Sting (a.k.a. Steve Borden) did an interview with Rolling Stone recently. It’s a really interesting read, and Sting comes off beautifully. He seems genuinely happy to be where he is, and still doing his thing in the ring. That’s very refreshing.
During his time with writer Kenny Herzog, The Stinger was asked a series of questions.
This one, along with The Icon’s answer, are getting the most play in dirt sheets, and on social media:
Q: Should you lose at Night of Champions, does it paint a picture that you were brought to WWE primarily to put others over rather than enhance your own legacy?
A: I had my time. There’s no question about that. For a guy my age to be where I am right now is, to me, next to impossible. And yet, I’m here. It’s not about Sting, not anymore. You’re asking a straight-up question, I’ll give ya a straight-up answer. That’s it, and I am just fine with that.
More important, if you ask me, was when Sting addressed that awful promo that saw him putting over Triple H, ad nauseam.
Q: A lot of fans felt like your Raw promo a few weeks back ‘put Triple H over’ at the expense of yourself and your feud with Rollins. How do you respond to that?
A: I don’t pay attention a lot of times to what’s out there, so this is the first time I’m hearing any news of that. I don’t think there’s anyone who’s going to carry all that to Night of Champions and think about that, because the bottom line is, my focus is Seth Rollins. Triple H is Triple H, and he’s worth the put-over.
I was one of those fans. I thought that promo was absolutely ridiculous. However, now I agree with Sting. Until I read this interview, I had mostly forgotten about that segment. He is pretty teflon, at this point. I mean, he’s Sting.
Plus, you know – Triple H is The Cerebral Assassin. I don’t have a problem with him being put-over. I have a problem with the level to which it was done.
A few questions later, Sting was asked about the various incarnations of his character:
Q: You’ve presented the serious, stoic Sting in this rivalry, but also the so-called ‘Joker Sting’ as well. Is the idea to demonstrate all the different ways your character can play mind games?
A: I suppose it is. This is one of the things I always try to tell the younger guys when they ask for advice. I try to tell them to step outside of their comfort zones, try something different. “Joker Sting” – some people loved it, some people hated it. To this day, some people say, “I wish you’d go back to the blond flat-top haircut.” Don’t have enough hair anymore for that. That ain’t gonna happen. No more neon colors. And some people just want the Crow, and, “Oh, just go up to the rafters, we wanna see that again.” You can’t please everybody all the time, that’s for sure, and I can’t say that I have blown it or failed over the years by trying different things and trying to evolve and show different sides of my character. Hopefully, it’s working.
I was one of the ones who hated “Joker Sting.”
Though, to be fair, I’ve hated pretty much everything that TNA has done.
If you’re interested in reading more, click HERE for the full interview. It’s a great read.
FEATURED IMAGE CREDIT: Courtesy of WWE.com.