Let's all spend the next six days pining for an appearance on RAW, when the message is just as likely about something completely different.
Sorry, what I meant to say was, let's have some fun. Sting's codes are not indecipherable, but this one seems a little unsure of itself...
The fourteenth day of the seventh month in the year two thousand fourteen is special for Battleground... = Oh my. HHH to announce Sting's debut...as referee of the Fatal Four-Way title event. Odd truth - there's no point.
#8 Posted on 14.7.14 2121.17 Reposted on: 14.7.21 2128.08
To close the loop, here's the video promo that aired on Raw
Sting is a pre-order bonus. Ultimate Warrior was the pre-order bonus last year, and was released as DLC on 01/07 (about 3 months after release) for $2.
WWE clearing the way for Ultimate Warrior to be in the game last year and Ultimate Warrior agreeing to be in the game started the ball rolling towards his official return and HOF induction last year. At last word, Sting still had an open offer for a Legends deal (and minimal amount) and neither side was in a hurry to sign that deal. Sting doesn't need the money, but I would imagine he'd like more respect than a token deal. Maybe a strong reaction here will get them to figure it out - or maybe they'll inevitably make a deal when WWE starts trying to put together next year's Hall of Fame and realizes they need a big name.
I'd still be shocked if there was ever more a few token cameo appearances. There's unlikely to be one more run.
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#9 Posted on 14.7.14 2213.20 Reposted on: 14.7.21 2218.51
Savage was DLC in WWE 13 and Goldberg was in 2k14. Neither have been inducted in the HoF which would be a much bigger deal so hopefully WWE inc. continues to see that rebuilding bridges is a good thing.
#10 Posted on 15.7.14 0310.29 Reposted on: 15.7.21 0310.41
As a Sting fan, there was nothing more gratifying than hearing the massive pop over the commercial and then the crowd completely turning on it when they found out it was for a videogame.
Sting doesn't need to be gradually reintroduced to this audience. They seemed very familiar.
If it's Paul Heyman's production company that's responsible for this ad, like they were for Warrior's last year, they did an incredible job yet again and really nailed what people liked about the Sting character, including his "Crow" theme which I'm not sure is the most recognizable theme after 14+ years of it not being on TV.
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#12 Posted on 15.7.14 1254.03 Reposted on: 15.7.21 1254.55
It's also a bit of a shock that somebody would actually pony up the money to use it, unless WCW got some great overarching deal with George S. Clinton when they decided to include it in "Ready to Rumble" and the "Mayhem" CD. You don't have to watch too much ECW to know what WWE thinks about rights fees...which is what really scares me about what their Nitros are going to sound like in the future.
#14 Posted on 15.7.14 1941.20 Reposted on: 15.7.21 1941.21
I think with Lanny Poffo appearing on Network stuff and just the general process of elimination of who's even left for Vince to do deathbed catharsis with, they've made the deal with the Poffos and they'll finally take care of Savage and the Hall of Fame next year.
At this rate, in a few years Shane McMahon and Chyna are going to have to be the pre-order bonuses. THE 9TH WONDER RETURNS.