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Sting not expected to appear on WWE's Ultimate Warrior Monday Night Raw tribute

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According to an April 12 report from CagesideSeats.com, Sting is not expected to appear at WWE Monday Night Raw tomorrow night in Birmingham. Sting, one of the most popular wrestlers of all-time, hasn't officially signed on with the WWE just yet, despite reports that a deal was close to being completed.

Sting, 55, is perhaps the greatest pro wrestler to have never competed under the WWE banner. Sting spent most of his wrestling career competing for TNA and other promotions on the independent circuit. Sting recently became a free-agent, and word on the street was that he would be heading over to the WWE.

There had been some speculation that Sting would be appearing at Wrestlemania 30, to hype up a possible bout between him and The Undertaker for next year's Wrestlemania. However, The Undertaker's 21-match Wrestlemania win streak came to an end at the hands of Brock Lesnar, so that's probably why the WWE didn't bring Sting on board for that event.

Since The Undertaker's streak is officially over, there's no way Sting will be fighting him at next year's Wrestlemania. Sting will likely come on board in some other capacity, possibly as a guest host or as an ambassador for the WWE Network. The 55-year-old is late in his pro wrestling career, so the WWE might prefer him coming on board in a role that doesn't involve him actually fighting.

Despite Sting's absence at tomorrow's WWE Monday Night Raw, the episode is expected to be filled with action. WWE Monday Night Raw in Birmingham is set to be a tribute show to Ultimate Warrior, who passed away this week. The WWE hasn't announced exactly what is in store for the episode, except that they will be paying tribute to Ultimate Warrior.

With that said, WWE Monday Night Raw in Birmingham is a must-watch episode despite Sting not being there. Chances are, Sting's WWE deal will get finished sooner rather than later, and the WWE will bring him out before the end of the year. No word yet if Ultimate Warrior's family will be on hand for the Birmingham taping of WWE Monday Night Raw.

As WWE Universe knows by now, Ultimate Warrior passed away at the age of 54 this past week, due to a heart attack. Ultimate Warrior made his final public appearance during last week's episode of WWE Monday Night Raw, where he gave a lively speech to the crowd on hand.

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