“I didn’t want to end the way it ended. I was pushing to get a cinema-style match with Undertaker. For probably a litany of reasons, it just wasn’t going to happen. When Tony called and spoke with me, he said, ‘Are you interested in doing cinema-style matches?’ I said, ‘Yeah, I am.’ I’d like to come back and do that and not disappear with my tail between my legs. I don’t have to go out on top, I’d like to go out in a positive light.”
Dating back to the height of the Monday Night Wars decades ago, fans have been clamoring for a Sting-Undertaker match. It’s unclear why WWE declined to move forward with Sting’s pitch, given the cinematic style would have allowed Sting and Taker to do multiple takes, film scenes ahead of time and atone for their physical shortcomings at their advanced ages.