Oftentimes, makeup and face paint add an aura of intimidation meant to rattle opponents. Sting won the WCW International World Heavyweight Championship from Rude in April. This list takes a look at some of the better-known (and lesser-known) wrestlers behind the makeup. I DON'T BELIEVE YOU STING!' Zone appearing in the rafters of the arena. $7.10 Used . Rhodes himself teamed with Sting to challenge the Road Warriors for the tag team championship at Starrcade '88 that December.  Sting lost his qualifying match with Samoa Joe after Christopher Daniels interfered. At Halloween Havoc, Sting retained the title against Hogan after Hogan entered the ring in street clothes and laid down for Sting to pin him. Vicious appeared to defeat Sting in a title match at the 1990 Halloween Havoc, but the "Sting" that Vicious pinned was revealed to be an impostor played by Horseman Barry Windham. Several other wrestlers used the Doink gimmick after Osborne’s departure, including Steve Lombardi, Jeff Jarrett, and Chris Jericho.  Sting was later heard agreeing with a fan's claim that the match was "bullshit".  Dubbed "The Franchise of WCW", 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.  When he returned, Sting changed his gimmick, wearing his nWo Wolfpac red face paint, and was paired with Kevin Nash. Styles and Ric Flair, turning heel as a result. Join Facebook to connect with Sting (Wrestler) and others you may know. ; Face: One of wrestling's best known and constant He's usually not a "babyface" in the most literal sense of the word, though. " A young Jeff Hardy was overwhelmed by the crowd reaction to Sting, on whom fans were "really hooked", and "reaching out to want to know, and want to support. Born as Steve Borden, Sting has held the WCW World Title 10 times and multiple other titles. See more ideas about Sting, Pro wrestling, Wrestler. This photo shows another side to the WCW legend. Sting began to question Hogan's trustworthiness and credibility in the weeks leading up to Fall Brawl. By the time 1996 had come along, the fans in pro wrestling were changing and evolving. Sting entered the 32-man tournament that was set up to award the vacant WCW World Heavyweight Championship. Sting also got involved in a feud with Bret Hart over their similar finishing holds, the Sharpshooter and the Scorpion Deathlock. , Borden was born in Omaha, Nebraska, and raised in Southern California. With Sting gone, the storyline continued with Jeff Jarrett and Eric Young worrying that Sting had not actually retired and sending Alex Shelley to California to videotape Sting at home. Hellwig and Borden later moved to the Continental Wrestling Association (CWA), a wrestling company based in Memphis, Tennessee, and be… Hart cost Sting and Nash the Tag titles by interfering in their match with Hall and The Giant on the July 20 Nitro. Sting defeated Flair on the July 19 edition of Nitro to become the on-screen president of WCW. Sting defeated Page on the April 26 edition of Nitro to win the WCW World Heavyweight Championship for the fifth time. Steven James Borden (* 20. That same night, a second match was booked with John Cena and Sting defeating Show and Rollins.  He was voted by Pro Wrestling Illustrated readers as "Most Popular Wrestler of the Year" four times (a record shared with John Cena), for the years 1991, 1992, 1994 and 1997. This picture shows Hawk and Animal without their trademark spiral-style face paint, but still looking as imposing as ever. His views were controversial and often contained strong, polarizing opinions on wrestling stars, famous celebrities, world leaders, and religious figures. It hailed him as "one of sports-entertainment's elite", and ranked him at number one in listings of the greatest wrestlers to never perform in WWE, and the greatest stars in WCW history. 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 took a hiatus from TNA television as his contract had expired at the end of 2010. Sting then became embroiled in a feud with the Dangerous Alliance, headed by manager Paul E. Dangerously. 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.  After the tag titles were vacated, Jim Cornette held a Deuces Wild Tag Team Tournament to determine new champs. Previously described by WWE as the greatest wrestler never to have performed for that promotion, Sting finally joined the company in 2014, making his first appearance at Survivor Series and having his debut match at WrestleMania 31 the following year. $9.99 New. Later that evening, Borden suffered a legitimate knee injury while interfering in a steel cage match featuring the Horsemen. 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. Given the mystique of Sting during those days in WCW, fans longed to catch a glimpse of the wrestler sans makeup. Wrestling is as much about image as it is about ability.  Sting reappeared two months later on March 8, attacking Hulk Hogan and Abyss during a match against A.J. 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He went in the ring and attacked nWo Sting (who was still imitating Sting's old mannerisms at this point) with his new finisher, the Scorpion Death Drop inverted DDT, two jumping elbow drops, a Stinger Splash and a Scorpion Deathlock while the rest of the nWo came to ringside. At Spring Stampede the following week, Sting advanced to the finals of the United States Championship tournament by defeating Booker T and Vampiro in the first two rounds. Anderson. Sting seemed to have joined nWo Hollywood when he appeared wearing a black and white nWo shirt, but he soon tore off the shirt to reveal the red and black of the nWo Wolfpac. Nash and Savage officially split from the original nWo on May 4, forming the face group nWo Wolfpac, while Hogan's heel faction became identified as nWo Hollywood. 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.. Savage pinned Nash and won the World title as a result. He also appeared in the Christian film, The Encounter (2010) and was featured as the lead actor in the TV movie Shutterspeed (2000). And I've carried the WCW banner, and I have given my blood, my sweat, and my tears for WCW! Like Savage, Nash began to pull away from the Hogan-dominated nWo, and Nash helped Savage beat Sting for the championship at Spring Stampede in April.  As a token of gratitude, Styles offered to give him a title shot at the following month's PPV Bound for Glory in a match billed as possibly being Sting's retirement match. Mera won the WCCW Television Champion in 1983 as "The Great Kabuki" character. Eventually, Nakano retired from pro wrestling in 1997. In a promotional crossover, Sting was rescued by his buddy RoboCop. Sting came to the aid of his old rival Flair, and the two feuded with Muta and Funk for the rest of the summer and fall, culminating in a Thunderdome Cage match between the two teams, which Flair and Sting won, at Halloween Havoc '89. , Over the next few weeks, Sting displayed a more maniacal character similar in look and style to Heath Ledger's portrayal of the Joker from the 2008 film The Dark Knight. Sting agreed to put his career on the line in the match in exchange for Flair promising to deliver him his long-awaited match with Hogan, should he be able to defeat him. The match ran over Nitro's allotted time slot and the finish was aired later in the week on the inaugural episode of Thunder.  The pair also main-evented The Great American Bash 1990, which was the NWA's biggest pay-per-view success up to that point. As 1998 began, the nWo began to splinter. At the same time, Sting was being targeted by Luger, who had once again turned heel and, as WCW Champion, viewed Sting as a threat. 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, and Total Nonstop Action Wrestling (TNA).  On October 16 at Bound for Glory, Sting defeated Hogan to bring Dixie Carter back to power.  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. On July 16 at Victory Road, Sting won a four-way to win a title shot for Jarrett's NWA World Heavyweight Championship. On the December 12 episode of Impact Wrestling, Carter was confronted by Sting, and was issued an option, either face Sting immediately, or enter the Feast or Fired match.  After defeating Jeff Jarrett at Sacrifice, Sting faced Rob Van Dam for the TNA World Heavyweight Championship at Slammiversary VIII. and ECW in the 2000's, before signing a legends contract with WWE in 2015. 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.  In the weeks following Genesis, Sting's feud with Abyss continued and Christian Cage was involved, facing the three of them in a three-way match for the NWA World Heavyweight Championship on December 10 at Turning Point, where Abyss retained the title. " Former WCW and WWE announcer Jim Ross described Sting as "truly one of the great stars of the 90s in any organization". Sting defended his WCW World title on April 12, 1992, at The Omni in Atlanta against the 450-pound Big Van Vader. Wright’s ritual of eating worms during his in-ring appearances…well, I’m not sure what to say about that.  He would go on to lose the title to Kurt Angle on August 7 at Hardcore Justice, after Angle hit him with a chair brought to the ring by Hulk Hogan. When the WWE essentially retired its women's division following Alundra's departure, Nakano went to WCW as well. Sting has made a number of appearances since his retirement without the makeup, which … Sting also feuded with the leader of The Main Event Mafia Kurt Angle. No, not to my knowledge he's always worn face paint wrestling. Goldust teamed up with R-Truth in 2016 to form the tag team “The Golden Truth.” Both wrestle under the “RAW” brand. He debuted in TNA on the June 18 one year anniversary show, teaming with Jeff Jarrett to defeat A.J. Other times, it acts as a cloak of secrecy. That same day, WWE began selling official Sting merchandise. I'm currently working as a Media Production Assistant/Game Logger for NBC Sports and Freelance Reporter for Westchester Magazine. Sting competed in the main event of April's Spring Stampede, a Four Corners match for the World Championship, against Hogan, DDP, and champion Flair. Sting then defeated The Giant at The Great American Bash in June to take control of the Tag Team titles and chose Nash as his partner. All bad blood aside, The Road Warriors were known for their intimidating demeanor and signature face paint. The cage match ended with Sting pinning and unmasking the Scorpion, who turned out to be Flair in disguise. They have two sons, Garrett Lee and Steve, Jr. and a daughter named Gracie, who was born in 2000. He was inducted into the WWE Hall of Fame on April 5, 2014, just three days before his untimely death from a heart attack at age 54. Near the end of Sting's battles with the Dangerous Alliance, the seeds were sown for what became arguably one of the most famous feuds of Sting's career. On July 13 at Victory Road, Booker T faced Samoa Joe for the TNA World Heavyweight Championship. Sting's 90-minute reign was only the second shortest WCW World Heavyweight Championship reign in WCW history. , Borden was an admitted anabolic steroid user in the 1980s. He wrestled worldwide during the 1970s, including a run with Texas-based World Class Championship Wrestling. Sting turned face by declaring his allegiance to Adams. Slam! By Lan Pitts on December 3, 2020 at 6:52AM PST Later that night, Nash turned heel by attacking Hogan during a title defense against Vicious. He is instantly recognizable for his striking gold-on-black makeup and flamboyant costumes, which conceal a secretive identity. Sting appeared in his classic garb, with Crow makeup, trench coat and yielding his trusty baseball bat.  After the 2015 NFL Draft, Steven was invited by the Kansas City Chiefs to try out for the team at their rookie mini-camp, but did not receive a contract offer.. Wrestling is as much about image as it is about ability. I also contribute to the Huffington Post Blog, lending my thoughts on a variety of topical issues. Afterward, the commentary team mentioned that Sting had signed a multi-year deal with AEW. His pre-WWE career included "dream" matches against former WWF stars Hulk Hogan and Bret Hart in WCW, as well as bouts opposite names such as Ric Flair, Randy Savage, Kurt Angle and Mick Foley. Later that year, Sting was tabbed to win the UWF Television Championship, then held by Gilbert, until Jim Crockett of the National Wrestling Alliance (NWA) bought the company from Watts. Sting defeated Flair on a subsequent Nitro with the Scorpion Deathlock, refusing to let go until Luger persuaded him to do so. Luger opted to save the already injured Sting and ended up losing the match by count-out while assisting his friend. speaking in his native tongue as he happily (albeit a bit lazily) peers into the camera. , Sting embarked on a second tour with WWA in May 2003, successfully defending his championship against Rick Steiner, Shane Douglas, and Disco Inferno. Styles and Dustin Rhodes/Goldust. Taylor and Gilbert ganged up on Sting until Gentleman Chris Adams came to Sting's aid. Sting told Luger that he did not attack him, but Luger refused to believe him.  Former rival Hulk Hogan asserted that Sting should be mentioned in any conversation regarding the top 10 greatest pro wrestlers of all time; numerous outlets have placed him in such listings. Even when he teamed up with The Ultimate Warrior as The Blade Runners. Goldust bounced in and out of WWE for several years, but notably returned to the promotion in 2013 to wrestle with his aforementioned half-brother, Cody.  This marked Sting's first non-archive appearance on a WWE-branded show. Dave Meltzer awarded the match his highest rating of five stars. Much like The Road Warriors, The Ultimate Warrior wrestled in WWE on two separate occasions. He made his acting debut in the action-adventure show Super Force as an assassin. The match was booked with a classic, controversial Dusty finish even though Rhodes (the namesake of the technique) had been fired months earlier. The Sting-Vader feud continued into 1993, with Vader, who was again WCW World Heavyweight Champion, defeating Sting in a bloody Strap match at SuperBrawl III.  Against Hogan, Sting headlined the highest-grossing PPV event in WCW history, Starrcade, in December 1997. , Former WCW booker Kevin Sullivan said of Sting's rivalry with Flair: "If I needed to draw a rating, Sting and Flair always drew. 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.  In the following weeks, Sting would recruit Kurt Angle, Samoa Joe, Magnus, and Rampage Jackson as members of the New Main Event Mafia. Also, Abyss and Sting were placed in different team in the Lethal Lockdown match at Lockdown. 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. From now on I consider myself a free agent.. Savage served as special guest referee and delivered a diving elbow drop to help DDP win the match and the title. Years later, Mera was spotted hanging out backstage at the 2012 World Underground Wrestling (WUW) Awards. When Hall and Nash went to approach him, Sting attacked them and Randy Savage when he tried to intervene, revealing his allegiance to WCW. Warrior, born James Hellwig, enjoyed his greatest success in WWE during his first run with the brand from 1987-1991. Steve Borden -- was a major star on the professional wrestling circuit. Sting joined Total Nonstop Action Wrestling (TNA) in 2003. Rhodes continued to book Sting in title matches throughout the year against both NWA United States Champion Barry Windham and NWA Television Champion Mike Rotunda. Rhodes captured 20 championships between the WWE and WCW, including two United States Heavyweight Championships (WCW), and three Intercontinental Championships (WWF/WWE). Vampiro’s skull-inspired makeup was striking in its simplicity. On March 24, 2004, Borden was interviewed once again by Mike Tenay as part of the promotion for his direct-to-video biographical film, Sting: Moment of Truth, and on March 31, he returned to the company for one night only as the special guest enforcer for the main-event, a four-way match between Abyss, A.J. Here's a look at his evolution. For well over two decades, Dustin Rhodes has probably covered himself in more face paint than it would take to coat The Rock’s Iron Paradise Gym, … Together with "Russian" wrestler Kortsia Korchenko, the Blade Runners became henchmen in Gilbert's on-screen feud with Watts. Steve was also the only wrestler from WCW who never worked for WWE until 2014 when he made his WWE debut at the Survivor Series.  Sting often wrestled Steve Austin in WCW; he had positive negotiations with WWE in 2003, with his proposed debut angle being a confrontation with Austin at the conclusion of WrestleMania XIX. The name stuck and Sting became one of WCW's stalwarts against the New World Order, or nWo for short. ; Face–Heel Turn:. Fans lambasted Papa Shango, and voted the character the “Worst Gimmick” and “Most Embarrassing Wrestler” in the “Wrestler Observer” newsletter that year. Oct 9, 2016 - Explore Stephen Paget's board "STING" on Pinterest. The Steiners won by pinfall after Koloff, who had been feuding with Luger, interfered in the match by swinging a chain at Luger but hitting Sting instead. Steve Borden, better known by the ring name Sting, […] He made his final TNA appearance of 2003 on December 17, defeating Jarrett in a non-title match. Could we see a Nakano/Asuka match in NXT? Sting ended his feud with Luger by defeating him in a Lumberjacks with Casts match at Uncensored the following March. Wrestling Icon Sting Officially Joins AEW The wrestling legend made his debut on Dynamite and has signed a multi-year deal with the upstart company. In the final match of the night, Sting defeated Flair to accumulate the necessary points to win the tournament. Sting's team won in a "Doomsday Chamber of Blood" match, with Abyss pinning A.J. 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. In a series of unusual loyalty tests over the next months, Sting would confront a WCW wrestler in the ring and shove the wrestler several times with his bat until the wrestler was provoked enough to advance on him. Sadly, Hawk passed away in his sleep in 2003. Immediately following on the WWE Network, Sting spoke for the first time in-ring. Sting then joined Total Nonstop Action Wrestling (TNA/later renamed Impact Wrestling in 2017) in 2003. It was later announced that Sting had signed a multi-year contract with AEW. Even his social media has a bunch of pictures of him without makeup. Sting, with the help of Jeff Jarrett, pinned Abyss to win the match for his team and end their bitter rivalry.. 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. I'll wait and see what happens on Saturday Night, and I tuned in Saturday night, and what'd I see? , Sting was the inaugural inductee into the TNA Hall of Fame. Oftentimes, when the wrestler unmasked, he still gave off an air of mystery with his dark sunglasses and serious demeanor. The black-on-red face paint conjures up images of the underworld as well.  The feud led to a match at Bound for Glory alongside Bully Ray, where they were defeated by the Aces & Eights, following interference from a man who was afterwards unmasked as Ray's longtime partner, the returning Devon. In the picture above, Balor maintains his ferocity, even without his unique face paint. In 1997 his trademark black and white makeup and black baseball bat helped draw one of the largest Pay-Per-View audiences in history. Sep 18, 2014 - Explore deborah1042's board "The stinger" on Pinterest.  This led to a Lethal Lockdown match between Sting, A.J. , 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. In mid-1989, The Great Muta challenged Sting at The Great American Bash. , Prior to his signing with WWE, Sting's legacy was perpetuated by the organization. Given the mystique of Sting during those days in WCW, fans longed to catch a glimpse of the wrestler sans makeup. In 1997 his trademark black and white makeup and black baseball bat helped draw one of the largest Pay-Per-View audiences in history. I don’t know what his health’s like. 67 Halloween Makeup Ideas To Try This Year Brit Co Professional Wrestler Booker Ts Raw Life Free Images Man Black And White Male Guy Model Tattoo Papa Shango 24w 1 24wrestling The Gypsy Arm Wrestler By Terry White Fiction Cagibi Literary 10 Wwe Stars Who Were Fired For Unprofessional Conduct My Sting Page Abyss Wrestler Wikipedia Pro Wrestling Ultd On Twitter With No …  Hellwig and Borden later moved to the Continental Wrestling Association (CWA), a wrestling company based in Memphis, Tennessee, and became known as the Freedom Fighters. Readers of Pro Wrestling Illustrated named him "Most Popular Wrestler of the Year" on four occasions, a record he shares with John Cena. Sting has, however, downplayed rumors of a difficult relationship with WWE. At Clash of the Champions I in March 1988, Sting challenged Ric Flair for the NWA World Heavyweight Championship. Often imitated, but never duplicated though! Following the expiration of his contract with WCW's parent company, AOL Time Warner, in March 2002, Borden held talks with the WWF, but ultimately did not join the promotion and instead toured internationally with World Wrestling All-Stars (WWA) – winning the WWA World Heavyweight Championship – before joining the then-upstart TNA in 2003. following the event, the title was labelled as the "TNA World Heavyweight Championship", but the title was vacated.  He is regarded as one of the greatest professional wrestlers of all time, having cultivated a legacy over a career spanning more than three decades. 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. 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