WWE Shop has officially removed all merchandise relating to Sting from their online shop.
The news comes after WWE lost the rights to produce and sell items which bore the former WCW World Heavyweight Champion’s face, name or related trademarks following the expiry of his contract earlier this year.
Even though the mega-star was no longer contracted to the company, there was a notable delay in removing his merchandise including withdrawing a planned action figure of the luminary scheduled for release in the WWE Legends series 7 line.
There may still be a twist in the scorpion’s tale, however. Now that WWE have no legal claim over the master of the Scorpion Deathlock, he is free to negotiate with any promotion he likes including AEW and IMPACT Wrestling after expressing an interest in returning to the ring for one last bout.
Though Sting is thought to be retired after announcing that he was stepping away from the industry upon his WWE Hall of Fame induction, ‘The Stinger’ still yearns for one last round and orated this at the 2019 Starrcast event.
According to the legend, he will compete again for the right price and earlier this year teased a return with a tweet that asked who wanted to take a last ride with him.
Unfortunately, the man in question has already ruled out a return to WWE after stating in multiple interviews that doctors would not clear him to return. Dave Meltzer of The Wrestling Observer Newsletter seconded this by affirming that the promotion are now very careful with older talent and it was highly unlikely the now 61 year old would ever be allowed back inside their ring.
It is worth noting that should Sting want that one last hurrah then AEW will be primed to sign him. The former WCW frontman was a major star on Turner stations during the height of his popularity and Turner Network Television currently airs All Elite Wrestling in the United States.
Sting first stepped onto a WWE stage at the 2014 Survivor Series and battled Triple H at WrestleMania 31 in a bout that was very much WWE vs. WCW fourteen years after Vince McMahon purchased his rivals.
The last time Sting competed inside the squared circle was at WWE Night of Champions on September 20, 2015, when he suffered what was believed to be a career-ending spinal injury at the hands of Seth Rollins.