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Sting down with TNA for ring return
By TIM BAINES - Ottawa Sun




WWE wanted Steve Borden. So did TNA. Vince McMahon. Jeff Jarrett. The calls kept coming.

The problem is Borden didn't really want to wrestle. He'd spent a lot of time with his family since WCW was bought by McMahon in 2001. But the more Borden thought about it, the more it made sense. Even for a 46-year-old.

Since WWE's schedule seemed like too much time away from home, Borden hooked up with TNA. And he'll return at tonight's Final Resolution pay-per-view in the character that made him one of wrestling's major stars of the 1990s -- Sting, looking more like the Sting we saw late in his WCW days -- The Crow.

"I have short hair now, so it'll be a bit different," said Sting. "There's not enough hair left on my head to have a flat top."

So why did he come back, other than the obvious 500,000 reasons -- as in the number of dollars he'll reportedly be paid in the next year?

"Why now? Well, it was now or never," he said. "The way I left was not the way I wanted to leave. Only time will tell if I have anything left in the tank. I don't want to be the old dinosaur in the corner. I want to be able to deliver the goods. Look at Ric Flair ... he's a human superball."

He's teaming with Christian Cage to face Jarrett and Alpha Male Monty Brown tonight, but Sting says he'd like to face a couple of TNA's big boys down the road.

"I've always had good matches with big guys," he said in a conference call the other day. "Vader, Paul Wight (The Big Show) ... I love Abyss' work. I'd love to be able to do something with him. And Samoa Joe Joe. He can go. I'd love to work with him, too."

Sting would like to see Spike TV ditch TNA's late Saturday night time slot and move Impact to Monday night -- opposite RAW.

What kind of reception does Sting expect? Would he consider becoming a heel?

"If I come back and got booed out of the building, we're going to have to talk," he said. "When Hogan came to WCW, they put us together in tag matches and he was getting booed ... he ultimately became Hollywood Hogan."

And why did he pick TNA over WWE?

"Vince was nothing but a gentleman to me on the phone," said Sting. "WWE was willing to work with me on a schedule. But in 2006, they're gong to leave the country more than ever. You're on the road 12-15 days a month and that's not including travel and dark days.

"I spent too many years running at that pace."

Sting says he's impressed by TNA.

"TNA's a lot cleaner than what's out there," he said. "It's what it says it is -- Total Nonstop Action."

- It was anything but just another week for WWE. Two new heavyweight champions and a topless diva ... well, for a company that's often too predictable, this is over the top.

Canada's Adam Copeland, an Orangeville boy, won the RAW strap at the New Year's Revolution pay-per-view, invoking his money-in-the-bank title shot after John Cena had endured a gruelling Elimination Chamber match.

Kurt Angle ... surprise, surprise ... won Smackdown's strap in a Battle Royal. Batista had to forfeit the title, due to a real-life triceps tear on his right arm.

As for the diva, Lita was caught nipples to the north in a RAW segment. It was advertised as a "Sex Celebration" of Edge's title win. While the couple stripped each other under the sheets of a bed in mid-ring, UK viewers got a glimpse of Lita's breast(s), thanks to a nosy cameraman. TSN and USA Network blacked out our screens.

While WWE was backtracking a bit, it certainly won't hurt its ratings.

- Look for Ric Flair vs. Edge tomorrow on RAW in a TLC match.

- Other matches at tonight's Final Resolution: Samoa Joe vs. Christopher Daniels; America's Most Wanted vs. Team 3D; AJ Styles vs. New Japan's Tanahashi; Rhino vs. Abyss; Raven vs. an opponent of Larry Z's choosing; Matt Bentley, Sonjay Dutt and Chris Sabin vs. Austin Aries, Roderick Strong and Alex Shelley; Kip and B.G. James vs. David Young and Elix Skipper; and Ron Killings vs. Bobby Roode.

- I love the Shelton Benjamin schtick with his Mama (played by actress Thea Vidale). The setup to Monday's match against Val Venis was brilliant with The Big Valbowski rhyming off the adult movies from his "illustrious career," including Shaving Ryan's Privates. WWE needs to use Venis (Sean Morley) more often.

- Rob Van Dam will be in the Royal Rumble.

- I like the idea of Vince's Devils, the new name for the diva trio of Candice, Torrie and Victoria.

- Reports suggest the 38-year-old former Rena Mero (Sable) has married 28-year-old Brock Lesnar.

- Rage Wrestling Entertainment has a show lined up tonight at the Royal Canadian Legion on Maloney Blvd. in Gatineau.

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