During a recent interview with NBC Elmira, WWE Hall of Famer Sting talked about facing Ric Flair and becoming a star, formation of the nWo, his final match being for the WWE World Heavyweight Championship & more. Below are the highlights:
On becoming a star after facing Ric Flair:
“Ric was an established, huge, national – probably international at that time – name and I was just a young kid, a ‘curtain jerker’ kind of wrestler. He had an opponent that got injured and the promoter – Dusty Rhodes, who was promoting and wrestling at the time – said, ‘We got to find somebody for Ric’ and so he put the kid, Sting, in there with Ric Flair at the very first Clash of the Champions.”
On formation of the nWo:
“Wrestling fans and wrestling was changing, fans wanted to see something a little bit grittier, a little darker, and a little more mysterious. One of the defining moments was in Dayton Beach, Luger and me – we’re in the ring – and Scott Hall and Kevin Nash. Hulk Hogan becomes “Hollywood” Hogan and fans trashed the ring, they threw trash and I’m in the fetal position, just hoping I don’t get hit. But it started just a crazy time in wrestling. That was a defining moment in wrestling, characters changed.”
On his final match being for the WWE World Heavyweight Championship:
“I cannot complain. The bottom line is the last match I had, yes, I got injured and it was a bad injury. But I went out wrestling one of the best, Seth Rollins, and it was for the WWE World Title. I mean, what a way to go out. A world title match, I cannot complain, I have no complaints. I did everything I could possibly do in this business it seems, so I’m satisfied.”
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