History Wrestling / Sting

28th Jul '16 7:28:25 AM Morgenthaler
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** 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 [[DangerouslyGenreSavvy completely averting it]].

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** 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 [[DangerouslyGenreSavvy completely averting it]].it.
10th Jul '16 7:21:51 AM IndirectActiveTransport
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* FailureHero: Sadly invoked this often. Mixed with his GoodIsDumb moments, he ultimately couldn't depose the Wrestling/NewWorldOrder, [[{{TNA}} Team Dixie]], ''or'' [[spoiler:Wrestling/TheAuthority]] from their respective companies.

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* FailureHero: Sadly invoked this often. Mixed with his GoodIsDumb moments, he ultimately couldn't depose the Wrestling/NewWorldOrder, [[{{TNA}} [[Wrestling/{{TNA}} Team Dixie]], ''or'' [[spoiler:Wrestling/TheAuthority]] from their respective companies.
1st Jul '16 2:20:07 PM thecarolinabull01
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* TenMinuteRetirement: Subverted. Although he went on hiatus several dozen times since WCW closed and every other match he had these was built up as his retirement match, he has never officially retired until 2016, and due to his injury, is probably going to be a permanent one.

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* TenMinuteRetirement: Subverted. Although he went on hiatus several dozen times since WCW closed and every other match he had these was built up billed as his a possible retirement match, he has Steve never officially retired until 2016, and due to his injury, is probably most likely going to be a permanent one.



* ActionDad: Has two sons and one daugther from his first marriage.

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* ActionDad: Has two sons and one daugther from his first marriage.marriage, and a step daughter from his second.



* CanonDiscontinuity: As far as WWE is concerned, after WCW closed, Sting just sat on his ass in California for 14 years. Shouldn't be surprising, since WWE rarely, if ever, acknowledges TNA's existence, despite it practically operating in their backyard. They have hinted at his TNA tenure a few times though, such as referring to him as "The Icon" (a RedBaron that he only used in TNA) and Rollins' promos mentioning Sting working for "lesser companies" after WCW's demise. In his 2015 WWE Documentary ''Sting: Into the Light'' Sting outright mentioned, though in passing, his time in TNA, which is one of the only times TNA has been publicly mentioned in any WWE owned media. He also jokingly mentioned the Joker gimmick he had in TNA at his Hall of Fame induction.
29th Apr '16 11:50:13 AM thecarolinabull01
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* TenMinuteRetirement: Subverted. Although he has gone on hiatus several dozen times since WCW closed and every other match he has these days is built up as his retirement match, he has never officially retired or attempted to. He stated on ''[[Wrestling/JimRoss The Ross Report]]'' that he was not going to retire until he is absolutely sure that he is done since this trope is almost cliché in wrestling. He finally made the decision to step down during his Hall of Fame induction.

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* TenMinuteRetirement: Subverted. Although he has gone went on hiatus several dozen times since WCW closed and every other match he has had these days is was built up as his retirement match, he has never officially retired or attempted to. He stated on ''[[Wrestling/JimRoss The Ross Report]]'' that he was not until 2016, and due to his injury, is probably going to retire until he is absolutely sure that he is done since this trope is almost cliché in wrestling. He finally made the decision to step down during his Hall of Fame induction.be a permanent one.



* CanonDiscontinuity: As far as WWE is concerned, after WCW closed, Sting just sat on his ass in California for 14 years. Shouldn't be surprising, since WWE rarely, if ever, acknowledges TNA's existence, despite it practically operating in their backyard. They have hinted at his TNA tenure a few times though, such as referring to him as "The Icon" (a RedBaron that he only used in TNA) and Rollins' promos mentioning Sting working for "lesser companies" after WCW's demise. In his 2015 WWE Documentary ''Sting: Into the Light'' Sting outright mentioned, though in passing, his time in TNA, which is one of the only times TNA has been publicly mentioned in any WWE owned media.

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* CanonDiscontinuity: As far as WWE is concerned, after WCW closed, Sting just sat on his ass in California for 14 years. Shouldn't be surprising, since WWE rarely, if ever, acknowledges TNA's existence, despite it practically operating in their backyard. They have hinted at his TNA tenure a few times though, such as referring to him as "The Icon" (a RedBaron that he only used in TNA) and Rollins' promos mentioning Sting working for "lesser companies" after WCW's demise. In his 2015 WWE Documentary ''Sting: Into the Light'' Sting outright mentioned, though in passing, his time in TNA, which is one of the only times TNA has been publicly mentioned in any WWE owned media. He also jokingly mentioned the Joker gimmick he had in TNA at his Hall of Fame induction.



* CareerEndingInjury: Cervical spinal stenosis. 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. Cena had the same injury and recovered, but he was barely 31 and in his physical prime. Sting's much older and has a lot more holes punched on his bump card. Wrestling News sites have reported that he'll be announcing his retirement at his Hall of Fame induction.

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* CareerEndingInjury: Cervical After suffering whiplash during his match with Wrestling/SethRollins at Night of Champions 2015, he was diagnosed with cervical spinal stenosis.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. Cena had the same injury and recovered, but he was barely 31 and in his physical prime. Sting's much older and has a lot more holes punched on his bump card. Wrestling News sites have reported that he'll be announcing his retirement at his Hall of Fame induction.



** His post-Wolfpac Crow persona was more vocal, reminiscent of Surfer Sting.

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** Wolfpac Sting was a throwback to the cocky, goofy, early-90s peroxide Sting. His post-Wolfpac Crow persona was more vocal, reminiscent of Surfer Sting.carried that over as well.



** Wolfpac Sting was a throwback to the cocky, goofy, early-90s peroxide Sting.



* CoolOldGuy: He's 56 and he's [[StillGotIt still wrestling]]. To put this in perspective, he's OLDER than TheUndertaker, the longest serving member of the WWE and who is on the verge of retirement.
* 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's been pretty much his schtick ever since.

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* CoolOldGuy: He's 56 Wrestled until he was 56, and he's [[StillGotIt could still wrestling]]. keep up with guys much younger than him]]. To put this in perspective, he's OLDER than TheUndertaker, the longest serving member of the WWE and who is on the verge of retirement.
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* 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's been That was pretty much his schtick ever since.



* DarkIsNotEvil: Despite the gothic style, Scorpion motifs, and omnipresent black bat, Sting is 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 SelfDemonstrating/TheJoker, including face paint, being LaughingMad, and even having a small horde of clown masked {{Mooks}}. And yet he was most certainly a face.

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* DarkIsNotEvil: Despite the gothic style, Scorpion motifs, and omnipresent black bat, Sting is 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 SelfDemonstrating/TheJoker, including face paint, being LaughingMad, and even having a small horde of clown masked {{Mooks}}. And yet he was most certainly a face.



* DemotedToExtra: After the arrival of Hulk Hogan in WCW, Sting was reduced to working in tag team and midcard feuds until he transformed into Crow mode.

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* 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.



** 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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** 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.)



* PrecisionFStrike: Sting [[GoshDangItToHeck never curses]], even before turning to Christianity. However he does occasionally use semi-profanities such as "crap", "piss" (as in pissed off) and "hell" (usually referring to the actual place).

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* PrecisionFStrike: Sting [[GoshDangItToHeck never curses]], even curses]]. Even before turning to Christianity.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).



* RingOldies: Still going at age 56. Though after the neck injury, probably not anymore.

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* RingOldies: Still going Retired at age 56. Though after the neck injury, probably not anymore.56.



* StillGotIt: Depends on who you ask. Some say he wrestles just as good now as he did 20 years ago, some say he's good but not as good as he used to be while others say he's lost his edge [[note]]Many smarks have pointed out that he is unable to do the Scorpion Deathlock properly anymore, most likely due to his knee problems[[/note]]and should quit while he's ahead. While YMMV on how good he is, this is a man who was still wrestling full-time in TNA while his [[Wrestling/TheUndertaker Alternate Company Equivalent]] who is 6 years younger could barely wrestle one match per year until 2015. However, since his WWE debut, Sting works a part-time schedule.
14th Apr '16 5:20:04 PM Peridonyx
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* FailureHero: Sadly invoked this often; mixed with his GoodIsDumb moments, he ultimately couldn't depose the Wrestling/NewWorldOrder, [[{{TNA}} Team Dixie]], ''or'' [[spoiler:Wrestling/TheAuthority]] from their respective companies.

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* FailureHero: Sadly invoked this often; mixed often. Mixed with his GoodIsDumb moments, he ultimately couldn't depose the Wrestling/NewWorldOrder, [[{{TNA}} Team Dixie]], ''or'' [[spoiler:Wrestling/TheAuthority]] from their respective companies.
2nd Apr '16 11:29:09 PM thecarolinabull01
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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.

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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.
2016, where he officially announced his retirement from wrestling.



* TenMinuteRetirement: Subverted. Although he has gone on hiatus several dozen times since WCW closed and every other match he has these days is built up as his retirement match, he has never officially retired or attempted to. He stated on ''[[Wrestling/JimRoss The Ross Report]]'' that he was not going to retire until he is absolutely sure that he is done since this trope is almost cliché in wrestling.

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* TenMinuteRetirement: Subverted. Although he has gone on hiatus several dozen times since WCW closed and every other match he has these days is built up as his retirement match, he has never officially retired or attempted to. He stated on ''[[Wrestling/JimRoss The Ross Report]]'' that he was not going to retire until he is absolutely sure that he is done since this trope is almost cliché in wrestling. He finally made the decision to step down during his Hall of Fame induction.
17th Mar '16 3:53:11 PM thecarolinabull01
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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 also the inaugural inductee into the WWE Hall of Fame Class of 2016.

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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 also the inaugural inductee into the WWE Hall of Fame Class of 2016.
17th Mar '16 3:49:45 PM thecarolinabull01
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* CareerEndingInjury: Cervical spinal stenosis. 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. Cena had the same injury and recovered, but he was barely 31 and in his physical prime. Sting's much older and has a lot more holes punched on his bump card. Although Sting has not mentioned retirement and says he's up for one last match if he's healthy enough, it's not likely that he'll come back.

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* CareerEndingInjury: Cervical spinal stenosis. 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. Cena had the same injury and recovered, but he was barely 31 and in his physical prime. Sting's much older and has a lot more holes punched on his bump card. Although Sting has not mentioned retirement and says he's up for one last match if he's healthy enough, it's not likely Wrestling News sites have reported that he'll come back.be announcing his retirement at his Hall of Fame induction.



** During his match with Wrestling/SethRollins at ''Night of Champions'' in 2015 Sting was powerbombed into the turnbuckle and ended up suffering from a neck injury and was barely able to finish the match, needing to be helped backstage. An X-Ray revealed that Sting has cervical spinal stenosis, which is a serious condition for anyone who engages in physical contact athletics and forced Wrestling/{{Edge}} to retire early. Sting has been confirmed to be undergoing neck surgery. The recovery time coupled with his age, seems like this will most likely be a CareerEndingInjury.
23rd Feb '16 11:58:35 AM SomeoneElse17
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** Ric Flair and the Wrestling/FourHorsemen

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** Ric Flair Wrestling/RicFlair and the Wrestling/FourHorsemenWrestling/TheFourHorsemen
16th Feb '16 5:49:23 PM eroock
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