If Frank Dickerson were still with TNA Wrestling, it is possible Sting would not have been signed to make his return to the promotion’s ring.
A few weeks into TNA’s tenure on Spike TV, word came that the network wanted TNA to sign top “free agents” to contracts as a way to show that even without WWE, it could provide the biggest stars in wrestling on its network.
Some TNA officials did buy into this approach, and word began to spread that TNA was prepared to extend an offer to a former WCW star who never joined WWE after the buyout.
Frank Dickerson, however, opposed this approach. He felt that rather than investing in older talent like Sting, TNA should find new ways to make the product stand out. This philosophy was shared by a number of pro wrestling insiders who felt that TNA should instead spend its money creating marketable stars from younger talent.
But, with Dickerson out of the company, the internal pressure against signing Sting disappeared. The company signed the wrestler to a one-year deal and plans to make the announcement at Turning Point.
There is definitely some backstage frustration over TNA’s pushing of Sting, as it once again means that the wrestlers who have been loyal to the company for the past few years will get passed over in terms of getting a main-event push.
During his first run with TNA, Sting also had a reputation of being there purely for the money and not worried about helping the company succeed.