Here is the first entry in special series for this month, “Wrestling Stars who should be in the WWE Hall of Fame”
Sting: Certainly the biggest wrestling star who never competed in WWE, Sting has recently let his TNA contract come to end, and has become a free agent. The speculation has been running for months that he will be inducted into the HOF with Wrestlemania going down in the city where he is most loved, Atlanta. Also a part of the rumors for this year’s Wrestlemania was a focus on doing a WCW themed class for the Hall of Fame ceremonies. Sting is easily one of the first names from WCW that deserves the recognition. How will WWE fans who may not have been enlightened to the Stinger’s classic work outside of the company respond to him getting the nod? Well, maybe he will have a big performance in a WWE ring to make them know he’s the man called Sting. For more on that huge rumor read this story
- Has Sting signed with WWE?
Here is a look at some of Sting’s big accomplishments
- Ric Flair feud: Sting’s matches and promos with the Nature Boy were easily some of the best stuff that WCW ever did, and this is years before the N.W.O. Sting joining Flair and the Four Horsemen, only to be kicked out when he would throw away a title shot at Flair was a hot angle that reignited their feud which had Sting as the beloved good guy and Flair the despised heel. The matches were long back and forth classics, and some of the best in-ring performances by either man. Their 1988 match at Clash of the Champions earned them the Match of the Year award from the Wrestling Observer Newsletter.
- Championshps: In WCW, Sting was one of the company’s biggest names with that captured almost every championship from the WCW Televsions Championship to WCW Tag Team Championships and of course, WCW World Championship.
- Sting vs. Hulk Hogan and NWO: This was the most drawing and well calculatied story that WCW ever produced with Sting as it’s main player. He became loner in the war between WCW and NWO, Sting shed his colorful makeup and outrageous pressence to be a new cold, mysterious, and silent anti-hero. From 1996 to the spring of 1998, Sting said nothing yet had some of the hottest in-ring segments with the NWO, many of which featured him dropping from the rafters on a zip line. The eventually World Championship match between Sting and Hogan attracted a huge audience on Pay Per View at Starrcade, even though it had a controversial ending with special guest referee and then recent WCW convert Bret Hart reversing the original referee’s call, and Sting winning via submission.
- Longevity: Sting has been a pro wrestler on the national scene since 1985. That alone is a marvelous accomplishment when you consider he has been able endure countless injuries and the daunting challenge of performing night in and night out for such a long time. Obviously his work load has lightened greatly since joining TNA Wrestling in 2003, but he was the franchise player for WCW and really helped give credibility and excitement to the brand before the 90’s boom period.
These are just a couple of the reasons why the Stinger deserves to be honored as a part of the WWE Hall of Fame. What do you think? Does Sting deserve to be in the Hall of Fame? What is your favorite Sting match or moment? Share your thoughts below in the comment box.
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