History Wrestling / STing

17th Sep '17 8:12:12 PM willemdafriendo
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** Ric Flair, from the first ''Nitro'' to the last and even at ''Clash'' I.. Sting didn't draw in 1990, because he was stuck in a below-average feud with the Black Scorpion. He didn't have a strong heel to work with other than Flair. In wrestling, you need strong heels in order for the babyface to draw money.

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** Ric Flair, from the first ''Nitro'' to the last and even at ''Clash'' I..I. Sting didn't draw in 1990, because he was stuck in a below-average feud with the Black Scorpion. He didn't have a strong heel to work with other than Flair. In wrestling, you need strong heels in order for the babyface to draw money.
14th Sep '17 3:15:24 PM willemdafriendo
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* ObfuscatingInsanity: Has done this in 2011, acting like the version of ComicBook/TheJoker from ''Film/TheDarkKnight'' and generally pretending to be totally crazy to get under Hulk Hogan and Immortal's skin. And then he channeled this persona again to attack Wrestling/BobbyRoode.

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* ObfuscatingInsanity: Has done this in 2011, acting like the version of ComicBook/TheJoker from ''Film/TheDarkKnight'' and generally pretending "Joker Sting" is a lot less strange if you interpret Sting's antics as him trying to be totally crazy to get under Hulk screw with Hogan (and later Bobby Roode) and Immortal's skin. And then he channeled this persona again to attack Wrestling/BobbyRoode.goad him into a match, rather than actually going insane. He dropped it after actually being given the match.


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* ThrowTheDogABone: His final appearances (and indeed, much of his career) in TNA were spent fighting a power grab by a corrupt regime consisting of the company's legit ownership going mad, and failing due to the numbers game. His first appearance ever in a WWE was spent the exact same way, with the numbers largely neutralized beforehand, and it was a smashing success.
13th Sep '17 2:37:19 PM willemdafriendo
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* ReverseMole: His two heel runs in TNA turned out to be exactly this. The late 2008 turn to join the Main Event Mafia was a matter of spreading his message of respect, which he knew they would initially embrace before eventually turning against him. The early 2010 turn happened because he knew Hogan was corrupt but also that nobody would ever believe it.
13th Sep '17 9:50:42 AM willemdafriendo
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** Sting had the worst luck with friends. Lex Luger and Ric Flair loved to beat him up. Flair turning on him at ''Halloween Havoc'' '95 is a standout moment: they built up to Flair getting the hot tag forever, only for him to instantly turn on Sting (after a strut, of course).

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** Sting had the worst luck with friends. Lex Luger and Ric Flair loved to beat him up. Flair turning on him at ''Halloween Havoc'' '95 is a standout moment: they built up to Flair getting the hot tag forever, only for him to instantly turn on Sting (after a strut, of course). Flair and Sting are known for their rivalry, but they were allies on a number of occasions. There's a kayfabe respect there, plus the fact both of them were fighting against the nWo at various times.
13th Sep '17 7:06:34 AM willemdafriendo
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* AlternateCompanyEquivalent:
** Sting vs. [[Wrestling/TheUndertaker Undertaker]] was a persistent [[UltimateShowdownOfUltimateDestiny dream match]] of the last thirty years: Similar bad-ass loner gimmicks, both goth-themed wrestlers with a connection to the afterlife who have been known to carry pet birds (a vulture for the Deadman) into the ring, creepy promo packages in darkened stadiums, etc. There's another parallel as well: [[Wrestling/RomanReigns Roman]] retired Taker, Seth retired Sting. Both were members of Wrestling/TheShield (prompting speculation about who Wrestling/DeanAmbrose will someday retire). But, realistically, it's more about both guys staying loyal to their brands. They were the backbones of their respective companies. Both men bridged several generations as main event players (even if it wasn't their name put up in lights), and both were locker room leaders.
** Surfer Sting defined the athletic-but-simplistic style for mid-sized babyfaces (i.e. 'power moves you can't possibly screw up') which paved the way for the "Wrestling/RuthlessAggressionEra", particularly Wrestling/JohnCena. (Wrestling/TheBigShow has corroborated this.) His run in '92 is full of career-defining PPV matches that have all been recreated in some form by guys like Cena and Reigns. The Crow gimmick also coincided with Wrestling/StoneColdSteveAustin attacking people in authority.

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* AlternateCompanyEquivalent:
AlternateCompanyEquivalent: He is the complete package and one of the most silently-influential wrestlers, if what you want is an underdog or an all-out badass.
** Surfer Sting defined the athletic-but-simplistic style for mid-sized babyfaces (i.e. 'power moves you can't possibly screw up') which paved the way for the "Wrestling/RuthlessAggressionEra", particularly Wrestling/JohnCena. (Wrestling/TheBigShow has corroborated this.) His run in '92 is full of career-defining PPV matches that have all been recreated in some form by guys like Cena and Reigns.
** Sting vs. [[Wrestling/TheUndertaker Undertaker]] was a persistent [[UltimateShowdownOfUltimateDestiny dream match]] of the last thirty years: Similar bad-ass loner gimmicks, both goth-themed wrestlers with a connection to the afterlife who have been known to carry pet birds (a vulture for the Deadman) into the ring, creepy promo packages in darkened stadiums, etc. There's another parallel as well: [[Wrestling/RomanReigns Roman]] retired Taker, Seth retired Sting. Both were members of Wrestling/TheShield (prompting speculation about who Wrestling/DeanAmbrose will someday retire). But, realistically, it's more about both guys staying loyal to their brands. They were the backbones of their respective companies. Both men bridged several generations as main event players (even if it wasn't their name put up in lights), and both were locker room leaders.
** Surfer Sting defined the athletic-but-simplistic style for mid-sized babyfaces (i.e. 'power moves you can't possibly screw up') which paved the way for the "Wrestling/RuthlessAggressionEra", particularly Wrestling/JohnCena. (Wrestling/TheBigShow has corroborated this.) His run in '92 is full of career-defining PPV matches that have all been recreated in some form by guys like Cena and Reigns.
leaders. The Crow gimmick also coincided with Wrestling/StoneColdSteveAustin attacking people in authority.


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* MeanCharacterNiceActor: Sting is an example of the type of guy you could watch at any moment of his career and see someone who epitomizes the positive aspects of professional wrestling. Who would have guessed that this painted ghoul is a born-again, All-American boy next door from Nebraska (and a real estate agent, at that)?
13th Sep '17 6:58:38 AM willemdafriendo
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* EarlyInstallmentWeirdness: [[http://i.imgur.com/0afsoaM.jpg Just by looking at the two Stings together]], it's hard to believe it's the same person.

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* EarlyInstallmentWeirdness: Sting was a multiple-time World Champion before putting on the Crow makeup and a lot of his best matches (especially against Vader and Flair) happened before ''Nitro'' was conceived. [[http://i.imgur.com/0afsoaM.jpg Just by looking at the two Stings together]], though, it's hard to believe it's the same person.person.



** "The dumbest man in wrestling" gag didn't start to take off until 1990. Sting had a tendency to always trust wrestlers, no matter how many times they stabbed him in the back. He also has a history of joining tag teams or stables full of vicious backstabbers when he really should have known better. Ric Flair is perhaps the king of screwing Sting over, but we've also seen it with Kevin Nash coaxing him into the seemingly heroic nWo Wolfpac, only to lay down for Hogan after the Fingerpoke of Doom. Never mind that Ric and the Four Horsemen love making his life hell, or that nWo was the entire reason he adopted the Crow/vigilante persona. Nah, I can trust those guys, he thought to himself before getting kicked in the head. The incident with the Aces & Eights was another example of Sting putting his faith in the wrong people (in this case Bully Ray). Hence the phrase, "Sting-level dumb." For instance, Wrestling/BeckyLynch had the misfortune of being the victim of a few heel turns (by her friends or tag team partners), so people equate her to Sting in that regard.

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** "The dumbest man in wrestling" gag didn't start to take off until 1990. Sting had a tendency to always trust wrestlers, no matter how many times they stabbed him in the back. He also has a history of joining tag teams or stables full of vicious backstabbers when he really should have known better. Ric Flair is was perhaps the king of screwing Sting over, but we've we also seen saw it with Kevin Nash coaxing him into the seemingly heroic nWo seemingly-heroic Wolfpac, only to lay down for Hogan after during the Fingerpoke "Fingerpoke of Doom. Doom." Never mind that Ric and the Four Horsemen love making his life hell, or that nWo was the entire reason he adopted the Crow/vigilante persona. Nah, I can trust those guys, he thought to himself before getting kicked in the head. The incident with the Aces & Eights was another example of Sting putting his faith in the wrong people (in this case Bully Ray). Hence the phrase, "Sting-level dumb." For instance, Wrestling/BeckyLynch had the misfortune of being the victim of a few heel turns (by her friends or tag team partners), so people equate her to Sting in that regard.
10th Sep '17 12:13:53 PM thecarolinabull01
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* FightingFingerprint: Most fans knew the nWo Sting was an imposter in the [=WarGames=] match before the reveal. ("We want Sting!" chants could be heard while Farmer was in the match). Not only was Jeff Farmer noticeably larger than Steve Borden, but his movements were slower and more sluggish, and his Stinger Splash was way off. When the real Sting appeared, the nWo didn't recognize him until he started doing his signature moves. After witnessing him go to work, Nash admitted nWo Sting was a bogus impostor. Lampshaded by Tony Schiavone when the real Sting eventually did come out: "There's no questioning the elevation of those Stinger Splashes! ''That'' is Sting!"

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* FightingFingerprint: Most fans knew the nWo Sting was an imposter in the [=WarGames=] match before the reveal. ("We want Sting!" chants could be heard while Farmer was in the match). Not only was Jeff Farmer noticeably larger than Steve Borden, but his movements were slower and more sluggish, and his Stinger Splash was way off. When the real Sting appeared, the nWo didn't recognize him until he started doing his signature moves. After witnessing him go to work, Nash admitted nWo Sting was a bogus impostor. Lampshaded by Tony Schiavone Wrestling/TonySchiavone when the real Sting eventually did come out: "There's no questioning the elevation of those Stinger Splashes! ''That'' is Sting!"
10th Sep '17 11:37:40 AM willemdafriendo
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** [[Wresting/SidEudy Sid Vicious]]: Vader/Sid once tried to kill Sting on national TV [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aPgf42OlDzU with a bomb on a boat]] at a kids' party. These two were also involved in a legendary promo, "The Shockmaster", which consisted of Davey, Sting, Sid etc. all shouting nonsense over each other.

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** [[Wresting/SidEudy [[Wrestling/SidEudy Sid Vicious]]: Vader/Sid once tried to kill Sting on national TV [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aPgf42OlDzU with a bomb on a boat]] at a kids' party. These two were also involved in a legendary promo, "The Shockmaster", which consisted of Davey, Sting, Sid etc. all shouting nonsense over each other.
10th Sep '17 11:31:10 AM willemdafriendo
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[[caption-width-right:300: It's SHOWTIME, folks!\\
'''''OWWWWWWW!!!''''']]

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[[caption-width-right:300: It's SHOWTIME, folks!\\
'''''OWWWWWWW!!!''''']]
[[Wrestling/JohnBradshawLayfield THAT'S NOT STING, THAT'S A\\
PICTURE OF STING!]]]]



'''He does this, he does that ♫ He's quick as a cat, and he hits you with a bat ♫''' (Wait, that's not right...)

Steve Borden, Sr. (born March 20, 1959) is better known to wrestling fans as (The Man Called) Sting. Beginning his career in 1985, he was recruited by a talent scout named Rick Bassman to train with three other wrestlers known as Power Team USA. Then known as Flash Borden, he and fellow Power Team USA member Jim "Justice" Helwig (who later became the Wrestling/UltimateWarrior) were called up by Jerry Jarrett (father of Wrestling/JeffJarrett) and joined the Continental Wrestling Association as the "Freedom Fighters". The two later joined Bill Watts' Universal Wrestling Federation in 1986, renaming their team the "Blade Runners" and Borden and Justice renamed themselves Sting and Rock respectively.

But the majority of Sting's career saw him working in Wrestling/{{WCW}} from 1987 (back when it was still known as Jim Crockett Promotions) until the company's demise in 2001, where he became the company's biggest star during the [[TheNineties 1990s]]. Starting out as a bleached blonde [[{{surfer dude}} surfer bum]] type, he later transitioned into the [[Film/TheCrow Eric Draven]]-inspired look which (apart from an ill-conceived [[Film/TheDarkKnightTrilogy Joker]] costume in 2011) he's retained to this very day. Sting stayed a member of the WCW roster up until the company's demise in 2001, feuding with the Wrestling/NewWorldOrder; he even wrestled in its last match, defeating his {{frenemy}} and fellow veteran Wrestling/RicFlair.

Prior to 2014, Sting had never worked for Wrestling/{{WWE}} in any capacity since WCW's demise. Choosing instead to have control over his career and his gimmick, Sting worked the independent circuit until around 2006, when he became an on-again/off-again member of the Wrestling/{{TNA}} roster, with multiple title reigns. He left [=TNA=] in early 2014, taking several months off until April, appearing on a WWE special following the death of his good friend and former tag team partner [[Wrestling/UltimateWarrior the Ultimate Warrior]]. He has since appeared in other retrospectives on Warrior's legacy, sparking rumors ([[IKnewIt correct]], as it turned out) that he was in talks to perform on [=WWE=] television, a persistent [[UltimateShowdownOfUltimateDestiny dream match]] of the last decade. On the July 14, 2014 episode of ''Raw'', Sting appeared in a spot for the ''[[VideoGame/WWEVideoGames WWE 2K15]]'' video game as a pre-order bonus character. Sting made his official WWE debut at Wrestling/SurvivorSeries 2014 attacking Wrestling/TheAuthority and ruining their match against [[Wrestling/JohnCena Team Cena]]. [[note]]In case you're wondering, the current "biggest star never to have worked for WWE in any capacity" is now believed to be Fritz Von Erich.[[/note]]

Among his in-ring achievements, he is a former 2x [[http://www.wrestling-titles.com/nwa/world/nwa-h.html NWA World Heavyweight Champion]], a former 7x [[http://www.wrestling-titles.com/wcw/wcw-h.html WCW World Heavyweight Champion]], a former 2x [[http://www.wrestling-titles.com/wcw-us-h.html WCW United States Heavyweight Champion]], a former [[http://www.wrestling-titles.com/wcw/wcw-tv.html NWA World Television Champion]], a former 3x [[http://www.wrestling-titles.com/wcw/wcw-t.html WCW World Tag Team Champion]], a former 4x [[http://www.wrestling-titles.com/us/tna/tna-h.html TNA World Heavyweight Champion]] and a former [[http://www.wrestling-titles.com/us/tna/tna-t.html TNA World Tag Team Champion]]. He is the inaugural inductee into the WWE Hall of Fame Class of 2016, where he officially announced his retirement from wrestling.

As usual, Wiki/ThatOtherWiki has a nice, long article on his career.

Do not confuse with the [[{{Sting}} trope]], [[Music/{{Sting}} the musician]] (Gordon Sumner), [[Film/TheSting the film]], the dagger used by [[Literature/LordOfTheRings Frodo and his Uncle]], or the painful infliction of the same name.

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'''He does this, he does that '''[[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=O9hw-NDnft8 HE DOES THIS, HE DOES THAT He's quick as a cat, and he hits you with a bat ♫''' (Wait, that's not right...)

HE'S QUICK AS A CAT,]] [[WebVideo/OSWReview AND HE HITS YOU WITH A BAT ♫]]''' [--Wait, how does it go again...?--]

Steve Borden, Sr. (born March 20, 1959) is 1959), better known to wrestling fans as (The Man Called) Sting. Beginning Sting, is one of the most famous icons in American [[ProfessionalWrestling pro wrestling]]. He is a 15-time world champion, {{Wrestling/WCW}} Triple Crown champion, and the only person ever to hold [[Wrestling/NationalWrestlingAlliance NWA]], WCW, and {{Wrestling/TNA}} world titles in his career in 1985, he was recruited by a talent scout named Rick Bassman to train with three other wrestlers known as Power Team USA. Then known as Flash Borden, he and fellow Power Team USA member Jim "Justice" Helwig (who later became the Wrestling/UltimateWarrior) were called up by Jerry Jarrett (father of Wrestling/JeffJarrett) and joined the Continental Wrestling Association as the "Freedom Fighters". The two later joined Bill Watts' Universal Wrestling Federation in 1986, renaming their team the "Blade Runners" and Borden and Justice renamed themselves Sting and Rock respectively.

But
career. He spent the majority of Sting's career saw him working in Wrestling/{{WCW}} from 1987 (back when his it was still known as Jim Crockett Promotions) until with WCW, becoming the company's demise in 2001, where he became face of the company's company for years, and wrestled almost exclusively as a [[{{Face}} babyface]].

In his storied career, Sting has faced a multitude of in-ring legends and competed in some equally-memorable matches: the highlights being Wrestling/RicFlair, {{Wrestling/Vader}}, and [[Wrestling/KeijiMutoh The Great Muta]]. And of course, his occasional manhandling of the Wrestling/NewWorldOrder. Sting vs. [[Wrestling/HulkHogan "Hollywood" Hulk Hogan]] is arguably the
biggest star during the [[TheNineties 1990s]]. Starting out as wrestling feud ever: The entire world tuned in to watch their feud. [[Wrestling/StoneColdSteveAustin Steve Austin]] vs. Wrestling/VinceMcMahon is really close, but Sting vs. Hogan gave wrestling a bleached blonde [[{{surfer dude}} surfer bum]] type, he later transitioned kick into the [[Film/TheCrow Eric Draven]]-inspired look which (apart from an ill-conceived [[Film/TheDarkKnightTrilogy Joker]] costume in 2011) he's retained to this very day. Sting stayed a member of the WCW roster up until the company's demise in 2001, feuding with the Wrestling/NewWorldOrder; he even wrestled in its last match, defeating his {{frenemy}} and fellow veteran Wrestling/RicFlair.

Prior to 2014, Sting
mainstream like nothing before, or after.

He might've
had never worked for Wrestling/{{WWE}} in any capacity since WCW's demise. Choosing instead to have control over his career and his gimmick, Sting worked the independent circuit until around 2006, when he became an on-again/off-again member of the Wrestling/{{TNA}} roster, with multiple title reigns. He left [=TNA=] in early 2014, taking several months off until April, appearing on a WWE special following the death of his good friend and former tag team partner [[Wrestling/UltimateWarrior the Ultimate Warrior]]. He has since appeared in other retrospectives on Warrior's legacy, sparking rumors ([[IKnewIt correct]], as it turned out) that he was in talks to perform on [=WWE=] television, a persistent [[UltimateShowdownOfUltimateDestiny many more dream match]] of the last decade. On the July 14, 2014 episode of ''Raw'', Sting appeared in a spot matches if it weren't for the ''[[VideoGame/WWEVideoGames WWE 2K15]]'' video game as a pre-order bonus character. that neck injury. Sting made his official WWE {{Wrestling/WWE}} debut at Wrestling/SurvivorSeries 2014 attacking Wrestling/TheAuthority and ruining their match against [[Wrestling/JohnCena Team Cena]]. [[note]]In case you're wondering, during that time: He challenged Wrestling/TripleH in the current "biggest star never run-up to have worked for WWE in any capacity" is now believed to be Fritz Von Erich.[[/note]]

Among his in-ring achievements, he is a former 2x [[http://www.wrestling-titles.com/nwa/world/nwa-h.html NWA World Heavyweight Champion]], a former 7x [[http://www.wrestling-titles.com/wcw/wcw-h.html WCW World Heavyweight Champion]], a former 2x [[http://www.wrestling-titles.com/wcw-us-h.html WCW United States Heavyweight Champion]], a former [[http://www.wrestling-titles.com/wcw/wcw-tv.html NWA World Television Champion]], a former 3x [[http://www.wrestling-titles.com/wcw/wcw-t.html WCW World Tag Team Champion]], a former 4x [[http://www.wrestling-titles.com/us/tna/tna-h.html TNA World Heavyweight Champion]] and a former [[http://www.wrestling-titles.com/us/tna/tna-t.html TNA World Tag Team Champion]].
''{{Wrestling/WrestleMania}}'' 31, then feuded with Wrestling/SethRollins, which unfortunately spelled the end of Sting's career. He is was the inaugural inductee into the WWE Hall of Fame Class of 2016, where he officially announced his retirement from wrestling.

As usual, Wiki/ThatOtherWiki has
wrestling. So now Sting is the third person in the WWE Hall of Fame with a nice, long article on his career.

baseball bat. (Technically both Pete Rose and Wrestling/RandySavage would rank above him.)

Do not confuse with the [[{{Sting}} trope]], [[Music/{{Sting}} the musician]] (Gordon Sumner), [[Film/TheSting the film]], the [[Franchise/MetalGear Stinger missile]], the dagger used by [[Literature/LordOfTheRings Frodo and his Uncle]], or the painful infliction of the same name.



!! "IT'S TROPETIME FOLKS! OWWWWWWWWWWWWW!!!!"
* TenMinuteRetirement: Subverted. Although he went on hiatus several dozen times since WCW closed and every other match he had was billed as a possible retirement match, Steve never officially retired until 2016, and due to his injury and condition, it's most likely going to be a permanent one.
* AchillesInHisTent: Late '96 into much of '97 focused on Sting disowning WCW after his friends turned on him one time too many. But after months of ambiguity, he attacked the New World Order and rejoined WCW as it's primary hero.
* ActionDad: Has two sons and one daugther from his first marriage, and a step daughter from his second.
* AesopAmnesia: Granted, all of Sting's friends turned on him at one point or another, but Flair did it like a billion times.
* AlternateCompanyEquivalent:
** [[SarcasmMode For]] [[DarkIsNotEvil some]] [[BadassLongcoat weird]] [[LightningBruiser reason]], there are tons of comparisons between Sting and Wrestling/TheUndertaker. Both are goth-themed wrestlers with a connection to the afterlife who have been known to carry pet birds (a vulture for the Deadman) into the ring with them. WWE's "2.21.11" vignettes set off a wave of internet speculation that Sting had finally signed with the company. As it turned out, the vignettes were hyping the return of the Undertaker, but to this day, nobody's sure if Undertaker's return was the initial plan or if negotiations with Sting fell through at the last minute and the vignettes were repurposed. For their part, Wrestling/{{TNA}} satirized the vignettes with one of their own, with the date "3.3.11", which made it painfully obvious that Sting was an [[FollowTheLeader off-brand]] Taker in their eyes and he would debut on ''Impact'' on that date. In interviews done well after the fact, Sting hinted that WWE came about the closest it had came before 2014 to hiring him around that "2.21.11" timeframe.
** Big Show said that surfer Sting was WCW's equivalent to Wrestling/JohnCena. Charismatic, [[KidAppealCharacter Great with kids]], did lots of charity, and well-respected in the locker room. However, he had better luck than Cena when it came to appealing to fans of all ages.
* {{Animal Motif|s}}: The Scorpion.
* ArchEnemy:
** Wrestling/RicFlair and Wrestling/TheFourHorsemen
** Wrestling/RickRude
** [[Wrestling/MickFoley Cactus Jack]]
** Wrestling/{{Vader}}
** [[Wresting/SidEudy Sid Vicious]]
** Wrestling/{{Meng}}
** NewWorldOrder ([[AsLongAsThereIsEvil in all its incarnations]]). In fact, Crow Sting's beef seems to be with Heel Bosses in general.
** He isn't too fond of Wrestling/TripleH for helping to kill WCW, although so far, we have only Trips' inflated self-opinion to back up that assertion.
* ArtEvolution: When he first debuted on ''Nitro'' wearing the "Crow" facepaint, it looked almost exactly like his old facepaint, only solid white. Pretty soon it was modeled on the film version down to the last detail, apart from a big, lawyer-friendly [[PerpetualFrowner frown]] (instead of Lee's GlasgowSmile). As time wore on, it became substantially different; for instance, the chin stripe allowed Borden to grow out a soul patch. The familiar all-white look that is most closely associated with Sting was first sported by him on the October 21, 1996, episode of ''WCW Monday Nitro''; in the beginning, the paint actually evoked The Wrestling/UltimateWarrior (there's actually an explanation for this: both Sting and Ultimate Warrior were buddies when they began in the business and they soon learned that painting their faces was cheaper than getting masks. The designs, supposedly, where usually improvised on the spot), as it appeared to be two wing-shaped white splotches covering each half of his face. This look soon transitioned to a uniform whiteness with black eyes and black lips, and gradually became scarier as the black streaks emanating from Sting's eyes multiplied, grew thicker and longer and more thorn-like, until they were almost more prominent than the whiteface itself. After going to TNA in 2006, Sting would occassionally add red streaks to the black and white in his major matches. In 2011, Sting's makeup became a less monochromatic hodgepodge of black ''and'' red interlocking streaks on a white canvas, thus brilliantly evoking both the colorful pre-1996 look and the demonic "Wolfpac" makeup. However, it soon took on a "Joker" appearance which (along with his {{panto}} behavior) didn't particularly go over with fans.
* BadassLongcoat: Once he made the transition to "Crow" Sting, he got one.
* BashBrothers: With Wrestling/LexLuger, Wrestling/TheRoadWarriors, Ric Flair, the Steiner Brothers
* BatmanGambit: Disrespected Wrestling/HulkHogan in front of Ric Flair to get Flair angry enough to call the match between the two of them back on after Hogan convinced Flair not to. Ironic considering his [[ComicBook/TheJoker gimmick at the time.]]
* BatterUp: In a situation where he is outnumbered, or Sting can't out-wrestle his opponents, his bat is [[CombatPragmatist used as an equalizer]]; kind of like how Triple H lugs around his Sledgehammer. Speaking of which, throughout ther entire feud, Triple H recoiled in terror from Sting whenever he pulled out his Louisville slugger, even though Haitch was holding a sledgehammer ''every'' time. This came to a head during their match in the spot where Sting somehow '''SNAPPED THE SLEDGEHAMMER IN HALF''' with one swing from his bat.
* BattleCry: Cupping his hands together and yelling "Owwwwww!" Later evolved to "Whoooo!" Possibly as a tribute to Ric Flair.
* BewareTheNiceOnes: Probably the most milquetoast personality in this business. But after aborting a match in 90 seconds because his opponent, Wrestling/JeffHardy, turned up intoxicated, he had little choice but to '''[[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ou9-YoRllbU#t=430s flatten]]''' Hardy and then loudly agree with fans that the match was bullshit. When STING is the one openly badmouthing your company, something has gone horribly wrong. This was right after he turned down wrestling 'Taker at ''[=WrestleMania 27=]''. His anger is justified.
* BigDamnHeroes: [[spoiler:Survivor Series 2014.]]

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!! "IT'S TROPETIME FOLKS! OWWWWWWWWWWWWW!!!!"
Tropes associated with '''''STIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIING''''':
* TenMinuteRetirement: Subverted. Although he went Sting has a great gimmick for this sort of thing. He can show up to shows, hit people with a bat, and leave. All while taking no bumps. Since WCW closed, he's gone on hiatus several dozen times since WCW closed times, and every other match he he's had was is billed as a possible retirement match, Steve never officially retired until 2016, and due to his injury and condition, it's most likely going to be match. Looks like Sting [[https://twitter.com/QPWrestling/status/858375853989908484 interfered in a permanent one.
match]] with Brian Cage in 2017.
* AchillesInHisTent: Late From late '96 into much of '97 focused on Sting disowning '97. WCW after paid him big money to do nothing but grow his friends turned on him one time too many. But after hair out, show up in the rafters once every few months of ambiguity, he attacked looking somber, his face paint slowly morphed from colorful to black and white, and his mannerisms changed over the year. The build-up to Sting vs. nWo was unprecedented. To have ''Sting'' (their homegrown talent) not wrestle for a year-and-a-half, and Hogan enjoy a (semi) uninterrupted run as World Champion, was almost unprecedented.
* ActuallyADoombot: The
New World Order arranged for Fake Sting (Jeff Farmer) to join the nWo and rejoined WCW make people think bad of him. Later on, as it's primary hero.
* ActionDad: Has two sons
they built towards Hogan vs Sting at ''Starrcade'', the nWo would often have guys come out dressed as Sting and even dummies wearing wigs. On one daugther occasion they made it look like Sting had fallen from the rafters and been hurt.
* AdvertisedExtra:
** His eventual WWE run was a bit of a non-starter due to
his first marriage, injury, and an excuse to further beat the dead horse of the Wrestling/MondayNightWars.
** His hyped-up Puerto Rican debut at WWC Aniversario (2013) ended up being
a step daughter from his second.
dark match.
* AesopAmnesia: Sting was welcomed into Wrestling/TheFourHorsemen, only to be kicked out of the group by Flair. Granted, all of Sting's friends turned on him at one point or another, but Flair did it like a billion times.
* AlternateCompanyEquivalent:
** [[SarcasmMode For]] [[DarkIsNotEvil some]] [[BadassLongcoat weird]] [[LightningBruiser reason]], there are tons of comparisons between
AllAmericanFace: Surfer Sting originally. He was always a comic book character (think Wrestling/JohnCena), but then he nWo started taking over the product, and Wrestling/TheUndertaker. Both are ex-WWF guys were ruining his home company. He went into mourning, and the vengeful black-and-white Sting was the product.
* AlternateCompanyEquivalent:
** Sting vs. [[Wrestling/TheUndertaker Undertaker]] was a persistent [[UltimateShowdownOfUltimateDestiny dream match]] of the last thirty years: Similar bad-ass loner gimmicks, both
goth-themed wrestlers with a connection to the afterlife who have been known to carry pet birds (a vulture for the Deadman) into the ring with them. WWE's "2.21.11" vignettes set off a wave ring, creepy promo packages in darkened stadiums, etc. There's another parallel as well: [[Wrestling/RomanReigns Roman]] retired Taker, Seth retired Sting. Both were members of internet Wrestling/TheShield (prompting speculation that Sting had finally signed with the company. As it turned out, the vignettes were hyping the return of the Undertaker, but about who Wrestling/DeanAmbrose will someday retire). But, realistically, it's more about both guys staying loyal to this day, nobody's sure if Undertaker's return was the initial plan or if negotiations with Sting fell through at the last minute and the vignettes were repurposed. For their part, Wrestling/{{TNA}} satirized brands. They were the vignettes with one backbones of their own, with respective companies. Both men bridged several generations as main event players (even if it wasn't their name put up in lights), and both were locker room leaders.
** Surfer Sting defined
the date "3.3.11", athletic-but-simplistic style for mid-sized babyfaces (i.e. 'power moves you can't possibly screw up') which made it painfully obvious that Sting was an [[FollowTheLeader off-brand]] Taker in their eyes and he would debut on ''Impact'' on that date. In interviews done well after paved the fact, Sting hinted that WWE came about way for the closest it had came before 2014 to hiring him around that "2.21.11" timeframe.
** Big Show said that surfer Sting was WCW's equivalent to
"Wrestling/RuthlessAggressionEra", particularly Wrestling/JohnCena. Charismatic, [[KidAppealCharacter Great (Wrestling/TheBigShow has corroborated this.) His run in '92 is full of career-defining PPV matches that have all been recreated in some form by guys like Cena and Reigns. The Crow gimmick also coincided with kids]], did lots of charity, and well-respected Wrestling/StoneColdSteveAustin attacking people in the locker room. However, he had better luck than Cena when it came to appealing to fans of all ages.
authority.
* {{Animal Motif|s}}: Motif|s}}:
**
The Scorpion.
* ArchEnemy:
** Wrestling/RicFlair
scorpion and Wrestling/TheFourHorsemen
** Wrestling/RickRude
** [[Wrestling/MickFoley Cactus Jack]]
** Wrestling/{{Vader}}
** [[Wresting/SidEudy Sid Vicious]]
** Wrestling/{{Meng}}
** NewWorldOrder ([[AsLongAsThereIsEvil in all
(later) the crow. His name evokes the scorpion, whose nasty telson on its incarnations]]). rear has enough venom to kill most small animals.
**
In fact, Crow a promo before his match with Flair at ''Clash of the Champions XXVII'':
--->'''Sting''': "I am an 18-foot great white shark (imitates shark sounds) and I'm hungry!"
* AntiClimax:
** At ''Starrcade'' '97, Hogan was supposed to pin Sting with a fast-count from the ref, prompting Wrestling/BretHart to come out and restart the match (why Bret had the power to do this was left unexplained). The match would then restart with Bret as the guest ref or enforcer, who called for a quick bell when Hogan was in the Scorpion Deathlock, evoking Wrestling/TheMontrealScrewjob instead of letting Sting win cleanly. One of the biggest builds in history, spoiled by an overbooked finish.
** The infamous 88-second match with Wrestling/JeffHardy.
Sting's beef seems "''I'm not mad, just disappointed''" face is the best thing to be had from this match. It was around this time that they were building up toward ''[[{{Wrestling/WrestleMania}} WrestleMania]]'' 27, and there were rumours that he was in talks with Heel Bosses in general.
** He isn't too fond
WWE, but he decided to stay with TNA instead. Couple of Wrestling/TripleH for helping to kill WCW, although so far, we have only Trips' inflated self-opinion to back up that assertion.
weeks later, this happened.
--->'''Audience''': [chanting] THIS IS BULLSHIT.\\
'''Sting''': I agree.
* ArtEvolution: When he first debuted on ''Nitro'' wearing AntiheroSubstitute: The WWE video package called him Timeless, but he's the "Crow" facepaint, it looked almost exactly like his old facepaint, only solid white. Pretty soon it was modeled on the film version down to the last detail, apart from a big, lawyer-friendly [[PerpetualFrowner frown]] (instead of Lee's GlasgowSmile). As time wore on, it became substantially different; for instance, the chin stripe allowed Borden to grow out a soul patch. The familiar all-white most of-his-time character there is. One look that is most closely associated with Sting was first sported by him on the October 21, 1996, episode of ''WCW Monday Nitro''; in the beginning, the paint actually evoked The Wrestling/UltimateWarrior (there's actually an explanation for this: both at Surfer Sting and Ultimate Warrior you can tell it's the early 90s. Later, you can tell it's the late 90s.
** It happened at a time when so many allegiances
were buddies when they began in questioned, people picking sides: nWo or WCW. The nWo used a fake Sting to make the business and they soon learned that painting their faces was cheaper than getting masks. The designs, supposedly, where usually improvised WCW universe think Sting had turned his back on the spot), as it appeared company. At the 4-on-4 [=WarGames=] match, the real Sting showed up to be two wing-shaped white splotches covering each half of prove he wasn't the defector. After cleaning house, he looks to Luger and says "Is this proof enough for you?" and walks away, leaving his face. team in a 4-on-3 handicap to lose. The next night, he denounces the doubters, and declares himself a free agent. He wanted to test who was and wasn't truly his friend before becoming a face again. Interestingly, he went from a successful babyface to another successful babyface. That doesn't happen in wrestling.
** Along with Wrestling/KevinNash, Sting later formed his own splinter group in '98: nWo Wolfpac, an admission that the whitemeat faces of yesteryear couldn't fight the nWo on even terms.
* ArtEvolution: He changed with the times. It was a necessity.
## '''Surfer Sting:''' Appearance wise, he randomly stopped dying his hair and spiking it at some point in 1996 (even prior to the nWo). Then he cut the promo with his back to the camera, declaring himself a free agent. He kind of disappeared for a while, then showed up on ''[[Wrestling/WCWMondayNitro Nitro]]'' (October 21, 1996) in whiteface. It's the same "Warrior"-style facepaint as before, but not colorful, just black and white. (It made sense as a dark riff on his Surfer image.)
This look soon is kind of mid-evolution.
## '''Crow Sting''': The face then
transitioned to a uniform whiteness whiteness, with black eyes and black lips, and gradually became scarier as the black streaks emanating from Sting's eyes multiplied, grew thicker and longer and more thorn-like, until they were almost more prominent than the whiteface itself. Pretty soon it was modeled on the ''Crow'' version down to the last detail, apart from a big, lawyer-friendly frown (instead of Lee's glascow smile).
## '''Icon Sting''':
After going to signing with TNA in 2006, Sting would occassionally occasionally add red streaks to the black and white in his major matches. In 2011, "Icon" Sting's makeup became a less monochromatic hodgepodge of black ''and'' red interlocking streaks on a white canvas, thus brilliantly evoking both the colorful pre-1996 look and the demonic "Wolfpac" makeup. However, it soon The chin stripe allowed Borden to grow out a soul patch in real life. (Most people assume the patch is part of his paint when they see it.) It later took on a "Joker" appearance which (along which, along with his {{panto}} behavior) weird behavior, didn't particularly go over with fans.
* BadassLongcoat: Once he made the transition to "Crow" Sting, he got one.
* BashBrothers: With Wrestling/LexLuger,
BashBrothers:
** Wrestling/LexLuger (at least for a little while),
Wrestling/TheRoadWarriors, Ric Flair, and the Steiner Brothers
* BatmanGambit: Disrespected Wrestling/HulkHogan in front of Ric Flair to get Flair angry enough to call
[[Wrestling/ScottSteiner Steiner]] Brothers.
** In
the match between beginning, the two of them back on after Hogan convinced Flair not to. Ironic considering his [[ComicBook/TheJoker gimmick at war paint evoked The Wrestling/UltimateWarrior. There's an explanation for this: Sting and Warrior were buddies when they started out in the time.]]
business, and they soon learned that painting their faces was cheaper than getting masks. The designs, supposedly, were always improvised on the spot.
** Sting and Wrestling/KurtAngle were [[https://instagram.com/p/BSonjXagS4l/ close]] in TNA. They were the original Main Event Mafia.
* BatterUp: In a situation where he is outnumbered, or Sting can't out-wrestle his opponents, his bat is [[CombatPragmatist used as an equalizer]]; equalizer; kind of like how Triple H lugs around his Sledgehammer. Speaking of which, throughout ther their entire feud, Triple H recoiled in terror from Sting whenever he pulled out his Louisville slugger, even though Haitch was holding a sledgehammer ''every'' time. This came to a head during their match in the spot where Sting somehow '''SNAPPED THE SLEDGEHAMMER IN HALF''' with one swing from his bat. \n* BattleCry: Cupping his hands together and yelling "Owwwwww!" Later evolved to "Whoooo!" Possibly as a tribute to Ric Flair.\n Even Wrestling/RoadDogg is in the back like "''how could this be?''"
* BewareTheNiceOnes: Probably the most milquetoast personality in this business. But after aborting a match in 90 seconds because his opponent, Wrestling/JeffHardy, turned up intoxicated, he had little choice but to '''[[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ou9-YoRllbU#t=430s flatten]]''' Hardy and then loudly agree with fans that the match was bullshit. When STING is the one openly badmouthing your company, something has gone horribly wrong. This was right after he turned down wrestling 'Taker at ''[=WrestleMania 27=]''. His anger is justified.
Sting trusts everyone. They turn on him. He beats their asses.
* BigDamnHeroes: [[spoiler:Survivor Series ''Survivor Series'' 2014.]]



** We begin in WCW circa 1990. Pre-Hogan, Sting was usually the #1 or #2 babyface depending on what Flair and/or Luger were doing at any given time, and was often the one to lead the charge against the top heels. He assembled a stable to stand Against the Four Horsemen in Summer 1990, and the Dangerous Alliance from late 1991-mid 1992.
** In 1993, he announced in front of a live audience that he had recruited a Mystery Man to help combat Sid Vicious--inadvertently triggering [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=p7Q4EVpIFIk the most embarrassing moment in WCW history.]]
** After the nWo ran him out of town on a rail, Sting returned and formed his own splinter group in 1998: nWo Wolfpac, an admission that the "babyfaces" of yesteryear were [[ShooOutTheClowns inept clowns]] who couldn't fight modern heels on even terms. Although he wasn't successful at beating the nWo (it ''was'' Bischoff's and Hogan's show, after all), he did [[DivideAndConquer fracture it]] by convincing Savage and other wrestlers to align with him. Previously, Sting was ''supposed'' to be a rallying force of babyfaces against the [=nWo=], but the stupid finish at ''[=Starrcade=] '97'' completely scuttled that.
** He helped to organize the Main Event Mafia because he felt the younger guys in TNA were getting too disrespectful. From the very start, he expected most of its members to eventually betray him, but at the end of the day, his uncompromising beliefs inspired the younger guys to accept his help. He left after the ''Bound for Glory'' main event in 2009, in which new world champion Wrestling/AJStyles beat him to retain the title and then gave him the floor as a sign of ultimate respect. With Sting's mission being what the Mafia accomplished all along and Wrestling/KurtAngle's maniacal ambition instead being all but abandoned, it was Sting who had the stroke to years later be able to call on the Mafia as a unifying banner to serve as the GoodCounterpart to the Aces & Eights.

to:

** We begin in WCW circa 1990. Pre-Hogan, Sting was usually the #1 or #2 babyface babyface, depending on what Flair and/or Luger were doing at any given time, and time. Sting was often the one to lead the charge against the top heels. He assembled a stable to stand Against fight the Four Horsemen in Summer 1990, the summer of '90, and the Dangerous Alliance from late 1991-mid 1992.
** In 1993, he announced in front of a live audience that he had recruited a Mystery Man to help combat Sid Vicious--inadvertently triggering [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=p7Q4EVpIFIk the most embarrassing moment in WCW history.]]
** After the nWo ran him out of town on a rail,
1992. When Hogan turned {{heel}}, Sting returned and formed his own splinter group in 1998: nWo Wolfpac, an admission that was the "babyfaces" of yesteryear were [[ShooOutTheClowns inept clowns]] who couldn't fight modern heels on even terms. torch bearer for the company. If there was a hope to stop the nWo, Sting was it. Although he wasn't successful at beating the nWo (it ''was'' Bischoff's and Hogan's show, after all), he did [[DivideAndConquer fracture it]] it by convincing Savage and other wrestlers to align with him. Previously, Sting was ''supposed'' to be a rallying force of babyfaces against the [=nWo=], but the stupid finish at ''[=Starrcade=] '97'' completely scuttled that.
him.
** He helped to organize the Main Event Mafia because he felt the younger guys in TNA were getting too disrespectful. From the very start, he expected predicted that most of its members to eventually would betray him, but at the end of the day, his uncompromising beliefs inspired the younger guys to accept follow his help. example. He left after the ''Bound for Glory'' main event in 2009, in which when the new world champion Wrestling/AJStyles champion, Wrestling/AJStyles, beat him to retain the title and then gave him the floor as a sign of ultimate respect. With Sting's mission being what the Mafia accomplished all along and Wrestling/KurtAngle's maniacal ambition instead being all but abandoned, it was Sting who had the stroke to years later be able to call on the Mafia as a unifying banner to serve as the GoodCounterpart to the Aces & Eights.respect.



* BreakupBreakout: Sting is the breakout star of the Blade Runners, though it was immediately apparent.
* CaptainErsatz: ''Videogame/FireProWrestling'' has one for him.
* CareerEndingInjury:
** After suffering whiplash during his match with Wrestling/SethRollins at Night of Champions 2015, he was diagnosed with cervical spinal stenosis, the same disease that ended Edge's career in 2011. John Cena had the same injury as well and recovered, but he was barely 31 and in his physical prime, whereas Edge had multiple neck injuries beforehand and Sting's much older than both men, having a lot more holes punched on his bump card. As a result, Sting officially announced his retirement at his Hall of Fame induction. He's in such good shape too; guess at 56 his body just couldn't keep up with how hard he wanted to go. Have to respect his will to put on a great match.
** He later said on ''Legends with [=JBL=]'' that he hasn't had surgery because, "That would definitely be the end of (his) career." And that he holds out hope for one final match with The Undertaker. It is unlikely, but it's worth noting that he has delibrately tried to avoid the surgery in order to get one last match and go out on his terms. Following 'Taker's own retirement a year later, it seems like this dream match is officially dead and buried.
** Another interview in 2017 had Steve reveal that he is still medically capable of wrestling, but has decided to stay retired anyway.
* TheCassandra: When Sting saw through Hollywood Hulk Hogan and Wrestling/EricBischoff's good guy personas in TNA and knew they were plotting to TakeOverTheWorld, only Wrestling/KevinNash, D'Angelo Dinero, and [[SmartMark smarks]] believed him in his NecessarilyEvil crusade. Also a subversion of CryingWolf, as this was ''the one notable time'' he saw the evil plan coming before it happened rather than naively embody the GoodIsDumb and StupidGood tropes. However, because he had to be cryptic with the hints (possibly so as not to catch a slander case due to absence of evidence), and possibly in part because of his history of failure as a judge of character, few believed him.
* CassandraTruth: While there were more factors, the main reason why Sting waited so long to go to WWE after WCW folded is because he was worried that WWE would bury him like they did to the majority of the WCW buyouts. Considering that Sting lost both of his major single matches, the commentators trashed his career and he was forced to retire due to injury before he got to wrestle Taker, it's hard to say that he was wrong (though it's possible that things may have been different if he'd gone sooner.)
* {{Catchphrase}}:

to:

* BreakupBreakout: BreakupBreakout:
**
Sting is the breakout star of the Blade Runners, though and it was immediately apparent.apparent.
** Sting had longevity, but Warrior is the third biggest face of that era, behind Hogan and Savage. Warrior didn't really draw though, seeing as his title run was a disaster.
* BullyingADragon: This is the origin of Joker Sting. [[Wrestling/KenAnderson Mr. Anderson]] kept following him around and misbehaving -- until the Stinger snapped.
* ButtMonkey: Death, taxes, and Sting getting betrayed.
* CaptainErsatz:
** Surfer Sting has his own in ''Videogame/FireProWrestling''.
** ''Film/TheCrow'' was almost mythical by '97. It was several years out of date and weird when it started, but he made it his own and it worked for him--similar to why he choose [[Film/TheDarkKnightTrilogy the Heath Ledger Joker makeup]] in TNA.

* CaptainErsatz: ''Videogame/FireProWrestling'' has one CareerEndingInjury: Rollins retired Sting with a single buckle bomb at ''Night of Champions'' (2015). In an interview, he said he knew he had to tuck was thinking "just tuck your chin, Steve", but for him.
* CareerEndingInjury:
** After suffering whiplash during his
whatever reason, he couldn't do so in time. (Also, it sucks that Seth's dream match with Wrestling/SethRollins at Night of Champions 2015, he ended this way.) He was diagnosed with cervical spinal stenosis, the same disease that ended Edge's career in 2011. John stenosis. Austin has it, {{Wrestling/Edge}} has it, Cena had the same injury as well and recovered, but he was barely 31 and in his physical prime, whereas Edge had multiple neck injuries beforehand and Sting's much older than both men, having a lot more holes punched on his bump card. As a result, has it. Sting officially announced his retirement at his Hall of Fame induction. He's in such good shape too; guess at 56 his body just couldn't keep up with how hard he wanted to go. Have to respect his will to put on a great match.
** He
later said on ''Legends with [=JBL=]'' that he hasn't had surgery because, "That would definitely be the end of (his) career." And career", and that he holds out hope for one final match with The Undertaker. It is unlikely, but it's worth noting that he has delibrately tried to avoid the surgery in order to get one last match and go out on his terms. Following 'Taker's own retirement a year later, it seems like this dream match is officially dead and buried.
** Another interview in 2017 had
Steve reveal revealed that he is still medically capable of wrestling, but has decided to stay retired anyway.
away.
* TheCassandra: When Sting saw through Hollywood Hulk Hogan {{Catchphrase}}:
** Cupping his hands together
and Wrestling/EricBischoff's good guy personas in TNA and knew they were plotting yelling "Owwwwww!" Later evolved to TakeOverTheWorld, only Wrestling/KevinNash, D'Angelo Dinero, and [[SmartMark smarks]] believed him in his NecessarilyEvil crusade. Also a subversion of CryingWolf, as this was ''the one notable time'' he saw the evil plan coming before it happened rather than naively embody the GoodIsDumb and StupidGood tropes. However, because he had to be cryptic with the hints (possibly so as not to catch a slander case due to absence of evidence), and possibly in part because of his history of failure "Whoooo!" Possibly as a judge of character, few believed him.
* CassandraTruth: While there were more factors, the main reason why Sting waited so long
tribute to go to WWE after WCW folded is because he was worried that WWE would bury him like they did to the majority of the WCW buyouts. Considering that Sting lost both of his major single matches, the commentators trashed his career and he was forced to retire due to injury before he got to wrestle Taker, it's hard to say that he was wrong (though it's possible that things may have been different if he'd gone sooner.)
* {{Catchphrase}}:
Ric Flair.



* CharlesAtlasSuperpower: Was a bodybuilder before getting into wrestling and, in his prime, he was strong enough to slam super heavyweights such as Wrestling/{{Vader}} and [[Wrestling/BigShow The Giant (Big Show)]].
* ClothesMakeTheLegend: His "Crow" gimmick is the longest running of his career now and is more-or-less stable. Black and white face paint (red and black with the Wolfpac). Black bodysuit with scorpion motif (he later started wearing his merch shirts over them as he got older). Black trench coat. As time went on with TNA, red became one of his "official" colors, too. He would sometimes have traces of red in his makeup (especially Joker Sting), or on his ring gear. He had at least three different red trench coats off and on, but invariably always went back to black.
* TheComicallySerious: His "Crow" gimmick. Inverted with his "Joker" gimmick. This is the origin of Joker Sting, actually. Mr. Anderson kept following him around and guffawing like an internet troll -- [[BullyingADragon until the Stinger snapped]]. Really.
* CompositeCharacter:
** Wolfpac Sting was a throwback to the cocky, goofy, early-90s peroxide Sting. His post-Wolfpac Crow persona carried that over as well.
** A straighter example is when Sting wrestled Wrestling/JeffJarrett at TNA's Bound For Glory in 2006 for the NWA World Heavyweight Championship. He wrestled shirtless and wore a jacket like Surfer Sting, had the hair and facepaint of Crow Sting (with some Surfer Sting designs mixed in with it) and his tights were red and black, the colors he wore during his time with the nWo Wolfpac.
* ConsummateProfessional: Sting is often noted to be a company man and incredibly professional. He stuck with WCW to the very end and went with every stupid angle they thought of with minimal protest. He even refused to shoot on and seriously injure a stoned Wrestling/JeffHardy at ''Victory Road 2011'' even though the fans wouldn't have held it against him at all and would be every bit as livid as he was once they found out why. Instead, he gave Hardy a few stiff shots and then forcibly pinned him as soon as possible to prevent Hardy from injuring anyone. That being said, the Hardy situation was so asinine that Sting didn't hesitate to agree with a fan that it was complete ''bullshit'' while he was still on camera.
* CoolOldGuy: Wrestled until he was 56 years old, and [[StillGotIt could still keep up with guys much younger than him]]. To put this in perspective, he's SIX YEARS OLDER than Wrestling/TheUndertaker, the longest serving member of the WWE, who would retire a year later.
* TheCowl: One week before Halloween, Surfer Sting showed up wearing the nWo colors -- black trenchcoat and white facepaint -- then floored Bischoff by [[FakeDefector clobbering his men in the ring]]. The nWo honchos rolled in and offered Sting an opportunity to "[[WeCanRuleTogether be The Man, be the Leader]]" in their organization. Sting gave a Delphic response, as if weighing his options, then [[MicDrop dropped the mic]] and vanished. From that night onward, he started wearing the familiar corpse makeup, rarely spoke, and haunted the rafters like a Phantom. The (kayfabe) reason for all these theatrics--though not outright stated--was Sting couldn't challenge the nWo directly, and wanted to con a few of them into joining him first. That was pretty much his schtick ever since.
* DarkSkinnedBlonde: "Surfer" Sting.
* DarkIsNotEvil: Despite the gothic style, Scorpion motifs, and omnipresent black bat, Sting was pretty much always a face even as a designated heel. One of his gimmicks for much of 2011 took a good bit of inspiration from ''Film/TheDarkKnight'' version of ComicBook/TheJoker, including face paint, being LaughingMad, and even having a small horde of clown masked {{Mooks}}. And yet he was most certainly a face.
* DarkerAndEdgier His "Crow" gimmick.
* DeadpanSnarker:
** This became increasingly apparent in late-era WCW. In late 1999, Lex Luger was using a can of mace as a weapon. During the Sting-Luger match at ''WCW [=Starrcade=] 99'', Luger's valet Wrestling/MissElizabeth tried to interfere by spraying the mace -- but it turned out to be filled with [[ItWorksBetterWithBullets Silly String]].
** During his stint at TNA he once hid underneath a [[MaskPower mask]] to ambush Wrestling/RobVanDam. What kind of mask? A [[ForHalloweenIAmGoingAsMyself Sting]] one.
** He'd used the same tactic on the October 13, 1997 ''Wrestling/WCWMondayNitro'', when the [=nWo=] were suddenly swarmed by people leaping into the ring in Sting masks, getting beaten up and thrown out. Finally, Sting himself, also in a Sting mask, entered the ring. Buff Bagwell punched him and Sting no-sold it, thus [[IAmSpartacus confirming it was the real guy]]. He gave Bagwell the Scorpion Deathdrop and unmasked, sending a panicked Hogan and the [=nWo=] running for their lives.
* DemotedToExtra: After the arrival of Hulk Hogan and Randy Savage in WCW, Sting was reduced to working in tag team and midcard feuds until he transformed into Crow mode.
* DivergentCharacterEvolution: Before they split, he and UltimateWarrior were a pair of interchangeable big guys/pretty boys, who evolved into a RoadWarriors ripoff, after they broke up, they eventually became two of the most distinct characters in wrestling, with very little in common except a penchant for facepaint.
* EarlyInstallmentWeirdness: Surfer Sting would qualify to those used to Crow Sting, especially considering that he didn't use the Scorpion Death Drop until the Crow years. [[http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-4XLo1tyvegY/U-C3PQJOhgI/AAAAAAAAIJ4/08ymgwNHmj4/s1600/WWE2K15-Sting-Both.jpg Just by looking at the two Stings together]], it's hard to believe it's the same person. Even weirder to think that Sting changed his look because the nWo wheeled out an imposter (Jeff Farmer) [[PhotoOpWithTheDog to drum up audience support.]] The ultimate irony is that Fake Sting immediately changed his makeup and wardrobe once he saw Crow Sting, making smarks wonder aloud why Sting hadn't simply gone ''sans fards''.
* EnemyMime: You might have been forgiven for mistaking him for one during the last few months of 1996 and most of 1997, what with the whiteface, frowning black mouth, and silent treatment. But this trope was ultimately averted because 1) Sting eventually did start speaking again; 2) he was always meant to be DarkIsNotEvil; and 3) the makeup itself eventually TookALevelInBadass (see GrowingTheBeard on the YMMV page.)
* EpicFail:
** This is really the only way to describe the way Sting lost to Wrestling/BobbyRoode at 2012's ''Victory Road'' pay-per-view. A steel chair had been set up in the ring. Sting apparently forgot it was there, and went to give Roode the Scorpion Death Drop--with the chair right behind him! He ended up smacking the back of his head on the seat of the chair, knocking ''himself'' out and allowing Roode to pin him for the three. [[http://taimapedia.org/images/1/1c/Stinglol.gif Behold the historic moment in gif form!]]
** How a lot of fans see his WWE run. His debut match (versus Triple H at ''WrestleMania 31'') devolved into yet another "WWE vs. WCW"-fest, and he (and, by extension, his fellow WCW alumni) lost on top of it. Likewise, while he'd been booked to win his next match (versus Seth Rollins for the WWE World Heavyweight Championship at ''Night of Champions 2015'') as compensation, an injury forced him to lose that as well. Finally, it was revealed that said injury was career-ending -- meaning that his entire WWE run as well as his final in-ring moments were spent as basically a {{Jobber}}. The only consolation is that he was paid a truckload.
* EvilCounterpart: [[Characters/WCWFinalYears Vampiro]] was a self-professed "antihero" to Sting. The pair continually tried to one-up each other with horror movie traps: blood buckets, Graveyard Matches, Human Torch matches (somewhere, Vinco Russo shudders in ecstasy), burials, etc.
* EvilIsHammy: He seemed to be having a lot of fun in his 2010 heel run.
--> '''Sting:''' "The blood isn't on my hands Hogan! You brought this upon yourself!"
* ExpositoryHairstyleChange: Sting stopped bleaching his hair in late 1995 and let it grow long over the next three years, which coincidenced with his switch to the Crow gimmick.
* {{Face}}: One of wrestling's best known and constant [[GoodIsNotNice He's usually not a "babyface" in the most literal sense of the word, though.]]
* FaceHeelTurn:
** Attempted and denied. WCW tried turning him heel in 1999, and the fans completely no-sold the turn, cheering Sting over all the babyfaces and booing everyone who tried to "bring him to justice". After a month or two they just dropped the angle, re-turned him face and pretended it never happened.
** During his Main Event Mafia run, Sting attacked fan favorites Samoa Joe and AJ Styles and even then only got mixed reactions. He did not participate in any Mafia beatdowns and still, for the most part, acted like a face.
** He underwent another Face-Heel Turn in 2010 after attacking Hulk Hogan on the first Monday night edition of TNA Impact. It lasted for about ten months, and he only turned face because Hogan himself turned heel... (This appears to have been an Author's Saving Throw, since it is obvious that Sting is too unconvincing as a heel.)

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* CharlesAtlasSuperpower: Was Steve was a bodybuilder before getting into wrestling and, in his prime, he was strong enough to slam super heavyweights such as Wrestling/{{Vader}} Vader and [[Wrestling/BigShow The Giant (Big Show)]].
Giant.
* ClothesMakeTheLegend: His "Crow" gimmick is ChasteHero: Karen Angle tried to convince Sting to become Kurt Angle's tag team partner, playing to his altruistic side and the longest running of his career now and is more-or-less stable. Black and white example he they could set for their children. Sting ended up teaming with Angle to become tag team champion in the long run but at the offer he told her to change her dress if she really cared about children.
* CharlieBrownFromOuttaTown: The super-friendly
face paint (red got super-dark and black stalked the heel for a year.
* CombatPragmatist: Sting just walloping the nWo in the face
with the Wolfpac). Black bodysuit with scorpion motif (he later started wearing his merch shirts over them as he got older). Black trench coat. As time went on with TNA, red became one of his "official" colors, too. He would sometimes have traces of red in his makeup (especially Joker Sting), or on his ring gear. He had at least three different red trench coats off and on, but invariably always went back to black.a baseball bat for 20 years.
* TheComicallySerious: His "Crow" gimmick. Inverted with his "Joker" gimmick. This is the origin of Joker Sting, actually. Mr. Anderson kept following him around and guffawing like an internet troll -- [[BullyingADragon until the Stinger snapped]]. Really.
gimmick.
* CompositeCharacter:
** Wolfpac Sting was a throwback to the cocky, goofy, early-90s peroxide Sting. His post-Wolfpac Crow persona carried that over as well.
** A straighter example is when
CompositeCharacter: When Sting wrestled Wrestling/JeffJarrett at TNA's Bound ''Bound For Glory in 2006 for the NWA World Heavyweight Championship. He Glory'', he wrestled shirtless and wore in a jacket jacket, like Surfer Sting, had Sting. He also the hair and facepaint of Crow Sting (with some Surfer Sting designs mixed in with it) and his tights were red and black, the black--the colors he wore during his time with the nWo Wolfpac.
* ConsummateProfessional: Sting is often noted to be a company man and incredibly professional. He stuck with WCW to the very end and went with every stupid angle they thought of with minimal protest. He even refused to shoot on and seriously injure a stoned Wrestling/JeffHardy at ''Victory Road 2011'' even though the fans wouldn't have held it against him at all and would be every bit as livid as he was once they found out why. Instead, he gave Hardy a few stiff shots and then forcibly pinned him as soon as possible to prevent Hardy from injuring anyone. That being said, the Hardy situation was so asinine that Sting didn't hesitate to agree with a fan that it was complete ''bullshit'' while he was still on camera.
* CoolOldGuy: Wrestled until he was 56 years old, and [[StillGotIt could still keep up with guys much younger than him]]. To put this in perspective, he's SIX YEARS OLDER than Wrestling/TheUndertaker, the longest serving member of the WWE, who would retire a year later.
*
TheCowl: One week before Halloween, Surfer Sting showed up wearing He would come to the aid of WCW guys during nWo colors -- black trenchcoat and white facepaint -- then floored Bischoff by [[FakeDefector clobbering his men in the ring]]. The nWo honchos rolled in and offered Sting an opportunity to "[[WeCanRuleTogether be The Man, be the Leader]]" in their organization. Sting gave a Delphic response, as if weighing his options, then [[MicDrop dropped the mic]] and vanished. From that night onward, he started wearing the familiar corpse makeup, rarely spoke, and haunted attacks, make sneak attack from the rafters like with a Phantom. The (kayfabe) reason bat, use decoy Stings for all these theatrics--though not outright stated--was interference and mind games. Never wrestled a match. J.J. Dillon would try and sign Sting couldn't challenge the nWo directly, on for matches and wanted to con a few of them into joining him first. That was pretty much his schtick ever since.
* DarkSkinnedBlonde: "Surfer" Sting.
* DarkIsNotEvil: Despite the gothic style, Scorpion motifs, and omnipresent black bat, Sting was pretty much always a face even as a designated heel. One of his gimmicks for much of 2011 took a good bit of inspiration from ''Film/TheDarkKnight'' version of ComicBook/TheJoker, including face paint, being LaughingMad, and even having a small horde of clown masked {{Mooks}}. And yet he was most certainly a face.
* DarkerAndEdgier His "Crow" gimmick.
* DeadpanSnarker:
** This became increasingly apparent in late-era WCW. In late 1999, Lex Luger was using a can of mace as a weapon. During the Sting-Luger match at ''WCW [=Starrcade=] 99'', Luger's valet Wrestling/MissElizabeth tried to interfere by spraying the mace -- but it turned out to be filled with [[ItWorksBetterWithBullets Silly String]].
** During his stint at TNA he once hid underneath a [[MaskPower mask]] to ambush Wrestling/RobVanDam. What kind of mask? A [[ForHalloweenIAmGoingAsMyself Sting]] one.
** He'd used the same tactic on the October 13, 1997 ''Wrestling/WCWMondayNitro'', when the [=nWo=] were suddenly swarmed by people leaping into the ring in Sting masks, getting beaten up and thrown out. Finally, Sting himself, also in a Sting mask, entered the ring. Buff Bagwell punched him and Sting no-sold it, thus [[IAmSpartacus confirming it was the real guy]]. He gave Bagwell the Scorpion Deathdrop and unmasked, sending a panicked Hogan and the [=nWo=] running for their lives.
* DemotedToExtra: After the arrival of Hulk Hogan and Randy Savage in WCW, Sting was reduced to working in tag team and midcard feuds until he transformed into Crow mode.
* DivergentCharacterEvolution: Before they split, he and UltimateWarrior were a pair of interchangeable big guys/pretty boys, who evolved into a RoadWarriors ripoff, after they broke up, they eventually became two of the most distinct characters in wrestling, with very little in common except a penchant for facepaint.
* EarlyInstallmentWeirdness: Surfer
Sting would qualify to those used to Crow Sting, especially considering tear up the contracts. But whereas the nWo tore apart the entirety of WCW without a problem, Sting became so cool that he didn't use the Scorpion Death Drop until the Crow years. [[http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-4XLo1tyvegY/U-C3PQJOhgI/AAAAAAAAIJ4/08ymgwNHmj4/s1600/WWE2K15-Sting-Both.jpg Just by looking at the two Stings together]], it's hard to believe it's the same person. Even weirder to think that Sting changed his look because the nWo wheeled out an imposter (Jeff Farmer) [[PhotoOpWithTheDog to drum up audience support.]] The ultimate irony is that Fake Sting immediately changed his makeup and wardrobe once he saw Crow Sting, making smarks wonder aloud why Sting hadn't simply gone ''sans fards''.
* EnemyMime: You might have been forgiven for mistaking him for one during the last few months of 1996 and most of 1997, what with the whiteface, frowning black mouth, and silent treatment. But this trope was ultimately averted because 1) Sting eventually did start speaking again; 2) he was always meant to be DarkIsNotEvil; and 3) the makeup itself eventually TookALevelInBadass (see GrowingTheBeard on the YMMV page.)
* EpicFail:
** This is really the only way to describe the way Sting lost to Wrestling/BobbyRoode at 2012's ''Victory Road'' pay-per-view. A steel chair had been set up in the ring. Sting apparently forgot it was there, and went to give Roode the Scorpion Death Drop--with the chair right behind him! He ended up smacking the back of his head on the seat of the chair, knocking ''himself'' out and allowing Roode to pin him for the three. [[http://taimapedia.org/images/1/1c/Stinglol.gif Behold the historic moment in gif form!]]
** How a lot of fans see his WWE run. His debut match (versus Triple H at ''WrestleMania 31'') devolved into yet another "WWE vs. WCW"-fest, and he (and, by extension, his fellow WCW alumni) lost on top of it. Likewise, while he'd been booked to win his next match (versus Seth Rollins for the WWE World Heavyweight Championship at ''Night of Champions 2015'') as compensation, an injury forced him to lose that as well. Finally, it was revealed that said injury was career-ending -- meaning that his entire WWE run as well as his final in-ring moments were spent as basically a {{Jobber}}. The only consolation is that he was paid a truckload.
* EvilCounterpart: [[Characters/WCWFinalYears Vampiro]] was a self-professed "antihero" to Sting. The pair continually tried to one-up each other with horror movie traps: blood buckets, Graveyard Matches, Human Torch matches (somewhere, Vinco Russo shudders in ecstasy), burials, etc.
* EvilIsHammy: He seemed to be having a lot of fun in his 2010 heel run.
--> '''Sting:''' "The blood isn't on my hands Hogan! You brought this upon yourself!"
* ExpositoryHairstyleChange: Sting stopped bleaching his hair in late 1995 and let it grow long over the next three years, which coincidenced
could dismantle them with his switch to the Crow gimmick.
* {{Face}}: One of wrestling's best known
black bat and constant [[GoodIsNotNice He's usually not toy with them.
* CreepyCrows: The Joker segment when he brings out
a "babyface" bird and holds Bischoff [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TzmBUUSDDKM hostage in the most literal sense of the word, though.his own office.]]
* FaceHeelTurn:
** Attempted
CrouchingMoronHiddenBadass: Sting will goofily stroll into situations like opening man-sized birthday presents and denied. NOT expecting someone to burst out of one and attack him, or being replaced by evil doppelgangers, or being haunted by Ric Flair doing magic tricks [[PaperThinDisguise in a mask with a voice changer.]] But he’ll come out stronger on the other side. He derps into situations, but is blessed enough to derp out of them.
* DarkIsNotEvil: Sting felt like
WCW tried had turned their back on him, so he turned his back on them. There's a slow transition just before that, when he grows his hair out and wears darker tights, but the turning him heel in 1999, and the fans completely no-sold the turn, cheering point was when Sting told WCW to "stick it", and disappeared to the rafters. WCW without Sting was unthinkable. The nWo was able to basically do whatever they wanted. Suddenly, the crowd saw a raven, and then a shadowy figure in the rafters. The lurking, the leather duster, the baseball bat, the fact that he never spoke a word and you could never tell what side he was on. His intentions really were played up as being mysterious. Once it became clear that he was on his own quest to stop the nWo, get retribution, and whatnot, he was insanely over all the babyfaces and booing everyone who tried to "bring him to justice". as a babyface.
* DemotedToExtra:
**
After a month or two they just dropped the angle, re-turned him face arrival of Hogan and pretended it never happened.
** During his Main Event Mafia run,
Savage in WCW in 1994, Sting attacked fan favorites Samoa Joe was reduced to working in tag team and AJ Styles and even then only got mixed reactions. He did not participate in any Mafia beatdowns and still, for the most part, acted like a face.
midcard feuds until he transformed into Crow mode.
** He underwent another Face-Heel Turn in 2010 after attacking Hulk Hogan on the first Monday night edition of TNA Impact. It lasted for about ten months, and he only turned face because Hogan himself turned heel... (This appears to have been an Author's Saving Throw, since it is obvious The nWo going over Sting at ''Starrcade'' (1997). Wrestling/EricBischoff thought that Sting showed up untanned and out of shape. He was well aware it would kill Sting. If it hadn't been for {{Wrestling/Goldberg}} coming out of nowhere, the dip in business would have been more precipitous.
* DivergentCharacterEvolution: Before they split, he and Warrior were a pair of interchangeable big guys who evolved into a Road Warriors ripoff. After they broke up, they became two of the most distinct characters in wrestling, with very little in common except the facepaint.
* DramaticUnmask: On an episode of ''Impact'', Sting, wearing a cheap Sting mask, popped out and clobbered Wrestling/RobVanDam with a chair. The idea was to make him look like a fan until RVD got close enough for him to strike. The joke
is too unconvincing as that Sting's expression after removing the mask is indistinguishable from the mask itself.
* DynamicEntry: You never knew when might see him drop from the ceiling with
a heel.)bat and go crazy.
* EarlyInstallmentWeirdness: [[http://i.imgur.com/0afsoaM.jpg Just by looking at the two Stings together]], it's hard to believe it's the same person.
* EnemyMime: October 1996-January 1998: This is when Sting went silent. Didn't talk for about a year. WWE seemed to be going this route until he started cutting promos mid-March 2015.
* EnemyWithout: ''Halloween Havoc 2000''. Finally settling the question of "who is better, Surfer Sting or Crow Sting?", Sting was attacked by incarnations of his past selves who interfered in his match with Wrestling/JeffJarrett.
* EtTuBrute: Most of Sting's career was based around his friendships constantly turning on him, yet he insisted on trusting every person he came in contact with.
* EvilKnockoff:
** There was a significant build to Crow Sting, but it really started with "Fake Sting" getting the drop on wrestlers and then disappearing. It planted seeds of doubt in both the viewer and the wrestlers, before slowly letting the viewer in on the fact that it wasn't really Sting committing all these.
** Vampiro was a self-professed "antihero" to Sting. The pair continually tried to one-up each other with horror movie traps: blood buckets, Graveyard Matches, Human Torch matches, and burials.
* ExcusePlot: Sting spent the majority of 3 years fighting the nWo, then had ha long feud with Hogan spanning several promotions. Then Hulk does a run-in at [=WM32=] in the middle of Sting vs. HHH. There was so much about that match that didn't make sense (Wrestling/ShawnMichaels is heel now, member of Wrestling/TheKliq are fighting each other, the commentary was in a weird position having to agree with [[Wrestling/JohnBradshawLayfield JBL]], etc.) that viewers kind of had to roll with it. Wolfpac would have been more logical than the original nWo, but the original Wolfpac consisted of {{Wrestling/Konnan}}, Nash, Luger, and Macho Man--so the only one who could have shown up was Nash. If you need a {{kayfabe}} excuse, it's been 15+ years since that feud, let bygones be bygones, and the WCW guys were coming out to Sting against their WWE rivals.
* ExpositoryHairstyleChange: Sting with the Peter Gallagher hair. He stopped bleaching it in late 1995 and let it grow long over the next three years, coinciding with his switch to the Crow gimmick.



* FailureHero: Sadly invoked this often. Mixed with his GoodIsDumb moments, he ultimately couldn't depose the Wrestling/NewWorldOrder, [[Wrestling/{{TNA}} Team Dixie]], ''or'' [[spoiler:Wrestling/TheAuthority]] from their respective companies.
* FastRoping: It's STING.... in THE RAFTERS! Never fails to please.
* FightingFingerprint:
** Most fans knew the nWo Sting was an imposter in the [=WarGames=] match before the reveal. ("We want Sting!" chants could be heard while Farmer was in the match). Not only was Jeff Farmer noticeably larger than Steve Borden, but his movements were slower and more sluggish and his Stinger Splash was way off. Lampshaded by Tony Schiavone when the real Sting eventually did come out: "There's no questioning the elevation of those Stinger Splashes! ''That'' is Sting!"
** When Crow Sting first came out to destroy nWo Sting, the nWo didn't initially recognize him until he started doing most of his signature moves. After witnessing him go to work Wrestling/KevinNash admitted nWo Sting was a bogus impostor, even though it was already obvious at that point.
* FinishingMove: For most of his career, the [[PunnyName Scorpion Death Lock]] submission, which many people attribute as stealing from Wrestling/BretHart's Sharpshooter (Sting was doing it years before Bret did), but in fact can be attributed to Japanese wrestler Riki Choshu (it helped that the actual name Choshu used, "[[MeaningfulName Scorpion Lock]]", for looking like a scorpion upon execution, fit Sting's gimmick). In late '96, Sting would add the Scorpion Death Drop, an inverted DDT, to his moveset, which would become his primary finisher in his later years.
* FiveMovesOfDoom: As Crow Sting. NoSell opponent's offense, hulk up, beat chest, punch, backhand, punch, Irish whip into corner, Stinger Splash, Scorpion Deathlock.
* GameBreakingInjury:
** At ''Clash of the Champions X'', February 6, 1990, Ole and Wrestling/ArnAnderson returned to reform the Four Horsemen with Ric Flair and kick Sting out of the group. During the main event cage match between the Horsemen and J-Tex International (Wrestling/TheGreatMuta, [[Wrestling/BuzzSawyer "Mad Dog" Buzz Sawyer]] and Dragon Master [Kendo Nagasaki]), Sting tried to climb the cage to attack the Horsemen, and blew out his knee in the process. This put Sting on the shelf for months and forced Lex Luger to turn face in order to unsuccessfully challenge Flair at the next two [=PPV=]s, ''[=WrestleWar=] 90'' and ''Capital Combat''
* GoodIsDumb: The constant recipient to [[MassiveMultiplayerScam Massive Multiplayer Scams]] in WCW.
-->'''[[WebVideo/OSWReview Jay Hunter]]''': To be fair, I blame Sting. Himself and Flair have been feuding since '''1988''', and Flair has turned on Sting '''[[AesopAmnesia twice]]'''.\\
'''V1''': ''"But I swear, brah! I promise!"''\\
'''Jay''': Shame on you, Sting.
** Became a lot smarter to this in TNA, until [[DeadMansHand Bully Ray]] came along (though Ray had ''everyone'' fooled, and Sting ultimately reforms the Main Event Mafia upon realizing they're too much for him on his own).
* GreaterNeedThanMine:
** Wrestling/NikitaKoloff had returned to [=WCW=] at ''[=WrestleWar=] 91'' and attacked WCW United States Heavyweight Champion Lex Luger following his successful title defense against Wrestling/DanSpivey, [[DisproportionateRetribution/ProfessionalWrestling still angry about a loss to Luger from back in 1987]]. During the Sting/Luger-Steiner Brothers match at ''WCW [=SuperBrawl=]'', Koloff, who had squashed Tommy Rich earlier that night, ran down to the ring with his Russian chain around his arm to attack Luger. Sting pushed Luger out of the way and took the shot himself. Sting would feud with Koloff for the next few months until Koloff disappeared again, with Luger going on to win the WCW World Heavyweight Title at the disastrous ''WCW Great American Bash 91'' [=PPV=].
** During the [[GimmickMatches War Games]] between Sting's Squadron (Sting[=/=]Koloff[=/=]Wrestling/RickySteamboat[=/=][[Wrestling/{{Goldust}} Dustin Rhodes]][=/=]Wrestling/BarryWindham) and [[Wrestling/PaulHeyman the Dangerous Alliance]] (Wrestling/RickRude[=/=][[Wrestling/StoneColdSteveAustin "Stunning" Steve Austin]][=/=]Arn Anderson[=/=]Bobby Eaton[=/=]Larry Zbyszko) at ''WCW [=WrestleWar=] 92'', Koloff appeared to be arguing with Sting about something, but then pushed Sting out of the way and, to quote Wrestling/JimRoss, [[TakingTheBullet "took the bullet]] from Anderson and Austin" himself.
* GroinAttack: One of Sting's signature maneuvers involved a spot where he and his opponent were exhausted. Sting's opponent would fall in front of him, spread eagle, and Sting would fall forward delivering an "inadvertent" headbutt to the groin.
* GuileHero:
** Come the entry of Hulk Hogan into TNA, Sting was seen watching Hogan and Bischoff carefully up in the rafters on Day 1, which longtime fans instantly knew meant that Sting didn't trust them. A few weeks later, he finally made his move in the midst of the latest round of Hogan and Flair's feud at the time, assaulting Hogan with his bat even though that was technically the heel move. He spoke only in cryptic language and hints when later explaining his actions, knowing some of the fans would catch on, rather than shout what he knew/suspected from the rooftops and make himself look like the typical [[YoureJustJealous envious old-time bastard attacking the hot new toy in town]]. Not only did Hogan and Bischoff out themselves at BFG 10.10.10 as crooks, but '''EVERYONE''' Sting attacked over the last seven months leading up to it was either in on their conspiracy or being used. Sting's efforts ensured that the entire TNA roster would not be completely blindsided by the power grab and a line of resistance, however thin, would be there to stand against it when he and Wrestling/KevinNash walked, as both of their contracts were running out at the time. The dumbest man in wrestling certainly grew a brain in 2010.
** He came back in March (which seems to be a regular thing for him) of 2011 and defeated [[TheDragon Immortal's "champion"]], Jeff Hardy for the World Heavyweight title (and retained in an infamous squash which even he thought was disgraceful) thanks to some aid from an anonymous network representative which turned out to be Wrestling/MickFoley. Sting, his pal, and the face-turned Wrestling/{{Fortune}} basically foiled Immortal at every turn, despite Hogan's increasingly-hollow boasts that he now held full control of the company.
** Even Joker Sting was a work. After Mick was kayfabe fired and Sting got screwed out of the title, ObfuscatingInsanity followed suit. The night of his rematch with Mr. Anderson, for example, five guys dressed as circus clowns (actually Kurt Angle and four members of Fourtune) ran interference on Immortal to ensure a fair bout. The implication being that he ''saw the interference coming'' and perfectly planned for it to work to his advantage, luring Immortal's members into a trap and subduing them along with Anderson. Other highlights include pretending the Network put him in charge in order to get Immortal to go along with matches that were entirely out of their liking, including an Anderson vs. Angle steel cage match with Fortune at ringside, and working Ric Flair into practically handing him his path to Hogan so effectively it caused fans to wonder whether Flair was acting as a ReverseMole. Then there was the night he got Hogan to [[EngineeredPublicConfession snap in front of the audience]], which eventually led to Hogan's face turn as well as the end of any semblance of power for Immortal. For more details, see Awesome/{{TNA}}.
** In four months since taking power as General Manager, the salty, no-nonsense veteran who rightly accused Hulk Hogan of protecting his favorites and engaged him through practically-clairvoyant psychological warfare that lasted almost two years, has now been reduced to a borderline bureaucrat trying to screw Wrestling/BobbyRoode for not embracing the kind of wrestling style he favors—and failing badly at it. Every 'inescapable situation' he put Roode in would prove to be pretty damn escapable: in fact, Roode utterly played Sting at ''Against All Odds'' into ''helping'' him beat Jeff Hardy to keep the belt. This was later shown to be another swerve, with Sting playing the ineffectual obstructionist in order to get Hogan back in the chair as an honest face so he could get back to taking an active role in the ring.
* HeelFaceRevolvingDoor: Near the end of WCW, and during the Main Event Mafia's first run in TNA.
* HeelFaithTurn: After a battle with depression in the mid-90s caused Steve to turn to alcohol, pills and [[YourCheatingHeart other women]], he eventually became a Born-again Christian in August of 1998.
* {{Heroic|Mime}} SilentBob: Rarely spoke on-camera from October 1996-January 1998.
* IHaveTheHighGround: Became so famous for this in WCW that practically any wrestler standing on a high place sternly looking down at a group gathered below him will be said to be "pulling a Sting" in English media.
* InsultBackfire: [[Wrestling/BobbyRoode Robert Roode]] called him a lunatic repeatedly before an impromptu match with Bully Ray on 3/8/12. He considered it a compliment and repeatedly thanked Roode. Before Roode it was Karen Jarrett on 7/28/11 who called him crazy and promptly took a thank you when he intruded on Immortal's office meeting wearing a mismatching red suit. [[FridgeBrilliance It's a]] [[ComicBook/TheJoker Joker gimmick]].
* {{Keet}}: ''WCW Magazine'' ad explains why Sting’s so gullible. [[https://uproxx.files.wordpress.com/2015/01/sting-wcw-magazine.gif?w=650&h=494 HE HAS A CHILD'S BRAIN.]]
* LaResistance: "Dudes With Attitudes," his loose assemblage of faces fighting against the Four Horsemen in Summer 1990, comprised of himself, Lex Luger, the Steiner Brothers, the Wrestling/JunkyardDog, "Mr. Wonderful" Paul Orndorff and El Gigante. Crow Sting had the nWo Wolfpac and Main Event Mafia, which masqueraded as forces against the nWo Hollywood and Aces & Eights respectively.
* LaughingMad: As part of his mind games with Hogan in 2011. This includes laughing his head off as he's getting beat up. That ''really'' got under Hogan's skin, which was likely exactly what he had in mind.
* {{Leitmotif}}: CAW CAW CAW.... Vigilante Sting got an original theme tune for 'Mania 31, [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iWiZkxsEV8k "Out of the Shadows"]].

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* FailureHero: Sadly invoked this often. Mixed with his GoodIsDumb moments, he ultimately couldn't depose FastRoping: Sting rappelling to the Wrestling/NewWorldOrder, [[Wrestling/{{TNA}} Team Dixie]], ''or'' [[spoiler:Wrestling/TheAuthority]] ring from their respective companies.a helicopter. He pulled off a lot of insane stunts in those domes. WCW were doing everything and anything to win.
* FastRoping: It's STING.... in THE RAFTERS! Never fails FeelNoPain: Granted, being a professional doesn't necessarily increase your tolerance for receiving a baseball bat to please.
the face, but wrestlers who work a gimmick which is completely dependent on the character's superhuman threshold for pain tend to be pretty much capable of shrugging off any pain that would make lesser men break character (see: Undertaker, {{Wrestling/Kane}}, Wrestling/MickFoley).
* FightingFingerprint:
**
FightingFingerprint: Most fans knew the nWo Sting was an imposter in the [=WarGames=] match before the reveal. ("We want Sting!" chants could be heard while Farmer was in the match). Not only was Jeff Farmer noticeably larger than Steve Borden, but his movements were slower and more sluggish sluggish, and his Stinger Splash was way off.off. When the real Sting appeared, the nWo didn't recognize him until he started doing his signature moves. After witnessing him go to work, Nash admitted nWo Sting was a bogus impostor. Lampshaded by Tony Schiavone when the real Sting eventually did come out: "There's no questioning the elevation of those Stinger Splashes! ''That'' is Sting!"
** When Crow Sting first came out to destroy nWo Sting, the nWo didn't initially recognize him until he started doing most of his signature moves. After witnessing him go to work Wrestling/KevinNash admitted nWo Sting was a bogus impostor, even though it was already obvious at that point.
* FinishingMove: For most of his career, the [[PunnyName Scorpion Death Lock]] submission, which many Lock submission. Many people attribute it as stealing from a ripoff of Wrestling/BretHart's Sharpshooter (Sting Sharpshooter. Sting was doing it years before Bret did), did, but in fact can be attributed to Japanese wrestler Riki Choshu (it helped that the actual name Choshu used, "[[MeaningfulName Scorpion Lock]]", "Scorpion Lock", for looking like a scorpion upon execution, fit Sting's gimmick). In late '96, Sting would add the Scorpion Death Drop, which is an inverted DDT, to his moveset, which moveset. It would become his primary finisher in his later years.
* FiveMovesOfDoom: As Crow Sting. NoSell No-sell opponent's offense, hulk up, beat chest, punch, backhand, punch, Irish whip into corner, Stinger Splash, Scorpion Deathlock.
* GameBreakingInjury:
** At ''Clash of the Champions X'', February 6, 1990, Ole and Wrestling/ArnAnderson returned to reform the Four Horsemen with Ric Flair and kick
FleetingDemographicRule: Sting out of the group. During the main event cage match between the Horsemen was seen watching Hogan and J-Tex International (Wrestling/TheGreatMuta, [[Wrestling/BuzzSawyer "Mad Dog" Buzz Sawyer]] and Dragon Master [Kendo Nagasaki]), Sting tried to climb the cage to attack the Horsemen, and blew out his knee Bischoff carefully up in the process. This put rafters, which longtime fans instantly knew meant that Sting on the shelf for months didn't trust them. He spoke only in cryptic language, and forced Lex Luger to turn face in order to unsuccessfully challenge Flair at the next two [=PPV=]s, ''[=WrestleWar=] 90'' and ''Capital Combat''
* GoodIsDumb: The constant recipient to [[MassiveMultiplayerScam Massive Multiplayer Scams]] in WCW.
-->'''[[WebVideo/OSWReview Jay Hunter]]''': To be fair, I blame Sting. Himself and Flair have been feuding since '''1988''', and Flair has turned on Sting '''[[AesopAmnesia twice]]'''.\\
'''V1''': ''"But I swear, brah! I promise!"''\\
'''Jay''': Shame on you, Sting.
** Became a lot smarter to this in TNA, until [[DeadMansHand Bully Ray]] came along (though Ray had
''everyone'' fooled, and Sting ultimately reforms ambushed over the Main Event Mafia upon realizing they're too much for him next seven months was either in on their conspiracy or being used. This ensured a line of resistance, however thin, would be there to stop Hogan. TNA apparently thought this storyline had legs in 2003.
* ForHalloweenIAmGoingAsMyself: During
his own).
stint at TNA, he once hid underneath a mask to ambush RVD. What kind of mask? A Sting one.
* GreaterNeedThanMine:
ForeignRemake: Fake Sting (Jeff Farmer) was implausibly popular, lasting 3 years in WCW, off and on. Once his storyline wrapped, he was sent to [[Wrestling/NewJapanProWrestling NJPW]] to become part of their [=nWo=] Japan stable. He competed under the gimmick independently well into the early 2000's until his retirement.
* FriendlyEnemy:
** Wrestling/NikitaKoloff Sting had returned to [=WCW=] at ''[=WrestleWar=] 91'' and attacked WCW United States Heavyweight Champion the worst luck with friends. Lex Luger following his successful title defense against Wrestling/DanSpivey, [[DisproportionateRetribution/ProfessionalWrestling still angry about a loss and Ric Flair loved to Luger from back in 1987]]. During beat him up. Flair turning on him at ''Halloween Havoc'' '95 is a standout moment: they built up to Flair getting the Sting/Luger-Steiner Brothers match at ''WCW [=SuperBrawl=]'', Koloff, who had squashed Tommy Rich earlier that night, ran down hot tag forever, only for him to the ring with his Russian chain around his arm to attack Luger. instantly turn on Sting pushed Luger out (after a strut, of the way course).
** The Great Muta. They eventually teamed up in Hawaii Championship Wrestling.
** He came back to TNA in March (which seems to be a regular thing for him) of 2011
and took the shot himself. Sting would feud with Koloff defeated {{Wrestling/Immortal}}'s "champion", Jeff Hardy, for the next few months until Koloff disappeared again, with Luger going on to win the WCW World Heavyweight Title at the disastrous ''WCW Great American Bash 91'' [=PPV=].
** During the [[GimmickMatches War Games]] between Sting's Squadron (Sting[=/=]Koloff[=/=]Wrestling/RickySteamboat[=/=][[Wrestling/{{Goldust}} Dustin Rhodes]][=/=]Wrestling/BarryWindham) and [[Wrestling/PaulHeyman the Dangerous Alliance]] (Wrestling/RickRude[=/=][[Wrestling/StoneColdSteveAustin "Stunning" Steve Austin]][=/=]Arn Anderson[=/=]Bobby Eaton[=/=]Larry Zbyszko) at ''WCW [=WrestleWar=] 92'', Koloff appeared
title (which Sting later retained in an infamous {{squash match}}) thanks to some aid from an anonymous network representative, who turned out to be arguing with Mick Foley.
* GoodIsDumb:
** "The dumbest man in wrestling" gag didn't start to take off until 1990.
Sting about something, but then pushed had a tendency to always trust wrestlers, no matter how many times they stabbed him in the back. He also has a history of joining tag teams or stables full of vicious backstabbers when he really should have known better. Ric Flair is perhaps the king of screwing Sting out of over, but we've also seen it with Kevin Nash coaxing him into the way and, seemingly heroic nWo Wolfpac, only to quote Wrestling/JimRoss, [[TakingTheBullet "took lay down for Hogan after the bullet]] Fingerpoke of Doom. Never mind that Ric and the Four Horsemen love making his life hell, or that nWo was the entire reason he adopted the Crow/vigilante persona. Nah, I can trust those guys, he thought to himself before getting kicked in the head. The incident with the Aces & Eights was another example of Sting putting his faith in the wrong people (in this case Bully Ray). Hence the phrase, "Sting-level dumb." For instance, Wrestling/BeckyLynch had the misfortune of being the victim of a few heel turns (by her friends or tag team partners), so people equate her to Sting in that regard.
** The TNA years were a subversion of his "Dumbest Man in Wrestling" run
from Anderson the late '80s to mid '90s. His attitude strongly hinted he was turning heel, but it was actually for a good cause, and Austin" himself.
each time his plans came to fruition somehow.
* GoodIsNotNice: "Crow" Sting was good because it was an actual character change, not just a repaint. Along with being silent and brooding, he would do little dick moves, like how he left the stadium with only DDP in tow (see "Gunship Rescue"). Flair and Wrestling/RoddyPiper were still stuck down there and getting beaten up by nWo. Something which Surfer Sting, a naive babyface, would never sanction.
* GoshDangItToHeck: Sting never swore, even before he found Christianity. However, he does occasionally use profanities such as "crap", "piss" (as in pissed off) and "hell" (usually referring to the actual place).
* GroinAttack: One of Sting's signature maneuvers involved moves was a spot where he and his opponent were exhausted. Sting's opponent would fall in front of him, spread eagle, and Sting would fall forward forward, delivering an "inadvertent" inadvertent headbutt to the groin.
* GuileHero:
** Come
GunshipRescue: The context behind Page leaving via Sting's zipline. You had the entry of Hulk Hogan into TNA, usual nWo beatdown thing going on: DDP did a run-in but got overwhelmed. As the nWo surrounded him, Sting was seen watching Hogan and Bischoff carefully up in the rafters on Day 1, which longtime fans instantly knew meant that Sting didn't trust them. A few weeks later, he finally made his move in the midst of the latest round of Hogan and Flair's feud at the time, assaulting Hogan held everyone off with his a bat even though that while he rigged up the tandem cable between himself and Page. DDP was technically wearing a trench coat to hide the harness setup, something he never normally wore. That stunt may have been the riskiest one they ever tried. ([[http://imgur.com/ftTKtAj "Wrestling segments you could only do pre-Owen Hart"]])
* HazyFeelTurn:
** WCW tried turning him
heel move. He spoke only in cryptic language 1999, and hints when later explaining his actions, knowing some of the fans would catch on, rather than shout what he knew/suspected from kept cheering him. They also booed everyone who tried to "bring him to justice". After a month or two they just dropped the rooftops angle and make himself look like the typical [[YoureJustJealous envious old-time bastard attacking the hot new toy in town]]. Not only did Hogan and Bischoff out themselves at BFG 10.10.10 as crooks, but '''EVERYONE''' pretended it never happened.
** During his Main Event Mafia run,
Sting attacked over fan favorites Wrestling/SamoaJoe and AJ Styles, and even then only got mixed reactions. He did not participate in any MEM beatdowns and (for the last seven months leading most part) acted like a face.
** He underwent another turn in 2010 after attacking Hulk Hogan on the first Monday night edition of ''Impact''. It lasted for about ten months, and he only turned face because Hogan himself turned heel.
* HesBack: "'''All Hell has broken loose...AND HELL BROUGHT WITH HIM A BASEBALL BAT!'''" Sting finally returned to the ring in the run-up to ''Starrcade'' '97.
* HoistByHisOwnPetard:
** Wolfpac Sting fought Wrestling/BretHart, and wound
up getting beat up by his own bat. And [[https://streamable.com/jnhzg here's]] Wrestling/MissElizabeth destroying him with his own bat. ''Sting's own bat'' turned on him, dammit!
** Wrestling/KurtAngle later got hold of the bat and swung it him (the headshot with a bat almost ''never'' works in wrestling), only
to it was either in on their conspiracy or being used. accidentally crack Sting's efforts ensured skull open. In WCW, people got hit in the face in by a gimmick rubber bat. This one was real. After the blow lands, Kurt is [[http://i.imgur.com/KLelgZT.gifv so horrified]] that the entire TNA roster would not be completely blindsided by the power grab and he doesn't move for a line of resistance, however thin, would be there to stand against it solid five seconds. Then, when Sting gets the bat back, he turns around and Wrestling/KevinNash walked, as both has blood pouring from his forehead.
** How Sting lost to Wrestling/BobbyRoode at 2012's ''Victory Road''. A steel chair had been set up in the ring. Sting apparently forgot it was there, and went to give Roode the Scorpion Death Drop--with the chair right behind him! He ended up [[http://taimapedia.org/images/1/1c/Stinglol.gif smacking his head on the seat
of their contracts the chair]], knocking ''himself'' out and allowing Roode to pin him for the three.
* HurtingHero: In one episode, Sting accidentally hit Lex Luger with a splash, which made Luger further think he was turning traitor - and the nWo sold it. It wasn't a mystery ''why'' he starting changed after that. Sting was a good guy who was hurt because all of his friends didn't believe in him anymore.
* IAmSpartacus: On the October 13, 1997 episode of ''Nitro'', the [=nWo=]
were swarmed by people leaping into the ring with Sting masks. Finally, Sting himself, also in a Sting mask, entered the ring. Buff Bagwell punched him and Sting no-sold it, thus confirming it was the real guy. He gave Bagwell the Scorpion Deathdrop and unmasked himself, sending a panicked Hogan and the rest running out at the time. The dumbest man in wrestling certainly grew a brain in 2010.
** He came back in March (which seems to be a regular thing
for him) of 2011 and defeated [[TheDragon Immortal's "champion"]], Jeff Hardy for the World Heavyweight title (and retained in an infamous squash which even he thought was disgraceful) thanks to some aid from an anonymous network representative which turned out to be Wrestling/MickFoley. Sting, his pal, and the face-turned Wrestling/{{Fortune}} basically foiled Immortal at every turn, despite Hogan's increasingly-hollow boasts that he now held full control of the company.
** Even
their lives.
* IShallTauntYou:
Joker Sting was a work. After Mick was kayfabe fired and Sting disrespected Hogan in front of Ric Flair. Flair got screwed out of angry enough to call the title, ObfuscatingInsanity followed suit. The night of his rematch with Mr. Anderson, for example, five guys dressed as circus clowns (actually Kurt Angle and four members of Fourtune) ran interference on Immortal to ensure a fair bout. The implication being that he ''saw match between the interference coming'' and perfectly planned for it to work to his advantage, luring Immortal's members into a trap and subduing two of them along with Anderson. back on after Hogan convinced Flair not to. Other highlights include included pretending the Network that TNA put him in charge in order to get charge, then tricking Immortal to go into going along with matches that were entirely out of their liking, including an put them at a complete disadvantage (like the Anderson vs. Angle steel cage match with Fortune at ringside, ringside), and working Ric Flair into practically handing him his path to Hogan so effectively it caused fans to wonder whether Flair was acting as a ReverseMole. Then there was the night he got Hogan to coaxed a [[EngineeredPublicConfession snap confession]] out Hogan in front of the audience]], which eventually led to Hogan's face turn as well as the end of any semblance of power for Immortal.audience. For more details, see Awesome/{{TNA}}.
** In four months since taking power as General Manager, the salty, no-nonsense veteran who rightly accused Hulk Hogan of protecting his favorites and engaged him through practically-clairvoyant psychological warfare that lasted almost two years, has now been reduced to a borderline bureaucrat trying to screw Wrestling/BobbyRoode for not embracing the kind of wrestling style he favors—and failing badly at it. Every 'inescapable situation' he put Roode in would prove to be pretty damn escapable: in fact, Roode utterly played Sting at ''Against All Odds'' into ''helping'' him beat Jeff Hardy to keep the belt. This was later shown to be another swerve, with Sting playing the ineffectual obstructionist in order to get Hogan back in the chair as an honest face so he could get back to taking an active role in the ring.
* HeelFaceRevolvingDoor: Near the end of WCW, and during the Main Event Mafia's first run in TNA.
* HeelFaithTurn: After a battle with depression in the mid-90s caused Steve to turn to alcohol, pills and [[YourCheatingHeart other women]], he eventually became a Born-again Christian in August of 1998.
* {{Heroic|Mime}} SilentBob: Rarely spoke on-camera from October 1996-January 1998.
* IHaveTheHighGround: Became so famous for this in WCW that practically any wrestler standing on a high place sternly looking down at a group gathered below him will be said to be "pulling a Sting" in English media.
* InsultBackfire: [[Wrestling/BobbyRoode Robert Roode]] Roode called him a lunatic repeatedly before an impromptu match with Bully Ray on 3/8/12. March 8, 2012 ''Impact''. He considered it a compliment and repeatedly thanked Roode. Roode each time. Before Roode Roode, it was Karen Jarrett on 7/28/11 Jarrett, who called him crazy and promptly took received a thank you "thank you" when he intruded on Immortal's office an meeting wearing a mismatching in his mismatched red suit. [[FridgeBrilliance It's a]] [[ComicBook/TheJoker Joker gimmick]].
suit.
* {{Keet}}: This ad for ''WCW Magazine'' ad explains explained why Sting’s Sting is so gullible. [[https://uproxx.'''[[https://uproxx.files.wordpress.com/2015/01/sting-wcw-magazine.gif?w=650&h=494 HE HAS A CHILD'S BRAIN.]]
* LaResistance: "Dudes With Attitudes," his loose assemblage of faces fighting against the Four Horsemen in Summer 1990, comprised of himself, Lex Luger, the Steiner Brothers, the Wrestling/JunkyardDog, "Mr. Wonderful" Paul Orndorff and El Gigante. Crow Sting had the nWo Wolfpac and Main Event Mafia, which masqueraded as forces against the nWo Hollywood and Aces & Eights respectively.
]]'''
* LaughingMad: As part of his mind games with Hogan in 2011. This includes In 2011. The fact that he's laughing his head off as ''as he's getting beat up. That ''really'' got up'' is what finally gets under Hogan's skin, which was likely exactly what he had in mind.
skin.
* {{Leitmotif}}: CAW CAW CAW.... Vigilante Sting got an original theme tune for 'Mania 31, [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iWiZkxsEV8k "Out of the Shadows"]].



* LooksLikeCesare: "Crow" Sting.
* MalevolentMaskedMen: As revenge for being imitated, Sting later hired ''his own'' body doubles to play mind games on the nWo. He did it again when the group reformed as Immortal. In fact, just the sight of a stagehand wearing a trench coat was enough the give commentators the heebie-jeebies.
* MeaninglessMeaningfulWords: ''"What does it feel like to die? I believe it’s a choice. See, you can choose darkness and finality, gnashing of teeth. Or you can choose life."''
-->'''''Website/{{WrestleCrap}}''''': Just so I have this straight…for Sting, dying feels like a choice, wherein one of the choices [[TheProblemWithFightingDeath is in fact to live.]]
* MonsterClown: Played with as part of his "Joker" gimmick, but he's still basically a good guy.
* MysteriousWatcher: Sometimes it seems like Steve does more of this than actual wrestling, though that's probably not really the case.
* NamesToRunAwayFromReallyFast: His name evokes the scorpion, whose nasty telson on its rear has enough venom to kill most small animals.
* NiceGuy: Surfer Sting fit the bill (until he was properly enraged). Steve Borden in real life is notable for being one of the few legends in wrestling that no one had any backstage heat with. Even the most bitter and jaded wrestling personalities have nothing but good things to say about him.
* NoSell: He's no sold strikes from ''Wrestling/SamoaJoe'', during Joe's [[WildSamoan Nation of Violence]] phase no less! He's no sold a baseball bat to the face from Kurt Angle (Sting tried to catch it but missed). Well Sting didn't sell the bat but it did bust him open.
* ObfuscatingInsanity: Has done this in 2011, acting like the version of ComicBook/TheJoker from ''Film/TheDarkKnight'' and generally pretending to be totally crazy to get under Hulk Hogan and Immortal's skin. And then he channelled this persona again to attack Wrestling/BobbyRoode.
* OddFriendship: With Lex Luger. And Wrestling/UltimateWarrior, at least for a while.
* OffscreenMomentOfAwesome: His hyped up Puerto Rican debut at WWC Aniversario 2013 ended up being a dark match.
* OffscreenTeleportation: Beginning with his nWo feud.
* OlderHeroVersusYoungerVillain: He feud against Wrestler/TripleH and Wrestler/SethRollins.
* OlderThanTheyLook: Borden was 37 when he transitioned to Crow Sting, 47 when he started full time in TNA, and 55 when he debuted in WWE. In all instances, he looked at least 5 years younger. (The face paint does hide most of the wrinkles). He's starting to look his age now that his hairline's receding.
* OneMarioLimit: Averted as the [[Music/{{Sting}} musician]] shares that name as well. Though it's a Two-Mario Limit in this case.

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* LooksLikeCesare: "Crow" Sting.
* MalevolentMaskedMen: As revenge for being imitated,
MalevolentMaskedMen:
** "Fake Sting" taking off his mask to reveal that he's the real
Sting later hired ''his own'' body doubles to play mind games on the nWo. He isn't something new. However, when he did it again when in WCW at least he [[http://i.imgur.com/P9BuDU4.gif wore a wig]] along with the group reformed as Immortal. In fact, just mask, and in WCW, seeing a flock of Stings in the sight crowd wasn't unusual.
** The night
of his rematch with Mr. Anderson, five guys dressed as circus clowns (actually Kurt Angle and members of {{Wrestling/Fortune}}) ran interference on Immortal to ensure a stagehand wearing a trench coat was enough the give commentators the heebie-jeebies.
fair bout.
* MeaninglessMeaningfulWords: From the "Last Rites" Match at ''Destination X'' 2007: ''"What does it feel like to die? I believe it’s a choice. See, you can choose darkness and finality, gnashing of teeth. Or you can choose life."''
-->'''''Website/{{WrestleCrap}}''''': Just so I have this straight…for Sting, dying feels like a choice, wherein one of the choices [[TheProblemWithFightingDeath is in fact to live.]]
* MonsterClown: Played with as part of his "Joker" gimmick, but he's still basically a good guy.
live.
* MysteriousWatcher: Sometimes it seems like Steve does Simply put, the less he spoke and the less he wrestled, the more of over he got. He became so famous for this than actual wrestling, though that's probably not really the case.
* NamesToRunAwayFromReallyFast: His name evokes the scorpion, whose nasty telson on its rear has enough venom to kill most small animals.
* NiceGuy: Surfer Sting fit the bill (until he was properly enraged). Steve Borden
in real life is notable for being one of the few legends in wrestling WCW that no one had practically any backstage heat with. Even the most bitter and jaded wrestling personalities have nothing but good things wrestler standing on a high place sternly looking down at a group gathered below him will be said to say about him.
be "pulling a Sting" in English media.
* NoSell: NoSell:
**
He's no sold strikes from ''Wrestling/SamoaJoe'', during Joe's [[WildSamoan Nation of Violence]] phase no less! less!
**
He's no sold a baseball bat to the face from Kurt Angle (Sting tried to catch it but missed). Well Well, Sting didn't sell the bat but it did bust him open.
** One of the few men to successfully ''counter'' the [[Wrestling/StephanieMcMahon Steph]]-Slap, truly a HOF-worthy achievement.
* ObfuscatingInsanity: Has done this in 2011, acting like the version of ComicBook/TheJoker from ''Film/TheDarkKnight'' and generally pretending to be totally crazy to get under Hulk Hogan and Immortal's skin. And then he channelled channeled this persona again to attack Wrestling/BobbyRoode.
* OddFriendship: With Lex Luger. And Wrestling/UltimateWarrior, at least ObfuscatingStupidity: In the four months after becoming TNA's General Manager, Sting turned into a petty bureaucrat who kept pushing Roode for a while.
* OffscreenMomentOfAwesome: His hyped up Puerto Rican debut
his unorthodox wrestling style—and failing badly at WWC Aniversario 2013 ended up being a dark match.
* OffscreenTeleportation: Beginning
it. Every inescapable situation he put Roode in would prove to be pretty damn escapable: Roode even tricked Sting at ''Against All Odds'' into helping him beat Jeff Hardy to keep the belt. This was later shown to be another fake-out, with his nWo feud.
* OlderHeroVersusYoungerVillain: He feud against Wrestler/TripleH and Wrestler/SethRollins.
Sting playing the ineffectual GM in order to get Hogan back in the GM chair (so Sting could get back to wrestling).
* OlderThanTheyLook: Borden was 37 when he transitioned to Crow Sting, 47 when he started full time in TNA, and 55 when he debuted in WWE. In all instances, he looked at least 5 years younger. (The face paint does hide most of the wrinkles). He's The facepaint was a exfoliating mask all along. (He's starting to look his age now that his hairline's receding.
receding.)
* OneMarioLimit: Averted as PaintItBlack: WCW sort of gave the [[Music/{{Sting}} musician]] shares that name as well. Though it's a Two-Mario Limit in game away when Sting stopped dying his hair. Then he started growing it out, and you had this case.happy go lucky surfer guy who was betrayed by his friends turn into a brooding, otherworldly character.



* PerkyGoth: "Crow" Sting.

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* PerkyGoth: "Crow" Sting.PerkyGoth: Wolfpac Sting was a throwback to the cocky, early-90s peroxide Sting. Then his post-Wolfpac Crow persona carried that over as well. This became increasingly apparent in late-era WCW. In late 1999, Lex Luger was using a can of mace as a weapon. During the Sting-Luger match at ''WCW [=Starrcade=] 99'', Luger's valet Wrestling/MissElizabeth tried to interfere by spraying the mace -- but it turned out to be filled with Silly String.



** The Four Horsemen (briefly, at the end of 1989-beginning of 1990, when Flair and the Andersons [Arn and Ole] kicked him out at ''Clash of the Champions X.'')
** The [=nWo=] Wolfpac

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** The Four Horsemen (briefly, Horsemen: Briefly, at the end of 1989-beginning of 1990, when Flair and the Andersons [Arn and Ole] kicked him out at ''Clash of the Champions X.'')
''
** Dudes With Attitudes, his loose assemblage of faces fighting against the Four Horsemen in Summer 1990, comprised of himself, Lex Luger, the Steiner Brothers, the Wrestling/JunkyardDog, "Mr. Wonderful" Paul Orndorff and El Gigante.
** Sting's Squadron: Sting, Koloff, Wrestling/RickySteamboat, [[Wrestling/{{Goldust}} Dustin Rhodes]], and Wrestling/BarryWindham. Their opponents were
The [=nWo=] WolfpacDangerous Alliance, consisting of Wrestling/RickRude, "Stunning" Steve Austin, Arn Anderson, Bobby Eaton, Larry Zbyszko, and managed by Wrestling/PaulHeyman.
** Crow Sting had the nWo Wolfpac and the Main Event Mafia: Controlled opposition against the nWo and Aces & Eights, respectively.



** The Main Event Mafia
* PrecisionFStrike: Sting [[GoshDangItToHeck never curses]]. Even before turning to Christianity, he never cursed on TV. However he does occasionally use semi-profanities such as "crap", "piss" (as in pissed off) and "hell" (usually referring to the actual place).
* RealMenWearPink: Wore pink tights several times as surfer Sting.



** Music/{{Metallica}}'s "Seek and Destroy" in WCW from 1999-2001.

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** Music/{{Metallica}}'s "Seek and Destroy" in WCW from 1999-2001. Fun fact, this version of Seek and Destroy is from their Woodstock '99 performance. WCW released an album in 1999, including this version of Metallica's "Seek and Destroy", the Filthy Animals' theme, Hogan's "American Made" theme, and Crush 'Em, which was {{Music/Megadeth}}'s contribution and later became Goldberg's theme.



* RedOniBlueOni: The Blue to [[Wrestling/UltimateWarrior Warrior's]] Red.
* RedemptionDemotion: During a HeelFaceTurn. Subverted when TNA's final attempt to turn him heel failed. Sting kept what he had during the previous Heel run and actually got even tougher.
* ReligiousBruiser: Borden is Christian and mentor who's busy coaching his troubled friend, Wrestling/LexLuger, back into the light. He also starred in the low-budget 2004 {{biopic}} ''Sting: Moment of Truth'', an unintentional comedy classic about his path to becoming a Born-again Christian, rather than his wrestling career. It also omits all graphic content from Sting's life -- including the [[TakeOurWordForIT supposedly bad stuff]] that led to his conversion.
* RingOldies: Retired at 56.
* SecretTestOfCharacter: His routine of pointing a bat directly under his opponent's chin. Even Hunter sold it as though [[BringMyBrownPants he'd stuck a sawed-off shotgun in his face]].
* ShoutOut: Worked in traits of ''Film/TheDarkKnight'' version of ComicBook/TheJoker into his character in 2011, including face paint and having a LaughingMad mentality.

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* RedOniBlueOni: The Blue to [[Wrestling/UltimateWarrior Warrior's]] Red.
* RedemptionDemotion: During a HeelFaceTurn. Subverted when TNA's final attempt to turn him heel failed. Sting kept what he had during the previous Heel run and actually got even tougher.
Warrior's Red.
* ReligiousBruiser: Borden is Not a lot of people know that Sting had a Christian and mentor who's busy coaching his troubled friend, Wrestling/LexLuger, back into the light. He also starred rap/rock entrance while in the low-budget 2004 {{biopic}} ''Sting: Moment of Truth'', an unintentional comedy classic about his path to becoming a Born-again Christian, rather than his wrestling career. It also omits all graphic content from Sting's life -- including the [[TakeOurWordForIT supposedly bad stuff]] that led to his conversion.
TNA.
* RingOldies: Retired To put this in perspective, he's 6 years older than The Undertaker, the longest serving member of the WWE (who would retire the year after Steve did). Taker was with WWE all the way from 1990 until the present day. Sting was with NWA[=/=]WCW from beginning to end.
** '''NWA''': Working as a professional wrestler since 1985, he was recruited by a talent scout named Rick Bassman to train with three other wrestlers known as Power Team USA. Then known as [[Franchise/FlashGordon Flash Borden,]] he and fellow Power Team member Jim "Justice" Helwig (who later became the Ultimate Warrior) were called up by Jerry Jarrett (father of Jeff) and joined the Continental Wrestling Association as the "Freedom Fighters". The two later joined Bill Watts' Universal Wrestling Federation in 1986 as the "Blade Runners"; Borden and Justice renamed themselves Sting & Rock respectively.
** '''WCW''':The majority of Sting's career saw him working in dub-see-dub from 1987 (back when it was still known as Jim Crockett Promotions) until the company's demise in 2001, where he became the company's biggest star during the nineties. Starting out as a bleached blonde [[{{surfer dude}} surfer bum]] type, he later transitioned into the Brandon Lee-inspired look which (apart from an ill-conceived Joker costume in 2011) he's retained to this very day. He even wrestled in its last match, defeating his friend and fellow veteran Ric Flair.
** '''TNA''': Prior to 2014, Sting had never worked for Wrestling/{{WWE}} in any capacity since WCW's demise. Choosing instead to have control over his career and his gimmick, Sting worked the independent circuit until around 2006, when he became an on-again/off-again member of the Wrestling/{{TNA}} roster, with multiple title reigns. Sting's run in TNA will probably go overlooked, but Sting vs. Styles was a well-received match, and it was roughly 20 years after Sting's physical prime.
** '''WWE''': He left [=TNA=] in early 2014, taking several months off until April, appearing on a WWE special following the death of his good friend and former tag team partner Warrior. He has since appeared in other retrospectives on Warrior's legacy, sparking rumors (correct, as it turned out) that he was in talks to perform on [=WWE=] television. On the July 14, 2014 episode of ''Raw'', Sting appeared in a spot for the ''[[VideoGame/WWEVideoGames WWE 2K15]]'' video game as a pre-order bonus character. Sting made his official WWE debut
at 56.
Wrestling/SurvivorSeries 2014 attacking Wrestling/TheAuthority and ruining their match against Team Cena.
* SecretTestOfCharacter: TheRival
** Ric Flair, from the first ''Nitro'' to the last and even at ''Clash'' I.. Sting didn't draw in 1990, because he was stuck in a below-average feud with the Black Scorpion. He didn't have a strong heel to work with other than Flair. In wrestling, you need strong heels in order for the babyface to draw money.
** Rick Rude. There was legit heat between these two; Bischoff, along with Flair, tells the story of Rude aggressively campaigning for the top spot in WCW . (At one point, Bischoff needed to retrieve the belt from Rude. Rude was mostly silent, walked Bischoff out to his car and opened the trunk. Inside was a gun sitting prominently next to the belt.) But some of his best in-ring work was his matches against Sting. It ended when Rude bumped the edge of the raised platform after being dived by Sting from the ring and tore two vertebrae--terrible set design on WCW's part. To Rude's credit, it happens early on, and he easily wrestled 10 more minutes to finish the match.
** Cactus Jack: ''Beach Blast'' 1992. Just be ready to cringe at some of the bumps Foley takes. Also, if you want to see something so horribly bad it's good, Sting and Foley were on opposite sides of something called the "Chamber of Horrors" at ''Halloween Havoc'' '91.
** Vader basically killed Sting for a living at one point.
** [[Wresting/SidEudy Sid Vicious]]: Vader/Sid once tried to kill Sting on national TV [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aPgf42OlDzU with a bomb on a boat]] at a kids' party. These two were also involved in a legendary promo, "The Shockmaster", which consisted of Davey, Sting, Sid etc. all shouting nonsense over each other.
** Wrestling/{{Meng}}: Most notably the Sting/Meng match from 1995.
** The crow and the New World Order go hand-in-hand, really. Hogan became Hollywood the instant he dropped the leg on Savage at ''Bash at the Beach'' in '96, but the nWo had to have a rival who was credible, and Sting was the only one charismatic enough to be that in WCW; but they needed him to change, so they did it over a long period of time only giving you glimpses of him, and by the time he returned to action, he was a new character, the Deadman of WCW.
** He isn't too fond of Wrestling/TripleH for helping to kill WCW, although so far, we have only WWE's revisionist history to back this up. Sting's beef seems to be with Heel Bosses in general. JJ Dillion, the WCW Commissioner, kept trying to sign him to matches vs the nWo and Sting kept declining before finally pointing to a "Hogan" sign, setting up ''Starrcade'' '97. Sting did the same thing at ''Road to [=WrestleMania=]'' by staring at Hunter and pointing at the huge ''[=WrestleMania=]'' sign.
* SecretTestOfCharacter:
** The bat "trust test". He tested multiple WCW members to attack him with it while his back was turned.
**
His routine of pointing a bat directly under his opponent's chin. Even Hunter sold it as though [[BringMyBrownPants he'd stuck a sawed-off shotgun in his face]].
* ShoutOut: Worked in traits of ''Film/TheDarkKnight'' version of ComicBook/TheJoker into his character in 2011, including face paint and having a LaughingMad mentality.
face.



* SlutShaming: Karen Angle tried to convince Sting to become Kurt Angle's tag team partner, playing to his utilitarian side and the difference they could make [[ThinkOfTheChildren for children]]. Sting ended up teaming with Angle to become tag team champion in the long run but at the offer he told her to change her dress if she really cared about children.
* SpotTheImposter:
** On live television, Scott Hall tacitly suggested that Borden is a nobody without the makeup-- which was evident when his cronies duped the WCW faction with Fake Sting; proving that, when it comes to wrestling gimmicks, the whole is sometimes greater than the sum of its parts. Since that time, Sting has been involved in angles surrounding imposters or clones trying to replace him (known as "nWo Sting" or "Fake Sting").
** ''Halloween Havoc 2000''. Finally settling the question of "who is better, Surfer Sting or Crow Sting?", Sting was attacked by [[EnemyWithout incarnations of his past selves]] that kept interfering with his match with Jarrett.
** On ''iMPACT'', Sting, [[PaperThinDisguise cunningly hidden under a cheap Sting mask]], popped out and clobbered Wrestling/RobVanDam with a chair. The idea was to make him look like a fan until RVD got close enough for him to strike. Ever since his WCW days, he's been waiting to one-up Fake Sting -- thus giving us Fake Real Sting.
* StealthHiBye: He can cut the lights somehow, warp from the cheap seats to the center of the ring, and also summon clones of himself. He has not yet found a way to [[SoMuchForStealth stop Metallica from blasting]] when he appears, however.
* StupidGood:
** Sting was welcomed into the Four Horsemen, only to be turned on and kicked out of the group by Wrestling/RicFlair. And this happened ''twice''. In fact, Sting has for most of his career pretty much embodied StupidGood, almost always trusting the people who were setting him up. Surprisingly, TNA gradually went from subverting this a lot to completely averting it.
** May have started going right backwards again, though, with his angle with Wrestling/BobbyRoode since becoming the Impact Wrestling GM.
** Then he led TNA in declaring a man champion in the fight against Aces & Eights [[MoleInCharge who turned out to be their leader]]. Though Ray had ''everyone'' fooled, and Sting ultimately has the bright idea to reform the Main Event Mafia to take on Aces & Eights.
* SuspiciouslySimilarSubstitute: [=nWo=] "Sting" played by Jeff Farmer. Used at first to make people doubt Sting's loyalties and then sent over to New Japan (where he was quite popular) to be part of their [=nWo=]. Farmer's bogus Sting was quite long-lived, lasting 3 years in WCW, off and on. He even competed under the gimmick independently well into the early 2000's until his retirement.

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* SlutShaming: Karen Angle tried SpotTheImposter: In the month-long build to convince Fall Brawl 1996, nWo Sting to become Kurt Angle's tag team partner, playing to his utilitarian side and the difference they could make [[ThinkOfTheChildren for children]]. Sting ended up teaming with Angle to become tag team champion attacked Luger in a dark parking lot in the long run but at the offer he told her to change her dress if she really cared about children.
* SpotTheImposter:
** On live television, Scott Hall tacitly suggested that Borden is
middle of a nobody without the makeup-- which rainstorm. From then on, it was evident when his cronies duped people accusing Sting and him denying it. This is separate from the WCW faction with Fake Sting; proving that, when it comes to wrestling gimmicks, the whole is sometimes greater than the sum of its parts. Since that time, Sting has been involved in angles surrounding imposters or clones trying to replace him (known as "nWo Sting" or "Fake Sting").
** ''Halloween Havoc 2000''. Finally settling the question of "who is better, Surfer Sting or Crow Sting?",
guys not knowing if Sting was attacked by [[EnemyWithout incarnations of on their side. After their '96 betrayal and his past selves]] that kept interfering with his match with Jarrett.
** On ''iMPACT'', Sting, [[PaperThinDisguise cunningly hidden under
free agency declaration, it was unclear if he was going to return as nWo or WCW. The nWo marched out a cheap number of men (notably Nash) in Sting mask]], popped out and clobbered Wrestling/RobVanDam with a chair. The idea masks to cause chaos at different times in 1997, but the ruse was to make him look like always clear after a fan until RVD got close enough for him to strike. Ever since his WCW days, he's been waiting to one-up Fake Sting -- thus giving us Fake Real Sting.
few minutes.
* StealthHiBye: Beginning with the nWo feud. He can cut the lights somehow, warp from the cheap seats to the center of the ring, and also summon clones of himself. He has not yet found a way to [[SoMuchForStealth stop Metallica from blasting]] when he appears, however.
* StupidGood:
** Sting was welcomed into the Four Horsemen, only to be turned on and kicked out of the group by Wrestling/RicFlair. And this happened ''twice''. In fact, Sting has for most of his career pretty much embodied StupidGood, almost always trusting the people who were setting him up. Surprisingly, TNA gradually went from subverting this a lot to completely averting it.
** May have started going right backwards again, though, with his angle with Wrestling/BobbyRoode since becoming the Impact Wrestling GM.
** Then he led TNA in declaring a man champion in the fight against Aces & Eights [[MoleInCharge who turned out to be their leader]]. Though Ray had ''everyone'' fooled, and Sting ultimately has the bright idea to reform the Main Event Mafia to take on Aces & Eights.
* SuspiciouslySimilarSubstitute: [=nWo=] "Sting" played by Jeff Farmer. Used at first to make people doubt Sting's loyalties and then sent over to New Japan (where he was quite popular) to be part of their [=nWo=]. Farmer's bogus Sting was quite long-lived, lasting 3 years in WCW, off and on. He even competed under the gimmick independently well into the early 2000's until his retirement.
himself.



** The Freedom Fighters/The Blade Runners, as Flash, w[=/=]Rock (Wrestling/UltimateWarrior)
** with Lex Luger.

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** The Freedom Fighters/The Blade Runners, as Flash, w[=/=]Rock (Wrestling/UltimateWarrior)
(Warrior)
** with With Lex Luger.



* TheRival: Wrestling/TheGreatMuta in The Wrestling/NationalWrestlingAlliance and WCW. Teamed up in Hawai'i Championship Wrestling.
* ThreateningShark: Compared himself to one in his promo before his match with Flair[[note]]It was a "unification" match designed to kill off the [[http://www.wrestling-titles.com/wcw/wcw-in-h.html "WCW International" World Heavyweight Title]] by combining it with Flair's regular WCW World Heavyweight Title in order to set up Flair dropping it to the debuting Hulk Hogan in July at ''WCW Bash at the Beach.''[[/note]] at ''WCW Clash of the Champions XXVII.'':
-->'''STING''': "I am an 18-foot great white shark (imitates shark sounds) and I'm hungry!"
* TookALevelInDumbass:
** Sting is renowned as the "dumbest man in wrestling" for the sheer amount of times he's allowed himself to be duped and betrayed over the years, infamously trusting the Four Horsemen ''[[AesopAmnesia twice]]''.
-->'''[[http://uproxx.com/prowrestling/2015/01/the-best-and-worst-of-wcw-clash-of-the-champions-xxxii/3/ Brandon Stroud]]''': Sting will goofily wander into situations like opening [[SchmuckBait man-sized birthday presents]] and NOT expecting someone to burst out of one and attack him, or being replaced by [[{{Frameup}} evil doppelgängers]], or being haunted by Ric Flair doing show magic [[PaperThinDisguise in a mask with a voice changer]], but he’ll come out stronger on the other side. He derps into situations, but is blessed enough to derp out of them.
** Things began to change in the middle of his career with TNA, as he began making moves which were seen as Heel Turns but were actually part of a LongGame for good causes, and each time his plans came to fruition somehow. See BigGood and GuileHero for further analysis. Safe to say, he's no longer the idiot from WCW, and any evidence of Sting's "stupidity" should be treated with extreme caution.
* VerbalTic: Has a tendency to repeatedly say the name of the person he's talking to in promos.
* VocalDissonance: Once Crow Sting started speaking again, his medium-pitched voice and California accent clashed with his ghostly appearance.
* TheVoiceless: For over a year, when he went into Crow mode. WWE seemed to be going this route until he started cutting promos mid-March 2015.
* WhiteMaskOfDoom: Sting's trademark appearance since 1996.
* WouldHitAGirl: He has Stinger Splashed women before. Wrestling/MissElizabeth (by accident), Wrestling/{{Madusa}} and [[Wrestling/MollyHolly Miss Madness]] are examples.

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* TheRival: Wrestling/TheGreatMuta in The Wrestling/NationalWrestlingAlliance TakingTheBullet: Wrestling/NikitaKoloff returned to [=WCW=] at ''[=WrestleWar=]'' '91' and WCW. Teamed up in Hawai'i Championship Wrestling.
* ThreateningShark: Compared himself to one in his promo before his match with Flair[[note]]It was a "unification" match designed to kill off
attacked the [[http://www.wrestling-titles.com/wcw/wcw-in-h.html "WCW International" World Heavyweight Title]] by combining it with Flair's regular WCW World Heavyweight Title in order to set up Flair dropping it U.S. Champion, Lex Luger. Koloff, who had squashed Tommy Rich earlier that night, ran down to the debuting Hulk Hogan in July at ''WCW Bash at the Beach.''[[/note]] at ''WCW Clash ring with his Russian chain around his arm to attack Luger. Sting pushed Luger out of the Champions XXVII.'':
-->'''STING''': "I am an 18-foot great white shark (imitates shark sounds)
way and I'm hungry!"
* TookALevelInDumbass:
**
took the shot himself. Sting is renowned as the "dumbest man in wrestling" would feud with Koloff for the sheer amount of times he's allowed himself next few months. Later, during the [=WarGames=] match between him and Sting's Squadron in '92, Koloff appeared to be duped and betrayed over the years, infamously trusting the Four Horsemen ''[[AesopAmnesia twice]]''.
-->'''[[http://uproxx.com/prowrestling/2015/01/the-best-and-worst-of-wcw-clash-of-the-champions-xxxii/3/ Brandon Stroud]]''':
arguing with Sting will goofily wander into situations like opening [[SchmuckBait man-sized birthday presents]] and NOT expecting someone to burst about something, but then pushed Sting out of one the way and, to quote Wrestling/JimRoss, "took the bullet from Anderson and Austin" himself.
* TranquilFury: The nWo was claiming Sting was with them, even to the point of having "Sting" run out in nWo gear
and attack him, or being replaced by [[{{Frameup}} evil doppelgängers]], or being haunted by Ric Flair doing show magic [[PaperThinDisguise in a mask with a voice changer]], but he’ll come Luger and Savage. One week, Luger called Sting out stronger on the other side. He derps to confront him about it all and just ripped into situations, him. Sting didn't say a word but is blessed enough to derp spoke through his actions later that night by beating the piss out of them.the nWo.
* UnwittingPawn:
** Things began to change in The Wolfpac looked like it would be the middle of his career with TNA, as he began making moves which were seen as Heel Turns but were actually part of a LongGame for good causes, and each time his plans came to fruition somehow. See BigGood and GuileHero for further analysis. Safe to say, he's no longer thing that finally ended the idiot from WCW, and any evidence nWo. Instead, was all a ruse to keep the belt on Hogan. Sting must have felt so betrayed. Again.
** He then led the fight against Aces & Eights... whose leader turned out to be Bully Ray, one
of Sting's "stupidity" should be treated with extreme caution.
lieutenants. Bully may have had ''everyone'' fooled, but Sting had the bright idea to reform the Main Event Mafia to take out Aces & Eights, rather than to serve Kurt Angle's maniacal ambition.
* VerbalTic: Has Sting has a tendency to repeatedly say the name of the person he's talking to in promos.
* VocalDissonance: Once Crow Sting started speaking again, his medium-pitched voice and starting to talk again was actually a big deal. His California accent clashed with his ghostly appearance.
* TheVoiceless: For over a year,
can be quite prominent when he went into Crow mode. WWE seemed to be going this route until he started cutting promos mid-March 2015.
speaks, and it did not fit his brooding look and personality.
* WhiteMaskOfDoom: Sting's trademark appearance since 1996.
[[http://i.imgur.com/i3eLl.gif THAT'S NOT STING, THAT'S A ..... wait, no it is actually.]]
* WouldHitAGirl: He has Stinger Splashed women before. Wrestling/MissElizabeth (by accident), Wrestling/SherriMartel (by accident), Wrestling/{{Madusa}} and [[Wrestling/MollyHolly Miss Madness]] are examples.were all recipients.
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* EarlyInstallmentWeirdness: Surfer Sting would qualify to those used to Crow Sting, especially considering that he didn't use the Scorpion Death Drop until the Crow years. [[http://www.modvive.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/07/tumblr_n8rg13yfUA1r9wxhzo1_500.jpg Just by looking at the two Stings together]], it's hard to believe it's the same person. Even weirder to think that Sting changed his look because the nWo wheeled out an imposter (Jeff Farmer) [[PhotoOpWithTheDog to drum up audience support.]] The ultimate irony is that Fake Sting immediately changed his makeup and wardrobe once he saw Crow Sting, making smarks wonder aloud why Sting hadn't simply gone ''sans fards''.

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* EarlyInstallmentWeirdness: Surfer Sting would qualify to those used to Crow Sting, especially considering that he didn't use the Scorpion Death Drop until the Crow years. [[http://www.modvive.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/07/tumblr_n8rg13yfUA1r9wxhzo1_500.[[http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-4XLo1tyvegY/U-C3PQJOhgI/AAAAAAAAIJ4/08ymgwNHmj4/s1600/WWE2K15-Sting-Both.jpg Just by looking at the two Stings together]], it's hard to believe it's the same person. Even weirder to think that Sting changed his look because the nWo wheeled out an imposter (Jeff Farmer) [[PhotoOpWithTheDog to drum up audience support.]] The ultimate irony is that Fake Sting immediately changed his makeup and wardrobe once he saw Crow Sting, making smarks wonder aloud why Sting hadn't simply gone ''sans fards''.
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