Sting says that while most don’t get to know a certain side of him, one of his former gimmicks is an extension of his personality.
AEW star Sting is best known for the iconic black and white face paint he began donning during his time in WCW. However, late in his long tenure with IMPACT Wrestling, he adopted another character that was modeled after famed Batman villain The Joker.
Speaking in an interview with The Ringer, Sting said that he loves to have fun and that his Joker persona came from his tendency to do impersonations and also spoke about needing to evolve after so many years in the wrestling business.
“That’s really an extension of me. Most people don’t see that unless you get to know me. But I do have a personality, and I love to have fun.” “That’s why I can do the [AEW wrestler and noted funnyman] Orange Cassidy spots with ease. I love that kind of stuff. But I don’t know, it was something that I felt like I needed to, again, evolve and try something different and step out of the box and take risks. I did, and I had so much fun. That one there was [over] more than any other character over the years.”
“You talk to somebody like Kevin Nash.” “Marcus Bagwell … Lex Luger … the Steiner Brothers. They’ll tell you. It was just kind of who I was. I was constantly doing impersonations, doing voices and accents. I can remember playing cards with Randy Savage in the dressing room. Every hand I was beating him, and every hand I was playing the part of a different person. And I was just on him and on him and on him. And he got so mad because I was taking his money and he [yells] ‘Knock it off! I feel like I’m playing 10 different people. It’s not fair.’ I love that kind of stuff with the ‘Joker’ Sting.”
“We went to the U.K. and went to Wembley and they absolutely loved it. They ate it up, and I had a lot of fun doing that. I had the Joker thing, but I didn’t like the way things were going toward the end there. I had to walk away and I thought, ‘Wow, this is a couple of times now that I’m sort of disappearing with my tail between my legs.’”
Elsewhere in the interview, Sting discussed what’s allowed him to have such longevity in professional wrestling and also said that current ally Darby Allin will continue to feature as his career winds down.