It's not easy finding good pictures of Sting 1988-1996 online, because if you search for them you ultimately find just a lot of Crow Sting or the same few pictures of Surfer Sting. But I scoured various sites, mostly on old geocite pages, and these are the results of my efforts that I figured I would share with you guys.
Their was just an energy about Sting during this time period that makes me love watching his matches, like Flair once said he was WCW's version of Ultimate Warrior but with genuine talent.
Post by repomanfan on Dec 25, 2011 19:24:19 GMT -5
Surfer Sting was my favorite wrestler during my childhood. And yes he was the WCW's version of the Warrior. Great look, great persona, but unlike Warrior he could wrestle those 20/30 and 60 minute matches.
Post by britishin' on Dec 25, 2011 20:27:14 GMT -5
I first saw Sting in 1987-ish UWF as part of Hotstuff/Hyatt International(a heel stable led by Eddie Gilbert and Missy Hyatt). He was half of the tag champs with Rick Steiner, and I thought both of them were just...cool. I was pretty amped later on when both of them turned up in JCP after the buyout, and it's been a long, fun ride watching the career of the Stinger unfold.
Post by Super Nintenjoe KBD on Dec 25, 2011 21:32:37 GMT -5
Excellent collection, really makes me feel nostalgic looking at these. Even though I would have rarely seen WCW in the early 90's Sting was my favourite wrestler alongside Warrior, I was amazed when I eventually found out they had tagged. I did manage to see him live and as champion taking on Vader in a house show in Dublin around 92 where Vader actually won the belt, I believe Sting had won it off him earlier in the tour. Although I dont specifically remember the title being on the line it's still cool to have witnessed a WCW title change live. Anyway, I like the picture where he's in a suit but still wearing the paint and some of the early ones are cool.
I never have liked the Crow look. Surfer Sting was fantastic; Crow Sting was a whiny baby.
Pre Crow Sting is the only Sting as far as I'm concerned. Nothing against Crow Sting(I know he was popular), but it just wasn't the same for me. Plus he had his best matches when he had his surfer look. 87-93 Sting(the best ever).
I miss "Surfer" Sting. He was actually pretty cool. When he'd scream "OWWWWW!", everybody would respond back. And I mean everybody. You got caught up in a Sting match. He'd get the crap kicked out of him, but somebody like Ric Flair would start chopping him in the corner and it was if Flair just threw a bucket of cold water on the guy. Sting got mad, he'd flex, he'd yell and just start stepping forward, taking everything the bad guy was dishing out.
I wonder what would have happened if the WWF signed Sting and gave him the Warrior gimmick instead of Hellwig?
Didn't Hellwig play the Warrior character before the WWF? Dingo Warrior. I think we've all seen the car dealership adverts with the prototype warrior.
If Vince had have signed Sting, he would have been the face of the WWF for the 90s, the guy they tried to build Warrior then Luger to be as he was the total package. Great attitude, great body, good looking, full head of hair, athletic, could put on a good match and knew how to connect with a crowd. Even now he's able to go when he wants to.
I never watched WCW pefore Crow-era Sting... why is this incarnation known as Surfer Sting? Did he carry a surfboard, use surfing terminology, etc?
Or just because he had bleached blonde hair?
And was it ever formally announced to be his name? i.e. did the banner read 'surfer sting' when he came to the ring?
He did carry a surfboard with him to the ring on at least one occasion, I know there's a picture of it online but I can't find it at the moment. It was the blonde hair, the Venice Beach hometown and all that led to the surfer connotation. He was always just known as 'Sting' but calling him 'Surfer Sting' is an easier way to distinguish the gimmick from 'Crow Sting'.
I loved that era of professional wrestling. As a kid, I always liked the colorful attire and it felt like Sting never wore the same combination twice. He was like the Oregon Ducks of WCW back in the day.
I've always wondered how much of the attire he kept or whether he gave it away to goodwill, charity or threw it in a trash and set that bitch on fire.
This is the Sting that I grew up watching. Also he was the wrestler that got me hooked on wrestling. My mom has told me that I dressed up as him on halloween in back to back years. Me and my step brother used to argue over who was better Hogan or Sting.O the good ol days
Post by Magnus the Magnificent on Dec 27, 2011 11:25:47 GMT -5
Great look and a great wrestler. This is the Sting I liked the best. He could go in the ring, and have good to great matches with most opponents. While he usually won in the end, like all top faces should do, he didn't seem like the invincible conquerer ala Hogan/Warrior. There was always the possibility that he would lose relatively clean, which made his matches all the more exciting.
March 1st 1943 - April 16th 2013 Rest In Peace Dad, I love You.