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Shock Master, Zombies, and More! Awesomely Odd WWE Wrestling Figures

Nowhere other than maybe reality TV shows, soap operas or Japanese television will you find a more strange, bizarre, unreal and just plain brilliant form of entertainment than professional wrestling.

In wrestling anything is fair game and taboos are there to be broken, and they frequently are.

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The Grizzly’s Spotlight: A WWE First and Last – The Phenom vs. The Icon

On March 26, 2001 the WWE made their purchase of WCW known to the world. The idea of dream matches that would take place after that was endless. Goldberg vs Stone Cold, Triple H vs Scott Steiner, and so on. Although initially not all members of the WCW roster showed up on RAW the next week, eventually they all found their way into World Wrestling Entertainment. All… but one. Sting was possibly the biggest name in the WCW in those days. He had been groomed by “The Nature Boy” Ric Flair. He was a multi-time World champion, and a member of the notorious NWO. When the company was sold he opted to not join WWE, for his own personal reasons.

Still to this day he remains the biggest name in pro wrestling to never compete in a WWE ring. However, every year about this time, the rumor mill begins to turn and people start whispering. Stings contract with TNA expires at the end of this year. If he does come to WWE it will be, undoubtedly, to square off with the Undertaker. The dream match has been talked about since they were both in their prime 20 years ago. While Sting coming to WWE to face Taker at Mania is all well and good, there are intangibles at play here that people don’t seem to be grasping. Taker vs. Sting has been a dream match for decades sure, but how many other superstars still to this day want one match with the icon?

WWE's The Undertaker

Guys like The Rock, HBK, HHH, and even Stone Cold Steve Austin have stated their desire for a match with the legend. If Sting were to come aboard do you really think these guys would sit back and pass up the opportunity at one more dream match? More importantly, would WWE allow all that money in PPV buys to just drift by? The answer is an emphatic, no. Here lies the problem.

Undertaker has a two decade long undefeated streak at Wrestlemania. For years people have predicted the man to end it all would be the Icon Sting. The problem with that is that the streak has become almost bigger than Wrestlemania alone. And the reality is, every single WCW star that came to WWE was buried by the company in the end. Maybe out of spite from the Monday night wars. So what you are essentially looking at is the final battle of WCW vs WWE. And in what world can you see Vince McMahon allowing Sting to take that final win. It can’t happen, and it won’t happen.

[box_dark]“It’s no secret. I’ve always wanted to wrestle Undertaker; I’ve said that for years. And who would not want to work Wrestlemania.”

-Sting[/box_dark]

Icon vs Phenom taker
The Phenom

UNLESS…  reality sets in that this might be Takers final match. If that’s the case, would Vince allow Taker to ride off into the sunset with an undefeated record at Wrestlemania? No one is bigger than Wrestlemania to the McMahons, and a lifelong undefeated streak seems awfully bigger than a PPV to me. The obvious next problem is the line of hall of famers who either wrestle Sting before or after Mania. Surely you can’t allow Sting to be beat by them before he has the biggest win in Wrestlemania history.  One way or another, this match will be billed the biggest match of all time. Andre vs. Hulk will be forgotten after the dust settles from this. Sting stated he was “very close” to a deal last year, and by comments from him and Hulk Hogan recently, it seems inevitable that he is coming. 2014 is gonna be a big year for old time wrestling fans.