Sting has opened up about Vince McMahon’s reaction to him joining TNA on this week’s AEW Unrestricted podcast , saying WWE’s CEO described his choice to join the company as, “Blagh.”
The WCW legend, who recently joined AEW, opened up about the discussion where he informed McMahon of his decision.
“I was called by Jeff Jarrett. He said, ‘Do you want to come and do a show?’ I did one and he said, ‘Do you want to do another one?’ ‘Alright.’ ‘Could we get you to sign a deal and do something with us?’ I didn’t really want to do it and it took some twisting of my arm to do it, but I decided I was going to do it. Vince was in the picture once again during that time. I said, ‘Vince, I’m going to TNA.’ He said, ‘The thought of you and the legacy you leave behind and you going to TNA is just…BLAGH!’ He literally said, ‘BLAGH!’”
Sting would join TNA in 2003 and remain there until 2014.
The AEW star also said he never spoke to Vince McMahon immediately in 2001 after WWE acquired WCW.
“After it ended, we never did talk. There was never any discussion, at least not immediately after. It was maybe a year after that Vince reached out and we had a conversation. Talking with Vince, it was always good, but then you get his group of attorneys and my attorney and it all kind of falls apart. Long story short, I wasn’t willing to make the commitment that he wanted. There was more to it than that,”
Sting also opened up about how he didn’t want his WWE run to end the way it did, stating how he “pushed” for a cinematic match with The Undertaker.
“I didn’t want to end the way it ended. I was pushing to get a cinema-style match with Undertaker. For probably a litany of reasons, it just wasn’t going to happen. When Tony called and spoke with me, he said, ‘Are you interested in doing cinema-style matches?’ I said, ‘Yeah, I am.’ I’d like to come back and do that and not disappear with my tail between my legs. I don’t have to go out on top, I’d like to go out in a positive light.”
Sting’s comments echo rumours that emerged when AEW’s roster page had him listed with a win-loss record – suggesting we would see the WCW legend wrestle again.
H/T Fightful for the transcription.