Ex-WWE Star Takes Credit For Inspiring Sting’s Iconic Look


A former WWE Superstar has suggested that Sting might well have been inspired by them to don his now iconic black and white face paint.

Fans of a certain vintage will remember Sting as the bleach-blonde, multi-coloured face-painted surfer dude that rose to prominence as part of Jim Crockett Promotions and latterly WCW. However as the mid-nineties loomed and the wrestling world changed teetered on the verge of finding its Attitude, so too did WCW’s icon.

Caught between the New World Order and the WCW faithful, Sting changed his appearance in startling fashion. The bleach blonde hair was replaced by longer, black locks while the colourful face paint was replaced by a moody monochrome look.

While the ‘Crow Sting’ look has frequently been attributed to The Crow movie starring Brandon Lee and suggested in WCW for The Icon by Scott Hall, a former WWE star thinks he might have contributed.

Speaking to Chris Van Vliet on the Insight podcast, former WWE and WCW star Kid Kash suggested he might have proved an inspiration to The Man Called Sting:

“Well, I’m not saying who, where he got it from, but I did a try out for WCW under the whole mask you know the whole paint thing and stuff. So I noticed about six or seven months later he started changing his face paint. So I’m saying, I don’t know, didn’t ask any questions, but you know he’s Sting and I’m not, so he can do whatever he wants.”

The WWE Hall of Famer will team with The Great Muta in his final match alongside TNT Champion Darby Allin. Those three men’s opponents for that bout in the Yokohama Arena have now been announced.

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