He placed Jarrett in the Scorpion Deathlock, but was attacked by the debuting Scott Steiner shortly thereafter. Sting disbanded The Main Event Mafia after Aces & Eights disbanded, and while other members began to chase their TNA World Heavyweight Championship dreams, Sting started a feud against Ethan Carter III and Dixie Carter after they began humiliating TNA Legends, like Curry Man and Earl Hebner by Carter. Sting responded with his first words (on mic) since October 1996 when he told Dillon, "You've got no guts!" Anderson and Pillman had attacked Flair earlier in the night, rendering Flair unable to come out for the first part of the match. No, not to my knowledge he's always worn face paint wrestling. [201] The company's onerous live schedule[17] and the content of its programming[1] were also factors. Sting was summarily dismissed from The Four Horsemen on February 6, 1990, at Clash of the Champions X: Texas Shootout after refusing to relinquish his title shot against Flair, thus restarting their rivalry. 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Sting is widely known for his time spent as the public face of two major American professional wrestling promotions: the now-defunct World Championship Wrestling (WCW), which displaced the World Wrestling Federation (WWF, now WWE) as the leading professional wrestling organization in the United States from 1995 to 1998,[10] and Total Nonstop Action Wrestling (TNA). Sting then made his official return on March 27. Sting accepted this challenge on the February 9 episode of Raw by sending a Sting doppelganger into the ring to scare Triple H, after airing a vignette on the big screen accepting Triple H's challenge. You can be sure that when Balor makes his first WWE appearance in 2017, that the Demon King will be on full display. Sting and Booker T developed a mutual respect that showed itself when Sting and Luger granted Harlem Heat a rematch. Sting finished out the year by winning a four-man round-robin Iron Man tournament at Starrcade '89. However, one wrestler who stayed true to his ethnic roots in WWE was Christopher Chavis aka “Tatanka.” Chavis used his Native American heritage to his advantage during three separate stints with WWE from the early 1990s to the mid 2000s. [3], Sting embarked on a second tour with WWA in May 2003, successfully defending his championship against Rick Steiner, Shane Douglas, and Disco Inferno. Rhodes captured 20 championships between the WWE and WCW, including two United States Heavyweight Championships (WCW), and three Intercontinental Championships (WWF/WWE). [115] On the February 7 episode of Impact Wrestling, Sting teamed up with Bully Ray to defeat Devon and DOC in a Tables match. Oftentimes, makeup and face paint add an aura of intimidation meant to rattle opponents. Zone appearing in the rafters of the arena. Sting returned on the August 24 episode of Raw and challenged the WWE World Heavyweight Champion Seth Rollins at Night of Champions. Spotlights then illuminated the ring, revealing a chair bearing Sting's signature trench coat, boots, and a black baseball bat in the center of the ring. Title contract signing, Lesnar speaks, more", "Sting on his injury, his condition and whether or not that was his last match", "Exclusive interview: Sting on the Hall of Fame, his WWE experience and whether he has competed in his final match", "WWE RAW REPORT: GOOD NEWS FROM ROMAN REIGNS, ARE BIRTHDAY CELEBRATIONS THE NEW CONTRACT SIGNINGS?, A REUNION?, AND MORE", "12/02 AEW Dynamite results: Barnett's live review of Jon Moxley vs. Kenny Omega for the AEW World Championship, Dynamite Diamond Battle Royal, Chris Jericho vs. Frankie Kazarian, Darby Allin and Cody Rhodes vs. He would pull “clownish” pranks on them for his own entertainment, and quickly garnered a villainous reputation. Sep 18, 2014 - Explore deborah1042's board "The stinger" on Pinterest. Even though millions know who Sting is, some people still confuse him with a certain famous rock star. At the September pay-per-view, Luger brought a baseball bat to the ring and Sting used it to beat Hogan for his sixth and final WCW World Heavyweight Championship, turning heel for the first time in WCW. Hayes and Jimmy Garvin in a six-man tag team match against Gilbert, Steiner, and Larry Zbyszko[27] that ended in a 15-minute time-limit draw. Oftentimes, when the wrestler unmasked, he still gave off an air of mystery with his dark sunglasses and serious demeanor. Together with "Russian" wrestler Kortsia Korchenko, the Blade Runners became henchmen in Gilbert's on-screen feud with Watts. Often imitated, but never duplicated though! [3][26] The Freedom Fighters left the CWA after an uneventful run, the highlight of which was an angle in which they broke the leg of veteran wrestler Phil Hickerson.[25]. [3][28] Sting lost to Flair in several non-televised rematches following the Clash and, later that year, battled other members of Flair's stable, the Four Horsemen. He made his acting debut in the action-adventure show Super Force as an assassin. [42] A tournament was then held for the title which culminated in a King of the Mountain match at Slammiversary. Sting began to question Hogan's trustworthiness and credibility in the weeks leading up to Fall Brawl. Wright's makeup is a tribal paint / cartoon-style amalgam reminiscent of Native wardrobes. In August 2016, Sting appeared on the WWE Network show Legends with JBL and talked about his career. Sting defeated Flair and the two embraced at the end of the contest. Sting, however, did not accept any of the contracts, often tearing them up in Dillon's face. Sting may have retired from professional wrestling this past April, but his trademark black-and-white makeup will remain a part of wrestling lore for years to come. Expository Hairstyle Change: Sting stopped bleaching his hair in late 1995 and let it grow long over the next three years, which coincidenced with his switch to the Crow gimmick. The NWA decided to declare the title vacant. Sting defended the title against Frontline's AJ Styles at Turning Point and Rhino on January 11 at Genesis. In the main event of that year's Great American Bash, Flair defended the NWA World Heavyweight Championship against Terry Funk, who was a member of Gary Hart's J-Tex Corporation. However, Patrick did not do his part properly and instead counted the pin at normal speed, which added an unintentional level of controversy to the finish.[3]. As 2014 ended, John Cena was forced to bring The Authority back to power. Adams cleared the ring and then asked Sting if he was with him or against him in his feud with Taylor and Gilbert. The WWA held its final show, The Reckoning, on May 25 in Auckland, New Zealand, where NWA World Heavyweight Champion Jeff Jarrett defeated Sting for the WWA World Heavyweight Championship, unifying the two championships.[3]. From this screenshot, Mera looks comfortable in a white track jacket. I'm a multimedia journalist and Emerson College graduate. The next night on Nitro, Hogan protested the decision claiming that Patrick's decision should have been considered final and a rematch was granted. Sting recovered and defended his title on July 12 against Vader at The Great American Bash, dropping the belt to Big Van Vader after missing a Stinger Splash, hitting his head on the ring post, and receiving a powerbomb. Sting, after a pause, first called out the nWo Sting as a "cheap imitation," before telling the nWo, "the real Sting may or may not be in your price range," and then concluded by saying "the only thing that's for sure about Sting is that nothing's for sure". So I said to myself, I'll just go into seclusion. It was during this feud that Sting won the first of his six WCW World Heavyweight Championships, defeating Luger on February 29, 1992, at SuperBrawl II. [29] After a long push, Sting won his first title in the NWA when he defeated Rotundo for the NWA Television Championship at a live event in March. The Demolition Tag Team was most prominent in the late 1980s and early 1990s, where they won three WWE Tag Team Championships. Later, during the match, Sting entered as the fourth and final man for Team WCW, after the impostor Sting had entered for the nWo. [169] In regard to Sting's creative handling after he signed with WWE, PWInsider editor Dave Scherer wrote that "he really represented WCW so he was never going to get that [legend] treatment". [1] Borden then entered into contract negotiations with the WWF, but ultimately did not join the promotion. Sting teamed with WCW World Heavyweight Champion Nash at the Bash at the Beach in July to take on Vicious and Savage of Team Madness. [205] Although Sting wrestled Mark Calaway in his pre-Undertaker character, "Mean" Mark Callous, at untelevised WCW live events in 1990,[206] WWE viewers clamored for a televised Sting vs. Undertaker match.[207]. First, Sting defeated A.J. By the time 1996 had come along, the fans in pro wrestling were changing and evolving. At Bash at the Beach, he returned wearing another Sting mask as men wearing cloaks and Sting masks carried him in a casket, and then he attacked Vampiro. The 2011 WWE Hall of Fame Inductees enjoyed two stints in WWE, and notably feuded with Vince McMahon during their second run with the brand in the late 1990s. Dustin Rhodes . He entered the ring and, with his back turned to the camera side of the audience, launched into an angry tirade about what had transpired over the last week: I want a chance to explain something that happened last Monday night at Nitro. Ironically, Wright embraced the Godfather gimmick so much that he managed a strip club in Las Vegas. No expense was spared with Sting’s entrance, which included eerie winter scenic shots and fake snow. [112], Sting returned on the January 3, 2013, episode of Impact Wrestling, saving Kurt Angle and Samoa Joe from Aces & Eights before beating the group down with a baseball bat. The cage match ended with Sting pinning and unmasking the Scorpion, who turned out to be Flair in disguise. [67] Sting reappeared two months later on March 8, attacking Hulk Hogan and Abyss during a match against A.J. The following week, Sting took his revenge upon the Mafia, when he attacked every member of the group and stole Angle's world heavyweight championship belt, becoming a fully fledged face as a result. [12] Dubbed "The Franchise of WCW",[6] he held a total of 15 championships in the promotion – including the WCW World Heavyweight Championship on six occasions, the WCW International World Heavyweight Championship on two occasions, and the NWA World Heavyweight Championship on one occasion – and made more pay-per-view (PPV) appearances for the company than any other wrestler. [114] Three days later at Genesis, Sting gained his revenge on DOC by defeating him in a singles match. [58] On May 24 at Sacrifice, Sting defeated Kurt Angle to become the new Godfather of the Main Event Mafia. The match was booked with a classic, controversial Dusty finish even though Rhodes (the namesake of the technique) had been fired months earlier. Rhodes used then-unknown Shane Douglas as the transitional champion from Gilbert to Taylor because Rhodes did not want to diminish Sting's growing stardom with a brief title run. [146] On April 2, during his WWE Hall of Fame induction speech, Sting announced his retirement from professional wrestling. When Luger was close to winning Sting was attacked by Ole Anderson. Many wrestlers have assumed personas inconsistent with their national and ethnic origins (anyone remember Muhammad Hassan?). So I heard Lex Luger say 'I know where he lives, I know where he works out, I'm gonna go get him.' Only one wrestler had a more iconic makeup design. 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[3] Following this, Borden engaged in a comprehensive series of sitdown interviews with Mike Tenay, discussing his career and his faith. [47] Sting would face Angle and Nash at Genesis, with the debutant Booker T as his mystery partner. Sting won the WCW International World Heavyweight Championship from Rude in April. Showmanship often takes precedence over pure skill, and wrestlers try to entertain with outrageous personas and gimmicks instead of athletic prowess. He is pictured here in the ring. Hellwig captured the latter championship after defeating Hulk Hogan at WrestleMania VI in 1990. "[155] On January 21, 2021, it was announced that Sting would team with Darby Allin against Team Taz (Brian Cage and Ricky Starks) in a Street fight at Revolution, marking Sting's first match since September 2015, thus coming out of retirement. Rude recaptured the title on May 1 at Wrestling Dontaku 1994 in Japan, but the decision was reversed because Rude had allegedly hit Sting with the title belt during the match; this was to cover for a real-life back injury Rude sustained in the match that forced Rude into retirement. The stable targeted Sting because he was the so-called "franchise" of WCW, and the Alliance vowed to destroy both Sting and the promotion he was the face of. Bill Eadie (Ax, left) and Barry Darsow (Smash, right) are pictured here at a 2007 “Meet The Legends” event at the Ciociaro Club in Windsor, Ontario. Sting, with the help of Jeff Jarrett, pinned Abyss to win the match for his team and end their bitter rivalry.[38]. His thick mustache sits perfectly above a friendly smirk, and his scowl has all but disappeared. Sting has, however, downplayed rumors of a difficult relationship with WWE. Okay, this one was fairly obvious. Sadly, Osborne died of an accidental drug overdose in 2013. [198], Prior to his signing with WWE, Sting was widely considered the greatest wrestler never to perform for the company. Later that night, Sting defended the title in a four-way match featuring DDP, Goldberg, and a returning Nash. Goldust isn’t one of those wrestlers who refuses to be seen without his makeup and crazy suits. The Tijuana, Mexico native spent more than ten years in the wrestling business under various personas and promotions before finally making his WCW debut in 1996. I knew I had to get to Fall Brawl and get face to face with the Total Package to let him know that it wasn't me. Borden appeared in the music video for the song "Fire in the Hole" by Lȧȧz Rockit in 1989. This practice can backfire, as fans find certain costumes or makeup designs offensive, hackneyed, or downright boring. [138][139] Prior to that appearance, Sting gave his first interview with WWE.com, which was released later that day. following the event, the title was labelled as the "TNA World Heavyweight Championship", but the title was vacated. When Hall and Nash went to approach him, Sting attacked them and Randy Savage when he tried to intervene, revealing his allegiance to WCW. At Fall Brawl, Sting teamed with Hogan, Luger, and Randy Savage to defeat the Dungeon of Doom, consisting of Kamala, Zodiac, Shark and Meng, in the event's WarGames match. By Lan Pitts on December 3, 2020 at 6:52AM PST 1998 Hollywood Hogan Big Boys Collectible Figure Bobblehead WCW NWO Hulk MIB 90s. Behind the scenes, WCW officials had wanted Flair to drop the title to Luger at WrestleWar, but Flair refused, saying he had promised Borden he would hold the title until Borden could return to the ring. [132] He appeared in a WWE Network production on April 15, 2014, sharing a story of his former tag team partner The Ultimate Warrior, who had recently died. Although Osborne left WWE in late 1993, WWE continued to use the Doink character until 1997. Sting remained president for just one week and used his power to book a main event pitting Hogan and himself against Nash and Vicious. Sting and Triple H had a confrontation at Fastlane on February 22. I'll wait and see what happens on Saturday Night, and I tuned in Saturday night, and what'd I see? Charles Wright went by many ring names during his decade-long career in WWF/WWE, including “Kama,” and “The Godfather.” Wright was inducted into the WWE Hall of Fame under the latter moniker, but it was his makeup as “Papa Shango” that garnered the most discussion amongst WWE fans. This would end up being Sting's final appearance for the company, other than interviews recorded for WWE Network. Goldust teamed up with R-Truth in 2016 to form the tag team “The Golden Truth.” Both wrestle under the “RAW” brand. After leaving WWE in 1997, Rios attempted two short-lived comebacks with TNA and Memphis Wrestling in the early 2000s. Sting lost to Rick Steiner in a Falls Count Anywhere match at The Great American Bash after he was attacked by Steiner's three pet dogs backstage and Steiner forced the referee to prematurely declare himself the victor, claiming his dogs had pinned Sting for him. On July 19 at Victory Road, Sting was defeated by new Main Event Mafia member Samoa Joe in a singles match after the debuting Taz interfered on Joe's behalf. [124], On the June 13 episode of Impact Wrestling, Sting noted that nobody in the back helped him during his title match, but he would form a New Main Event Mafia to battle the Aces & Eights. [46] However, he would lost the title back to Angle two days later on Impact! Styles, Ron Killings, and Rhino against Jarrett's Army. Watch Wrestling. Demolition’s main members, Ax and Smash, wore distinctive outfits, sported red and silver face paint, and enjoyed the longest reign as WWF Tag Team Champions (478 days). Sep 15, 2020 - Wrestling and Christian films. [3] Sting held the title for 86 days before losing it to Rick Rude at Clash of the Champions XVII. Sting's team won in a "Doomsday Chamber of Blood" match, with Abyss pinning A.J. Taylor and Gilbert ganged up on Sting until Gentleman Chris Adams came to Sting's aid. Steve Borden (born March 20, 1959), better known by the ring name Sting, is an American professional wrestler, actor, author, and former bodybuilder signed to All Elite Wrestling (AEW). Sting spent the second half of 1994 and most of 1995 teaming with new arrival Hulk Hogan in his battles against Kevin Sullivan's Three Faces of Fear and its successor stable, The Dungeon of Doom. [14] Sting went on to join the nWo Wolfpac stable, which dominated WCW's merchandise sales at events in mid 1998. During the match between Flair and Luger, Sting came down to motivate Luger to come back and beat Flair. It was later announced that Sting had signed a multi-year contract with AEW. Over the years, Goldust has been known to do some pretty ridiculous storylines, as well as wear some even more ridiculous makeup. [173] Prominent adversary Big Van Vader felt that Sting had unsurpassed athletic prowess within the business, and "ranks right up at the top" as an in-ring performer. Pro Wrestler Steve 'Sting' Borden Talks New Film on the End Times: 'Revelation Road' By Vincent Funaro, Christian Post Reporter Follow | Tuesday, April 09, 2013. Oct 9, 2016 - Explore Stephen Paget's board "STING" on Pinterest. In the match, whoever scored the pinfall would win the TNA World Championship, which Angle won after pinning Sting to retain the TNA World Heavyweight Championship. [13] Against Hogan, Sting headlined the highest-grossing PPV event in WCW history, Starrcade, in December 1997. The black-on-red face paint conjures up images of the underworld as well. Styles, Raven, and Ron Killings, which Raven won. Later in the match, Flair turned on Sting and reformed the Four Horsemen with Anderson and Pillman, later adding Chris Benoit to fill out the group.[3]. "[65] At the end of the year the match was voted the match of the year by the fans of TNA. [64] At the PPV, Styles defeated Sting to retain his title, ending Sting's undefeated streak at Bound for Glory. Sting partnered with Michael P.S. I DON'T BELIEVE YOU STING!' Sting returned to TNA on November 5, 2003, defeating Jarrett by disqualification in a match for the NWA World Heavyweight Championship. $4.99 New. Which brings me to Fall Brawl. Sting very well may have healed with time as a handful of veteran pro wrestlers have in recent years. Superstars Tournament, where he defeated Masahiro Chono in the first round, but was eliminated in the second round by Shiro Koshinaka. Tatanka quickly became a fan favorite, won a 40-man battle royal in 1992, and even got a title shot for the WWE Intercontinental Championship against Shawn Michaels at WrestleMania IX in 1993. Wrestling is as much about image as it is about ability. Sting discovered Shelley filming, then walked up to Shelley's car and told him that he was going to show up at Destination X and confront Jeff Jarrett as Steve Borden. It was a very convincing film. Harlem Heat eventually won the titles back on the June 24 edition of Nitro. That same night, a second match was booked with John Cena and Sting defeating Show and Rollins. [3] Sting went on to feud with title contenders Flair and Sid Vicious. Sting maintains aspects of his "Crow" persona to date, occasionally with different designs and use of color of the face paint. Sting then pulled Ziggler on top of Rollins, giving Team Cena the win and dethroning The Authority. Sting was stripped of the title the next night for attacking the official. [178] Tommy Dreamer told how he "wanted to be Sting"[179]—a sentiment shared by Jeff Hardy. 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