Brian Damage & Craig Wilson
It’s that time again as we look back at This Week in Wrestling. In this edition Craig discusses the impending retirement of Sting while Brian shares some of the more interesting pictures and videos he’s stumbled upon this week…
Thanks for the memories, Sting
It is expected that at this year’s WWE Hall of Fame, the night before WrestleMania, Steve ‘Sting’ Borden will announce his retirement from professional wrestling.
Sting is best remembered as being the face of two wrestling promotions: The WCW through the 90s and TNA from 2002 until he left to join the WWE.
As a WWE fan during that time, Sting was never forefront of my attentions despite owning a few WCW tapes as a kid.
The WWE Network has allowed me to watch some of his great WCW moments, whether that was his Broadway with Ric Flair at the first Clash of the Champions through to his leading of the company, pre nWo, when there was little strength in depth on the roster.
The fact that he was chosen to feature in the final ever WCW Nitro match, opposite his nemesis Ric Flair, speaks volumes on his importance to the company.
While many of his colleagues joined Vince McMahon’s promotion – either before or after the Invasion – Sting did not. Perhaps enjoying his reputation as the biggest name in wrestling then never to have wrestled for Vince’s company, Borden cut a different furrow and would eventually join TNA.
His name leant the company a tremendous amount of credibility as they attempted to cement themselves as a serious rival to the WWE.
Ultimately, the lure of the WWE was too and he finally succumbed to McMahon’s advanced. He debuted at the 2014 Survivor Series aiding Dolph Ziggler to overcome the Authority in a storyline arc that would last 12 months. It took in matches against Triple H at WrestleMania 31 and a title match against Seth Rollins at last year’s Night of the Champions. It was the latter match that resulted in the injuries that saw Sting having to retire, however he has been very quick not to blame Rollins and has, instead, been very complimentary about him as a performer.
While, for me, Sting was never the guy he will be remembered by so many for being the face of their promotion and for some great moments in the ring.
Thank you, Sting.
Move over Shawn Michaels, Tommy Dreamer is looking to be the new centerfold of Playgirl magazine!
Apparently, there is a little taco stand in Mexico who never heard of licensing infringement. This little place is called “John Cena’s Burger and Taco” and no, the real John Cena isn’t involved with it. WWE lawyers to shut it down in 3…2…1…
A pretty cool drawing of the current NXT roster.
Mark Henry and Kane
The Big Red Sound Machine?
The World’s Strongest Band?
Girth, Wind and Fire?
Dean Ambrose…hardcore for life!
I never bought this tape…did it do well?
Last Week on the Blog
Last Sunday’s Sermon looked at the best big men in wrestling history, Monday’s ‘Great Ideas That Didn’t Last‘ looked at Pro Wrestling USA; Tuesday saw us Book or Cook Dolph Ziggler, on Wednesday we went back in time ten years to review WrestleMania 22; Thursday we have part 67 of ‘Wrestling with Sin‘ and we rounded off the week ‘The Way We Was’ focussing on Raw and Nitro from this week 20 years ago.
Next Week on the Blog
In tomorrow’s Sunday Sermon we ask whether the current product is getting us excited about WrestleMania 32, we Book or Cook Lana, we ask Whatever Happened to Deuce ‘N Domino? take in a classic WrestleMania match and more.
All previous ‘This Week in Wrestling’ pieces can be read here.