The Face Of The Company
Join Date: Jun 2011
Location: Belleville, Indiana
Re: Starrcade 1997
The transformation of Sting's character is one of the greatest things in wrestling history. It was done absolutely brilliantly. Here's a guy who had been the heart and soul of WCW, beloved by the fans, always seen coming out with a big smile on his face, with his colorful face paint and tights...
And then, he feels absolutely betrayed by WCW. It starts gradually. The hair got longer and darker. The facepaint and tights were no longer bright colors. Sting going silent and away from everyone was just so amazing. We see him standing in the rafters, looking down on the NWO. The in ring segments where he begins to terrorize the group. I was never a big WCW fan, but how can you not love this build up?
But then of course, Hogan fucking ruins the whole thing. Yeah, 1998 was still a financial success, but as far as the WWF vs. WCW competition goes, Starrcade was the beginning of the end. The NWO should have started to crumble after Starrcade. Hogan loses cleanly, the rest of the NWO feel like they let him down, and it unravels within the next few months. Leave The Outsiders together to try to finish what they started, without the extra baggage of Hogan, but ultimately fail.