Sunday, April 24, 2011

The Undertaker

The Undertaker is another wrestler that has not retired from the ring yet. But it makes him no less worthy of being featured in the Hall of Respect. The Undertaker is one of the most recognized wrestlers performing today. One of the longest tenure wrestlers the Undertaker has created a unique persona and will never be replicated again. Rather using his famed Tombstone piledriver or going Old School you know that when the Undertaker was in the ring you were going to get entertained.

Ring Names Used: Texas Red, The Commando, The Phenom, The Punisher, Punisher Dice Morgan, “Mean” Mark Callous, Cain the Undertaker, The Undertaker
Billed Height: 6'8”-6'10.5”
Billed Weight: 280-330lbs
Billed From: Death Valley, Houston, TX
Debut: 1984

Titles Held:

WWE
World Heavyweight Championship 3x
WWE Championship 4x
WWF Hardcore Championship 1x
WWF Tag Team Championship 6x w/ Steve Austin 1x, the Big Show 2x, the Rock 1x, and Kane 2x
WCW Tag Team Championship 1x w/ Kane
Undefeated Wrestlemania Streak 19-0


The Early Years (1984–1990)

The man who would become the Undertake made his debut in 1984 with World Class Championship Wrestling using the name Texas Red. His debut match was against Bruiser Brody. After four years with the promotion he left for Continental Wrestling Association. During this time he wrestled under several different gimmicks. On April 1, 1989 he won his first ever title, the USWA Unified World Heavyweight Championship by defeating Jerry the King Lawler. The Undertaker would go on to win the WCWA Texas Heavyweight Championship while performing under the name the Punisher.
Soon the Undertaker would join WCW and compete under the name of Mean Mark Callous. Mean Mark would be managed by Paul E. Dangerously. As a single wrestler he would gather up wins against the likes of Johnny Ace and Brian Pillman. At the Great American Bash he lost in a match for the NWA United States Championship against Lex Luger. His final match with the promotion would be against NWA World Heavyweight Champion Sting on September 1, 1990. 

After leaving WCW he had two small stints in New Japan Pro Wrestling and the USWA. On October of 1990 he signed to compete in the WWF.

World Wrestling Federation/ Entertainment (1990–present)

The Deadman Arrives (1990–1994)

On November 19, 1990 he made his WWF debut using the name Cain the Undertaker on WWF Superstars. The WWF had come up with the Deadman persona by modeling him after an old western mortician, complete with trench coat, black hat, and gray gloves and boot covers. The Deadman persona was impervious to pain, and the Undertaker would no-sell his opponents attacks to pull it off. At the November 22 Survivor Series the Undertaker made his first appearance as the mystery partner of Ted Dibiase and his Million Dollar team. During the match the Undertaker eliminated Koko B. Ware and Dusty Rhodes before being counted out.

A short time later the Undertake was given to Paul Bearer from Brother Love. Paul Bearer would accompany the Undertaker to the ring brandishing an urn from which the Undertaker seemed to draw mystical powers. During his instal run as a heel, after defeating his opponents he place them in a body bag and carry them to the back.

The Undertaker's first Wrestlemania match would come at WrestleMania VII against Superfly Jimmy Snuka. Thus beginning the streak. The Undertaker's first main feud was against the Ultimate Warrior. The two would feud for about a year before the rivalry ended.

Following this he would have small feuds with Randy Savage, Sid Justice, Sgt. Slaughter, and Hulk Hogan. At the Survivor Series he defeated Hogan to win his first WWF Championship with help from Ric Flair. At the time he was the youngest WWF Champion in history. WWF President Jack Tunney would order a rematch six days later at This Tuesday in Texas in which he lost the title back to Hogan.

Over the next few years he would have some small feuds. Turning face against Jake “the Snake” Roberts and defeating him at Wrestlemania VIII. At Wrestlemania IX he defeated Giant Gonzales. Throughout 1992 and 1993 he feuded with various wrestlers managed by Harvey Wippleman. This would culminate with a WWF Championship Casket match against Yokozuna at the 1994 Royal Rumble.

With the help of several villainous wrestlers Yokozuna won the match sealing the Undertaker in the casket. After the match the Undertaker's “spirit” appeared on the video screen warning that this wasn't the end of the Undertaker and he would return

The Return and Mankind (1994–1997)
After Wrestlemania X, Ted DiBiase introduced the world to what he claimed was the returning Undertaker. But it was really an imposter dubbed the UnderFaker. At SummerSlam, The Undertaker returned to challenged the imposter. The Undertaker using three Tombstones defeated his doppelganger. At Survivor Series in a Casket Match rematch against Yokozuna, the Undertaker emerged victorious.

Following his return and throughout most of '95 the Undertaker would go on to feud with various members of the Million Dollar Corporation. At Wrestlemania XI while facing off against King Kong Bundy, Kama would steal his urn and later melt it down to wear as a chair around his neck. After defeating Kama at SummerSlam the Undertaker injured his orbital bone and would leave for awhile.

Upon his return he would wear a phantom of the opera like mask. In a championship match against the Bret Hart, Diesel interfered in cost him the match. At a later PPV while in a cage match against Bret Hart, the Undertaker would burst from under the ring and drag Diesel underneath with him. This feud culminated at Wrestlemania XII.

The next night during a match with Justin Hawk Bradshaw, the mysterious Mankind would make his debut attacking the Undertaker. Over the next few months Mankind would continue his assaults on the Taker costing him matches. At SummerSlam that year, the Undertaker faced off against Mankind in the first ever Boiler Room Brawl. During the match Paul Bearer the Undertaker's long time manager turned on him costing him the match. The Undertaker/Mankind feud continued leading up to a Buried Alive Match. After the Undertaker won the match the Executioner and several other wrestlers attacker him and buried him alive. The Undertaker would return to challenger Mankind in a match where Bearer was suspended over the ring, with the stipulation that if Taker won he would get Bearer alone in the ring. Over the next few months Taker would continue to feud with Bearer's proteges leading up to a match against the newest member of the group Vader.

Following the end of that feud the Taker would return his focus on championship gold.

Brothers of Destruction (1997–1998)

At Wrestlemania 13 the Undertaker accomplished his goal defeating Sycho Sid for the WWF Championship. Afterward Bearer would attempt to rejoin with the Undertaker threatening to revel his “biggest secret” if he didn't comply. In the storyline Bearer announced that the Undertaker was a murderer. As a child the Taker had apparently burned his family's funeral home (where Bearer worked), in the process killing his parents and his younger half-brother. Bearer said that he knew all of this because the Undertaker's half-brother, Kane was till alive, burned and scarred but alive. The Undertaker said that Kane was a pyromaniac and he had been the one to start the fire.
 
In a match against Shawn Michaels, at Badd Blood after Michaels had cost him the title to Bret Hart, the Undertaker would compete in a Hell in a Cell match. During the match, Kane would make his debut, ripping off door to the cage and delivering a tombstone to the stunner Undertaker, costing him the match. Kane and Bearer would challenge the Undertaker to a match, but the Undertaker would refuse to fight his brother.

Kane and the Undertaker would form a brief partnership after Kane saved him from an attack by D-Generation X. The Undertaker faced Shawn Michaels in a coffin match at the Royal Rumble. During the match, Kane betrayed his brother, trapping him in the coffin and padlocking the casket shut before setting it ablaze. When the casket was reopened the Undertaker was gone. The Undertaker would go on a two month hiatus returning to challenge his brother at Wrestlemania XIV.
 
The two's rivalry would continue leading to the first ever Inferno match at Unforgiven. Afterward, Mankind would restart his feud with the Undertaker. The two would do battle in a Hell in Cell match at King of the Ring. During this match, the Undertaker threw Mankind off the roof of the cage crashing down into the Spanish announce table below them. He would then choke slam mankind through the roof of the cage onto the ring below before eventually pinning him for the win.

The Undertaker would go on to win the tag team titles with Stone Cold Steve Austin from his brother Kane and Mankind. The title run would last only a month as they would lose them back to Kane and Mankind. 

The Undertaker would go on to become the number 1 contender against Austin for the world title. Shortly before their match at SummerSlam, the Undertaker would revel that he and his brother Kane were now working together. The Undertaker would ultimately lose this match though to Austin. In a triple threat match for the title against his brother Kane and Austin, Kane and Taker would both simultaneously pin Austin after a double choke slam. The title was declared vacant and the two brothers would fight for the title. During the match Paul Bearer seemingly assisted Kane by handing him a steel chair. While Kane had his back turned both Bearer and the Undertaker him with the chair. Austin the special guest referee refused to count the pin, attacked the Taker and counted out both men.

The following night on Raw, the Undertaker announced that he had reconciled with Paul Bearer and that they were going to unleash their Ministry of Darkness on the WWF. During the storyline he admitted that it was he that had set the fire and blamed Kane for it. The Undertaker would go on to feud with Austin for having cost him the championship. During the feud, he would attempt to embalm Austin, have Kane committed to a mental asylum, chain Austin to his symbol and hoist him above the arena. All of this would lead up to a match with Austin in which he would lose due to interference from Kane.

The Ministry of Darkness and the Corporation (1999)

The newly formed team of Justin Hawk Bradshaw and Faarooq begin competing under the name the Acolytes. On one episode of Raw the duo attacked Dennis Knight, kidnapping him and claiming that they were taking him to “he.” In January of 1999, the Undertaker would return, now sporting a more Satanic look and persona. It was reveled that the Undertaker was the “he” the Acolytes were talking about and the Undertaker proceeded to re-christian Dennis Knight into his Ministry as Mideon. The Undertaker stated that he was now taking order from a higher power. 

At the Royal Rumble, the Undertaker and his minions attacked and abducted Mable, dubbing him Viscera the following night. The Undertaker soon recruited the Brood (Edge, Christian, and Gangrel) to his Ministry as well. The Undertaker stated that he wanted the WWF and wanted to rid it off Vince McMahon.

McMahon would claim that the Undertaker was taking his gimmick too far and that he now really believed himself to be the Lord of Darkness. McMahon would try to stop the Undertaker having him compete against his own brother in a second inferno match. The Undertaker emerged victorious and reduced the WWF's chairman to tears as he lit a teddy bear on fire that had once belonged to Stephanie McMahon.

After the Undertaker left a burning symbol in the McMahon's front yard, Vince ordered his enforcer the Big Boss Man to face the Undertaker in a Hell in a Cell match at WrestleMania XV. The Undertaker would win the match and the Brood would appear and hang the Bossman from the cell after the match.

The Undertaker would go on to kidnap Stephanie McMahon only to be foiled by Ken Shamrock. In retaliation the Undertaker would abduct Shamrock's sister Ryan and attempt to sacrifice her on one of his symbols. The Undertaker would punish Christian for allowing Shamrock to obtain information to find his sister. The Brood would then break away from the Ministry following this. 

At Backlash, McMahon would send Shamrock against the Undertaker. After the match the Shamrock would be attacked by the Acolytes and the Undertaker would kidnap Stefanie in her limo.

The following night the Undertaker attempted to marry Stephanie in a Black Wedding. After attempts by Ken Shamrock and the Big Show to stop the ceremony it would be Steve Austin himself coming to the aid of the chairman's daughter. On the first episode of Smackdown The Undertaker would merge his group with Shane McMahon's Corporation form short lived Corporate Ministry. Eventually it would be reveled that the Higher Power was actually Vince McMahon. 
 
The Corporate Ministry would go on to dissolve, and the Undertaker would form the Unholy Alliance with the Big Show to win the tag titles. Eventually the Undertaker who was needing time off for a groin injury was written out of the storylines when he quit rather then take orders from Vince McMahon. It would be eight months until the Undertaker was seen again. 


Big Evil / American Bad Ass (2000–2003)

Upon his return the Undertaker took on a vastly different look and persona. The Undertaker returned under a new persona of a biker. Gone were the supernatural allusions, the Gothic attire, and the familiar undertaker music. The Undertaker would ride to the ring on a motorcycle, wear sunglasses and a bandana to the ring. He now used rock songs as his entrance music.

The Undertaker's return saw him take on the McMahon-Helmsley Faction. His main target was WWF Champion Triple H. At King of the Ring that year, Undertaker teamed up with Kane and the Rock to beat the team of Triple H, Shane & Vince McMahon. Kane would ultimately turn on his brother and lead to another short feud between the two.

The Undertaker next feuded with Kurt Angle for the WWF Championship. During the feud Angle gained the upper hand when he switched places with his brother Eric Angle. The Undertaker would compete in the Six Man Hell in a Cell where he choke slammed Rikishi off of the roof of the cell.

Kane and the Undertaker would then reunite as the Brothers of Destruction. The team was dominate but unable to capture the tag titles. At WrestleMania X-Seven he defeated Triple H to become 9-0 at the grandest stage of them all. Triple H would retaliate forming the Two Man Power Trip with Stone Cold Steve Austin to challenge the duo. The Brothers would trade the tag titles with the Power Trip continuing their feud. Until eventually, Kane and Triple H were both injured and the feud moved on to Austin and the Undertaker feuding over the WWF championship.

As the Invasion angle begin to unfold, the Undertaker was pitted against Diamond Dallas Page. During the storyline Kane and the Undertaker would win the WCW tag titles. As the angle winded down, the Undertaker would team up with Kane, The Rock, Chris Jericho, and the Big Show at Survivor Series to take on the Alliance’s team of Steve Austin, Booker T, Rob Van Dam, Shane McMahon, and Kurt Angle. The WWF superstars would emerge victorious thanks to a defection by Kurt Angle back to the WWF.
Following the conclusion of the Alliance angle, the Undertaker would once again turn heel. Shortening his hair and calling himself Big Evil. At Vengeance, the Undertaker defeated Rob Van Dam for the Hardcore Championship.

The Undertaker would then move on to feud with the Rock. This feud carried on from the Royal Rumble all the way until No Way Out where the Undertaker lost due to interference by Ric Flair. The Undertaker upset challenged Flair to a match at WrestleMania X8. Initially Flair refused till the Undertaker begin taking out those close to him, first Arn Anderson, then Flair's son David Flair. After the Undertaker threatened to do the same to Flair's daughter, Flair accepted. The Undertake would go on to defeat him at WrestleMania that year.

After winning the number one contendership for the world title, the Undertaker would go on to defeat Hulk Hogan for the belt. The Undertaker would go on to turn face again following a brutal match with Jeff Hardy which he raised Hardy's hand after defeating him. The Rock would later win the belt away from the Undertaker.

The Undertaker started a feud with Brock Lesnar. The rivalry would see them firth at Unforgiven and in a Hell in the Cell match at No Mercy. Following the lost to Lesnar the Undertaker would then go on another hiatus after being thrown off the stage by the Big Show.

At the Royal Rumble the Undertaker returned to restart his feud with the Big Show. The Undertaker would go on to defeat both the Big Show and A-Train in a tag team handicap match at WrestleMania XIX.

The Undertaker would spend the remainder of the year with both Kurt Angle and Brock Lesnar for the World Title. Due to interference by Vince McMahon during his match with Lesnar, the Take began a feud with him. At Survivor Series the Undertaker lost in a Buried Alive match to McMahon when Kane interfered. This would spark another hiatus for the Undertaker.



Back to the Deadman (2004-2007)

Leading up to WrestleMania XX, Kane was haunted by vignettes proclaiming that the Undertaker would return. The Undertaker would return at WrestleMania with Paul Bearer in his Deadman persona. In his return match he defeated Kane. Later in the year Bearer was kidnapped by the Dudley Boyz at the urgings of Paul Heyman. The idea was that Heyman had taken control of the Undertaker by holding on to Bearer. A the Great American Bash, the Undertaker fought the Dudleys in a handicap match where the stipulations were that if the Undertaker did not lie down and let them pin him then Heyman would bury Bearer in Cement. The Undertaker defeated the Dudleys and stopped Heyman before he could bury Bearer. But then the Undertaker himself buried Bearer claiming that he was just a liability now and that he had no use for him anymore.

Following this the Undertaker would set his sights again on Championship gold. Feuding with JNL, Eddie Guerrero, and Booker T over the title. The Undertaker would defeat Heidenreich at the Royal Rumble in a casket match for costing him the title at the previous PPV.

Prior to WrestleMania 21 Randy Orton challenged him to a match. Randy Orton using his Legend Killer character threatened to end the Undertaker's undefeated streak at WrestleMania. Even with help from Cowboy Bob Orton, Randy was unable to defeat the Deadman at WrestleMania, losing and bringing the Deadman's streak to 13-0. For most of the remainder of the year the Undertaker would continue on with his feud with Randy Orton. The competed in a casket match and a hell in a cell match throughout the course of this feud. After his Hell in Cell win at Armageddon the Deadman would take another hiatus from wrestling.

Starting from the Royal Rumble and going into WrestleMania 22, the Undertaker found himself involved in a feud with Mark Henry after he cost him several championship opportunities. The Undertaker would once again emerge victorious and keep the streak alive for another year.

Following this the Undertaker engaged in a rivalry with the debuting Great Khali. The Undertaker would be taken out by Khali at Judgment day and would not return until July. Upon his return the feud continued with Khali. As SummerSlam the Undertaker defeated him in a Last Man Standing Match.

The Undertaker would then begin lengthy program with Mr. Kennedy. Kennedy cost the Undertaker two World Heavyweight Championship opportunities. The Undertaker and Kennedy would continue to feud going into 2007.

New Era another World Heavyweight Championship (2007-2008)

At the 2007 Royal Rumble the Undertaker entered the Rumble at number 30 and would go on to win the match. The Undertaker would challenge Batista for a match at WrestleMania using the guaranteed match he had won at the Royal Rumble. At Wrestlemania 23 the Undertaker defeated Batista to win his first World Heavyweight Championship. The Undertaker would lose his belt after a serious of incidents. First he was involved in a steel cage match with Batista. After the match Mark Henry returned and attacked the Deadman, immediately following the attack, Edge cashed in his Money in Bank contract to defeat the Undertaker for the belt. As the Undertaker laid there druids appeared and carried him out of the ring and into the backstage area.

The Undertaker would again nurse another injury and set out till Unforgiven. The Undertaker returned and got his revenge on Mark Henry. At Cyber Sunday the Undertaker renewed his rivalry with Batista. They would again compete against each other at a Hell in a Cell match at Survivor Series. Due to interference by Edge, Batista retained his title. Following this the Undertaker tombstoned Smackdown General Manager Vickie Guerrero in retaliation. Theodore Long would then make a Triple Threat match for Armageddon that Edge would ultimately win.

In the Elimination Chamber match at No Way Out the Undertaker would win to become the number one contender for Edge's title at WrestleMania XXIV. The Undertaker would win the match winning the title and taking his streak to 16-0. Following a series of rematches for the belt, the Undertaker would ultimately lose the match in a TLC match at One Night Stand after La Familia interfered on Edge's behalf. The Undertaker per stipulation was forced to leave the WWE.

Return to SmackDown (2008–2009)

In July of 2008, Vickie Guerrero announce that the Undertaker had been reinstated and that Edge would face him at SummerSlam in a Hell in a Cell match. After his win, the Undertaker chokeslammed Edge from the top of a ladder through the ring canvas.

After attempting to get some retribution against Vickie Guerrero he begin a feud with the Big Show who interfered on Vickie's behalf. The two would go on to feud for several months leading into the first part of 2009.

Soon after the Undertaker was confronted by Shawn Michaels who wanted to end the Undertaker's WrestleMania streak and pointed out that up to that point the Undertaker had never defeated him in a one on one match. In what would be the match of the year, the Undertaker defeated Shawn Michaels to keep his winning streak intact. He would go on another long hiatus after the Wrestlemania match.

Feud with Shawn Michaels Continues (2009–2010)

The Undertaker returned at SummerSlam attacking CM Punk. At Breaking Point the Undertaker attempted to defeat CM Punk for the World Heavyweight Championship. He would lose the match after Punk but him in the Anaconda Vise and the referee called for the bell despite the Undertaker never submitting.

The feud continued up to the Hell in a Cell PPV in which the Undertaker finally defeated Punk for the title. The Undertaker would go on to successfully defend the belt against Punk on four separate occasions. The Undertaker would go on to defend the belt successfully against Batista and Rey Mysterio.

At the Elimination Chamber PPV, Shawn Michaels upset that the Undertaker had turned down his rematch for Wrestlemania interfered in the championship match costing Undertaker to lose the match and title to Chris Jericho. The Undertaker would go on to accept Michaels challenge under one condition Michaels had to put his career on the line.

Michaels agreed and the Streak vs Career match was set for WrestleMania XXVI. The Undertaker would go on to win after another amazing match between the two, forcing Shawn Michaels to retire. After the match as a sign of respect the Undertaker shook Micheal’s hand.

Another Run in with Kane (2010)

After WrestleMania the Undertaker went on another long hiatus. Returning to SmackDown on May 28 in which he defeated Rey Mysterio for a spot in the Fatal Four way match for the World title. Due to several injuries that he obtained during the match, the Undertaker was written off camera for awhile. Kane claimed to have found the Undertaker in a vegetative like state. Rey Mysterio would get the Undertaker's spot in the match and Kane would go on a mission to find out who had done that to his brother.

Kane and the Undertaker both blamed each other for the attack and feuded throughout the summer. At SummerSlam the Undertaker returned to confront both Kane and Mysterio. Kane was revealed to have been the attacker and overpowered the Undertaker. Kane would go on to challenge the Undertaker for the belt at Night of Champions. After successfully defeating him the two feuded through Bragging Rights over the belt. The two would engage in a Buried Alive match, that saw the Nexus interfere and bury the Deadman. The Undertaker needing time off for another injury would stay off the air for several months.

The Last Outlaw (2011–present)

After the Royal Rumble in 2011, promos begin airing showing that the Undertaker would be coming back on 2-21-11. On that episode of Raw, the Undertaker returned. But his return was interrupted by a returning Triple H. in a surreal moment with no words spoken a challenge was issued between the two for WrestleMania XXVII. The two agreed to a No Holds Barred match. The Undertaker won the match after surviving three pedigrees and a tombstone from Triple H. The Undertaker managed to lock on the Hell's Gate and force Triple H to tap out after being locked in it for several minutes. The Undertaker would be carried out of the ring on a stretcher, but his WrestleMania Streak was intact at 19-0.

Friday, April 22, 2011

Sting


The first member of the Hall of Respect is a living legend, Sting. Sting is a perfect example of how the politics allows that some people will never be allowed into a certain Hall of Fame. Sting a current member of TNA is a WCW legend and is one of the most recognized and famous wrestlers of all time.

Ring Names Used: Blade Runner Flash, Flash Borden, Sting
Billed Height: 6 ft 2in
Billed Weight: 250 lbs
Billed from: Venice Beach, California
Debut: November 28, 1985

Titles Held:

WCW
NWA World Heavyweight Championship 1x
NWA World Television Championship 1x
WCW International World Heavyweight Championship 2x
WCW United States Heavyweight Championship 2x
WCW World Heavyweight Championship 6x
WCW World Tag Team Championship 3x w/ Lex Luger 1x, the Giant 1x, Kevin Nash 1x

Total Nonstop Action
NWA World Heavyweight Championship 1x
TNA World Heavyweight Championship 3x
TNA World Tag Team Championship 1x w/ Kurt Angle 1x

Continental Wrestling Association (1985–1986)

Steve Borden the man who would become known as Sting, began his wrestling career using the ring name of Flash. Teamed up with Justice (who would later garner fame as the Ultimate Warrior) they formed a team called Power Team USA. After a few months of not getting over with the fans they turned heel and changed their names to the Blade Runners. Flash would change his name to Sting and Justice would begin using the name Rock.

Universal Wrestling Federation (1986–1987)

The Blade Runners after leaving CWA would join the federation being run by Bill Watts. In the middle of 1986 Rock would leave and Sting was left without a partner. Sting joined the heel stable known as Hotstuff & Hyatt International headed by Eddie Gilbert and Missy Hyatt. During his run with the stable he would win tag team gold with Gilbert twice and then with Rick Steiner.

Sting would then begin a feud with the stable after they turned on him. The run in UWF would end when Jim Crockett would by out the federation to merge it with the National Wrestling Alliance.



National Wrestling Alliance / World Championship Wrestling (1987–2001)

Rise to Stardom (1987–1989)

Sting would enter into the NWA by competing in the first PPV, Starrcade '87. Sting would partner with Michael P.S. Hayes and Jimmy Garvin to take on the team of Eddie Gilbert, Rick Steiner, and Larry Zbyszko. As a proven rising stars, Sting would be one of just a few former UFW wrestlers to receive a push in the NWA. At the Clash of the Champions PPV in 1988, Sting faced Ric Flair for the NWA World Heavyweight Championship. The match would end in a draw and Sting would find himself on the losing end of several rematches. Sting begin a feud with the Four Horsemen and with Nikoli Koloff challenged Stable members Tully Blanchard and Arn Anderson for the Tag Team titles at the Great American Bash in '88. This match too would end in a draw.

Sting would go on to feud the remainder of the year with United States Champion Barry Windham and Television Champion Mike Rotundo. Next up for Sting was a feud with the legendary Road Warriors, Hawk and Animal. Sting would team up with Dusty Rhodes to challenge the duo for their tag team titles at Starrcade '88, Sting again fell short in his quest for the gold.

The following year Sting finally won his first NWA championship when he defeated Mike Rotundo for his Television Championship. Sting would hold onto the title for several months. The Great Muta challenged Sting at the Great American Bash that year for the title. The match ended in controversy as Sting thought he had won via a three count. Replays would show that Muta had gotten his shoulder up at two. The title was declared vacant and Sting and Muta would go onto to feud in several matches that all ended in DQ. Eventually in a No Disqualification match Sting would lose his title to Muta who used a blackjack to steal the victory.

During the summer Sting would come to the aid of Ric Flair and aid him in his feud with Terry Funk and the Great Muta throughout the summer. All of this would culminate with Sting joining the newly reformed Four Horsemen, along with Flair and Arn & Ole Anderson.

At Starrcade '89 Sting would would win a four-man round-robin Iron Man tournament to receive a shot at Ric Flair's World title. This would lead to growing tension among the Horsemen members.

Feuding with the Horsemen (1990–1991)

The Horsemen would turn on Sting on February 6, 1990 after he refused to relinquish his title shot against Flair and restarted the Sting/Horsemen feud. Sting was injured later the same evening and was forced to sit on the sidelines for a bit.

Sting would participate in a bizarre incident that would see him being saved by Robocop. Upon Sting's return he finally defeated Flair for the World title on July 7, 1990 at the Great American Bash. Sting would go on to feud with Flair and Sid Vicious over the title. During his title run a masked man known as the Black Scorpion would interfere in his matches. This would all lead up to a Cage match between the two, which Sting won and unmasked the villain to revel Ric Flair.

Becoming The Franchise (1991–1995)

Flair would finally win the belt back in January of 1991. This same month WCW broke ties with the NWA. Sting would team up with Luger to face the Steiner Brothers in what many say was the match of the year for 1991. In August of that year Sting defeated “Stunning” Steve Austin to win the United States Championship. Sting would hold the title till Clash of the Champions XVII where he would lose it to Rick Rude.

Near the end of 1991 Sting began feuding with the Dangerous Alliance. The group was headed by Paul E. Dangerously and considered Sting the franchise of WCW and that was the reason for them targeting him. During this feud he defeated Luger to win his first WCW World title. The feud would end when Sting formed the Sting's Squadron consisting of himself, Ricky Steamboat, Dustin Rhodes, Barry Windham, and Nikoli Koloff. They defeated Alliance members, Rick Rude, Steve Austin, Arn Anderson, Larry Zbyszko, and Bobby Eaton at WarGames.

Following then end of the Feud a new challenger entered the picture. Sting faced off against Big Van Vader. Vader would go on to win the title against Sting at the Great American Bash. Sting and Vader's feud continued on into 1993. While both would face other challengers throughout the feud their general focus had been on each other. In the first part of '93 they exchanged the World Heavyweight title several times.

Vader would team up with Sid Vicious for part of the feud leaving Sting to partner up with Davey Boy Smith. Vader would drop the title to the returning Ric Flair and restart the rivalry with Sting again. Teaming up with Rick Rude throughout the first part of 1994 the duo feuded with Sting. After winning the International Heavyweight Championship away from Rick Rude, Sting would go on to lose the title in a unification match with Flair.

The remainder of 1994 and most of 1995 was spent with Sting teaming up with Hulk Hogan to take on Kevin Sullivan’s Three Faces of Fear and the Dungeon of Doom. Sting would win the United States title away from Meng at the Bash at the Beach.

At the first ever WCW Monday Nitro Sting lost to Ric Flair when Arn Anderson attacked Flair and cost Sting to get DQ'd. Teaming with Hogan, Luger, and Randy Savage, sting's team would defeat Dungeon of Doom members Kamala, Zodiac, Shark, and Meng at that years WarGames. In October of '05 Sting would once again team up with Flair to take on Arn Anderson and Brian Pillman.

At Halloween Havoc Sting and Flair faced off against the duo only to have Flair turn on him during the match. The Four Horsemen had returned with Flair, Anderson, Pillman, and eventually Chris Benoit filling out the group. Sting would continue to battle the Horsemen, recruiting Hogan and Savage to aid him.

The nWo and the Wolfpac (1996–1998)

In early '96 Sting began to change his appearance. Grow his hair out longer and allowing it to become darker. His tights would change to darker tones and the colorful ones would be faded out.

Sting would go on to team up with a returning heel Lex Luger. The duo won the tag titles from Harlem Heat. The team would go on a lengthy run as champions often winning due to Luger using illegal tactics to the oblivious Sting. Due to Luger being unavailable Sting had Booker T team up with him to defend Because of the growing respect Sting granted Booker T's Harlem Heat a rematch. Harlem Heat won the match. Luger would also accidentally cost Sting the world title during a match with the Giant at Slamboree.

In the summer of 1996, Sting was the first to stand up to Kevin Nash and Scott Hall. The Outsiders had been interfering in various WCW events causing chaos and threatening to take over. At Bash at the Beach Sting would team up with Luger and Savage to take on Hall, Nash, and their mysterious third partner. Hall and Nash started the match alone, taking out Luger when Sting accidentally hit him with the Stinger Splash. Hulk Hogan would make an appearance only to turn on WCW and perform a leg drop on Savage, signifying his joining of the outsiders. Post match Hogan would dub the group the New World Order.

Sting, Luger, Flair, and Arn Anderson formed Team WCW to take on the new nWo. On a Nitro prior to Fall Brawl, Luger was attacked in the parking lot by an imposter Sting leading the crowd and members of the locker room to question rather or not Sting had turned his back on WCW. Sting denied that he had attacked his partner. But at the PPV a frustrated Sting left his teammates during the match. On Nitro the following night Sting, told the crowd that he was leaving WCW and declaring himself a free agent.

At the October 21, 1996 edition of Nitro, Sting appeared donning an all white face pain and all black outfit and trench coat. Sting assaulted the nWo fake Sting. As the various other nWo members looked on they offered Sting an opportunity to join the nWo. Sting declined to make a decision, stating that “the only thing that's for sure about Sting is that nothing's for sure.” Sting would then go on to not speak on WCW programming for well over a year.

Sting would appear in the rafters at WCW events brandishing a bat. The nWo Sting would imitate Sting's new look and characteristics. Sting's new appearance had been inspired by the film the Crow. Sting would later tell that Scott Hall had actually come up with the idea of Sting painting himself like the Crow.

Throughout the months as Sting continued his silent persona he would confront and test various WCW wrestlers. Sting would enter the ring poke the wrestler several times with his bat, provoking them. When the wrestler would begin to retaliate Sting would raise the bat to stop the attack. He would then hand them the back and turn his back on them. When they hesitated or declined to attack, Sting would nod, retrieve his bat and leave.

Savage would join Sting as a free agent for awhile in the rafter. Savage though would ultimately decide to join the nWo. Sting would begin to show up at various times in or near the ring with the nWo.

Sting would finally declare his loyalties at Uncensored in March of '97. During the match, Sting would rapell from the rafters into the ring attack the entire nWo by himself. Over the never months Sting would randomly attack the Outsiders, Savage, and World Champion Hollywood Hogan. Sting played mind games with Hogan and the rest of the nWo employing decoy Stings and helping members of WCW in attacks on the nWo.

This would go on to help WCW begin to win the Monday Night Wars against WWF and their flagship show Monday Night Raw. Eventually Sting finally was given a match by JJ Dillion to fight Hogan at Starrcade for the World title.

Hogan appeared to win the match after a fast count by Nick Patrick, but special guest referee Bret Hart reversed the decision and restarted the match. Hogan would go on to submit to Sting after being put in the Scorpion Deathlock. The following night on Nitro, after Hogan protested he was given a rematch. Two different men would declare two different men the winner of that match as well.

Dillion declared the tile vacant. Sting responded with his first words in over a year by telling Dillion that he had no guts. Hogan then turned to Hogan and declared, “and you... You're a dead man!”

In the first part of '98 Savage helped sting recapture the vacant title. Savage had begun to splinter from the group and used the opportunity to hurt Hogan. Sting would have successful title defenses against, Hall, Nash, and Diamond Dallas Page. But at Spring Stampede, Savage helped Nash to capture the title from Sting as Kevin Nash was also beginning to distance himself from the Hogan dominated nWo.

On May 4th, Nash and Savage officially split from the original nWo. They formed a face group called the nWo Wolfpac. Hogan's group would become to be known as nWo Hollywood. The two factions would fight for Sting's allegiance. Sting's friends the Giant had joined team Hollywood and Luger joined the Wolfpac.

Sting would seem to make a choice entering the ring wearing a black and white nWo shirt, only to take it off to revel a red and black nWo shirt underneath. Sting began to wear red and black face paint as he joined the Wolfpac. Sting and the Giant were the current tag team champions but in two separate factions. The two would feud over the title culminating with a match at the Great American Bash where Sting beat him with the rights to name his own new partner, Kevin Nash. Throughout the summer Sting and fellow Wolfpac members, Nash, Luger, Macho Man, and Konnan, would continue to feud with Hogan and his group. Sting also began a feud with Bret Hart as he showed alliance towards Hogan's faction.

Hart cost Sting and Nash the titles in a match against Scott Hall and the Giant. At Halloween Havoc in a match Hart would go on to beat Sting with a baseball bat and put him out of action for several months.

The Final Days of WCW (1999–2001)

In March of '99 Sting returned once again wearing the black and white Crow inspired outfit. In April Sting compete in a four corners match for the World title with Hogan, DDP, and the champion Flair. Savage the guest referee helped DDP to win the match and the title.

Sting defeated Page on a April edition of Nitro to win the World title. Sting would lose the title back to DDP later that the night in another four way match this time consisting of himself, DDP, Nash, and Goldberg. DDP would win the match and title ensuring that Sting had the shortest eight as WCW champion with just a 90 minute reign.

Sting would spend the next several months engaged in mini feuds with Goldberg, Rick Steiner, Sid Vicious, and Savage. On July 19, Sting won a match against Flair to become the on screen president of WCW. Sting relinquished the title the following week and teaming up with Goldberg and Hogan begin a feud with Nash, Vicious, and Rick Steiner.

Sting would turn heel at Fall Brawl attacking Hogan with a bat and winning the World title. Sting would feud with Hogan over the title. At Halloween Havoc, Hogan in street clothes lied down in the ring allowing Sting to pin him. Later that night in an unsanctioned match with Goldberg, he last and attack Charles Robinson. The next night he was stripped of the title.

Sting would compete in a tournament for the vacant title defeating Brian Knobbs, Meng, and Luger on his way to the semi-finals. Sting would lost the match to Bret Hart after Luger hit sting with a baseball bat. Luger and Sting would feud after this. Luger and Elisabeth would assault Sting and lose the match at Starrcade.

In April 10, 2000 a desperate WCW allowed Vince Russo and Eric Bischoff to essentially reboot the entire company. All the titles were declared vacant. At Spring Stampeded Sting advanced to the finals for the US title defeating Booker T and Vampiro. Vampiro would cost him the match and an intense rivalry between the two began. The two would go on to compete in a Human Torch match at the Great American Bash. A stuntmen taking the place of Sting was set on fire and thrown off a balcony during the match.

Following the conclusion of this rivalry Sting begin a feud with both Jeff Jarrett and Scott Steiner. Steiner would go on to kayfabe injure Sting and he would remain off the air until the final Nitro.

WCW which had been purchased by rival company WWF was the final match of in WCW history pitted Sting against his longtime rival Ric Flair. After Sting defeated Sting the two embraced in the middle of the ring.
Sting would choose to ride out his contract with AOL/Time Warner rather then join the WWF for fear of how his character would be booked by Vince McMahon.

From most of 2001 through 2003 Sting mainly sat on the sidelines making a few occasional appearances for independent federations

Total Nonstop Action Wrestling (2003–present)

Debut and sporadic appearances (2003–2005)

In the spring of '03 Sting signed a contract with TNA. He debuted on June 18 during the anniversary show to team up with Jeff Jarrett in a match against AJ Styles and Syxx Pac. Sting would then do various interview with Mike Tenay.

Following that he didn't appear again until November in a match against Jarrett for the title in which he won by disqualification. The following week he would team up with AJ Styles to take on Jarrett and Luger. Sting made one more appearance in December defeating Jarrett in a non-title match.

Sting would then just make various appearance in interview and once as a guest referee.
In December of 2005 following Jarrett's win at Turning point the lights in the arena went out and Sting's scorpion symbol appeared on the screen with the date January 15, 2006. The lights then reappeared and a chair was in the middle of the ring with Sting's trench coat and a baseball bat.

Return to Action (2006)

At final resolution Sting teamed with Christian Cage to defeat Jarrett and Monty Brown. The following week on Impact Sting announced that match had been his goodbye to the fans. Jarrett and Eric Young not believing Sting would begin to stalk Sting. Sting after being made aware promised to show up at Destination X.

Sting showed up as Steve Borden, dressed in street clothes and with no face paint. He would save Cage in a match against Rhino when he was attacked by Jarrett's Army. Sting places Jarrett in the Scorpion Deathlock by a debuting Scott Steiner would attack him. Sting would have his first television match in five years against Eric Young.

Following a post match attack, Sting teamed up with Styles, Ron Killings, and Rhino to face Jarrett, Steiner and America's Most Wanted at Lethal Lockdown. Teasing on who he would team up with Sting hinted at possibly Lex Luger, Buff Bagwell, or Rick Steiner as his partners. Ultimately he would team up with Samoa Joe.

Sting would continue his feud with Jarrett throughout most of the remaining year. Sting would go on to face Jarrett in a title vs career match at where he debuted a new look, a hybrid of his surfer, crow, and Wolfpac appearances. He defeated Jarrett for the title. His first title since 1999

Random Rivalries (2006–2007)

Sting would drop the title to Abyss at Genesis. Following this he feuded with Abyss and his manager James Mitchell. Cage and Tyson Tomko would also become part of this short lived feud.

The three would continue to feud going into 2007. The rivalry with Abyss continued on into March of that year. Sting would team up with Abyss to face Cage in Styles in a match, but after some interference from James Mitchel, Abyss left Sting alone to fend for himself.

Sting would end this feud when he teamed up with Team Angle at Lockdown and with help from Jeff Jarrett pinned Abyss to end the rivalry.

Sting then begin two short feuds with Kurt Angle and then Christopher Daniels. Following the Daniels feud he begin teaming up with former rival Abyss. The two would take on the likes of Styles, Tomko, and the Christian Coalition. They two duo's feuded all the way until August. Where Sting would win the tag titles with Kurt Angle. The two would lose the titles to Pacman Jones and Killings. During the match Karen Angle entered the ring and claimed Sting had slapped her. This resulted in the two arguing and losing the match. Angle and Sting would then engage in an intense rivalry.

The two would trade the world heavyweight title back and forth. Sting would then team up Booker T to take on Kevin Nash and Kurt Angle in a match where whoever scored the pinfall would win the World title. Angle would manage to retain and Sting would not return until 2008.

Main Event Mafia (2008–2009)

Sting would return in March to join Team Cage in its rivalry with Team Tomko.
Following the end of the feud Sting would not be seen again till Victory Road. During a match between Booker T and Samoa Joe Sting tried to talk sense into Joe to stop his vicious beating of Booker T. Sting would side with Booker T. After his match against Kurt Angle at Hard Justice, Sting declared that he had helped Booker because the young guys needed to learn to respect the veterans. Sting would go on to feud with Samoa Joe after this.

Sting beat Joe for the title at Bound for Glory, with the aid of a returning Kevin Nash. Sting joined the Main Event Mafia, consisting of himself, Kurt Angle, Booker T, Sharmell, Nash, and Scott Steiner. Sting successfully held the title for 189 days. He lost the title though to Mick Foley inside the six sides of steel. At Sacrifice he beat Kurt Angle to become the new leader of the group. But the Mafia would go on to attack Sting. The following week, he took his revenge out on every member and stole Angle's title belt.

Sting would then once again feud with Joe. During a match, Taz debuted and helped Joe win. Sting next feuded with Styles. The two would fight all the way till Bound for Glory where Styles would ultimately win.

Hogan enters the mix again (2010)

On January 4, 2010, during the three hour Monday Impact Sting returned appearing in the rafters. Sting would not appear again until March 8. Where he attacked a bloodied Hogan and Abyss. Later he lost a match against the debuting Rob Van Dam. After the match he viciously attacked RVD with a bat.

On March 22, he was announced as the captain of Team Flair for Lethal Lockdown against Team Hogan. They would go on to lose to Team Hogan at the PPV On May 3, while attempting to explain his actions, he was attacked by Jarrett. Sting then became the number one contender for RVD's World title. Sting attacked Bischoff with the bat after that. Jarrett returned at Slammiversary to cost Sting the match and his title.

Following a suspension by Dixie Carter for attacking Jarrett, Sting returned on August 5, donning his Wolfpac colors and helping Nash beat down Jarrett, Bischoff, and Hogan. The two would go on to feud with various wrestlers over the next few months.

Eventually it culminated with a match piting Sting, Nash, and D'Angelo Dinero against Jeff Jarrett at Bound for Glory. Hogan had pulled out prior to the match due to a back injury. During the match Jarrett abandoned Joe leaving him to fave the trio alone. They told Joe that they tried to tell him but no one would listen.

At the end of the night it was reveled that they had been trying to save TNA all along and that they had known that Hogan and Bischoff would try to take over and steal the company away from Carter. The following night Nash and Sting refused to joining Hogan's team Immortal and walked out on TNA.

Return and World Heavyweight Champion (2011–present)

Sting returned to TNA on February 24, 2011, at the tapings of the March 3 edition of Impact!, where he appeared as a surprise challenger and defeated Jeff Hardy to win the TNA World Heavyweight Championship for the third time. On March 13 Sting successfully defended the title against Hardy in a No Disqualification rematch that lasted ninety seconds. After the match Sting was so mad at Jeff Hardy,