In the days leading up to WWE Battleground, rumors began to spread that both The Undertaker and Sting would be at SummerSlam 2015 on Aug. 23 in Brooklyn. While the Deadman made his return at the last pay-per-view to set up a match with Brock Lesnar, it’s looking less and less likely that the former face of WCW will make his first ever appearance at WWE’s second biggest event of the year.
According to multiple reports, Sting is no longer scheduled to have a match at SummerSlam. WWE had previously planned to use him on the PPV, but circumstances seem to have changed.
Dave Meltzer of The Wrestling Observer reported that Sting was going to be involved in a match with The Wyatt Family and former members of The Shield. Luke Harper helped Bray Wyatt defeat Roman Reigns at Battleground, and Dean Ambrose has helped Reigns since to even the playing field. Sting was supposed to team with Ambrose and Reigns against Bray, Harper and Erick Rowan.
But an injury to Rowan will prevent WWE from bringing the Wyatt Family back together. While it appears that WWE will continue with the storyline, possibly replacing Rowan with another WWE superstar, it appears that Sting won’t be in the tag match.
If Sting isn’t going to help Reigns and Ambrose, it might not make much sense for him to have a match at SummerSlam. With just three weeks until the event, the build towards all of the big matches has already begun.
The WWE World Heavyweight Championship Match hasn’t been announced, but it looks like Seth Rollins will defend the belt against John Cena. Cena confronted Rollins two weeks ago, and he beat him cleanly in a United States Championship Match on the most recent edition of “Monday Night Raw.”
Because Cena has the U.S. Title, he wasn’t the clear No.1 contender for the company’s top title at the conclusion of Battleground. Having Sting return to challenge Seth Rollins for the WWE World Heavyweight Championship might have made sense, since both wrestlers didn’t have a set opponent. But even despite Cena’s broken nose that could keep him out of the ring for a few weeks, it would be surprising to see the 15-time world champ face anyone else at Barclays Center.
Even if Sting doesn’t have a SummerSlam match, it’s possible that WWE could have him involved in the event in another fashion. He’ll already be in New York City during that weekend as a part of a meet-and-greet at Barclays Center.
Sting is one of just a few potential opponents for The Undertaker at WrestleMania 32, so it’s possible that WWE sets up their potential match at the PPV. But more than likely, WWE fans are going to have to wait to see The Vigilante again.
Sting hasn't appeared in a WWE ring since the night after WrestleMania 31, where he lost to Triple H.