The Man Without Fear
Join Date: Sep 2007
Location: Texas by way of Illinois
Re: The Official Sting Apprectiation Thread
Surfer Sting had truck loads of charisma just oozing out of him and his character just shined in so many big match situations. In contrast, Crow Sting in the beginning was almost devoid of a soul. Many of his performances when he donned the black and white come off as cold and I'm going to assume he was told to or chose to play his character that way. The complete opposite of the highly energetic and colorful Stinger that was full of life. I'm not going to argue with anyone who says his consistent in-ring workrate level dropped from 1997 on because it did even though he still had gems with Paige, Benoit, and Goldberg. Still, that period in the late 90s was probably the hottest Sting had ever been as a star. His wars with the nWo so good.
In the late 80-mid 90s (my favorite era of Sting), he was perfect as the powerful superman who took down Ric Flair and Rick Rude, the hero fighting the monster Vader from the bottom up and reminding everyone when Sting lost he was indeed human. Sting feud with Cactus Jack also forced him to change his game, roughen it up a bit to fight the deranged brawler. Sting was pretty much one of the greatest top babyface of his time; ultra-charismatic, could light up an old NWA or WCW crowd to molten levels, his hulking presence and cool appearance made him a great attraction, and his huge feuds and matches are legendary.