For decades Steve Borden has the label of being the biggest wrestler never to compete in a WWE ring, at Survivor Series 2014 that changed, Sting made his long awaited WWE debut. Since then Sting has competed in three matches in WWE; Wrestlemania, Raw and Night Of Champions for the WWE title. Dave looked back at Sting’s current WWE run. Back in the late 80’s and 90’s Sting was the face of WCW, first recognised as a laid back surfer only to transfer into the Crow gimmick that changed WCW forever. Enjoy Sting greatest wrestling career moments.
Sting Vs. Ric Flair, Great American Bash 1990 – Sting Captures NWA World Title
At the 1990 Great American Bash Ric Flair defended the NWA World title in a rematch from their Clash of the Champions encounter. When it looked like Flair had Sting defeated, Sting made a comeback no-selling the infamous chops. Flair changed his tactic, whilst going for Stings leg’s to lock in the Figure Four, Sting caught Flair for a roll up for the three count to win his first major world title. In a moment that was a long time in the making the moment of all the baby faces rushing to the ring celebrating added to the moment.
Sting’s Squadron Vs. The Dangerous Alliance, Wrestle War 1992 – War Games
Whenever Dave Meltzer gives a match a 5 star you know it is special, the 1992 War Games match between Sting’s Squadron vs The Dangerous Alliance was incredible. For months the Dangerous Alliance made Sting’s life a misery, alongside Barry Windham, Dustin Rhodes, Ricky Steamboat and Nikita Koloff, Sting challenged a team of Steve Austin, Rick Rude, Arn Anderson, Bobby Eaton and Larry Zbyszko.
The match was brilliant, many of the wrestlers busted open, after taking stiff shot after stiff shot. In the end, Larry Zbysko tried to take out Sting with the turnbuckle, Sting dodged the strike, which connected with Bobby Eaton, Sting eliminated Zbyszko and Eaton for the victory.
WCW Nitro – Sting Declares Himself A Free Agent
During the Summer of 1996, WCW was in danger with an infectious poison of the New World Order, billed as invaders from WWF, to destroy WCW, Kevin Nash and Scott Hall managed to recruit Hulk Hogan at Bash At The Beach, creating The New World Order. At Fall Brawl, the nWo teased a fourth member to join their team, the man in question was Sting. With his WCW peers questioning his motives all eyes were focused on Sting.
When it came time for the event, the fourth nWo member came out as Sting, however it was obvious it was an imposter. Sting charged down to the ring, taking out all four members of the nWo, despite this none of his WCW team mates trusted him, so Sting walked out. The following night Sting came to the ring in silence, launching an attack on WCW. With those short words, surfer Sting was no more, Crow Sting was born.
“And I’ve carried the WCW banner, and I have given my blood, my sweat, and my tears for WCW! So for all of those fans out there and all those wrestlers and people that never doubted the Stinger, I’ll stand by you if you stand by me! But for all of the people, all of the commentators, all of the wrestlers, and all of the best friends who did doubt me, you can stick it! From now on I consider myself a free agent.”
Sting in the rafters
This really isn’t a moment but a progression into something amazing. Who would have thought that allowing your top babyface to hide in the rafters, barely wrestle and not speak for over a year, be the smartest move WCW have ever made. After Sting declared his was a “free agent”, Sting began appearing in the rafters wearing black and white outfits, under the speculation he has sided with the New World Order.
On October 26th 1996, Sting ruled himself out of the New World Order, and would not speak for a year. Throughout the next year Sting attacked the nWo from the ceiling utilising a baseball bat to even the odds against the huge group. The huge money was on Hogan vs Sting for the WCW World title, after a slow build, the moment happened creating on of the biggest matched in WCW history.
Sting vs Hollywood Hulk Hogan – WCW Title Starcade
This was not your 5 star match, this was in fact the pinnacle of Sting’s career and a story that was cleverly built over the course of a year. Sting never wrestled, nor did he speak, all he did was attack the nWo, and finally at the biggest event of 1997 Sting met Hogan for the title.
Hogan started the match on the attack, with it ending quickly due to a fast count by Nick Patrick. Cue Bret Hart who refereed a match earlier in the night to restart the match. Following the restart Sting picked up the victory and the WCW title with the Scorpion Deathlock. Ultimately Starrcade drew a rating of 1.9, the best WCW had ever achieved. Sting stood in the middle of the ring of WCW’s biggest moment.
Ric Flair Vs. Sting, The Final Match On WCW Monday Nitro
March 26th 2001, was a night everyone will remember, the WWF purchased WCW to end the Monday Night Wars. On the final episode the two icons of WCW, Sting and Ric Flair fought against each other in the last match in WCW history. The match wasn’t brilliant, however the significance of the moment made it so much sweeter. Sting defeated Flair via the Scorpion Deathlock.
Bound for Glory 2006 – Sting v Jeff Jarrett
Refusing to sign for WWE, Sting signed a deal with TNA, impressing in the ring Sting developed a program with Jeff Jarrett over the TNA Champion. In a match that pitted Stings career and the title on the line, Sting overcame Jarrett to win his first major title since 1999 in an emotion moment.
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