During Thursday’s IMPACT, the TNA Television Production team gets instant reaction and exclusive comments from your favorite TNA superstars! This week, watch footage featuring Sting and Bully Ray on the return of Abyss.
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The refined gentlemen in the WWEClassics.com office have been rewatching old WCW shows as a profession for years and we’ve stumbled upon more than a few dopey moments we can’t believe we missed the first time around. Everyone remembers when David Arquette won the WCW Title, but what about the night Scott Steiner set attack dogs on Sting? Or that time Hulk Hogan got into an endlessly quotable confrontation with The Wall, who just happened to be standing on the top of a hotel a mile away from The Hulkster?
Appearing live and in person for ‘Legends of the Ring 16’ on June 8, 2013, we proudly present: THE FIRST TNA HALL OF FAME INDUCTEE: “THE ICON” STING in a rare Meet and Greet opportunity entitled: “STING: Beneath the Paint”
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TNA star Sting was recently interviewed by Brandon Baxter of Jonesboro, Arkansas’ 101.7 Kiss FM. Here are some highlights of what Sting said about:
Why He Has Stayed With TNA: “It’s the same answer every time and that is the brand, just love the brand,” Sting said. “It reminded me of the old school WCW and actually launching Monday Nitro and becoming the talk of the town and then talk of the whole wide world, and I saw the same potential here with this group of guys and everyone behind the scenes as well.”
Tonight Impact Wrestling returns to pay per view for their second big event Lockdown! Here is the card along with my predictions for the event.
Joey Ryan vs. Joseph Park
I actually have no idea why these two are wrestling on pay per view. Park will probably win.
Robbie E vs. Robbie T
Fans have been liking Robbie T and Robbie E seems to be more expendable as the months go on. Robbie T gets the win.
For the TNA X-Division Championship:
[champion] Kenny King vs. Zema Ion vs. Christian York
The company made it a point to make the X-Division a big deal and yet I feel like the division is mainly involving these three men and Rob Van Dam. So, I’m kind of tired out of these three. King needs to win here and TNA needs to find him some fresher opponents.
For the TNA Knockouts Championship:
[champion] Velvet Sky vs. Gail Kim
It’s too soon for Sky to drop the belt. She isn’t good at all, but the company is pushing her as the new top woman for the promotion. What a mistake that is from a in-ring perspective.
For the TNA World Tag Team Championships:
[champions] Austin Aries & Bobby Roode vs. Bad Influence vs. Chavo Guerrero & Hernandez
I’m interested in this match as I feel like the six men involved can put together a memorable match. I’d imagine this could be a spot where the champs drop the belts. The fact of the matter is, Aries and Roode need to be in the main event scene. Yes, they have been entertaining in the midcard ranks, but they need to be in a top spot where they can draw money for this company. I’m going to go with the Bad Influence to win the titles. They are just as entertaining as the current champs, in my opinion.
Steel Cage Match:
Kurt Angle vs. Wes Brisco
I understand that at some point you have to create stars in this business. I don’t see Wes Brisco as a star. He doesn’t have a good look. He doesn’t stick out to me in a positive sense. Being part of a failed stable isn’t going to help his case at all. Angle should get the win and this angle should be over with.
Aces & Eights vs. Team TNA
I could probably go on a rant about how awful the Aces & Eights have been in TNA, but I won’t. Everyone knows that it was a failed program with awful choices to be part of the group. I mean, Garrett Bischoff? D’Lo Brown is the VP for the group? You’ve got to be kidding me. As usual, the babyfaces are going to prevail here and make it a feel good story for the promotion. Aces and Eights need to go away for good, though.
For the TNA World Heavyweight Championship: Steel Cage Match
[champion] Jeff Hardy vs. Bully Ray
Why are we supposed to care about this main event? What is their issue? They respect each other. There doesn’t seem to be any hatred whatsoever. I literally don’t care about this match. Good job, TNA. Take the belt off of Jeff Hardy and put it on Bully. That’s all I ask.
Feel free to share your own predictions below.
Thanks for reading.
— Bob Colling (Check out Bob’s blog at Wrestling Recaps)
Okay so I must admit that I have hoped for a while now that TNA would take the necessary steps to more or less fill the void of WCW and the void of Nitro. But I’ve come to the realization that the people running TNA simply don’t know what it takes to be a force in the Wrestling industry (WWE knew but has forgotten about 12 years ago). TNA much like WWE doesn’t know how to move on from past methods that worked and current methods that have not worked. What wrestling needs is a culture change, much like the one that occurred in 1996. And NO I don’t mean Hogan turning heel and forming the nWo. The culture change began earlier in the year when ECW really got heated up with talents like Raven, Tommy Dreamer, and Shane Douglas through various angles.
David Dexter reports that wrestling legend Sting was a guest on the WrestleShark and spoke about his loyalty to TNA and Dixie Carter, why he stayed with the company for the past several years and more.
Here are some highlights:
Why Sting feels loyalty to TNA: “The group of men and women under the TNA roof, the fans, the brand, I just feel content here. The home has been good here; Dixie Carter, the Carter family have been great to work with over the years and Dixie is very persuasive.”
By the spring of 2000, World Championship Wrestling was in some serious danger and needed to create new stars. They seemingly stumbled upon on with Vampiro, who was getting some good babyface reaction. However, once Vince Russo and Eric Bischoff did a reboot for the company, Vampiro was turned heel and began a feud with the most popular WCW wrestler, Sting.
Vampiro and Sting were brothers in paint and formed an alliance in the early months of 2000. It would be assumed that Vampiro was in line to be a top babyface. That all changed on April 10th when Vampiro associated himself with Russo and Bischoff. Vampiro cost Sting a match against Diamond Dallas Page by hitting the Nail in the Coffin.
They would meet at Spring Stampede in a US Championship tournament match, which saw Sting win cleanly. Vampiro wouldn’t be fine with the loss. Instead, Vampiro would cost Sting a chance to win the WCW United States Championship. Vampiro pulled Sting under the ring and bloodied him. His heel turn was effectively taking place.
On the April 24th edition of Nitro, Sting challenged Vampiro to a first blood match. No one would bleed, but a red liquid came from the ceiling and landed on Sting. Vampiro would also hang Sting from a cable to embarrass him.
The following week on Nitro, Vampiro invited Sting to come to a graveyard. While there, Vampiro told Sting that he was the monster that Sting should have been. Vampiro would attack Sting by breaking a tombstone over his head and tossing Sting into a grave. But, since Sting is super natural, he would quickly recover. Literally, later on in the show, Sting would attack Vampiro in the ring with a baseball bat. That pretty much damaged Vampiro as a threat to Sting.
At Slamboree 2000, Sting would once again beat Vampiro clean. You would think that this would be the end of the angle. After all, Vampiro has lost two straight pay per view matches cleanly. If you were to think that, you’d be wrong. It must continue!
The following night on Nitro, Sting had a chance to win the WCW World Heavyweight Championship from Jeff Jarrett. Everything was looking good for the Stinger until Vampiro popped up from under the ring and pulled Sting under the ring again. Vampiro covered Sting in blood and Jarrett retained.
On the May 15th edition of Nitro, Vampiro lost to Sting in a House of Pain match. Sting won the match by shackling Vampiro to the cage. That would make it the third major loss for Vampiro against Sting in one month. Two days later on Thunder, Vampiro challenged Sting to a inferno match and the ropes were lite on fire while Sting was standing in the ring. The match would take place at the Great American Bash in June.
Vampiro earned a major win on May 22nd when he pinned Hulk Hogan after help from Billy Kidman. Afterward, Vampiro tried to lite Hogan on fire, but Sting made the save. That’s a major win for Vampiro, even though it wasn’t clean. Two days later on Thunder, Sting was interviewed by Mike Tenay. The set ended up being on fire and Vampiro continued to play mind games. Vampiro would try to lite Sting on fire on the May 29th edition of Nitro when he brought a gasoline truck to the show. However, security prevented that from happening. Later on in the show, Vampiro nearly put Sting’s head into a trash can on fire, but Kronik saved Sting.
Vampiro finally got some decent momentum over Sting on the June 7th edition of Thunder. Vampiro attacked Sting while Sting was competing against The Cat. Vampiro ended up pouring gasoline on the announcers table and tried to put Sting through a flaming table. Sting avoided it, and put the fire out. However, Vampiro was still able to put Sting through a non-burning table leading into the Great American Bash.
At Great American Bash on June 11th, Vampiro was able to beat Sting by lighting Sting on fire. Yeah, it was a stuntman as Sting was shoved off the big screen, but still, Vampiro got a win over Sting. The incident would cause Sting to be off television for several weeks.
Sting would return by mid-July, but was under a mask to protect his apparent burnt face. Sting would unmask on July 31st and was completely healthy. His feud with Vampiro seemed to be dying out and was having matches with Booker T among other main eventers. Sting had a title match against Booker T on the same Nitro but Vampiro and his associates the Great Muta and Demon got involved. They ended up putting Sting into Demon’s KISS coffin and lite the coffin on fire. They sure do love fire!
The singles feud between Sting and Vampiro is no longer really a top priority on WCW television. In fact, at New Blood Rising Sting simply squashed the Demon. The night after, Sting cost Vampiro and Great Muta their newly on WCW World Tag Team Championships. Sting continued to get the better of Vampiro and his friends when he won a four way match in just over two minutes.
In what should probably be considered the end of the feud, Sting would beat Vampiro once again in a singles match on the September 6th edition of Thunder. The match had “anything goes” stipulation, but that didn’t help Vampiro.
But, it wasn’t over. Sting had to beat Vampiro and the Great Muta in a triple threat match at Fall Brawl 2000. Thankfully, it was finally the end of the feud.
This feud could have been a great opportunity for WCW to make Vampiro a star for them. He was actually really over as a babyface, so it’s probably a questionable decision to have even turned him heel in the first place. The feud lost a lot of momentum when Vampiro wasn’t able to actually beat Sting in the ring. Sure, he had mind games going for him and whatnot, but he never once put Sting’s shoulders down on the mat for a three count. I find that rather interesting considering Vampiro pinned Hulk Hogan, a guy widely known for not wanting to put people over.
As you can see, Vampiro lost three matches to Sting within the first month of the reboot of WCW. The one match he actually won, wasn’t even by pin fall or submission but rather because he was able to lite Sting on fire. Sure, that makes Vampiro look deranged and spooky, but he was never near being a threat to Sting or any other main event guy.
Once Sting got back from the fire incident the feud was pretty much done. It had been going for three months and Vampiro hadn’t done anything to keep the momentum going. Even the attempt to bring in more guys (Demon/Muta) to keep the feud going was a failure because Sting would never lose to them, ever.
It could’ve been a great way to diminish Sting’s role and an even better way to build up Vampiro as a star for WCW. But, instead Sting was just fed three guys for five months and Vampiro was off television by the end of October. It was a wasted angle all around.
What are your thoughts on Vampiro vs. Sting feud? Feel free to share your comments!
— Bob Colling
Check out Bob’s Wrestling Recaps blog: http://wrestlingrecaps.wordpress.com/
Sting spoke with The Phoenix New Times recently to promote Bound For Glory. Here are highlights:
Differences between TNA and WWE: ”I have not really watched their product for some time now, occasionally I’ll flip through and I’ll see little bits and pieces here and there, but I really don’t know what’s going on up there. And for 27 years I’ve been doing this now, and I have never — hardly ever — watched our product. Watched anything that I’ve ever done. So I’m more of a hands-on guy while I’m there in the thick of it and its happening. But watching it happen on TV after it’s already been done? You know, I just never have done that.
David Dexter reports that Sting will be inducted into TNA’s Hall Of Fame by his longtime friend Lex Luger.
Sting’s formal induction will take place at Bound For Glory on October 14, 2012 at the Grand Canyon University Arena in Phoenix, Arizona.