Sting Talks About Why He’s Stayed With TNA & What Keeps Him From Retiring

TNA star Sting was recently interviewed by Brandon Baxter of Jonesboro, Arkansas’ 101.7 Kiss FM. Here are some highlights of what Sting said about:

Why He Has Stayed With TNA:

“It’s the same answer every time and that is the brand, just love the brand,” Sting said. “It reminded me of the old school WCW and actually launching Monday Nitro and becoming the talk of the town and then talk of the whole wide world, and I saw the same potential here with this group of guys and everyone behind the scenes as well.”

What Has Kept Him Wrestling This Long:

“Man, the crowd,” he said. “The crowd is always the ticket, always the key there. I have always had a relationship with the crowd for so many years and, man, any wrestler who denies that is lying to you. The crowd matters. It’s also the guys and the group of people we have and trying to accomplish something, to get the name and brand out there.”

Other topics include his toughest opponent, working with Ric Flair, the origins of his face paint and more. Here’s audio the full interview:

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  • kquickstillsucks

    So wrestling in front of 500 people instead of 10,000 is what keeps you going sting? Ok….On the other hand TNA reminding you of WCW is very honest lol

    • Steve

      actually TNA house shows draw around 750-1000 people, but raw and sd rarely gets to 10k, more like 3-5k in house shows. Tapings bring in more people, but now that TNA is on the road, i think that their attendance figures will go up a bit

      • bayarea08

        False, I’ve been to a TNA house show last year and it drew less than 200 people. Sad part about it is that it was at an old high school gym.

      • Kevin Lazar

        6500 in attendance last night in Chicago for TNA.

      • buddy

        actually BUDDY, the tours in australia got an average of 17,482 people. In other countries besides america wwe has crowds of 14000 +

    • askbillmitchell

      The sad part TNA has a lot of upside potential, management keeps shooting them in the foot. For every one step forward they take they keep taking two steps back and that is so frustrating for people like me who was on the TNA bandwagon way before Hogan and thought their approach was fresh, modernized (with the six sided ring) and all that.

      • kquickstillsucks

        Yea I agree but time is really ticking AJ Joe Aries Roode Morgan are all in they mid 30’s and basically only young talent I consider them to have is Magnus. TNA at the end of 2009 was the best I think they ever were. Main Event mafia was wrapping up,Nigel just came in, had a hot tag division I believe the X division was still good and yea had the 6 sided ring. They were a legit alternative then now they are practically a carbon copy of WCW 1995-96. I am not sure TNA ever gets the smell of failure off them then again some people can’t smell it and don’t see PG rating when it comes on and think it’s different.

        • Not a cop

          I agree with you, i used to be a hardcore TNA fan till they just changed everything now i hate TNA, it’s shit.

    • Craig DeBoard

      Clearly you’ve never had to perform in front of 500 people. I seriously can’t stand you IWC teenage crybaby bitches. Fuckstick.

      • kquickstillsucks

        Yet you are the one crying….ON THE INTERNET

    • john smith

      well guess u dont notice the crowds on tv much or oversees typical wwe mark

      • kquickstillsucks

        I forgot Sting don’t work house shows….Clearly u missed all the shows in the Impact zone….typical TNA TARD!

  • Josh Foley

    sting just wants to be the best that hasnt stepped foot in the wwe ring

    • askbillmitchell

      He has stepped into a WWE ring back March 26, 2001. He just never signed a WWE contract.

      • that guy over there

        it wasnt exactly a WWE ring it was a WCW ring just owned by shane mcmahon, but he has never been on raw or smackdown

        • askbillmitchell

          It was owned by WWE Inc, therefore it was a WWE ring. :) The Panama City finale was a WWE production.

      • that guy over there

        it was owned by shane mcmahon but it was still WCW it wasnt raw or smackdown

  • Brainlazer

    He is the best, anywhere.

  • Stranger

    His match with Austin Aries last night was really good, just thought I’d point that out.

  • qwertyboy619

    Staying in shape for Wrestlemania 30 and a match with Undertaker is what should keep him going.

    As for the origins of his face paint? See Road Warriors…

  • Steve

    believe it or not, but there are great wrestlers out there that do not want to be in WWE, listen to Vince scream orders. Sting is one of them. in TNA he has a lot more freedom, not only number of days he is wrestling per year, but i think he does a lot together with creative team. And considering fact, that he does not need a good payday (like Ric Flair or Kevin Nash) it is no wonder he does not want to go to the stressful environment that is WWE, but rather stay in TNA.

    • askbillmitchell

      AJ Styles being another example. Although I think his reasoning for not signing was because he didn’t want to up root his family at the time.



  • Hudson

    At the beginning, Sting stated that he did not want to wrestle for WWF/E because of the edginess. Now that the edginess and “attitude” are long gone, and it’s family friendly once again there really is nothing holding him back except for one thing…. FEAR! Sting will never admit this to anyone, but he’s scared. He’s afraid of Vince McMahon and how he will be portrayed by Vince. He is scared of Undertaker and the hype around him. He is scared that fans will overly support Taker and boo him. He is scared to death because he knows Taker has the fans in the palm of his hand, and because Taker is better than him all together. Sting is also scared of how he would be received by fans if he was to have a match with the likes of Triple H, HBK (back then) , The Rock, Stone Cold (back then) , Kane etc…. All of these men are BETTER than Sting, and will receive greater fan support. He is scared of John Cena as well, but he shouldn’t be. Because if he were to fight Cena in a match, the fans automatically will BOO Cena out of the usual spite and cheer Sting. That should make him feel good. And that’s exactly how Sting feels right now in TNA (his comfort zone). He feels good. He feels good because he is a big fish in a small pond. A small pond filled with men that are not major superstars, men that are not household names. Men like AJ Styles, Robert Roode, Austin Aries, Chris Daniels, Kazarian. Small fish in a pond, where Sting a legend from NWA/WCW can swim around as the big fish.
    If Sting were to jump to WWE, he would become a big fish in an ocean filled with sharks, and he KNOWS IT! And he’s scared of it.

    • that guy over there

      I dont know what your smoking man but i want some too

    • Vince

      And you know this how?

    • Jess McDonald

      I highly doubt most of your statement. I believe Sting’s appearance in a WWE ring for the first time may bump up ratings and receiving a very positive ovation from the crowd. In a hypothetical match between him and Taker, I doubt Sting would be booed as much as you state though I agree with you on your thought of him going against Cena. I believe Taker-Sting would be even at most as far as reactions go because of the match and the mystique of the two characters.

    • IKeepsit100

      Well damn,well spoken and done!

    • God

      i like fishes

    • Noach

      He has said publicly in interviews that he didn’t think Vince would use him correctly.

  • GMpunk

    TNA being like WCW is not a good thing. Just like WCW, TNA will eventually be consumed by WWE..

  • The Answer

    you cant have a 5 star show with hogan being the ending card of the show almost every week get him backstage and keep him there and make joe ur champ.

  • Andy

    who gives a crap about Sting? overrated at best

  • a black guy

    I don’t give a fuck what anyone say…undertaker will never be better than sting