A match 15 years in the making. WWE has posted a new video to its YouTube channel in which they show the full match between Triple H and Sting from WrestleMania 31. This was the final battle between WWE and WCW since the company closed its doors in 2001.
You can see the match in its entirety below:
Following the jaw-dropping entrances of both icons, the WWE Universe was finally ready to witness the showdown they thought would never happen. Two of the most prominent stars of their respective organizations during the Monday Night War were finally colliding at WrestleMania. As the opening bell sounded, Triple H and Sting sized each other up to the WWE Universe’s ecstatic chants of “this is awesome.” Taking a moment to let the adrenaline pulse through their veins, they finally locked up and Sting gained the early advantage.
With the Scorpion Death Lock applied and certain doom looming for The WWE COO, D-Generation X’s music hit, and Billy Gunn, Road Dogg and X-Pac rushed the ring. Sting fought off the DX onslaught, even soaring from the top rope to take them out on the floor. However, the distraction was enough for Triple H to recover and hit the Pedigree, but it only resulted in a near-fall.
Looking to put his opponent down for good, Triple H grabbed his sledgehammer and prepared for a final, crushing blow. Ready to strike, The nWo’s music hit, and the three original members of the renegade faction made their way to the ring. As the New World Order collided with DX and The Monday Night War reignited, Sting hit Triple H with the Scorpion Death Drop. Although Triple H kicked out of the cover, Sting quickly reapplied the Scorpion Death Lock and the sledgehammer escaped The Game’s reach.
Before The Stinger could defend himself, HBK hit Sweet Chin Music, once again demonstrating a fierce loyalty to his best friend Triple H and WWE. Sting kicked out of the cover following Sweet Chin Music, but DX gained control of the sledgehammer and gave it to their leader. The Cerebral Assassin stalked Sting into a corner, ready to unleash the rage that has been brewing since The Vigilante’s first appearance at Survivor Series. Fortunately for Sting, Scott Hall had his former WCW colleague’s baseball bat ready.
The playing field was leveled and Sting used the bat to score the attack, bringing The Game to his knees. At a severe disadvantage, Triple H held up the sledgehammer to protect himself. However, the very weapon that Sting wielded against The nWo proved more dangerous than ever, and split the sledgehammer in two.
Dropping the bat, WCW’s face-painted franchise again attacked his opponent and backed the WWE COO into the corner. The WWE Universe rose to its feet as The Stinger charged across the ring, executing his patented Stinger Splash. With his opponent dazed and falling to the mat, The Vigilante ran across the ring again – just as he had against Vader, Ric Flair, Goldberg and so many more WCW icons. Unfortunately, Triple H managed to grab one half of his broken sledgehammer. And when the six-time WCW World Heavyweight Champion raced across the ring and leapt into the air for a second Stinger Splash, Triple H connected with the sledgehammer. With Sting out cold, Triple H made the pinfall and secured the victory.
After the match, DX stood tall with Triple H while The nWo stood by Sting – WWE standing triumphant in the final battle with WCW. Nevertheless, WWE’s COO pushed his DX allies aside and shook Sting’s hand, creating a WrestleMania moment forged from respect.
I remember thinking that this match was really cool, but was DX and the nWo necessary? It just added an odd element to this historic WrestleMania moment. Either way, props to both men on a great match!
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