced Bret Hart as the WWF Champion with Sting?
I generally don't do this speculative type thing but...
Sting wouldn't have been pushed too well in the WWF. He'd already made a name for himself by that time and Vince really doesn't seem to like that (this covers everything from trademark rights/marketing to Vince's seeming belief that he is a god when it comes to creating stars).
While they weren't too similar, I think Vince would've had a been there done that feel with Sting considering the push he'd given to his old Blade Runners partner, The Warrior Formerly Known As Jim Hellwig.
If he did and got the push, I don't think it would've made Sting any bigger of a name than he already is. I don't think his being in the WWF would've changed that fact that wrestling was trending downward in terms of popularity and creatively. He still would've jobbed to Yoko so Hogan could beat him right afterwards for the title. And, him wrestling Doink would've been no more interesting than anyone else wrestling Doink. Sting, also, was having a great run at the time against the likes of Vader, Cactus Jack, Rick Rude, and others. Wouldn't change that for the world.
Lastly, the only upside to him being in the WWF is that--maybe---we wouldn't have had the mini-movie stuff with Cheatum the One-Eyed Midget.