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WWE rumors: Sting to make promotional debut at Battleground

According to a July 20 report from Inquisitr, Sting is being considered to make his WWE debut at the Battleground pay-per-view spectacular set for tonight in Tampa. Sting, the most popular wrestler to have never competed under the WWE banner, recently signed a deal with the promotion following a lengthy stint with TNA, but he hasn't yet appeared inside the ring. Sting's only WWE appearance thus far was on the WWE Network, in a documentary to honor The Ultimate Warrior.

Sting is expected to make his WWE debut at Battleground
Sting is expected to make his WWE debut at BattlegroundPhoto by Scott Barbour/Getty Images

Sting is widely expected to appear at Wrestlemania 31 in a match against The Undertaker, but the WWE may want to trot him out earlier to drum up support for the WWE Network. With the first batch of six-month subscriptions set to expire in September, the WWE wants to make sure fight fans re-up their memberships to the WWE Network. The best way to do that is to bring out Sting for WWE Battleground, where he can either appear in a match or in a promo ad.

With WWE Battleground expected to feature high-level matches such as Bray Wyatt against Chris Jericho and Dean Ambrose vs. Seth Rollins, there should be plenty of opportunities for Sting to come in an interrupt. No word yet from WWE officials what Sting would actually be doing if he does appear at WWE Battleground, or if he'll actually be in attendance at the event. However, it makes sense why the WWE would have him there.

The first WWE Battleground, which went down last October, received many negative reviews. The consensus among wrestling fans is that last year's WWE Battleground didn't live up to the hype. That said, the WWE wants to make things right by stacking this year's card with several intriguing matches and also some surprise cameos from legends. Sting was recently featured in the WWE 2K15 video game, so the WWE is clearly trying to work him into the promotion.

Time will tell how the situation pans out, but pro wrestling fans should definitely check out WWE Battleground just in case Sting happens to be there. That only thing that would be more shocking than a Sting appearance would be if CM Punk came out for a bout. Chances of Punk being there are probably even more unlikely than a Sting cameo, so fans shouldn't get their hopes up. Punk is happily retired, and the WWE recently moved his likeness to the alumni section of their website.