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Now let me present to you (readers) Building a Dynasty: Featuring Sting Part 2.
From being spotted in the famous Gold’s Gym as a body builder to having some great matches with Ric Flair, Great Muta, and many others, Steve Borden officially transitioned into Sting.
STARDOM IN WCW
Becoming a star in the wrestling world is a hard task: it takes hard work, skill, and simply timing.
Okay for the ones that say, “Well its fake; how can it possibly be hard work in a world that it pre planned?”
Well I will tell you this all though the decision of the match is predetermined and the winner is already handpicked there is a lot of processing that goes a long with that.
Trust me not everyone is made out to be successful in this business. It depends on the gimmick, how you work the crowd, can you keep fans interested, and if you have in ring skills.
Sting stepped up to the challenge and hopped on a rocket and reached for the stars which he soon would grasp.
Sting would soon be recognized as NWA’s last champion before being transitioned into WCW.
He would not become WCW’s first World Heavyweight Champion as he met up with his nemesis Ric Flair once again.
At Starrcade ’91 Sting was set to defend his NWA World Title against “The Nature Boy” Ric Flair which he would lose the match.
WCW made the official decision to separate from NWA in early 91 and by doing so created the WCW World Heavyweight Title also a WCW Tag Team Championship.
This would make Ric Flair the first official WCW World Heavyweight Champion.
In my opinion the Ric Flair Vs Sting feud has to be one of the greatest feuds in pro wrestling history ever.
The battles these two put in every match showed how much they respect the profession they are in and the fans that love to watch them perform.
Sting couldn’t be without gold too long as he would enter the U.S. Title Tournament to crown a new champion as Lex Luger (former champ) vacated the title.
Sting would advance all the way to the Finals to meet fellow finalist “Stunning” Steve Austin to claim his right to his first U.S. Title.
Sting would soon have to turn his attention and fight for his belt against the “Dangerous Alliance.”
The Dangerous Alliance was the faction made up of the “Ravishing” Rick Rude, “The Enforcer” Arn Anderson, Bobby Eaton, “Stunning” Steve Austin, Larry Zbyszko, Michael Hayes, Medusa, and run by Paul E. Dangerously.
The purpose of the group was to destroy the WCW Company that had fired the former commentator (Paul Heyman) that was said to be too outspoken and controversial.
The Dangerous Alliance would attack Sting and would eventually lead to a one-on-one feud with The Dangerous Alliance’s main star, Rick Rude, to go toe to toe with Sting.
The Dangerous Alliance targeted Sting as he was the company's franchise star at the time, according to Paul, so he had to destroy him.
Sting would meet Rude at Clash of the Champions XVII or so we thought.
Earlier in the show Sting was attacked by former friend Luger after being distracted by Medusa. Luger clipped Sting in the knee and caused more damage by bashing his knee on the runway.
This would lead Sting going to the hospital.
Paul E. Dangerously looked up a loophole that if Sting did not show, he would have no choice but to forfeit the title.
But Sting being the main face of the WCW brand would not let the fans down, as he made a triumphant return to defend his belt.
Although it was a heroic moment, it didn’t last long as Rick Rude beat Sting to win the United States Title.
Sting would go on to beat ex-friend and now foe Lex Luger to claim his first WCW World Heavyweight Title.
But his heated battle with The Dangerous Alliance was not done just yet.
The feud would continue and would end with an epic War Games match at Wrestle War ’92.
The team of Sting, Steamboat, Dustin Rhodes, Barry Windham and Nikita Koloff defeated the Dangerous Alliance (Rude, Austin, Anderson, Eaton, and Zbyszko) this would put a end to an awesome feud.
After Sting won the belt and ended an awesome feud with the Dangerous Alliance Sting knew his time to shine had come.
But Sting would not be able to rest yet as he was set to feud with Big Van Vader.
STING Vs VADER
I remember one boring day when I was 12 or so I decided to go to the rental store and see what wrestling videos were available.
I browsed and browsed, but none really caught my eye until I glanced upon The Great American Bash ’92 VHS. I was excited as I had a DVD/VHS player so I decided to rent the video along with a few others.
Some of the matches were interesting, but some I just fast forwarded through and was kind of regretting my decision on renting the video. But finally I got to the Sting vs. Vader match and it became well worth it.
The pummeling and pounding Sting was receiving was intense, but what made it better was when it seemed it looked like the Stinger would make a comeback but he would get knocked right back down.
This epic battle that lasted over a year started at The Great American Bash ’92.
Vader’s size proved to be too much for the lighter champ to handle.
Sting seemed to have control of the match in till he missed a key Stinger Splash and hit his head on the steel ring post.
Vader used Sting’s error as a key to victory as he finished off the champ with a cryptic power bomb.
Sting was left in pain without his coveted WCW World Heavyweight Championship.
Before Sting could have a chance to seek revenge on his new foe, Vader, he had to go through two hardcore obstacles.
Those would be Cactus Jack in a Falls Count Anywhere match at Beach Blast & Jake Roberts in a “Spin the Wheel, Make the Deal” match at Halloween Havoc which Sting would be victorious.
After leaping over two hard tasks Sting would meet up with Vader once again.
Sting would lock horns again with his new found foe in a “King of Cable” tournament final at Starrcade; Sting would win the match and the overall tournament.
But the feud would not stop there they would continue to go to battle in such matches like a bloody strap match which Vader came out the winner.
But Sting would get his ultimate revenge when Sting met Vader again on an international tour of the United Kingdom.
Sting would beat Vader to become a three-time WCW World Heavyweight Champion in London.
Although Sting won the battle Vader won the one half of the war when he recaptured the belt six days later in Dublin, Ireland but the other half of the war would come soon.
Rick Rude would soon vacate the WCW International World Title.
This would re-spark the harsh flame of the heated battle between Vader vs. Sting as they would battle at Slamboree which Sting would claim the belt.
(SIDE NOTE: DID WCW HAVE SOME WACKED-OUT PPV NAMES OR WHAT?)
During this time, Flair would return to his old dirty Flair ways while holding the WCW World Heavyweight Championship.
This would lead to another classic bout between the two to unify the WCW World Heavyweight Championship & the WCW International World Championship.
Sting would fall once again to his all time foe as Flair got the upper hand and beat Sting to become the WCW World Heavyweight Champion at Clash of the Champions XXVII.
OKAY AS STING HAS A LONG HISTORIC CAREER I WILL INTRODUCE TIME WARP SO I CAN KEEP THE PAGES TO A MINIMUM AS IT’S PRETTY LONG ALREADY.
· STING TEAMS WITH NEW ARRIVAL HOGAN TO TAKE ON 3 FACES OF FEAR/DUNGEON OF DOOM
· STING WOULD FIND FRIENDSHIP WITH FLAIR BUT WOULD BE STABBED IN THE BACK AS HE WAS JUST A PAWN IN THE GAME FOR THE RETURN OF THE FOUR HORSEMEN (FLAIR, PILLMAN, ARN ANDERSON, AND LATER BENOIT) STING WOULD FEUD WITH THEM THROUGHOUT THE REST OF THE YEAR WITH HOGAN & SAVAGE ALONGSIDE HIM
· STING WOULD COLLECT MORE GOLD WITH A RETURNING LEX LUGER AS THEY DEFEATED HARLEM HEAT
· STING & LUGER WILL HOLD THE BELTS FOR A WHILE BUT WOULD SOON LOSE THEM BACK TO HARLEM HEAT
· STING WOULD RECEIVE A TITLE SHOT AGAINST THE GIANT AT SLAMBOREE BUT WOULD LOSE BY ACCIDENTAL INTERFERENCE BY LUGER
· STING WOULD BE THE FIRST TO STAND UP TO HALL AND NASH (THE OUTSIDERS)
· THE FEUD WOULD LEAD TO A MATCH AT BASH AT THE BEACH WITH SAVAGE, STING, AND LUGER TAKING ON THE OUTSIDERS AND A MYSTERY PARTNER WHICH WOULD END UP BEING HOGAN AND WOULD CREATE THE NWO
· THE NWO WOULD PLAY MIND GAMES WITH THE FANS BY INTRODUCING A IMPOSTOR STING
· THE REAL STING FELT BETRAYED AND FELT THE FANS DID NOT TRUST HIM AFTER THE FAKE STING WAS BROUGHT INTO THE PICTURE THIS LEAD STING INTO HIATUS
· STING WOULD COME BACK DARKER AND SCARIER STALKING AND WAITING TO ATTACK THE NOW THIS NEW STING WAS INSPIRED BY THE MOVIE THE CROW
· STING WOULD WAGE WAR AGAINST THE NWO
Sting would find a new nemesis in Hollywood Hogan as they would battle it out for control of the WCW World Title.
The long and I mean long awaited battle would finally take place at Starrcade with the World Title on the line.
The match would end in controversy as Bret Hart reversed the decision after Nick Patrick made a supposedly fast count.
The heated bout would continue with Sting winning the match with the Scorpion Death Lock.
OKAY THIS IS WHERE I WILL END PART TWO PART THREE WILL BE HERE SOON.
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SOURCES: WIKIPEDIA, WWE.COM AND THEREALSTING.COM