A WWE Hall of Famer that worked with Sting in WCW and TNA is reflecting on the differences between the wrestling legend.
When it comes to the legendary career of WWE and TNA/IMPACT Hall of Famer Sting, fans most associate him with his NWA/WCW run from 1987 to 2001, and with good reason. After all, the Stinger was one of the top wrestlers in the promotion while also becoming one of the most popular wrestlers of all time.
After WCW died in 2001 and was bought out by WWE, Sting didn’t go work for Vince McMahon like a lot of ex-WCW talent. Instead, he signed with TNA (Total Nonstop Action) Wrestling in 2003 and remained a part of the company for 11 years until 2014. There were times when it appeared as if he would leave for WWE, but he stayed loyal to TNA and oftentimes signed one-year contracts to stay where he was.
In his TNA career, the man whose real name was Steve Borden was a five-time World Champion while also being part of the Main Event Mafia stable and he also portrayed an entertaining “Joker” style character as well. During that run, the Stinger was also in his 40s and into his 50s as well, so he was a more mature man at that point.
Eric Bischoff worked with Sting a lot from their days together in WCW when Bischoff was the President of the company to the early 2010s when Bischoff worked for TNA on screen and behind the scenes.
During a recent of his 83 Weeks podcast talking about Sting in TNA, Eric Bischoff commented on what Sting was like during his TNA run.
“My general impression was that Sting was at a point in his life, and I’m talking about overall, he was very comfortable in his life. Things were going well, he had a great relationship, he had a good relationship with his kids. I think Steve had reached a point where he probably felt much less pressure than he had previously, certainly in WCW. He was just more relaxed, and as a result, much more open-minded. [He] would come forward with ideas and suggestions, and not that he never did before, but it was just much more freely and open.”
Amazingly, Sting still wrestles at the age of 64 for All Elite Wrestling and he’ll be in action on the June 14th Dynamite as part of an eight-man tag team match.
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