It has recently been suggested that former WWE Chairman Vince McMahon had no idea who WWE Hall of Famer Sting was prior to his debut in the company.
It has often been speculated that Vince McMahon was so ingrained in the ongoings in WWE that he was blissfully unaware of the wider wrestling world.
However, suggestions that Vince didn’t know who the legendary Sting was before his WWE debut seem unthinkable. But if recent claims from Road Dogg are to be believed, that may well have been the case.
Fans had clamoured to see Sting in WWE after the collapse of WCW in 2001, but he didn’t make his in-ring debut for the company until 2015, when he faced Triple H in a losing effort at WrestleMania 31.
Road Dogg recently appeared on Busted Open and discussed Vince’s thoughts on Sting in the lead up to his first ever WWE appearance at Survivor Series 2014:
“Vince did not act like he knew who Sting was, or he knew of Sting’s gravitas. He literally asked us, “Is he over?” I don’t know if it was a performance or if it’s real, but if it was a performance, he deserves an Oscar. I feel like he just didn’t watch that. I think he was so laser focused on his stuff that stuff outside his bubble doesn’t compute. He literally asked us multiple times, ‘this guy is gonna get a reaction, right?'”
This insinuation from Road Dogg does seem to contradict comments from Sting made on an old episode of AEW Unrestricted, where he recalled speaking to Vince prior to signing with TNA:
“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!’”
Now 63 years old, WCW Legend Sting came out of retirement in 2020 and is currently signed to All Elite Wrestling.
H/t to Sportskeeda Wrestling for the transcription.