At last month’s Slammiversary pay-per-view wrestling legend Sting was announced as the first inductee into the TNA Wrestling Hall of Fame. The official induction ceremony will take place later this year during the weekend of their annual Bound for Glory extravaganza.
Sting was one of my favorite wrestlers to watch as a child. As a big fan of World Championship Wrestling, I grew up on his classic feuds with the likes of Ric Flair, Lex Luger, Vader and Hulk Hogan. Many of my earliest memories of wrestling revolve around him and I still have plenty of old-school Sting memorabilia in my bedroom.
For WCW’s entire existence, Sting was nicknamed the “Franchise of WCW.” Even to this day, 11 years after the company folded, Sting is considered by many as the embodiment of WCW. During the 90s when several of the biggest stars in wrestling would switch back and forth between various promotions, Sting never once left WCW. To this day he is the only major star of his generation to never work for Vince McMahon’s World Wrestling Entertainment. He and Flair even wrestled against each other in the final match on the last episode of WCW Monday Nitro in 2001. It was a fitting and symbolic close to one of the most important chapters in wrestling history.
Even in his early fifties Sting is still one of the top talents in the business. While his best days in the ring may be behind him he is still one of the best overall performers in the industry and definitely the best at his age when it comes to being able to perform at a main-event level inside the ring.
The following video package and subsequent presentation was even kept a secret from Sting, which gave the entire scenario a level of genuine emotion that is rare in professional wrestling.
I think it’s always good to honor people while they are alive. Once they’re dead it’s too late.