Sting: NWA World Heavyweight Champion - The Great American Bash [July 7th, 1990]
A great shot of Sting directly after his match against Ric Flair where The Stinger won his first world heavyweight championship. Sting had joined The Four Horsemen earlier on in the year but had the entire group turn on him whenever he had the audacity to challenge Flair for his title, which led to Ric Flair and the Horsemen revealing that they never looked at Sting as a actual equal member of the stable.
The Horsemen turned heel, Sting became the ultimate babyface and this win against “The Nature Boy” Ric Flair was WCW’s way of making Sting their Golden Child, their Franchise Player for a newer, younger generation.
If you ask me this was one of the greatest eras in professional wrestling history.
You have to love this old school advertisement for Halloween Havoc ‘90 featuring the 4 Horsemen and Sting. I know I do. The sad thing is the graphics used in this ad were considered cutting edge at the time!
"Sting — Wanted: Dead or Alive" - WCW Magazine #30 [August 1997]
The Crow-Sting is probably my favorite version of The Stinger, even if he never wrestled a single match in this particular get-up. By the time he took on Hogan, the makeup had evolved a bit beyond being nothing more than a rip-off of the 1994 Brandon Lee film.
I always considered the evolution of his face paint as a rip off of Marilyn Manson.
As characters Sting and the Ultimate Warrior never crossed paths. However, they were in WCW at the same time for a short period in the late ’90s.
We could imagine how different things may have turned out if they had ended up starting a program together. Oh so many different possibilities.
What if the two came in to a power struggle over the nWo after joining forces and finishing heel Hogan off for good? Perhaps the two took over the nWo and the nWo turned face, or even disbanded the nWo altogether? Maybe they started feuding, allowing the nWo to further run wild on WCW when a fresh face stepped up to the plate as new leader of the nWo.
Those are just a few ideas that pop in to my head when I think about this dream match and I would love to hear any ideas that anyone reading this may have!
Here is the full ‘Starrcade in Tokyo Dome’ pay-per-view, which aired via tape delay in North America as ‘WCW/New Japan Supershow’. Some of the matches in this video were cut out of the North American airing, such as Big Van Vader and Bam Bam Bigelow vs Doom.
If you are like me and eat, shit and sleep pro wrestling and have a few hours then I highly suggest you check this .pay-per-view out. This isn’t “sports entertainment”, THIS IS PRO WRESTLING!