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 NWA decided to declare the title vacant. 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. After leaving WWE in 1997, Rios attempted two short-lived comebacks with TNA and Memphis Wrestling in the early 2000s. Sting's new gimmick was inspired by the 1994 film The Crow. News on all your favorite celebs, reality TV, and movies. Sting responded with his first words (on mic) since October 1996 when he told Dillon, "You've got no guts!" , Sting's 14-year association with WCW and its predecessor, Jim Crockett Promotions (JCP), began in 1987. , Sting is widely regarded as the greatest performer in WCW history. As part of this, Sting and Luger went up to rivals and Four Horsemen members Ric Flair and Arn Anderson some time after Bash at the Beach and asked them to team with him, saying that they needed to put aside their differences for the good of WCW. The match was ruled a no-contest, and Hall, Nash, and Hogan declared a new world order in professional wrestling. Sting has, however, downplayed rumors of a difficult relationship with WWE. 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. Sting got the three-count and was announced as the winner, but a replay showed Muta's shoulder was up at the count of two. Join Facebook to connect with Sting (Wrestler) and others you may know. He would also have his first experience in Japan with a brief tour in All Japan Pro Wrestling (AJPW), with his most notable match in AJPW against Dan Spivey at Nippon Budokan in June 1989.  He had "really good conversations" with the promotion during his career, but did not appear there until 2014, at the age of 55. results – 5/3/07 ('Sacrifice' main event announced and more)", "NWA/Trobich strips TNA/Cage/Team 3D of NWA branded Championships", "World title picture muddied after good Sacrifice", "Caldwell's TNA Impact report 5/17: Angle-Rhino, Daniels-Raven, blood, Gore, and Stomper", "iMPACT! speaking in his native tongue as he happily (albeit a bit lazily) peers into the camera. Sting then gave Luger an obscene gesture and walked out of the match, leaving Team WCW at a four-on-three disadvantage which they did not overcome. 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. Hellwig left the promotion in mid-1986, leaving Sting without a partner. He then faced off with Angle in a singles match at Destination X. 2 Won while TNA obtained the sole rights to use the NWA World Heavyweight Championship through an agreement with the NWA.  On the following episode of Impact!, Sting's fellow Main Event Mafia members attacked him, removed him from the group, and Kurt Angle reclaimed his role as Godfather. , Sting was the inaugural inductee into the TNA Hall of Fame. Sting then took part in what many consider to be the best match of 1991, teaming with Luger to face The Steiner Brothers at the SuperBrawl I pay-per-view for the world tag-team titles. 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 … Given the mystique of Sting during those days in WCW, fans longed to catch a glimpse of the wrestler sans makeup.  His young supporters were known as the "Little Stingers".  Sting returned to the ring on the December 22 and February 9, 2012, editions of Impact Wrestling, where he teamed up with Jeff Hardy to defeat TNA World Heavyweight Champion Bobby Roode and Bully Ray both times. Sting entered the 32-man tournament that was set up to award the vacant WCW World Heavyweight Championship. Steve Borden -- was a major star on the professional wrestling circuit. Lex Luger was chosen to challenge Flair at WrestleWar. " On January 21, 2021, it was announced that Sting would team with Darby Allin against Team Taz (Brian Cage and Ricky Starks) in a Street fight at Revolution, marking Sting's first match since September 2015, thus coming out of retirement.  After Borden's recovery, Sting finally defeated Flair for the NWA World Heavyweight Championship on July 7, 1990, at The Great American Bash.  They soon joined Hotstuff & Hyatt International, a heel stable headed by "Hot Stuff" Eddie Gilbert and Missy Hyatt.  On the following edition of Impact Wrestling, Carter placed Sting in charge of the program.  Former rival Diamond Dallas Page, commenting on Sting's entry into WWE in 2014, said: "Everyone there grew up watching him... No one did it better than Sting, nobody". Sting engaged in many matches with Dangerous Alliance members, especially Rude, who was the group's biggest star. Sting pinned Vampiro at Slamboree in May, and Vampiro beat Sting in a Human Torch match at The Great American Bash the next month; for the climax of the match, Borden switched with a stuntman, who was set on fire and thrown off the top of the frame of the stage's entrance video screen.  After Bully Ray won the TNA World Heavyweight Championship and revealed himself as the president of Aces & Eights later that night, Hulk Hogan blamed Sting as he had encouraged Hogan to give Ray the title shot while also encouraging Hogan to support Ray's marriage with his daughter Brooke. , On the other hand, Pro Wrestling Torch editor Wade Keller wrote that Sting was a "valuable player during Nitro's peak years", but not a "consistent draw for WCW". 4.9 out of 5 stars (22) Total Ratings 22, $25.00 New.  At Lockdown, Sting lost the TNA World Heavyweight Championship to Mick Foley inside the Six Sides of Steel, ending his reign at 189 days (his longest world title reign for any organization). No expense was spared with Sting’s entrance, which included eerie winter scenic shots and fake snow. However, this photo, taken backstage at a December 2014 “RAW” Event in Minnesota, doesn’t do his evil image any favors. Watch Wrestling. Sting's alliances with Hogan and Savage led the Horsemen to attack them as well. Sting finished out the year by winning a four-man round-robin Iron Man tournament at Starrcade '89. Having established himself as a rising star, Sting was one of the few UWF alumni to be pushed in the NWA. 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Per stipulation, Sting would never get another title opportunity again. They have two sons, Garrett Lee and Steve, Jr. and a daughter named Gracie, who was born in 2000. After the match, Sting sounded his disdain of the result and issued an open challenge for later tonight. He signed a Legends contract in November 2015.  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. He would have another match at Bound for Glory, where Sting put his career on the line. 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After the promo, they walked out on TNA, but Nash left the promotion for real. Sting spent the second half of 1994 and most of 1995 teaming with new arrival Hulk Hogan in his battles against Kevin Sullivan's Three Faces of Fear and its successor stable, The Dungeon of Doom. Wrestling is about the build to a big emotional release, but the Sting who didn’t wrestle was building to two things at once: a match against Hogan, and the first glimpse of a wrestler whose overexposure was long a thing of the past. Sting defeated Flair and the two embraced at the end of the contest. He had already been wrestling under the promotion for seven years, sporting colorful “surfer-themed” face paint, and a blond flattop haircut. Throughout the summer, Sting and fellow nWo Wolfpac members Nash, Luger, and Konnan feuded with Hogan and nWo Hollywood. 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. In the next match that night, Sting lost a Triangle match involving Flair and Luger; Flair won by count-out to become number one contender for the WCW World Heavyweight Championship, which Flair won from Savage in the next match. Over the years, Goldust has been known to do some pretty ridiculous storylines, as well as wear some even more ridiculous makeup. Saved by A.J.  On October 16 at Bound for Glory, Sting defeated Hogan to bring Dixie Carter back to power. 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. On the Nitro prior to the event, however, the nWo played a trick on WCW claiming that Sting was joining their side. , 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 proceeded to walk out on Hogan. I don’t know what his health’s like. Sting's team won in a "Doomsday Chamber of Blood" match, with Abyss pinning A.J. Warrior, born James Hellwig, enjoyed his greatest success in WWE during his first run with the brand from 1987-1991. Sting lost the title to Abyss on November 19 at Genesis by disqualification after pushing aside the referee and pushing Abyss into a stack of tables covered in barbed wire. Sting sought revenge against Luger the next month at Starrcade. TNA president Dixie Carter credits Sting with being the major wrestling superstar that TNA needed to establish itself. Facebook Twitter Email Print Img No-img Menu Whatsapp Google Reddit Digg Stumbleupon Linkedin Comment. Sting defeated Flair on the July 19 edition of Nitro to become the on-screen president of WCW.  On the September 15 edition of Impact Wrestling, Sting defeated longtime rival Ric Flair to earn the right to face Hogan at Bound for Glory. This picture of Sting without his face paint shows exactly how much he changes with the paint on, as he looks like a normal man without the paint but becomes something larger than life with his make-up, as "The Icon" has undoubtedly one of the best face-paints in wrestling and looks quite shockingly unrecognizable without it.  On September 11 at No Surrender, Hogan once again cost Sting the TNA World Heavyweight Championship in a three-way match, which also included Mr. On July 16 at Victory Road, Sting won a four-way to win a title shot for Jarrett's NWA World Heavyweight Championship. The match was booked with a classic, controversial Dusty finish even though Rhodes (the namesake of the technique) had been fired months earlier.  On May 24 at Sacrifice, Sting defeated Kurt Angle to become the new Godfather of the Main Event Mafia. His first match in the WWA took place on November 28, 2002, in Dublin, Ireland, where he reunited with Lex Luger to defeat Buff Bagwell and Malice. His views were controversial and often contained strong, polarizing opinions on wrestling stars, famous celebrities, world leaders, and religious figures. So I heard Lex Luger say 'I know where he lives, I know where he works out, I'm gonna go get him.' Over the next several months, Sting feuded with Goldberg, Rick Steiner, Vicious, and Savage. Styles in a ladder match, in the process earning a contract that allowed them to pick the type of match between Abyss and Christian at Hard Justice. That same night, a second match was booked with John Cena and Sting defeating Show and Rollins. Steiner attacked and injured Sting in November 2000. Slam! Unique lists featuring pop culture, entertainment and crazy facts. He made his acting debut in the action-adventure show Super Force as an assassin. Here we see Nakano without her face paint and to be frank, she's still looking very good.  In August 1991, Sting defeated Steve Austin to win a tournament for the vacated WCW United States Heavyweight Championship. , 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. The Blade Runners, under the management of Eddie Gilbert, wrestled in the Universal Wrestling Federation based in Shreveport, Louisiana until Rock left the promotion in mid-1986. You can be sure that when Balor makes his first WWE appearance in 2017, that the Demon King will be on full display.  AEW also began selling Sting merchandise. The Boogeyman didn't have a terribly illustrious career in WWE, and was better known for his outrageous makeup and costume than he was for his wrestling prowess. went off the air, leading to a question of whether Sting had turned on Samoa Joe and became a heel.  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. In this picture, Rios sports some makeup around the eyes and lipstick around the lips. Dustin Rhodes . Sting received his title shot on August 13 at Hard Justice, but failed to capture the title after Christian Cage turned heel and hit Sting with Jarrett's guitar. Later in the night, Sting competed in the World War 3 battle royal for the WCW World Heavyweight Championship, which was won by Savage. " Then-WCW colleague Ric Flair recalled, "When he flew out that door with that blonde hair and the paint, man, the chicks went crazy. After that, Sting started a feud with the TNA World Champion Kurt Angle. Sting's partner was James Storm and on May 11 at Sacrifice, they came up short due their inability get along, and towards the end, Sting attacked Storm and walked out. By the late 1980s, Sting -- a.k.a. Wrestler sting without makeup saubhaya behind the paint what these 15 wrestlers looked like without makeup sting without makeup makeupsites co sting s wwe retirement leaves fans with a number of what ifs. Rhodes himself teamed with Sting to challenge the Road Warriors for the tag team championship at Starrcade '88 that December. Dave Meltzer awarded the match his highest rating of five stars. Demolition reunited on several occasions for appearances at conventions and fan events.  On April 2, during his WWE Hall of Fame induction speech, Sting announced his retirement from professional wrestling. Sting with no make-up.  In the following weeks, Sting would recruit Kurt Angle, Samoa Joe, Magnus, and Rampage Jackson as members of the New Main Event Mafia. In 2003, Sting signed a contract committing him to four appearances with the Total Nonstop Action Wrestling (TNA) promotion. Days after the infamous promo, he was booked for shows in New Japan Pro Wrestling, to take part in the Japan/U.S. Sting headlined the WWE Hall of Fame class of 2016 on April 2, where he announced his retirement. Hellwig poses here next to a portrait of himself in his “Warrior” getup and persona. This photo gives a look at a smiling Sting without his gimmick. Eventually, Sting got his wish and he and Hogan finally met in December at Starrcade for the WCW World Heavyweight Championship.  Sting and Muta battled in many rematches for the vacant Television title, but they always ended in a disqualification, giving neither man the championship. Sting began to question Hogan's trustworthiness and credibility in the weeks leading up to Fall Brawl. Sting returned to the Impact! Sting disbanded The Main Event Mafia after Aces & Eights disbanded, and while other members began to chase their TNA World Heavyweight Championship dreams, Sting started a feud against Ethan Carter III and Dixie Carter after they began humiliating TNA Legends, like Curry Man and Earl Hebner by Carter. Sting won the UWF World Tag Team Championship twice with Gilbert in 1986 and a third time with Rick Steiner in 1987.  His elder son Garrett attended Azusa Pacific University, where he played college football as a running back. Sting then pulled Ziggler on top of Rollins, giving Team Cena the win and dethroning The Authority. 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. , In May 2020, it was reported that Sting was no longer under WWE contract. Feb 15, 2015 - This Pin was discovered by Stephen Paget. By this time, the nWo storyline had faded, and Sting was not aligned with any of its factions. 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. , John Cena mimicked Sting's hairstyle in his younger years and recalled, "he was my guy"; Seth Rollins would dress up as Sting in his youth. He debuted his colorful war paint makeup upon his NXT debut in 2014. It shows the 6-foot-2 Wright with a warm smile, embracing fellow WWE wrestler Natalya Neidhart. Years later, Mera was spotted hanging out backstage at the 2012 World Underground Wrestling (WUW) Awards. Sting won by disqualification when Luger and Miss Elizabeth assaulted Sting with a steel chair and baseball bat, putting Sting out of action for some time. In mid-1989, The Great Muta challenged Sting at The Great American Bash. Even if the wrestler doesn’t apply his or her own makeup, he or she still needs that creative spark to give birth to the original design in the first place.  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. Rios debuted in WWE in a May 1993 dark match on “Monday Night RAW” but didn’t get another shot until 1995, when he made his one and only televised appearance on a July episode of WWE’s “Wrestling Challenge.” It was during this match that Rios unveiled his “Phantasio” character.