Back in the late 1980s and 1990s, Sting was the face of World Championship Wrestling (WCW). At first he was using a cool, laid back surfer gimmick. That was until 1996, when Sting began to use "The Crow" gimmick and ditched his colorful trunks and paint for black and white.
Sting's trademark of descending from the rafters of arenas made him a must-watch. Heck, Sting even went over a year without talking on the microphone and was still the most popular wrestler WCW had. I'd like to see WWE ever try that!
After WCW folded in 2001, Sting laid pretty low aside from a few small appearances at various promotions, but it wasn't until he signed with Total Nonstop Action (TNA) in 2003 that he began to become a household name again.
Although he is basically retired as an active competitor, he is still heavily involved with TNA, where he is in charge of the company on an onscreen basis.
Overall Sting is a 15-time World Champion, two-time PWI "Comeback of the Year" winner (2006, 2011) and a four-time PWI "Most Popular Wrestler of the Year" winner (1991, 1992, 1994, 1997).
This moment should be talked about a lot more because I don't know how well Sting would have worked during his crow days if he didn't do creepy and unexpected stuff like this.
A lot of people I've spoken with consider this one of the best matches of all time.
Also, it's extremely weird to hear Jim Ross calling a WCW match.
This was a pivotal moment in wrestling history. This was when Sting captured his first Heavyweight Championship, and it came at the expense of his long-time nemesis, Ric Flair.
This is by far one of the coolest/creepiest segments I've ever seen.
The only other wrestler who could match this is The Undertaker.
Just listen to the pop Sting gets when he first speaks on the microphone.
This was the first time Sting had spoken in over a year.
I know Sting debuted with TNA back in 2003, but I don't think it was as epic as this clip.
During this time, I was actually watching TNA. This was such a cool moment to witness because Sting was someone I never expected to see on TV again.
Thankfully, he's stuck around for many years since.
After being "injured" for more than six months, Sting returned in a way that only sting can.
Start the clip at around eight minutes.
This promo is short, to the point and perfect.
The match between him and Ric Flair was the right way to end WCW.
Nitro began six years earlier with Sting vs. Ric Flair and it ended with Sting vs. Ric Flair.
I still have a hard time believing Sting once wore bright colors and had a "surfer" gimmick.
Nevertheless, him and Lex Luger made a phenomenal tag team and in this particular contest, they faced off against the Steiner Brothers at the inaugural SuperBrawl PPV.
This was Sting's only PWI "Match of the Year" award.
This was a Career vs. Title match that pitted Sting against TNA Champion Jeff Jarrett.
In the end, Sting prevailed and won his first major title since 1999.
It was a very cool moment to see.
If you've never seen this clip before, I suggest you check it out.
I haven't really watched TNA in a few years.
But when I heard that Sting had a new gimmick that meshed his Crow gimmick with The Joker, I had to go on YouTube to check out what they hype was about.
I love it. It's amazing.
This is badass. Plain and simple.