Sting was once very close to being the biggest superstar in modern wrestling to never go to WWE. That all changed in 2014, when The Icon finally made his WWE debut at survivor series.
Speaking with Fightful Raw Review podcast co-host Denise Salcedo on the blue carpet for the Fox debut of WWE SmackDown, The Stinger spoke about what that moment meant to him and his career, "Well, first of all, it was amazing. It was different from anything that I have ever experienced. Yes. I've heard all kinds of crowd reactions and all. But, you know, the WWE crowds. Oh, my gosh, there. First of all, enormous. They're very, very loyal. No, I never thought that I would be under the WWE umbrella. I never thought that I would be interviewing here. You know, the very first SmackDown on Fox. This is my first SmackDown. You know, for me. But. Yeah. So. Yeah. Never thought any of it would happen, but it did. I came full circle all the way around and everything's turned out fantastic."
Often a fan-favorite throughout his career, sting also discussed the importance of his relationship with the audience and how the fans were is driving force throughout his time as an in-ring competitor, "Oh, man. That's one of the things that kept me glued to wrestling all the years that I was wrestling, 30 years. So that was the fans. It was the crowd. I mean, anyone who says that the roar of the crowd doesn't really matter to them is lying. It really matters what the crowd says, what they're feeling and what their emotions and all that. You want to have a storyline that's meaty and man, it's incredible. I've enjoyed it. And I miss the relationship with the fans that I had all those years. Good times. But, you know what? I'm getting a taste of it again here tonight."
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