YMMV: Sting

  • Awesome Music:
    • "Man Called Sting"
    • The eerie Crow theme.
    • Seek and Destroy by Metallica.
    • His TNA theme, "Slay Me" is pretty bad ass as well.
  • Badass Decay: This line from Calvin and Hobbes, slightly tweaked, sums up Sting's 20-year war against Hogan:
    Hobbes: Has Crow Sting ever won a battle?
    Calvin: Well, they're all moral victories.
    • Sting holds the WCW World Title belt for a whole hour and a half. How degrading. How he withstood this crap for six years is anyone's guess.
    • Sting's later years, particularly his time in TNA, are often derided for this by his haters and even some of his fans. While his days as a top superstar are unquestionably over (mainly because he has nothing left to prove other than not being washed up), Sting, 56 as of 2015, is still a damn good wrestler.
  • Big Lipped Alligator Moment: Thought that big voiceover at the top of the main page was pretty cool? Well, this being WCW, they had to mess it up somehow. The main event of Clash of the Champions XXXV was Scott Hall and Randy Savagenote  defending the WCW World Tag Team Titles against Lex Luger and Diamond Dallas Page. After the match, which Hall and Savage of course won, the NWO came in to celebrate before the camera saw Sting in the balcony with a vulture. The voiceover played, and the lights went off. When they came back on againnote , the vulture was on the top rope. The show ended with the vulture walking along the top rope and the NWO having to sell being "afraid" of it. WCW never mentioned the vulture again.
  • Broken Base: Is Sting still a good wrestler despite his age, or is he a washed-up has-been who won't retire?
    • A minor one between Sting fans: which Sting is better: Surfer or Crow? (Almost everyone dislikes Wolfpac and Joker Sting) The casual fans prefer Crow Sting because he had a better look and character, but most smarks prefer Surfer Sting because he put on better matches.
    • Let's not forget the Sharpshooter vs. Scorpion Deathlock debate. They're the exact same hold with the only major difference being that Sting does it right handed while Bret does it left handed.
  • Crowning Moment Of Funny:
    • During Sting's ill-advised heel turn and feud against a face Hulk Hogan, he did do something pretty funny— he assaulted Hogan while he was signing autographs for kids.
    Sting: "Hey Hulkster, can I have your autograph toooo?"
  • Designated Villain: Had two brief heel runs in TNA which 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 Evil All Along but also that nobody would ever listen long enough to see it.
  • Dork Age: His time in the NWO Wolfpac in mid-1998. Lobster makeup, stupid NWO catchphrases; it just took away from his mystique and was a total negation of everything he had worked so hard to build over the previous two years.
    • TNA Joker Sting, for some. Even though this happened in 2011, it was part of TNA's pitiful attempt to recreate the Monday Night Wars down to the letter. It can be dismissed as more 90's silliness.
  • Fanon Discontinuity: Many fans would love to forget his time in TNA, especially after 2011. As far as WWE's concerned, it never happened. See Canon Discontinuity on the main page.
  • Fridge Brilliance: 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.
  • Ham and Cheese
  • Hell Is That Noise: The crow caw in his WWE theme.
  • Hilarious in Hindsight
    • Steve Borden actually holds the trademark on the name "Sting" for a performer. That means that Sting the musician has to pay Sting the wrestler in order to use the name he's best known as (apparently, it's a token sum).
    • They HAVE been photographed on stage together.
    • Between 2001 to 2008, Sting was consistently the most requested wrestler in fan polls, magazines and even peer polls to get a WWE contract, even more so than darlings like AJ Styles. Ever popular was the hypothetical Sting vs Undertaker program, preferably culminating a Wrestlemania. Come 2014, Sting does show up in WWE, to a wave of apathy and backlash about how it wasn't the right thing to do, especially since the WrestleMania 31 match seemed like one last attempt for WWE to piss on WCW's grave. No one even wants the wrestlemania match anymore because Undertaker's streak had sense been broken.
  • Hollywood Pudgy: His weight has been fluctuating in recent years and fans have called him out for it.
  • HSQ: He FINALLY makes his debut for WWE at Survivor Series 2014
  • Magnificent Bastard: Sting is showing signs of this in his recent heel run, from his Heath Ledger as the Joker-esque rants against TNA management, playing every single face and keeping his badass evil smirk while he does it.
    • He retained all the above traits when he turned Face, and increased the amount of Ledger!Jokerness.
  • Memetic Mutation: "The SHOCK! MASTER!" *Shockmaster faceplants*
    • I AGREE.note 
  • Suspiciously Similar Song: One of his TNA theme songs mimicked Metallica's "Seek And Destroy".
    • And in WCW, he actually DID use a live performance of "Seek and Destroy" as his theme from late 1999 until it's end in 2001; this is overdubbed on WWE DVDs with his original Crow theme.
    • That would be a case of "what goes around, comes around", since his theme in the late 80's/early 90's as Malibu!Sting (titled "Turbo-Charged") was an NWA Version of "Seek and Destroy" (right around the same time his old partner "Ultimate Warrior" Jim Helwig used Jimmy Hart's version of the song, titled "Unstable" on WWE Anthology, as his theme in the WWF, in fact).
  • They Changed It, Now It Sucks: A lot of people are pissed that WWE would not allow Sting use "Seek and Destroy" or his Crow theme, despite it being used in WWE 2K15 and during his appearance at San Diego ComicCon in 2014. At Survivor Series, he came out to a generic rock song by CFO$, which appears to be a Suspiciously Similar Substitute for "Slay Me". His big debut on WrestleMania was heralded with tiki drums. Triple H gets T-800s, Sting gets a calypso band.
  • They Copied It, So It Sucks: Some fans felt this way about Surfer Sting's makeover, believing Hall and Nash had taken WCW's biggest star and neutered him by changing his gimmick (it took him off TV), then sticking him in a meaningless "faction" of the nWo. Scott Hall was the one to suggest the gimmick.