• Sting Reveals The Problem With Today’s Professional Wrestlers
Sting wrestled for Jim Crockett Promotions (NWA) / Ted Turner’s World Championship Wrestling (WCW) from 1987 until AOL Time Warner sold the company in March 2001.
He then chose not to join the World Wrestling Federation, but signed with Total Nonstop Action! (TNA) instead, where he became a full-time Superstar from 2006 until 2014.
The Icon finally joined WWE and made his debut at the 2014 Survivor Series PPV, but had to retire from active pro-wrestling after an injury at the Night of Champions 2015 pay-per-view.
By the time The Stinger was cleared to wrestle again, his obvious dream match opponent The Undertaker retired. Sting then cut all ties with WWE and decided to join Tony Khan’s All Elite Wrestling in December 2020.
During a recent interview with The Ringer, the former WCW World Heavyweight Champion stated that he feels the problem with today’s professional wrestlers is that they are trying too hard.
Here’s what the 2016 WWE Hall of Famer said:
“There’s just too much going on in this business. They’re trying too hard with gimmicks and one-liners and taglines and they’re jumping into it too early to let it all sort of evolve organically and see where that leads.
As long as you’re not dogging it in the ring and wrestling fans see that you’re out there, balls to the walls, they’re going to appreciate that. And over time, it will elevate you.
So as a matter of fact, on that, losing a match, losing match after match after match, losing done right elevates, in my opinion.
One thing that I learned how to do is I learned how to lose. I learned how to lose in such a way that by the time the match was over, I was elevated. I always tried to put out so much effort during the match that when I did lose, wrestling fans might think it was a horrible thing.”
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• ON THIS DAY IN WWF HISTORY (January 10, 1998) – WWF Shotgun Saturday Night
On this day in 1998, the World Wrestling Federation aired an episode of their weekly TV show ‘WWF Shotgun Saturday Night ‘.
It was pre-taped at the New Haven Coliseum in New Haven, Connecticut and featured matches, interviews & storyline segments on the road to the ‘WWF Royal Rumble 1998’ PPV.
This episode was hosted by Michael Cole & Kevin Kelly.
Here’s the card:
– Kurrgan vs. Scott Taylor
– Steve Blackman vs. Nick Barberri
– Taka Michinoku vs. Pablo Marquez
– The Godwinns vs. The Headbangers
– Rocky Maivia vs. Chainz