So, Summerslam 2015 is in the history books, and if nothing else, the event certainly backed up its reputation as the WWE’s second biggest show of the year.
Sandwiched between a critically acclaimed NXT showcase and the night of surprises that was the Raw-after-the-night-before, the 28th instalment of the company’s big, mid-year bash certainly gave us plenty to talk about.
So too in fact, did that aforementioned post-Summerslam Raw. Between the mark-out moment of the Dudleys’ return and a new addition to the Wyatt clan, the August 24th edition of WWE’s flagship so was certainly one of the most memorable of 2015, and that’s before we even talk about the biggest news coming from the Barclays Center that Monday night:
Sting is back, ladies and gentlemen, and he’s taking on Seth Rollins for the WWE championship.
Wasting no time in transitioning from Summerslam to our next big Network blockbuster, Night of Champions, the WCW stalwart made his first WWE appearance since WrestleMania 31 in a segment with the reigning champions Rollins and his Authority bosses, Triple H and Stephanie McMahon.
Within moments of the Stinger’s unveiling, the Internet became abuzz with equal parts criticism (Sting’s 0-1 in a WWE ring and now he’s the number one contender, what gives?), praise (hey, it’s Sting, alright!) and head-scratching befuddlement as fans desperately tried to scramble together some logical idea as to how this all might play out come Night of Champions.
In the days that have passed since, the prevailing theory seems to have the Rollins defending his newly-won US title earlier on the show, leaving him so fatigued that he ultimately drops the Big Prize to the Stinger.
It’s a solid story, sure, but it isn’t the only one WWE could tell inside Houston’s Toyota Center come September 20th. Here’s one way that Sting actually losing at Night of Champions could lead us to the one thing many old-school pro wrestling fans have been clamouring for over a decade:
Night of Champions: Rollins Retains
Part of the reason a lot of folks are probably expecting Sting to defeat Rollins is that simple, yet simply outdated idea that if you don’t win matches, you’re a loser. After all, if Sting does get pinned on September 20th, that means he’s wrestled a grand total of two matches for the WWE and lost them both. Within the realms of kayfabe and all things logical storytelling then, doesn’t that suggest that Sting sucks and we shouldn’t bother treating him as a serious threat to anybody?
If this was some two-bit jobber we’d never heard of before then yeah, sure, but it isn’t. To quote the man’s own ring introduction, ladies and gentlemen, this is Sting.
How Seth Rollins beating Sting Could Lead to the Return of War Games
Say what you will about the way he’s been portrayed as a WWE character so far, but give credit where it’s due, even fans who came to the party long after The Icon’s heydey have been conditioned to understand that this guy was -nay, is- a big deal. And OK, so he lost at ‘Mania, but let’s not forget that it took much clique-related shenanigans and a Triple H sledgehammer to take out the face of World Championship Wrestling.
The same thing could happen in Houston, Texas this September. Imagine the scenario folks; after a lengthy back-and-forth battle Sting looks set to do the one thing no man -not even half man/half beast, Brock Lesnar- has managed to do; wrestle the title away from the clutches of Seth Rollins. Cue a run-in or two, and we either get the kind of non-finish that will have us all ranting on the Internet the next morning, or a semi-comatose champion draping his arm over the challenger and claiming another victory.
The role of shenanigan-maker could go to any number of wrestlers at this stage, perhaps even Lesnar himself, still pissed off at never getting his day in the sun back at Battleground.
Whatever happens, it’s the perfect set-up to Hell in a Cell on October 25th.
Post NOC Raw
Doesn’t it make sense that Sting could show up the Monday after Night of Champions and claim that yes, though he’s now 0-2, he’s never been pinned one-on-one in the middle of the ring without some foul play at work? That it’s taken The Authority everything they had and then some to pin Sting’s shoulders to the mat, and he’s just about had enough? That he’s finally putting an end to this once and for all at Hell in Cell; where two men and two men only step inside that demonic steel structure and finally settle their scores?
No one leaves, no one enters. It’s one on one, throw the rule book out the window, and let’s finally prove who’s the best of the best once and for all. It could work, but here’s what could also work:
Part tribute to the late, great Dusty Rhodes, part common-sense storyline climax, Sting says that if The Authority want to keep throwing multiple men at him, he’s got an idea. ‘Back in WCW, we had a little thing we called War Games,’ says the Stinger, ‘And if The Authority want to keep getting everybody involved in my matches, I say they get a team together, I’ll get my team together, and we do this.’
We get the match we’ve all been longing for since WWE bought out WCW, Sting finally gets his big win over Seth Rollins and The Authority, all whilst Rollins himself gets to live and fight another day as WWE Champion. Could be interesting, right?