Now drug abuse may not be a new thing being associated with wrestler and many wrestlers may already have lost their livelihood because of the same. But where Scott Hall can make a difference (and i believe he can make it and i am really against the people who write against him) is come out of it and create a huge example for the future generation of wrestlers and even drug addicts.
Scott has been fighting and i believe he can fight but this time around against the drugs and for his family. I do see a Razor in Cody (His son) and want to hear and get that feel of 90’s back when we use to switch to the tv sets and chant Razor!! Razor!! Razor!!
I hope there is one day when Scott, Nash, Kid, Shawn and HHH are inducted in the hall of fame together and gives a Life time speech!!]]>
With latest rivalries and certainly having won the heart of the crowd, CM punk is going to go in the hall of fame books. His latest CM Punk leaving WWE promo below:
CM Promo of Leaving WWE
has won millions of hearts over the world and respect in the locker room. Seriously speaking, having being one of a true wwf fan, the promo was one of the best as CM punk really kicked vince mc mahon candy ass.
It will be interesting to watch how the wwe progress and if they use his talent to get back the living edge. With tons of talent like wade barret, sheamus, Daniel Bryan etc it is now worth a watch.
But reading news conversation if they are going to back the era of Rock and Austin, Well WWE you got to need 1000 of CM Punk to do that.
The legend Macho Man Randy Savage passed away on Friday in a car accident.
Her wife “Barbara” received minor injuries while Savage was pronounced dead at Largo Medical Center.
He was indeed a legend and i will always miss him. The memories of 80’s and 90’s from WWF and N.W.O and then wolf pack will always remain. His on-screen romance with Queen Elizabeth will always be a highlight in wrestling books.
“He had so much life in his eyes and in his spirit, I just pray that he is happy and in a better place and we miss him,” said wrestling superstar Hulk Hogan.
And i do agree with him… R.I.P Macho Man Randy Savage.
The only thing i will be upset is “Fuck You WWE, you didn’t even put him into HOF” and stop showing sympathy over his death.
And another thing “Scott Hall a.k.a Razor Ramon, please get well soon.”
NOTE: Please note that ultimate warrior is not dead. It was a mistake by some news channels which wrongly quoted that Ultimate Warrior was dead. He cleared the same on his website.]]>
In 1990-Early 2000, the WWE grew stronger and stronger. The coming up of Stone Cold, The Rock, Triple H really made WWE a treat to watch. The factions DX, NWO, The Evolution just added chocolate flavor to my coffee. Every month i used to sit back and wait for the supreme shows of Summerslam, king of the ring, survior series, wrestlemania and my best Royal Rumble. The Hitman and Shawn controversy, the deadman coming to the bike ride, the end of WCW made wwe the best watch.
Now at the start of 2011, what i see …
The MIZ is the WWE champion. They have lost it entirely. It is the same reaction i had when i saw rey mysterio being crowned as the new wwe champion. Why ??? These intercontinental championship contenders are being given a career boost. I do believe Sheamus can be a perfect choice but rather than promoting him they are focusing on John Morrison.
Smack down - How many times i will have to watch Kane Vs Edge? The same matches and rivalaries are just not giving the right flavor.
The question is what can be done?
At the end of the day, i just feel tired of watching the same matches being shown in just a different way. The comic timing of the rock and austin can never come back. The matches like Kurt Angle Vs Brook Lesner are far away to be seen. The factions like DX and NWO can never be replaced by Nexus (hahaha).
WWE have funds, Vince bring back the oldies, OLD is Gold or WWE will fall like a pack of cards.]]>
Monday Night Raw, still everybody glued to the TV sets and the arena bench cheering Once More SHAWN!! Once More SHAWN!! couldn’t change what was going to happen.
In my personal opinion, shawn was one of the great wrestler of all time. The DX persona, the HBK dance, rings, chains and the Bret hart controversy all made him achieve the great heights in WWE. He should have got one more TITLE reign but i guess vince may have ran out of money.
At last, i just want to say… Once More Shawn !!!]]>
Real Name: Sid Eudy
Birthday: July 4, 1960
Hometown: West Memphis, Arkansas
Height & Weight: 6′9 - 303lbs
Trained by: Tojo Yamamoto
Also known as:
Sid Justice (WWF)
Sycho Sid (WWF)
The Millennium Man (WCW)
For years, Sid Eudy has been one of the most feared wrestlers in the game, becoming one of only a few wrestlers to have competed in all three major organizations at or near the top of the ladder. Although one of the powerhouses in wrestling history, Sid still lacks the respect of the fans. But true wrestling followers know the great skills of this man.
Sid enetered the wrestling business after meeting with “Macho Man” Randy Savage, who saw the man’s potential. After some training, Sid began his career in the CWF, where he wrestled as Lord Humongous. He wrestled well, earning the World Title there. He went on to the CWA in ‘88, and again worked his way to the top, defeating Brian Lee for the CWA Heavyweight Title. He held the belt for a month before losing to Wendall Cooley. Soon after, Sid decided to head to the big time, and went to WCW. He became Sid Vicious, a man feared for the way he could destroy his opponents. Sid first teamed with Vader, calling themselves the Masters of the Powerbomb. This team was short-lived, and Vicious soon teamed up with Dan Spivey instead, to create the Skyscrapers, a very dangerous tag-team. The duo fought together against many opponents over the next few years, including winning the King of the Hill tournament at the Great American Bash ‘89. Sid also started becoming known as a good heel singles wrestler, feuding with El Gigante, Sting, and others. Still, big wins over major wrestlers were few and far between, until Sid became involved in the biggest stable in the industry.
At Halloween Havoc ‘90, Sid Vicious was slated to face the NWA champion, Sting, in the main event. Through the event, Sting seemed to have the advantage, eventually chasing Sid backstage, while the Four Horsemen, who were feuding with Sting, came to the ring. When “Sting” and Sid returned to the ring from backstage, Sid apparently pinned the champion to win the title. However, a few minutes later, the real Sting ran to the ring, showing that the “Sting” who had been pinned was actually Barry Windham. Sting then pinned Sid to retain his title. Still, Sid’s name was now intertwined with the Four Horsemen, as he officially came to be with them. Sid would stay a member of the Horsemen for the next few months, wrestling with them in the first Fall Brawl Wargames match, before leaving WCW. He went for most of ‘91 to different organizations, including the CWA once again, where he won the Texas Heavyweight Title from Tom Pritchard (once again known as Lord Humongous). Only a week later, Pritchard reclaimed the title, and Sid left again.
Sid next appeared in the WWF as Sid Justice, and at first was thought of as an honorable wrestler. He seemed to befriend Hogan, and aided him occassionally. But when Hogan eliminated Justice from the Royal Rumble ‘92 (from the outside), Sid began a major feud with him. At Wrestlemania VIII, they met in the main event, with Hogan winning via DQ when Sid couldn’t control his rage. This was Justice’s big moment in the WWF for the time being, as he soon departed them and again wrestled in smaller organizations for a time. Justice soon returned to “Vicious-ness” in WCW.
Sid Vicious joined up with Big Van Vader once again, and the two fought with various partners against Sting and his factions. The two groups met at consecutive PPVs, with Sting’s faction normally coming out on top. Sid Vicious was still gaining ground in the world of wrestling, though, until an ugly incident in October ‘93. It was soon after the Halloween Havoc PPV, where Sid had lost to Sting. By all reports, Sid went to Arn Anderson’s hotel room one night, to settle an ‘argument.’ Unfortunately, a pair of scissors were nearby. Both men suffered multiple stab wounds in the battle, although Arn’s wounds far exceeded Sid’s (20 to 4). Sid was quickly dropped from WCW, his career forever tarnished. This brawl showed that “Vicious” was a very good nickname for the 6′9″ monster.
Sid, for the next two years, went around trying to continue to work in the business he had made his career. He wrestled in the USWA, where he became the Unified World Heavyweight champion there in July ‘94 when Jerry Lawler vacated the belt. Sid would hold the title until February ‘95, when Lawler reclaimed his gold (something he held over 20 times). In early ‘95, Sycho Sid came back to the WWF, given his chance to redeem himself. He faced many wrestlers, from Diesal to Henry Godwinn to Vader, earning the respect of the fans. He slowly climbed the ladder in ‘96, becoming a contender for the World Title. He also wrestled briefly in the USWA one more time, beating Lawler for the Heavyweight Title, only to lose it back to him a few days later. Sid then started concentrating mainly on the WWF.
At the Survivor Series in ‘96, Sid realized the big time, defeating Shawn Michaels to become the WWF Heavyweight Champion of the World. He would defend the belt for the next few months, against men like Bret Hart and the Undertaker, before Michaels won the belt back at the Royal Rumble. Sid, undeterred, waited as Michaels became injured, forfeiting the title. Bret Hart won the belt at the Final Four contest, defeating Steve Austin, Vader, and the Undertaker. The next night, Sid took down Hart to become a 2-time WWF champ. At Wrestlemania XIII, though, the Undertaker took Sid down, taking the World Title. A month or so later, Sid ventured away from the WWF to once again travel the path of the wrestling organizations.
In January ‘99 in Extreme Championship Wrestling, John Kronus, slowly becoming more and more unstable, attacked referee Jeff Jones savagely. At the next PPV, Guilty As Charged, Jones came out and told Kronus that he would pay for the attack, then brought out Sid Vicious, who had been heavily announced for the show as someone who had ‘tore through’ the other federations. Vicious promptly destroyed Kronus, winning in just over a minute with a Powerbomb. Despite some great matches against the like of Justin Credible, Sid didn’t stay with ECW long. In June ‘99, Sid Vicious surprisingly reappeared in WCW, the organization that had been the sight of his biggest blackmark. He attacked Kevin Nash, the reigning Heavyweight Champion, at the Great American Bash ‘99, causing the DQ and saving “Macho Man” Randy Savage. Sid and Savage then teamed together against Nash, who brought Sting into the mix. Although there was some doubt as to whose side Sting was on, the four went into the next PPV, Bash at the Beach ‘99, with the World Title on the line for whoever got the pinfall victory. Savage pinned Nash, allowing him to become the champ (at least for one night), while Sid got the win.
Strangely, over the next few weeks, Sid joined with Nash, his nemesis, along with Rick Steiner. The three teamed together against Sting, Hulk Hogan (who won the title from Savage), and Bill Goldberg. The two groups clashed continuously, moving into Road Wild ‘99. At the PPV, Sid faced off 1-on-1 with Sting, and shocked the world by defeating the Franchise cleanly after a Chokeslam. Sid used this momentum to move forward in his quest to become the Millenium Man of WCW, attacking many wrestlers during their matches and counting them as a victory for himself. He, with Rick Steiner, continued to challenge Bill Goldberg, saying that his win-loss record would soon be the same as Da Man’s. This got him into a feud with Chris Benoit, who currently held the United States Title. They finally set up a match at Fall Brawl ‘99, with Sid dodging Benoit’s Flying Headbutt in the end, then powerbombing him for the victory, and the US Title, Sid’s first WCW Title reign.
Now with gold around his waist, Sid’s feud with Bill Goldberg got even larger. With the Outsiders (Nash & Scott Hall) aiding him, Sid routinely triple-teamed Goldberg, as well as squashing two wrestlers at a time to raise his “winning streak”. They finally met at Halloween Havoc, in a brutal battle between the two that started backstage. As they came out, with Sid already bleeding, the Outsiders interfered, double-teaming Goldberg to allow Sid to get back into it. But Sid continued to bleed, eventually getting his face covered in blood when Goldberg retook control. Finally, the refs couldn’t take any more, and called the match due to excessive bleeding. Thus, Sid lost the match, and Goldberg took the US Title.
The next night, it was announced that the WCW World Title was vacant, and that there would be a Tournament set up. In the first round, Goldberg faced off against an injured Bret Hart. With the aid of Vicious & the Outsiders, Goldberg lost the match, as Hart made the pin, unaware of the sneak attack. Later in the tournament, however, Vicious was set against Scott Hall, and lost due to interference from Goldberg. The fuel was again burning between them, as neither one made it past the first round of the tournament because of the other. Sid & the Outsiders stayed aligned, though, against Goldberg and his new ally, Hart, causing numerous brawls between the two groups. In one fight, it was a Four Corners match for the vacated US Title, between Vicious, Goldberg, Hart, & Scott Hall. Thanks to Kevin Nash (the referee), Hall got the win and the belt. Goldberg & Vicious continued to go at it, leading up to the next PPV, where the two men signed to fight in an “I Quit” match. At Mayhem, the battle went back and forth for a few minutes, then Goldberg took control, eventually forcing Sid to pass out in a Cobra Clutch maneuver. Once again, Da Man had defeated Vicious.
Surprisingly enough, not long after the battle at Mayhem, Vicious began allying himself with Goldberg, breaking off from the Outsiders, who had replaced him with Jeff Jarrett. The two groups feuded, with Bret Hart & Chris Benoit forming a third unit. Vicious focused his energies on Nash, since both were known for their ring-rattling powerbombs. At Starrcade ‘99, they fought in a Powerbomb match, with the winner being the one who could powerbomb the other behemoth. Nearing the end of the match, the referee was accidentally ko’ed. Soon after, Sid powerbombed Nash, but the ref, out cold, missed it. Jarrett then came to the ring and knocked out Vicious with his guitar. Nash then attempted the powerbomb, couldn’t manage it, and then went and woke the referee, saying that he DID powerbomb him. The ref, still stunned and hurting, awarded the win to Nash, and for the third straight pay-per-view, Sid took the loss. He later competed in the World Tag-Team Title Tournament, drawing the Wall as his partner. They lost in the first round, though, to Scott Steiner & Kevin Nash.
In the beginning of ‘00, an injury to Bret Hart vacated the World Heavyweight Title. Two men were finally picked to contend for the gold at Souled Out: Chris Benoit & Sid Vicious. The two had been allies for a few weeks, teaming against Jeff Jarrett & the Outsiders, but the ties quickly broke down when the World Title went on the line. It wasn’t helped that Arn Anderson, Benoit’s ally in the IV Horsemen (and the man that Sid had stabbed repeatedly once upon a time) became the referee for the fight. As the two fought for the biggest belt in the company, the locker room emptied, with many stars watching the battle from a better vantage point. Throughout the fight, Benoit worked over Sid’s knee, hammering it with dropkicks, stair-shots, a figure-four, and more. In the end, Sid’s Chokeslam only got him a 2 count, since Benoit was in the ropes. As Vicious argued with Anderson about the call, Benoit came from behind, getting the Crippler Crossface and making Vicious submit, winning the World Title. However, the next night, it was announced that since Vicious was actually on the ropes as well when the Crossface was applied, the decision was reversed (when in actuality it was because of Benoit leaving the company for the WWF).
With the belt still up in the air, Vicious continued to feud with Kevin Nash, who, after beating Terry Funk at Souled Out, was now the Commissioner of WCW. Nash put Vicious into a singles battle against Jeff Jarrett to “qualify” for the shot at the belt, while also outlawing Vicious’ powerbomb. Vicious, though, came through, taking out Don Harris (who subbed for Jarrett) to get to the title match against Nash himself. With the powerbomb still outlawed, Nash using his power against him, & the nWo forces fighting him, things looked bad for Vicious. But he turned it around, stealing Jarrett’s guitar from him and knocking out Nash for the victory, becoming the WCW World Heavyweight Champion for the first time. This was a milestone for Vicious, who became one of only a few wrestlers to win both the WWF & WCW World Titles during their careers.
At the next show, though, “Commissioner” Nash again used his power, stripping Vicious because he pinned Don Harris instead of Jarrett at the last show. Nash then made himself the World Champion. Vicious, of course, disagreed with Nash, and a Steel Cage match was set up for later that night, with Vicious facing a double-team of Nash & Ron Harris. Vicious came through, though, winning despite the double-team, and again walked out with the WCW World Title. Vicious continued to fight against the nWo, even as they began to disperse, feuding among themselves. This led to both Scott Hall & Jeff Jarrett being named the #1 Contenders to Vicious’ title. After Jarrett took out Nash, he took over the Commissionership, and used the Harris Boys to help him get the edge. At Superbrawl X, the three faced off, with a number of referees coming through the match and getting taken out. The Harris Brothers were also at ringside, aiding Jarrett against Vicious & Hall. Things looked bleak when Jarrett’s personal referee, Mark Johnson, came out and took over. But “Rowdy” Roddy Piper then appeared, wearing a ref’s uniform, and took out Johnson, then made the count when Vicious Powerbombed Jarrett, keeping the belt around Sid’s waist.
Jarrett, furious at what happened, continued to come after Vicious and his World Title for the next month, with repeated battles between the two. Jarrett was still the “Commissioner”, which meant a lot of problems for Vicious. Vicious, though, began to get aid from the returning Hulk Hogan. At Uncensored ‘00, Vicious & Jarrett had their rematch for the World Title. During the bout, the assigned ref was taken out by Jarrett, and Mark Johnson again came out to give Jarrett the edge. But before Johnson could give the win to Jarrett, Hogan came out and stopped the count. He then beat on Jarrett enough to allow Vicious to get the win and keep the title. However, after the match, Jarrett, the Harris Brothers, & Scott Steiner beat on the two wrestlers. Vicious, though, continued to hold the World Title, at least for another few weeks.
In April ‘00, Eric Bischoff & Vince Russo took over WCW, immediately vacating every title, including the World belt. Vicious confronted Russo about it, but threats towards his job forced him to drop the belt. Vicious immediately became part of the Millionaire’s Club, a formation between the older, more experienced wrestlers. They faced Bischoff & Russo’s New Blood, the younger athletes who had not been given the push they thought they deserved. The New Blood’s first move was to put the Millionaire’s Club against each other in the World Title tournament, while their man, the Chosen One Jeff Jarrett, was given a bye. Vicious faced Sting in the first round, and after interference from the New Blood, Sting got the win and moved on, while Vicious fell out of the World Title picture. He later vanished from sight altogether for the next year.
In November ‘00, Scott Steiner, the WCW World Champion, was gloating along with his allies after putting Booker T out of action, the same as he had done to Sting. During the celebration, though, Ric Flair brought out Steiner’s next opponent: Sid Vicious. Vicious & Steiner brutally fought for the next few weeks leading up to Starrcade ‘00. At the PPV, they went at it for the World Title. During the battle, Steiner put his submission hold, the Steiner Recliner, on Vicious, but Sid made it to the ropes. Later on, Steiner’s valet, Midajah, tried to interfere, but hit Steiner by mistake. The same thing happened when Jeff Jarrett made an appearance, but Jarrett stopped the referee from making the count afterwards. In the end, after all the interference, Steiner got the Recliner back on to make Vicious pass out, losing the match.
For the next month, Vicious continued to go after Steiner & Jarrett, getting some aid from the CEO of WCW, Ric Flair. Flair brought in a ‘mystery man’, who launched attacks on Steiner, Jarrett, & the rest of his crew. It was eventually signed for there to be a Four-Way World Title fight at WCW Sin, the PPV in January ‘01, between Vicious, Steiner(c), Jarrett, and the mystery man. During the night, Flair announced that he never said when the mystery man would enter the match. This made the fight start with just the three, putting the double-team against Sid. Vicious came back, however, to attack both men. However, when he leaped off the turnbuckle at one point, Vicious landed horribly, getting a compound fracture in his leg which basically ended the match, as the “mystery man” ran down to kick Sid in the head so that Steiner could pin him. The masked man was then revealed as Road Warrior Animal.
The horrible injury put Sid Vicious out of wrestling for a very long time, as he did not return during the Turner-run WCW era. He is supposedly still recovering, healing up his leg and trying to learn how to walk once again. At this point in time, we’ll just have to see if Sid Vicious ever returns to the ring.
World Championship Wrestling (first run, 1989-1991)
In 1989, Eudy signed with WCW and wrestled as Sid. Originally slated as a singles wrestler, Eudy was paired with Danny Spivey to form The Skyscrapers. Managed by Teddy Long, The Skyscrapers feuded with the Steiner Brothers and the Road Warriors. During this time, he incorporated the Powerbomb as his finishing move, popularizing it with audiences in North America. However, the team was short-lived; Eudy was replaced by Mean Mark Callous after suffering a broken rib and a punctured lung.
Following his recovery, Eudy returned as a member of Ric Flair’s Four Horsemen, and he was billed by the ring announcers as being from “wherever he darn well pleases”. As one of the Horsemen, Eudy feuded with Paul Orndorff and The Junkyard Dog. He unsuccessfully battled NWA World Champion Sting for the title, with his biggest chance coming at Halloween Havoc 1990, where a fake Sting (Barry Windham) in collusion with Sid, let Sid pin him after switching places with the champion in order for Sid to win the belt. They were thwarted when the real Sting came out and beat Sid.
Despite being offered a multi-year, guaranteed contract and the WCW World Heavyweight Championship, Eudy left the company for the World Wrestling Federation.
World Wrestling Federation (first run, 1991-1992)
Sid made his TV debut in the WWF on the July 20, 1991 episode of WWF Superstars under the name Sid Justice. He was announced as the special guest referee for the main event of that year’s SummerSlam, where The Ultimate Warrior and then-WWF Champion Hulk Hogan teamed up against The Triangle of Terror (Sgt. Slaughter, Col. Mustafa, and Gen. Adnan) in a 3-on-2 Handicap Match. Later that night, Sid saved “The Macho Man” Randy Savage and Miss Elizabeth from an attack at the hands of The Undertaker and Jake “The Snake” Roberts at the newly-wed couple’s reception. Sid dominated a short feud against The Undertaker before he took on Jake. In a match with Roberts Sid injured his biceps and couldn’t wrestle at Survivor Series 1991.
Entering at number 29, Sid participated at the 1992 Royal Rumble Match, wherein the winner would win the vacant WWF Title. He managed to be one of the Final Four wrestlers, along with Hulk Hogan, Randy Savage, and Ric Flair. He eliminated Savage and then Hogan over the top rope, leaving him and Flair in the ring. Hogan, who was still at ringside after being eliminated, grabbed Sid’s arm and distracted him long enough for Flair to eliminate Sid, win the Royal Rumble Match, and become the new WWF Champion. After the match, Sid and Hogan got into an argument in the ring and had to be separated by security. This incident temporarily turned Sid into a heel.
Less than a week later, on the January 25, 1992 episode of WWF Superstars, WWF President Jack Tunney held a press conference to announce who among Sid, Savage, Hogan, “Rowdy” Roddy Piper and The Undertaker would face Ric Flair for the WWF Championship at WrestleMania VIII. Before Tunney even announced who the #1 contender would be, Sid stood up as if Tunney called his name. Yet to Sid’s annoyance, Tunney chose Hogan. After the press conference, Sid referred to it as “the most bogus act Jack Tunney has ever pulled off”. Sid later issued an apology to Hogan, which Hogan accepted.
Sid and Hogan then teamed up to face The Undertaker and Ric Flair on the February 8 edition of Saturday Night’s Main Event. During the match, after double-clotheslined Undertaker and Flair, Hogan reached to Sid for a tag. Sid refused to tag in, and walked out of the match. Hogan won the match by DQ.
On February 22 on an episode of WWF Superstars, Sid appeared as a guest on Brutus “The Barber” Beefcake’s “The Barber Shop”. Knowing that Hulk Hogan (Beefcake’s good friend) was not in the arena, Sid attacked Beefcake and destroyed the Barber Shop set with a chair (this was the final Barber Shop segment). Later that night, it was announced that Hogan would battle Sid (and not WWF Champion Ric Flair) at the main event of WrestleMania VIII; as a result, Flair would now face Randy Savage for the WWF Title. A week later, Sid hired Harvey Whippleman as his manager.
During their match at WrestleMania VIII, after Hogan got a near fall following his Atomic Leg Drop on Sid. Harvey Whippleman interfered, causing Hogan to win by disqualification and Papa Shango then came to the ring and attacked Hogan. Sid and Papa Shango continued to double-team Hogan until The Ultimate Warrior made his return and saved Hogan.
A month later, Sid left the WWF.
World Championship Wrestling (second run, 1993)
Eudy returned to WCW in 1993 and continued his feud with Sting. At the Fall Brawl 1993 PPV, Sting’s team (Sting, Davey Boy Smith, Dustin Rhodes, and The Shockmaster) defeated Sid Vicious’ team (Sid, Vader, and Harlem Heat (Kole & Kane) in a WarGames match. Also at Halloween Havoc 1993, in a rematch from the same PPV three years ago, Sting once again defeated Sid Vicious.
During their UK tour in Blackburn Lancashire on October 28 (four days after Halloween Havoc), Eudy was involved in a hotel bar scuffle with Arn Anderson. Both were rushed to the hospital; Anderson suffered scissor stab wounds to the chest and stomach. Fortunately, both survived the incident. Sid has apologized to Anderson for what happened, and the two are now on good terms.
Sid was released from WCW after several wrestlers threatened to walk out because of him. It had been planned to have Sid challenge then WCW World Champion Vader at Starrcade in December of that year with the slogans of “Who’s The Man?” vs “Who Rules The World?” used to hype it. But Sid’s departure removed him from this match and Ric Flair was elevated to be the challenger against Vader instead winning the title from him.
World Wrestling Federation (second run, 1995-1997)
Bodyguard of Shawn Michaels (February 1995-April 1995)
Sid returned to the WWF as Sycho Sid on the February 20, 1995 episode of Monday Night Raw as the bodyguard of Shawn Michaels. He, along with Jenny McCarthy, accompanied Michaels to ringside for HBK’s WWF Championship Match against the champion, Diesel at WrestleMania XI. Michaels had the match won with Sweet Chin Music, but Sid stood on the ring apron and distracted referee Earl Hebner, allowing Diesel time to recover. Due to this, Diesel was able to pin Michaels after a Powerbomb to win the match and retain his title.
The next night on Raw (April 3), Michaels told Sid that his services as his bodyguard were no longer needed and suggested not to show up for his rematch against Diesel for the WWF Title at the first-ever In Your House. Sid accepted it, but he attacked Michaels from behind and Powerbombed him three times. Diesel came to Michaels’ aid and clotheslined Sid over the top rope. Michaels sustained a legit back injury as a result of the attack and was sidelined for six weeks, thus taking him out of the title bout. This would also be the start of Michaels’ second WWE face run.
Million Dollar Corporation (April 1995-September 1995)
Two weeks later on the April 17 episode of Raw, “The Million Dollar Man” Ted DiBiase announced Sid as the newest member of the Million Dollar Corporation after Bam Bam Bigelow left the Corporation. Also, Sid challenged Diesel to a match for the WWF Championship at In Your House, to which Diesel accepted. In that match, Diesel won the match via DQ and retained his title when Tatanka interfered. After the match, Sid and Tatanka continued to double-team Diesel until Bam Bam Bigelow came out to save him. At King of the Ring 1995, Diesel and Bam Bam Bigelow defeated Sid and Tatanka. Sid faced Diesel once again at IYH 2: The Lumberjacks for the WWF Title in a Lumberjack match, which Diesel won. Sid was scheduled to face Intercontinental Champion Shawn Michaels at Summerslam 1995, but was replaced by Razor Ramon at the bequest of WWF President Gorilla Monsoon, with Ramon challenging for the title in a Ladder Match, as Sid was seen watching on the backstage TV monitors. Sid would face Michaels for the title on the September 5 RAW, but lose after receiving three superkicks. Sid then started a feud with Henry Godwinn; Sid defeated him at IYH 3: Triple Header.
Teaming with 1-2-3 Kid (November 1995 - January 1996)
On the November 13 episode of Raw, Sid faced the WWF Intercontinental Champion Razor Ramon in a non-title match, with Razor’s friend The 1-2-3 Kid as the special guest referee. Razor was about deliver the Razor’s Edge on Sid, but The 1-2-3 Kid pulled Sid out of it. Sid pinned Razor after the Powerbomb, with 1-2-3 Kid making a fast count, to win the match. After the match, The Kid then joined the Million Dollar Corporation.
In the first elimination match at Survivor Series, Sid and Ted DiBiase helped The 1-2-3 Kid pin Marty Jannetty to win and become the sole survivor for his team. Later in the event, Sid was randomly teamed up with Shawn Michaels, Ahmed Johnson, and The British Bulldog to face Yokozuna, Owen Hart, Razor Ramon, and Dean Douglas in a “Wild Card” Survivor Series Match. Sid was eliminated by Razor Ramon after Michaels hit Sid with Sweet Chin Music. After his elimination, Sid powerbombed Michaels. At IYH 5: Season’s Beatings, Razor Ramon and Marty Jannetty defeated Sid and The 1-2-3 Kid. Sid and The 1-2-3 Kid teamed up the next night to participate in the Raw Bowl Match, which The Smoking Gunns won.
A severe injury sustained before or during a January 2nd, 1996 house show match in Hartford, CT with Bob Holly led to Sid’s departure from the WWF.
WWF Championship Push (July 1996 - June 1997)
Eudy would not be seen again in the WWF until July 8, 1996 on an episode of Monday Night Raw when he was announced as the replacement to The Ultimate Warrior (who left the WWF) for the six-man tag team match, teaming with Shawn Michaels and Ahmed Johnson against Vader, Owen Hart, and The British Bulldog (with Jim Cornette) at the main event of IYH 9: International Incident. At this time, he was already considered a face. Cornette’s team won the match.
The next night on Raw, Sid started a feud with The British Bulldog. Sid faced the Bulldog at SummerSlam on August 18th. Sid pinned Bulldog with the Powerbomb to win the match, despite interference from Owen Hart. At IYH 10: Mind Games on September 22 Shawn Michaels hit Mankind with Sweet Chin Music and went for the pin to retain the WWF Championship, but Vader came out, broke up the count, attacked Michaels, and got Mankind disqualified. After the match, Mankind and Vader double-teamed Michaels until Sid came out to make the save. He and Vader fought their way backstage, starting a feud between the two.
Sid fought Vader at IYH 11: Buried Alive on October 20 in a match where the winner would face Shawn Michaels for the WWF Championship at Survivor Series on November 17th. Vader hit the Vader Bomb on Sid, but Sid amazingly kicked out and fought back. Sid was about to Powerbomb Vader, but Vader’s manager, Jim Cornette got on the ring apron. Shawn Michaels pulled Cornette off the apron and hit him with Sweet Chin Music. Sid pinned Vader with the chokeslam to win the match and to become the number one contender for the WWF Championship. After the match, Sid celebrated his victory with Michaels.
At Survivor Series, Sid grabbed a camera from the cameraman and prepared to hit Michaels with it. Michaels’ manager, Jose Lothario got on the ring apron and told Sid to put the camera down, but Sid refused and hit Lothario in the chest with the camera. Although this was the act of a heel, the audience in MSG that night cheered wildy for him and booed Michaels. Sid dropped the camera and as soon as he turned around, Michaels hit him with Sweet Chin Music; however, Michaels went outside the ring to check on his manager instead of going for the pin. Sid hit Michaels in the back with the camera, threw him back in the ring, hit the Powerbomb, and pinned Michaels to become the WWF Champion.
At IYH 12: It’s Time on December 15 Sid defended the title against Bret Hart in a match where the winner would defend the title against Shawn Michaels at the 1997 Royal Rumble on January 19th. Hart made Sid tap out to the Sharpshooter, but the referee was knocked out. As Shawn Michaels was commentating at ringside, Sid and Bret Hart left the ring and started fighting right beside him. After Sid pushed Michaels then climbed into the ring with Hart, Michaels went to hit Sid but Sid threw Hart into him. Sid pinned Hart with the Powerbomb to retain the title.
At the Royal Rumble, Sid defended the title against Michaels. During the match, Sid hit the chokeslam on Michaels and he powerbombed him on the mats outside the ring. Later on in the match, Jose Lothario got on the ring apron and Sid approached him, but before he could do anything to Lothario, Michaels hit Sid in the back and the face with the camera, knocking him out in the process. Michaels went for the pin, but Sid amazingly kicked out. Michaels pinned Sid with Sweet Chin Music to become the WWF Champion for the second time. On the 2/17/97 episode of Monday Night Raw, Sid faced Bret Hart for the WWF Championship. Hart had Sid trapped in the Sharpshooter when Stone Cold Steve Austin came to the outside of the ring and hit Hart with a steel chair. Sid pinned Hart with the Powerbomb to win the WWF Championship for the second time.
At WrestleMania 13 on March 23 Sid defended the title against The Undertaker. During the match, both men amazingly kicked out of the other’s chokeslam. Bret Hart interfered causing The Undertaker to Tombstone and pin Sid to become the WWF Champion for the second time. Sid didn’t appear for around two months. He returned on the 5/12/97 episode of Monday Night Raw as a face, where he pinned Owen Hart and was to be the partner of The Legion Of Doom in their feud with The Hart Foundation. At King of the Ring on June 8 Sid and The Legion Of Doom faced The Hart Foundation (Owen Hart, The British Bulldog, and Jim Neidhart) in a Six-Man Tag Team Match. The Hart Foundation won when Owen pinned Sid with a roll-up. Sid made one more appearance, losing in a rematch against The Undertaker on Raw. This was Sid’s last appearance in the WWF.
Extreme Championship Wrestling (1999)
Sid appeared in ECW from January 1999 to May 1999 and feuded with the Dudley Boyz, John Kronus, Skull Von Krush, and Justin Credible. He left ECW due to the monetary problems plaguing the promotion.
World Championship Wrestling (third run, 1999-2001)
After his run in ECW, Eudy returned to WCW in 1999 where he feuded with Kevin Nash, Goldberg, and Scott Steiner. WCW began nicknaming Sid “The Millennium Man”, shortly after Chris Jericho’s “Millennium Man” gimmick debuted in the WWF. WCW even released a home video highlighting Sid’s return to WCW called Sid Vicious: Millennium Man, but on the original print the word “millennium” was misspelled. Upon returning to the WCW, Sid Vicious was dubbed as undefeated, having a winning streak much like Goldberg had previously. The majority of this streak was Sid coming to the ring and attacking wrestlers already in a match or immediately following their match, thus “defeating” them. Goldberg was the one to ultimately end his streak (WCW also chose to ignore Sid’s many losses in the company during his previous stint with them).
After the “Millennium Man” gimmick ran dry, Sid became a face and started to contend for the WCW World Heavyweight Championship; he was placed in a match at Souled Out 2000 in January to fill the suddenly-vacant title after Bret Hart was forced to relinquish the title due to a concussion. He would go on to lose the match and the title to Chris Benoit, but Benoit was on his way to the WWF at the time and the title was vacated the next night on Nitro.
The next week, Sid was presented with a challenge by Nash, who had become commissioner of WCW. If he could beat Don & Ron Harris in a match on Nitro that night, he would face Nash for the championship that night. Sid completed his first task and defeated Nash in the main event to win his first WCW world championship. Two nights later on Thunder, Nash stripped Sid of the championship due to him not beating the legal Harris brother in the match on Nitro. A rematch between Sid and Nash was set up, and just like he had on Nitro, Sid defeated Nash and became champion again. Sid would successfully defend the title at Superbrawl in February in a Triple Threat match against Scott Hall and Jeff Jarrett. On March 19, 2000, Sid defended his title against Jeff Jarrett. He won thanks in part to help from a returning Hulk Hogan, which set up a match for the following night’s Nitro pitting Sid and Hogan vs. Jarrett and Scott Steiner. During the course of the match, Sid turned heel and attacked Hogan, due to his being incensed that the fans were chanting Hogan’s name. He chokeslammed Hogan and forced the referee to count Hogan pinned (the official result was a no contest). This apparently might have been to set up a match for the upcoming Spring Stampede in April. However, shortly after this, WCW began its New Blood angle, and Sid (along with all the other WCW titleholders at the time) was stripped of his championship. He did not play a large role in the angle that followed, and he vanished for several months.
He returned late in the year as the challenger to Scott Steiner’s WCW Championship. Sid failed to defeat Steiner in their match at Starrcade, but remained in the title picture for a short time afterward.
Eudy was scheduled to face Steiner once again at the main event at Sin on January 14, 2001. Prior to the match, members of WCW management allegedly felt that Eudy needed to broaden his arsenal of wrestling moves and suggested that he try an aerial maneuver, despite his “unwillingness.”
During the match, Eudy consequently suffered a leg fracture following his leap from the middle turnbuckle in an attempted big boot. This had him landing his 300+ lb. frame on one foot while kicking with the other. The fracture, filmed during the event, was too graphic for many TV stations to reair. Eudy broke his left leg in half, snapping both the tibia and fibula, with at least one of the bones breaking through the skin.
After the injury, Sid pondered retiring from wrestling for good.
“I had about a year left on my contract, and I was thinking back then prior to hurting my leg what was I going to do as far as wrapping up my career. The only thing I really wanted to do was ideally go out in a big pay-per-view, like a WrestleMania or something like that main event, leave like that, and not come back again. It would really be the retirement match.”
A 17-inch (43 cm) rod was placed in his leg during the two-hour surgery. For a while he used a cane to walk. Sid later sued WCW claiming that he was made to jump off the middle rope against his objections.
The injury forced a plot change in the 2001 SuperBrawl Revenge event. The main event was supposed to be Kevin Nash, Diamond Dallas Page, and Sid against Scott Steiner, Jeff Jarrett, and Road Warrior Animal but was rewritten as Kevin Nash vs. Scott Steiner.
Eudy is married to Sabrina Paige and they have two sons together, Frank and Gunnar. He now enjoys life in Marion, Arkansas. His favorite pastimes are softball and big game hunting.]]>
Date of Birth
8 February 1972, Aiken, South Carolina, USA
Paul Randall Wight Jr.
Big Nasty Bastard
The Big Showbowski
7′ (2.13 m)
Bess Katramados (11 February 2002 - 2007) (divorced) 2 children
Melissa Ann Piavis (14 February 1997 - 2000) (divorced) 1 child
Paul Donald Wight better known in WWE as The Big Show was born on February 8, 1972 in Aiken, South Carolina. The Big Show was trained by Larry Sharpe. Big Show joined WCW on June 18, 1995 where he wrestled as The Giant. He wrestled with many famous WCW Superstars like Hulk Hogan, Randy Savage, Goldberg etc. Show debuted in WWE on February 9, 1999. Show signed a ten-year contract with the World Wrestling Federation on February 9, 1999. He debuted as a villain and as the member of Vince McMahon’s heel stable, The Corporation, at 1999 St. Valentine’s Day Massacre event. He defeated Mankind at WrestleMania and got a chance to become referee at the main event against The Rock and Steve Austin. Vince McMahon berated Show and Show then punched McMahon.
The Big Show then teamed up with The Undertaker and beating Kane and X-Pac for the WWF Tag titles but they lost titles a few weeks later to The Rock and Mankind. Show then got involved in an angle where his dad was apparently dying of cancer while he was feuding with the Big Bossman. The Bossman sent a fake policeman to report his father died during a RAW, which upset Wight huge. Later Show’s dad eventually died, and Bossman continued to further desecrate his father’s memory, as well as attacking Wight at his funeral. Show finally defeated the Big Bossman. Big Show was then sent to Ohio Valley Wrestling for few months to lose weight. Then after a long absense, Show makes his return at the Royal Rumble of 2001.
Now the big show is fighting with WWE under the brand WWE Raw & smackdown. He is currently the Unified Tag Team Champion with partner as Chris Jericho and is scheduled for a TLC match with the DX this week.
World Championship Wrestling (1995–1999)
Wight debuted in WCW at The Great American Bash on June 18, 1995 as a plant during the match between Arn Anderson and The Renegade, who was accompanied by manager Jimmy Hart. Nearly a month later at a Main Event show, prior to Bash at the Beach, Wight interfered in an interview between Hulk Hogan and “Mean” Gene Okerlund. Wight introduced himself as The Giant, and claimed in character, to be the son of André the Giant and blaming Hulk Hogan for the death of his “father” resulting to the start of rivalary between Hogan and the big show.
On October 29, The Giant came to the ring with The Taskmaster and challenged Hogan for the WCW World Heavyweight Championship, making his WCW in-ring debut. Giant was awarded the victory by disqualification after interference from Jimmy Hart, Hogan’s manager. Hart then revealed that the contract Hogan signed (which he had written) had a clause stating that the title would change hands on a disqualification, and, as Hart had intentionally caused a disqualification, The Giant was the new World Heavyweight Champion. The title was held up one week later as a result of the controversial finish of the match.
After a short feud with The Loch Ness Monster, The Giant won the World Heavyweight Championship a second time by defeating Ric Flair. After Hogan formed the New World Order (nWo), he defeated The Giant for the Championship at Hog Wild following interference from Scott Hall and Kevin Nash. The Giant joined the nWo twenty three days later, citing Ted DiBiase’s money as his primary motivation, feuding with Lex Luger and the Four Horsemen.
After the nWo and the nWo Wolfpac merged together again in January 1999, Hogan declared that there was only room for one “giant” in the group, and forced Giant and Nash to wrestle for that spot. Nash defeated him following a run-in by Scott Hall and Eric Bischoff. The Giant was then attacked by the entire nWo. Unhappy with his remuneration, Wight allowed his WCW contract to expire on February 8, 1999 at his 27th birthday.
World Wrestling Federation / Entertainment (1999–2006)
Wight signed a ten-year contract with the World Wrestling Federation on February 9, 1999, debuting as a villain and a member of Vince McMahon’s stable, The Corporation, at St. Valentine’s Day Massacre: In Your House. During the Mr Vince McMahon versus Steve Austin cage match, Wight tore through the canvas from underneath the ring and attacked Austin. However, Wight cost McMahon the match when he threw Austin into the side of the cage and the cage broke, spilling Austin outside to the floor and granting him the victory.
When The Undertaker was sidelined with injuries, Wight set his sights on the WWF Championship. After Steve Austin was run-over at the 1999 Survivor Series, Wight was given his place in the triple threat match for the WWF Championship. In that match, which also featured The Rock, he pinned Triple H to become champion.
Wight returned at the 2001 Royal Rumble, but was eliminated by The Rock. Angered by his quick elimination, Wight proceeded to chokeslam The Rock through the announcer’s table before leaving the arena. He then began competing for the WWF Hardcore Championship, which he lost to Kane in a Triple Threat match which also included Raven at WrestleMania X-Seven.
In late 2002, Wight was traded to SmackDown!, immediately challenging Brock Lesnar for the WWE Championship. Wight became a two-time WWE Champion defeating Lesnar at Survivor Series, after Brock’s manager Paul Heyman turned on him. At No Mercy, Wight defeated Eddie Guerrero for the WWE United States Championship and then formed an alliance with the then WWE Champion Brock Lesnar.
Wight abandoned a departing Lesnar immediately before WrestleMania XX. At the pay-per-view, Wight lost the United States Championship to John Cena.
On April 3, 2005 at WrestleMania 21, Wight faced Sumo Grand Champion Akebono in a worked sumo match; the match was added to the show to attract a strong pay-per-view audience in Japan, where Akebono is considered a sporting legend.
On October 17, Wight defeated Edge and was thus entered in an online opinion poll, with the winner of the poll facing John Cena and Kurt Angle in a Triple Threat match for the WWE Championship at Taboo Tuesday. The poll was won by Shawn Michaels, meaning that the other two options would wrestle for the World Tag Team Championship. Wight teamed with Kane to defeat Lance Cade and Trevor Murdoch for the Tag Team Championship.
ECW brand, ECW Champion and departure
At WWE vs. ECW Head to Head on June 7, Wight jumped to the returning ECW brand; he removed his Raw shirt to reveal an ECW shirt during a twenty man battle royal including members of the Raw and SmackDown rosters against members of the ECW roster.
On the July 4 episode of ECW on Sci Fi, Wight beat Van Dam to win the ECW World Championship with the assistance of ECW’s General Manager Paul Heyman, who declined to make the three-count for Van Dam after Van Dam hit his signature Five Star Frog Splash on the Big Show.
At Cyber Sunday he faced John Cena and King Booker in a Champion of Champions match. The fans voted for King Booker’s World Heavyweight Championship to be on the line. Booker won the match following interference from Kevin Federline, who was just beginning a feud with Cena at the time. At Survivor Series, Cena wrestled Big Show in a traditional 10-Man Survivor Series Tag Team Match, with Cena and Bobby Lashley leaving as the sole survivors of the match after Cena pinned Big Show to claim the victory due to a double team with Lashley. Wight then began a feud with Lashley, who left SmackDown! to join the ECW brand to participate in the Extreme Elimination Chamber match at December to Dismember for the ECW Championship. After busting Big Show open by breaking one of the plexiglass pods with his face, Lashley speared and pinned him to claim the ECW Championship. On December 6, 2006 following an unsuccessful rematch, WWE.com announced that Wight was taking time off from the ring to heal injuries he had sustained on ECW.
Return to WWE (2008–present)
A noticeably slimmer Wight returned to WWE under his last used ring name (The) Big Show, at No Way Out, stating that he had lost 108 pounds, previously weighing at least 500 pounds when he took time off from injuries. Wight then attempted to attack Rey Mysterio after his World Heavyweight Championship match with then champion Edge but got into a physical confrontation with boxer Floyd Mayweather, Jr. after Mayweather came from the crowd to defend his friend Rey. The confrontation ended with Mayweather breaking Wight’s nose with a punching combination.
On April 13, Big Show was drafted to the Raw brand as a part of the 2009 WWE Draft. At Backlash, Big Show interfered in a Last Man Standing match for the World Heavyweight Championship between Cena and Edge, when he threw Cena into a spotlight, thus resulting in Edge winning the title.
At Night of Champions, Big Show was announced as Chris Jericho’s new tag team partner, after replacing Edge. The new duo was able to successfully defend the Unified WWE Tag Team Championship against The Legacy when Big Show forced Ted DiBiase to submit to the Colossal Clutch.
Like André the Giant, Wight has acromegaly, a disease of the endocrine system. Wight underwent successful surgery in the early 1990s on his pituitary gland which halted the progress of this condition. By the age of twelve, Wight was 6 ft 2 in (1.88 m) tall, weighed 220 lb (100 kg), and had chest hair. In 1991, as a member of the Wichita State University basketball team at age nineteen, Wight was listed at 7 ft 1 in (2.16 m). His shoe size is 22 5 E, his ring size is 22.5, and his chest is 64 inches (160 cm) in circumference. In 2005, Wight leased a bus and hired a bus driver because of the practical problems his size presents to air travel and car rental.
Wight played basketball and football in high school at Wyman King Academy in Batesburg-Leesville, South Carolina. He was a standout center for the basketball team and a tight end for the football team. While at Wichita State University, Wight played basketball, and is a member of the Beta-Chi Chapter of Tau Kappa Epsilon fraternity at Southern Illinois University-Carbondale. Wight also attended Southern Illinois University Edwardsville from 1992 to 1993 and was a member of the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) Division II Cougars basketball team. During his one year at SIUE, Wight scored a total of thirty-nine points for the Cougars in limited action.
In December 1998, Wight was arrested and detained for allegedly exposing himself to a hotel clerk in Memphis, Tennessee. Wight was later released due to a lack of evidence.
Wight married his first wife, Melissa Ann Piavis, on February 14, 1997. They separated in 2000 and their divorce was finalized on February 6, 2002. Together they have a daughter named Cierra. He married his second wife, Bess Katramados, on February 11, 2002.
In March 1999, Wight was charged with assault by Robert Sawyer, who alleged that Wight had broken his jaw during the summer of 1998 in the course of an altercation at Marriott Hotels & Resorts in Uniondale, New York. Wight claimed that Sawyer had verbally abused, threatened, and shoved him, and that he had responded by punching Sawyer. After three days, Judge Thomas Feinman gave a verdict of not guilty.]]>
Date of Birth: 20 March 1959, Omaha, Nebraska, USA
Nickname: Sting, The Stinger
Height: 6′ 3″ (1.91 m)
Hometown: Venice Beach, California
Birthplace: Omaha, Neb.
Pro Debut: 1985
Signature Maneuver: Scorpion Death Lock
Steve Borden was born on March 20, 1959 in Omaha, NE. In 1985, he started his career as part of a group of four bodybuilders known as Powerteam USA and they were trained by Rick Bassman. One of the men was the Ultimate Warrior. They went to Memphis together as the Bladerunners. Sting’s name was Flash in Tennessee and he became Sting when they moved to the UWF. Sting became one of the top stars in the UWF before it was sold in 1987.
A New Superstar:
Sting became a star at the first Clash of Champions when he fought Ric Flair to a 45 minute draw. He was a top face in the company and won the Crockett Cup with Lex Luger. In 1989, he became Ric Flair’s partner in their feud against the Great Muta and Terry Funk. In early 1990, Sting became a member of the Four Horsemen but he was quickly kicked out for signing for a match against Flair for the title.
Ruptured Patella and The Black Scorpion:
On the night he was kicked out of the Four Horsemen, Sting injured his knee while trying to enter a steel cage to get to Ric Flair. After being out of action for almost half a year, he beat Ric Flair in his return to become the new champ. His first title reign was marred by some of the worst booking ever as he feuded with the Black Scorpion. He lost the title back to Flair in January 2001.
How did WCW Stay in Business so Long?
Sting regained the title from his former friend Lex Luger. He then feuded with the Dangerous Alliance and Big Van Vader. Around this time, Sting starred in three very expensive vignettes featuring Cheetum the 1- eyed-midget who taunted Sting about his opponents Jake Roberts & Vader and later blew up his boat. In addition, it seemed that everyone who teamed with Sting would eventually turn on him.
The New World Order:
When WCW was invaded by the NWO, Sting was the best chance to save WCW. The NWO created a fake Sting that fooled his partners and the fans. Sting was upset that everyone thought he turned bad and he underwent a strange transformation. Gone was the short-haired surfer-dude in bright spandex. Sting returned as mysterious figure. He looked like the Crow and spent most of the year in the rafters with a bat and his bird.
Sting faced Hulk Hogan at Starrcade ‘97 in the most anticipated match in the company’s history. The ending is still a baffling mystery to fans to this day as there was supposedly a fast count that caused the match to be restarted. The NWO soon split into two factions and Sting joined the good-guy Red and Black Wolfpack. In 1999, Sting tried a heel turn but the fans wouldn’t accept him as a bad guy.
The End of WCW:
In 2000, Sting feuded with Vampiro and was later injured by Scott Steiner. He wasn’t seen from again until the final Nitro match when he beat Ric Flair in a re-match from the very first Nitro. Without a doubt, Sting is the most famous wrestler of this era to have never worked for Vince McMahon. During the end of his WCW run, he became born again and has written a book and made a DVD about the experience called Sting: Moment of Truth.
Since the sale of WCW, Sting has wrestled sporadically for the World Wrestling Allstars and for TNA in matches usually featuring Jeff Jarrett. In 2006, Sting signed a one year deal to wrestle for TNA. That deal has been extended and he has gone on to win the World Championship at three consecutive Bound for Glory events. That is the biggest event of the year for TNA.
Professional wrestling career
Borden was hired to help recruit a fourth member of Powerteam USA, a professional wrestling stable headed by Red Bastien and Rick Bassman containing three other former bodybuilders while at his Gold’s Gym in San Fernando Valley. After many failed to be recruited, Borden was given an offer to be the fourth member. At the time, Borden had little interest in wrestling, but Bassman constantly tried to recruit him in which Steve finally agreed. Borden trained under Red Bastien, Bill Anderson and Rick Bassman for ten weeks and debuted in November 1985 as Flash Borden.
Universal Wrestling Federation (1985–1987)
Power Team USA disbanded in 1986, and two of the members, Borden and Jim “Justice” Hellwig (later The Ultimate Warrior), formed a tag team known as the Blade Runners. Borden changed his name initially from Flash to Sting, while Hellwig became Rock. The Blade Runners wrestled in the Universal Wrestling Federation based in Shreveport, Louisiana until Rock left the promotion in mid-1986. Left without a partner, Borden joined Hotstuff and Hyatt International, a stable headed by Eddie Gilbert and Missy Hyatt. He won the UWF World Tag Team Championship twice with Gilbert in 1986 and a third time with Rick Steiner in 1987. Initially a heel wrestler, Sting turned face following a match against Terry Taylor in mid-1987, where former manager Gilbert interfered on Taylor’s behalf, costing Sting the match. Following a two-on-one gangup, Gentleman Chris Adams cleared the ring and became instrumental in Sting’s face turn when Adams asked if Sting was with him or against him in his feud with Taylor and Gilbert. It was during this period of working for Bill Watts that Eddie Gilbert publicly endorsed Borden by stating to a ‘dirt sheet’ that Sting would be a megastar in the future. Later that year, Sting was tabbed to win Gilbert’s UWF Television title until Jim Crockett bought the company from Bill Watts. Booker Dusty Rhodes decided to put the belt on Terry Taylor to set up a feud with Nikita Koloff to unify the NWA and UWF Television titles. The decision was made to use unknown Shane Douglas as the transitional champion by Rhodes, who did not want to diminish Sting’s growing stardom with a brief title run.
National Wrestling Alliance
Rhodes decided to use the opening bout of Jim Crockett’s first foray into pay-per-view, Starrcade ‘87, to showcase the young superstar, partnering Sting with Michael P.S. Hayes and Jimmy Garvin in a time-limit draw battle against Eddie Gilbert, Rick Steiner, and Larry Zbyszko. Having established himself as a rising star, Sting was one of the few UWF alumni to be pushed through the NWA. At the inaugural Clash of the Champions, Sting challenged Ric Flair for the NWA World Heavyweight Championship. The match itself was booked as a 45-minute time-limit draw. Sting lost to Flair in several non-televised rematches following the Clash and later that year continued to battle against other members of the Four Horsemen. Sting teamed with Nikita Koloff at the The Great American Bash challenging Tully Blanchard and Arn Anderson for the NWA World Tag Team Championship; the match ended in a 20-minute time-limit draw. Rhodes continued to book Sting in title matches throughout the year against both NWA United States Champion Barry Windham and NWA Television Champion Mike Rotundo. In the fall of ‘88, Sting was attacked by The Road Warriors after a televised match. Sting was chosen as the most over face with the fans by Rhodes, who knew turning Hawk and Animal heel would be no easy task. Dusty Rhodes teamed with Sting to challenge for the tag team belts at Starrcade ‘88, defeating The Road Warriors by disqualification.
Sting then returned to singles matches in 1989, starting the year off on New Year’s Day wrestling Ric Flair to a one hour draw in Atlanta’s Omni. After a long push, he finally won his first title in the NWA when he defeated Mike Rotundo for the NWA Television Championship. He defended the TV Championship actively but tended to face sub-par challengers such as the Iron Sheik. In mid 1989, The Great Muta was booked to challenge Sting on July 23 at The Great American Bash. The match was a classic Dusty Finish even though the “American Dream” had been fired months before. Sting got the three-count and was announced as the winner. A replay showed Muta’s shoulder was up at the count of two and the NWA decided to declare the title vacant. Sting and Muta battled in many rematches, but they always ended in disqualification, giving neither man the championship. Eventually, Muta won a no disqualification match against Sting to win the title after using a blackjack to get the win. In the main event of The Great American Bash, Ric Flair faced Terry Funk. After Flair got the victory, he was attacked by Muta, who was a part of the J-Tex Corporation, only to have Sting come to his rescue. Sting and Flair feuded with Muta and Funk for the rest of summer and fall, culminating in a Thunderdome Cage match between the two teams at Halloween Havoc ‘89, which Flair and Sting won. The alliance with Flair resulted in Sting joining the Four Horsemen along with the Andersons, Arn and Ole.
Sting finished out the year winning the four-man round robin Ironman tournament at Starrcade ‘89. The night ended when he defeated Flair in the final match to accumulate the necessary amount of points needed to win. It also made Sting the number one contender for Flair’s NWA World Title, which was the catalyst for the events that immediately followed.
Sting was summarily dismissed from the Horsemen on February 6, 1990 at Clash of the Champions X: Texas Shootout after refusing to relinquish an upcoming title shot at Flair, thus restarting their rivalry. Later that evening, Borden suffered a legitimate knee injury while interfering in a Steel Cage match featuring the Four Horsemen. Borden’s injury forced WCW bookers to find a new opponent for Flair for the forthcoming WrestleWar pay-per-view. Sting also resumed his on-screen friendship with Lex Luger, about this time. Luger unsuccessfully challenged Flair for the title in a series of matches while Sting recuperated. Sting played a part in the finish of the match at WrestleWar, as Luger relinquished his chance to win the title in favor of helping Sting at ringside, who was in great peril at the hands of the other Horsemen. WCW officials wanted Flair to drop the title to Luger at WrestleWar, but he refused. Flair said that he had promised Sting that he would be waiting for him to get better, and would hold the belt until then. Flair felt that Sting, as the top face in the company, deserved the belt more than Luger, a man he held little regard for offscreen. At the Capital Combat event in May, Sting was accosted by the Four Horsemen and thrown into a metal cage at ringside and rescued by RoboCop.
After Borden’s recovery, Sting finally defeated Flair for the NWA World Heavyweight Championship on July 7, 1990, at the Great American Bash. He went on to feud with title contenders Flair and Sid Vicious. Vicious appeared to defeat Sting in a title match at Halloween Havoc, but the “Sting” who he pinned was revealed to be an impostor, played by Horseman Barry Windham. The real Sting appeared soon after and pinned Vicious to retain his title when the match was restarted. During this time, Sting became distracted by a masked man known as “The Black Scorpion” who taunted and attacked Sting on many occasions. This feud culminated in a final showdown between Sting and The Black Scorpion at Starrcade: Collision Course. The Cage match ended with Sting pinning and unmasking the Scorpion, who turned out to be Ric Flair.
World Championship Wrestling
Sting’s championship reign ended on January 11, 1991, when he was defeated by Flair in a rematch from Starrcade. In the same month, WCW seceded from the National Wrestling Alliance, in the process recognizing a WCW World Heavyweight Championship and a WCW World Tag Team Championship. Sting then feuded with Nikita Koloff in the summer of 1991. He also took part in what many consider to be one of the best matches of 1991, teaming with Lex Luger to face the Steiner Brothers at the first SuperBrawl pay-per-view. That match had also triggered the feud with Koloff when he took a chain-shot intended for his partner Luger (who had been feuding with Koloff at the time). In August 1991, Sting defeated Steve Austin to win a tournament for the WCW U.S. title. At Starrcade ‘91 Sting went on to win the first ever Battlebowl in which he received a Battlebowl championship ring. At the end of 1991, Sting became embroiled in a feud with the Dangerous Alliance, headed by manager Paul E. Dangerously. The stable targeted Sting because he was the so-called “franchise” of WCW, and vowed to destroy both him and the promotion that he was the face of, although he was also being targeted by Luger, who had once again turned heel and as WCW Champion viewed Sting as a threat. Sting engaged in many matches with Dangerous Alliance members, especially “Ravishing” Rick Rude, who was the group’s main star. It was during this feud that he won the first of his six WCW World Heavyweight titles, defeating Lex Luger at SuperBrawl II on February 29, 1992. The feud ended when Sting and his allies, named Sting’s Squadron (consisting of himself, Ricky Steamboat, Dustin Rhodes, Barry Windham, and Nikita Koloff) defeated the Alliance (Rude, Austin, Arn Anderson, Larry Zbyszko, and Bobby Eaton) in a WarGames match at WrestleWar in May 1992; the match would get a 5-star rating from Dave Meltzer.
Near the end of Sting’s battles with the Dangerous Alliance, the seeds were sown for what arguably became one of the most famous feuds of his career. In April 1992, he defended his WCW World title at The Omni in Atlanta against the 450-pound Big Van Vader. During the match, Vader splashed Sting, cracking three of his ribs and rupturing his spleen. Sting recovered and defended his title against Vader at The Great American Bash in July, dropping the belt to him after missing a Stinger Splash (hitting his head on the ringpost in the process), and receiving a powerbomb. After beating Cactus Jack in a Falls Count Anywhere match at Beach Blast and WCW newcomer Jake Roberts in a “Spin the Wheel, Make the Deal” match at Halloween Havoc, Sting again faced Vader in the “King of Cable” tournament final at Starrcade, where Sting was victorious. The Sting-Vader feud continued into 1993, with Vader defeating Sting in a bloody Strap match at SuperBrawl III. Sting exacted revenge by beating Vader for the World title on March 11 in London, England, but lost it back to him six days later in Dublin, Ireland. Sting then teamed with WCW newcomer Davey Boy Smith to beat the team of Vader and Sid Vicious at Beach Blast, in a match that was set up by a mini-movie that saw an evil midget blow up Sting’s boat. At the end of the year, Sting was one of the first people to congratulate the newly-returned Ric Flair after his title victory over Vader at Starrcade. Sting feuded with Vader and Rude through the first half of 1994, defeating Vader in a match for the vacant WCW International World title at Slamboree after Rude was forced to vacate due to his suffering a career-ending injury against Sting in Japan. Soon afterward, Flair turned heel and defeated Sting in a title unification match at Clash of the Champions XXVII. Sting spent the second half of ‘94 and most of 1995 teaming with new arrival Hulk Hogan in his battles against the Three Faces of Fear and later against the Dungeon of Doom.
In October 1995, Flair convinced Sting to team with him in a tag match against Arn Anderson and Brian Pillman at Halloween Havoc, as Anderson and Pillman had attacked Flair earlier in the night. Flair was unable to come out for the first part of the match and Sting fended off both Anderson and Pillman alone. Finally, Flair came out, but eventually turned on Sting and reformed the Four Horsemen with Anderson, Pillman, and later Chris Benoit. Sting closed out 1995 by feuding with the Horsemen. His alliances with Hogan and Randy Savage led the Horsemen to attack them as well.
The first part of 1996 had Sting teaming with Lex Luger (who had returned to WCW in September 1995) to win the WCW World Tag Team title from Harlem Heat. The reign was highlighted by the face Sting usually oblivious to the cheating tactics of Luger (a tweener) which became the means by which they usually retained the title. When Luger became temporarily unavailable in March 1996, Harlem Heat member Booker T teamed up with Sting on one occasion to successfully prevent the title from changing hands. A rematch between Harlem Heat and the team of Luger and Sting then came the following night, in which a mutual respect was displayed between Sting and Booker T. Harlem Heat eventually won the title back on the June 24, 1996 edition of WCW Monday Nitro. Sting also received a World title shot against The Giant at Slamboree, but lost after accidental interference from Luger.
In the summer of 1996, Sting was the first to stand up to “The Outsiders” (Kevin Nash and Scott Hall). They had a match at Bash at the Beach with Sting being joined by Randy Savage and Lex Luger. The Outsiders announced they would have a 3rd man in their corner as well. In the opening minutes of the bout, Hall and Nash’s partner was nowhere to be seen, but the WCW contingent’s 2 on 3 advantage was short lived as Luger had to leave the match early due to an injury. Sting and Savage fought against Nash and Hall until the arrival of Hulk Hogan, who was apparently about to back up the WCW wrestlers until he attacked Savage with his Leg drop finisher in a swerve. The three subsequently formed the New World Order (nWo) at the end of the match, which was ruled a no-contest. The nWo introduced an impostor Sting (played by Jeff Farmer), which led the crowd to believe that Sting had turned his back on WCW during a WarGames match at Fall Brawl. When the real Sting returned he was upset by the fact that many wrestlers believed that he had in fact betrayed WCW despite his denials, that he himself felt betrayed, and so he left WCW by declaring himself a “free agent.” He began appearing in the rafters at WCW events; his new silent persona, complete with corpse paint, a trench coat, and longer hair replacing his spiked haircut, was quite obviously inspired by The Crow. He was joined in the rafters on a few occasions by Randy Savage. He also began using a baseball bat as his signature weapon. The nWo, in turn, began to paint Farmer’s face in the same fashion to try to continue the confusion, becoming known as nWo Sting. While appearing on a WCW/nWo merchandise special on QVC Sports in late 1999, Sting admitted that Scott Hall initially suggested the idea of painting his face like the character from The Crow. Sting continues to use this type of face paint, occasionally with different designs and the use of color. In an unusual loyalty test, Sting confronted WCW wrestlers in the ring and shoved them a few times with his bat until they were provoked enough to advance on him, at which point he drew the weapon back into a more threatening stance, causing them to stop. He would then hand the bat to the offended wrestler and turn his back, offering them a chance at retaliation. When the wrestler declined, Sting would nod, retrieve the bat, and leave the ring. Following the eventual revelation of his loyalty to WCW, he began coming to the aid of many of these wrestlers (often at the end of a television taping) during group battles with the nWo.
After nearly six months of uncertainty and mystery, Sting finally showed his true colors as a face by single-handedly taking out the entire nWo at Uncensored in March 1997. The pay-per-view had drawn to a close and the nWo were celebrating with their new found partner, NBA star Dennis Rodman, when Sting rappelled down over 70 feet from the roof of the arena via zip-line and began his historic battle against the nWo in which he ended up giving the Scorpion Death Drop to the principal members of the nWo: The Outsiders, Randy Savage, and WCW World Champion Hollywood Hogan. After this attack, he frequently rappelled from the rafters or even came up through the ring to attack unsuspecting nWo members and employ decoy Stings to play mind games during the closing segments of WCW Monday Nitro. Sting’s appearances to fight the nWo at the end of almost every WCW Monday Nitro helped to keep and widen the ratings gap between WCW and the WWF throughout the summer. On-screen commissioner James J. Dillon tried many times to get Sting to return to wrestling by making contracts to fight various nWo members, but Sting ended up tearing up the contracts because there was only one man he wanted: Hollywood Hogan.
Sting and Hogan finally met at Starrcade for the WCW World Championship, with Sting winning controversially due to a decision by special guest referee Bret Hart when he reversed the decision made by referee Nick Patrick after Hogan pinned Sting after what he believed to be a “fast count.” The match was restarted and Sting made Hogan submit to the Scorpion Deathlock. It was heavily rumored that Sting was supposed to get a “clean” victory in the match, but in the days leading up to the match, Terry Bollea (Hogan), invoking his “creative control” clause in his contract, changed his stance on the outcome from a “clean” finish to a tainted finish that didn’t weaken his character. The compromise ended up being the controversial ending of the match. The next night on WCW Monday Nitro, Hogan protested the decision which led to a rematch. The rematch met with the same result and later in the week on the inaugural episode of WCW Thunder, on-camera commissioner J.J. Dillon held the title up and forced Sting to surrender the belt. It was during this situation that Sting said his first words on camera in a year and a half. Upon handing over the belt, he told Dillon, “You’ve got no guts!” and then turned to Hogan and said, “And you….You’re a dead man!” Sting eventually recaptured the title with help from “Macho Man” Randy Savage at SuperBrawl VIII. He went on to have successful title defenses against the likes of Scott Hall, Diamond Dallas Page, and Kevin Nash before losing the title to Savage at Spring Stampede in April 1998, due to interference from Nash.
In the end, Sting amassed three victories over Hulk Hogan, while Hulk Hogan has never been able to defeat Sting. Sting is one of only four wrestlers that have defeated Hulk Hogan without losing to him. Brock Lesnar, Goldberg, and The Rock are all undefeated against Hogan, although Hogan has pinned Sting in a tag team match on Nitro, and he pinned The Rock in a tag team match on Raw. Sting has the highest amount of victories over him.
Later in 1998, nWo split up owing to differences between Hogan and Nash. Nash formed the tweener group known as the nWo Wolfpac. Months later, debate arose as to whether Sting would join one of the factions. Sting made an entrance, sporting the black and white shirt, only to reveal his true stance with the Wolfpac. Soon after, he changed his white face paint to red as well as his ring attire accordingly. Sting held the tag team titles as part of Nash’s stable. He and the Giant won the titles at Slamboree. When the team split, Sting was allowed to choose Nash as a partner as a result of his victory at The Great American Bash in Baltimore. Throughout the summer, Sting, along with fellow nWo Wolfpac members Nash, Lex Luger, and Konnan feuded with Hogan’s heel faction, nWo Hollywood. Soon after, Sting engaged in a feud with Bret Hart, as a result of Hart’s (kayfabe) betrayal after claiming to respect Sting as a result of their similar finishing holds, the Sharpshooter and the Scorpion Deathlock. After suffering (kayfabe) injuries as the result of a bat attack by Hart during a match at Halloween Havoc, Sting disappeared from WCW Television for several months. During this time, the nWo recombined and went fully heel again after The Fingerpoke of Doom incident in 1999. Afterward, Sting left the stable and went out on his own once more.
In the early spring of 1999 Sting made a return on Nitro and then, at Spring Stampede, fought against Hogan, Flair and DDP for the World Heavyweight Championship, with Page winning the belt. However, Sting defeated Page for the title several weeks later on Nitro, only to lose it to him a little over an hour and a half later in the Main Event in a four-way match set up by Kevin Nash (the fourth participant was Goldberg). Page pinned Nash, allowing him to win the title without beating the champion. This unsuccessful title defense ended the shortest title reign in WCW history. Later Sting had a short feud with Goldberg which ended at Slamboree and followed to a feud with Rick Steiner. In June and July Sting teamed up with Kevin Nash in a battle against Team Madness. After Hollywood Hogan came back and Nash turned heel, Sting became part of an angle which featured himself, Hogan and Goldberg fighting Nash, Sid Vicious and Rick Steiner. Sting teased turning heel by first attacking Hulk Hogan at Fall Brawl, hitting Hogan with his baseball bat several times en route to regaining the WCW World Heavyweight Championship. Sting’s heel turn and subsequent attitude change did not go over well with the fans. They still cheered him despite the fact that he was supposed to be the bad guy. He retained against Hulk Hogan at Halloween Havoc after Hogan arrived to the ring in street clothes and merely laid down for a 3-count, but promptly lost an unsanctioned defense to Goldberg at the end of the night. Sting was stripped shortly thereafter (due to an attack on referee Charles Robinson), and returned to being a face. He was given the opportunity to regain the title in a tournament, but lost to Bret Hart in the semi-finals. He then began a feud with former partner Luger.
In 2000, Sting had an intense feud with the newcomer Vampiro. Vampiro set him alight in a “Human Torch Match”(at the heel of the match switched with stuntman, who was set on fire and thrown of the balcony), but came back to even the score with Vampiro. He was “injured” by Scott Steiner in 2000, leaving WCW TV for good. However, he returned for the last episode of Monday Nitro, on March 26, 2001 and defeated his longtime rival Ric Flair, embracing in a sportsmanlike fashion at the end of the contest. Fittingly, this was the last WCW match ever, and the final match between Sting and Flair, ending a 13-year, on-again/off-again feud.
World Wrestling All-Stars (2002–2003)
Sting returned to professional wrestling in late-2002, touring Europe with the World Wrestling All-Stars (WWA) throughout November and December. His first match with the WWA was on November 28, 2002 in Dublin, and saw Sting team with Lex Luger to defeat Buff Bagwell and Malice. On December 6 in Glasgow, Scotland, Luger defeated Sting in a match for the vacant WWA World Heavyweight Championship following interference from Jeff Jarrett. On December 13, 2002 in Zürich, Switzerland, Sting defeated Luger to become the WWA World Heavyweight Champion.
Sting toured Australia with the WWA in May 2003. On May 21, he successfully defended the WWA World Heavyweight Championship against Rick Steiner and Shane Douglas in Sydney. On May 23 in Melbourne, he retained the title in a match with Disco Inferno, despite interference from Chris Sabin and Konnan. On the last ever WWA show, on May 25 in Auckland, New Zealand, Sting lost the WWA World Heavyweight Championship to NWA World Heavyweight Champion Jeff Jarrett in a championship unification bout following interference on Jarrett’s behalf by Rick Steiner. This last show aired on pay-per-view in the United States on June 8, 2003.
Total Nonstop Action Wrestling
In 2003, Sting signed a contract committing him to four appearances with the Total Nonstop Action Wrestling (TNA) promotion. He debuted in TNA on the June 18 one year anniversary show, teaming with Jeff Jarrett to defeat A.J. Styles and Syxx Pac. Following this, Borden engaged in a comprehensive series of sitdown interviews with Mike Tenay, discussing his career and his faith. Sting returned to TNA on November 5, 2003, defeating Jarrett by disqualification in a match for the NWA World Heavyweight Championship. On November 12, Sting teamed with A.J. Styles to defeat Jarrett and Lex Luger. He made his final TNA appearance of 2003 on December 17, defeating Jarrett in a non-title match.
On March 24, 2004, Borden was interviewed once again by Mike Tenay as part of the promotion for his direct-to-video biographical film, Sting: Moment of Truth, and on March 31, he returned to the company one night only as the special guest enforcer for the main-event, a 4 Way match between Abyss, A.J. Styles, Raven, and Ron Killings, which Raven won.
On December 11, 2005, at Turning Point, as Jeff Jarrett stood in the ring celebrating his victory, the lights in the arena went out, images of a scorpion—Sting’s symbol—then appeared on the arena screens, along with the date “January 15, 2006.” Spotlights then illuminated the ring, revealing that a chair bearing Sting’s signature trench coat, boots, and black baseball bat had been placed in the center of the ring. His return to TNA was officially announced one minute after midnight on the January 1, 2006 episode of Impact!.
At Final Resolution, Sting and Christian Cage defeated NWA World Heavyweight Champion Jeff Jarrett and Monty Brown after Sting pinned Jeff Jarrett following the Scorpion Death Drop. His heavily promoted return was greeted with chants of “welcome back” and “you’ve still got it” by the Orlando, Florida audience. TNA later revealed that Final Resolution was “by far the most-purchased TNA pay-per-view event in company history, breaking all previous numbers”. On the January 28, 2006 episode of Impact!, Sting made his Spike TV debut and first appearance on national television in almost five years, coming to the ring at the end of the show to make a “major announcement.” Sting noted that he had never had a chance to properly say goodbye to his fans. He then announced that Final Resolution had been “his goodbye”, before thanking the TNA management and the fans. Sting then dropped his bat, with a spotlight appearing over it, and left the ring, shaking hands with various TNA wrestlers on his way up the ramp.
With Sting gone, the storyline continued with Jeff Jarrett and Eric Young worrying that Sting had not actually retired and sending Alex Shelley to California to videotape Sting at home. Sting discovered Shelley filming, then walked up to Shelley’s car and told him that he was going to show up at Destination X and confront Jeff Jarrett as “Steve Borden.” Clad in “street clothes” and without facepaint Borden returned at Destination X, saving Christian Cage and Rhino as they were attacked by Jarrett’s Army. He placed Jarrett in the Scorpion Deathlock, but was attacked by the debuting Scott Steiner shortly thereafter. In his first cable television match in five years, Sting defeated Eric Young on the April 13, 2006 episode of Impact!. After being attacked by Jarrett, Steiner, and America’s Most Wanted. Sting was saved by A.J. Styles, Ron Killings, and Rhino, who he announced as his teammates in his Lethal Lockdown match with Jarrett’s Army. At Lockdown, Sting, A.J. Styles, Ron Killings, and Rhino (billed as “Sting’s Warriors”) defeated Jarrett, Steiner, and America’s Most Wanted after Chris Harris tapped out to the Scorpion Death Lock. Following Lockdown, Sting proceeded to seek out partners to help him defeat Jeff Jarrett and Scott Steiner for good. After bringing out Lex Luger, Buff Bagwell, and Rick Steiner as options, he settled on Samoa Joe. At Sacrifice, Sting and Samoa Joe defeated Jarrett and Steiner when Joe pinned Jarrett with a Muscle Buster.
Still having proven unsuccessful at putting Jarrett away, Sting defeated Scott Steiner by disqualification to earn as spot in the King of the Mountain match at Slammiversary. Due to a confrontation with Christian Cage during the match, Sting was distracted, allowing crooked referee Earl Hebner to knock over the ladder both were on, sending both to the floor and allowing Jarrett to win. At Victory Road in July, a four-man Number One Contender match was held for a shot at Jeff Jarrett for the NWA World Heavyweight Championship. During the match, Jeff Jarrett, disguised as a cameraman came into the ring with a bottle of gasoline and squirt it into Sting’s eyes. Sting was taken by security into the back and as a result, taken out of the running for the number one contender match. As it continued as a 3-man contest, Sting returned to the ring with his head wrapped in bandages. After performing the Scorpion Death Drop on Scott Steiner, Sting pinned Steiner and won the number one contendership. After a confrontation with Christian Cage in the ring right after the match, they both shook hands, and Cage showed his respect for Sting. On August 13, 2006 at Hard Justice, however, Sting failed to win the NWA World Heavyweight Championship losing to Jeff Jarrett after Christian Cage turned heel and hit Sting with Jarrett’s guitar. On the August 17, 2006 edition of Impact!, Sting stated that he wanted a rematch with Jeff Jarrett at Bound for Glory, TNA’s biggest pay-per view of the year. Jarrett accepted the match, with the implication that Sting put his career on the line, a stipulation Sting accepted. Sting then retreated to train for what could have been his final match. Meanwhile Impact! began showing videos of Sting going through a so-called transformation with many biblical references.
On October 22, 2006, in a Title vs. Career match at the Bound for Glory PPV, Sting returned debuting his new look, a hybrid of his surfer, crow, and nWo Wolfpac styles, looking much leaner physically. He went on to claim his second NWA World Heavyweight title when Jarrett submitted to the Scorpion Deathlock marking the first major championship title Sting had won since 1999. With that victory, Sting became the oldest NWA World Heavyweight Champion of the TNA era, as well as the only person to ever win the title both before and after the inception of TNA. He lost the title to “The Monster” Abyss at Genesis by disqualification after pushing aside the referee and pushing Abyss into a stack of tables covered in barbed wire. In the weeks following Genesis, Sting’s feud with Abyss continued as he tried to get in Abyss’ head by telling him he was being used by his satanic manager James Mitchell. Abyss was visibly affected by this, but remained by Mitchell’s side. Sting’s former friend Christian Cage and his bodyguard Tomko were also thrown in the mix, with Cage claiming he knew a dark secret in Abyss’ past. The three finally met in a Three Way match for the NWA World Heavyweight title at Turning Point, with Abyss retaining the title. After Turning Point, Sting continued to try to convince Abyss he was nothing but a machine for Mitchell, and he got so far into Abyss that Abyss grabbed Mitchell by the throat, almost chokeslamming him on an edition of Impact!, but ultimately convinced himself not to.
As 2007 came along, Sting continued his feud with Abyss while trying to recapture the NWA World Heavyweight Championship. At Final Resolution, Sting faced off against Abyss and Christian Cage for the NWA World Heavyweight Championship but failed to win back the championship. On the January 24, 2007 edition of Impact!, Sting revealed after going through public records that Abyss shot his own father three times in the back, sending him into a coma. During the ensuing brawl throughout the Impact! Zone between Sting and Abyss, James Mitchell burned Sting’s face with a fireball, sending Sting to the hospital. Sting, however, returned to defeat Abyss at Against All Odds in a “Prison Yard” match, and also would once again defeat Abyss at Destination X in a “Last Rites” match. On the March 22 edition of Impact!, Sting teamed with his enemy Abyss to face Christian Cage and A.J. Styles. During the match, Mitchell returned with a woman who Abyss recognized. Abyss then left with Mitchell and the woman, leaving Sting alone to fight Cage and Styles. The following week on Impact!, during a meeting between Sting and James Mitchell, it was revealed that the woman was Abyss’ mother, and that she was the one who had actually shot Abyss’ father, but Abyss took the blame to protect his mother. Later in the night, it was announced Abyss was added to the Lethal Lockdown match at Lockdown as part of Team Cage while Sting ended up joining Team Angle. At Lockdown, Sting (with the help of Jeff Jarrett) pinned Abyss to win the match and in the process end their bitter rivalry.
Due to his win, he was supposed to be facing Christian Cage for the NWA World Heavyweight Championship at Sacrifice, but the next week on Impact!, Kurt Angle challenged Sting for his number one contendership. After Team Cage interfered in the match, it was revealed that at Sacrifice there would be a three way match for the NWA World Heavyweight Championship between Sting, Kurt Angle, and Christian Cage. In the match, Sting tapped out to the Ankle Lock while pinning Cage (technically making him the first superstar to pin or force Cage to submit in TNA), so the title was vacated. After Christopher Daniels attacked Sting near the end his King of the Mountain qualifying match with Samoa Joe costing him the match, he began a short feud with “The Fallen Angel” Christopher Daniels. At Slammiversary, Sting defeated Christopher Daniels with the Scorpion Death Drop.
After his feud with Daniels, Sting began teaming up with his former enemy, Abyss (who had recently turned face). Together at Victory Road, they defeated A.J. Styles and Tomko. While trying to help Abyss to win a match against A.J. Styles, Sting and Abyss were attacked by Christian’s Coalition. Abyss was pulled under the ring and Sting was slammed into broken glass by Tomko, before Abyss emerged bleeding badly and was slammed into the broken glass and thumbtacks. The next week, Sting and Abyss got revenge by defeating Christian and A.J. Styles in a ladder match, in the process earning a contract that allowed them to pick the type of match between Abyss and Christian at Hard Justice. It was announced via TNA mobile that Abyss had selected “Doomsday Chamber of Blood” match. Sting’s team won, with his partner Abyss pinning A.J. Styles to become the number one contender for the TNA World Heavyweight Championship. On the August 30 edition of Impact!, Sting defeated Samoa Joe, A.J. Styles, and Christian Cage in a Four-Way match to become the co-holder of the TNA World Tag Team Championship with Kurt Angle. Yet after only thirteen days, Sting and Angle lost the titles to Adam “Pacman” Jones and Ron “The Truth” Killings at No Surrender. During the match, Karen Angle claimed that Sting had slapped her. This led to a falling out between Sting and Kurt Angle and on the first two hour edition of Impact!, Kurt Angle was shown via satellite (kayfabe) stalking and assaulting Sting’s son Garrett. It was announced that Sting would face Kurt Angle for the TNA World Heavyweight Championship at Bound for Glory. The match was billed as return to his roots for Sting, who enjoyed enormous popularity and success in the Atlanta based World Championship Wrestling earlier in his career. At Bound for Glory, Sting overcame interference by both Karen Angle and Kevin Nash to pin Kurt Angle after a Scorpion Death Drop to win the TNA World Heavyweight Championship. Sting lost the championship back to Kurt Angle on the October 25 edition of Impact (taped October 16). Sting then challenged Angle to a rematch at Genesis in a tag team match. Angle chose Kevin Nash as his partner, while Sting’s partner was a mystery until during the event where his partner was revealed to be Booker T. In the match, whoever scored the pinfall would win the TNA World Championship. Kurt Angle retained the TNA World Championship by pinning Sting. This would be the final TNA appearance of Sting in 2007 as he would take some time off to be with his family.
On the March 20 edition of Impact!, after a brawl between members of both Team Cage and Team Tomko, a promo aired at the end of the show indicating that Sting would return the next week on the first-ever live Impact! episode. Sting then made his official return on March 27, announcing that he would be a part of Team Cage for the Lethal Lockdown match at Lockdown. Later on the show, he teamed with members of Team Cage (Christian Cage, Kevin Nash, Rhino, and Matt Morgan) and defeated Team Tomko (Tomko, A.J. Styles, James Storm, and Team 3D) in a 5-man tag team match. Morgan was added when James Storm attacked Sting with a glass bottle after the match. Sting, however, later gained revenge by defeating James Storm when Matt Morgan threw him his baseball bat. Morgan then ripped off his referee shirt and revealed a Team Cage shirt, thus becoming the fifth member. At Lockdown, Team Cage defeated Team Tomko when Rhino Gored Storm to get the pinfall.
At Victory Road, Booker T faced Samoa Joe for the TNA World Title. During the match, Sting tried to talk sense into Joe, as he was brutally beating Booker T, potentially towards a disqualification. Joe rebuked him, and Sting struck him with his trademark black baseball bat. Over the coming weeks, the feud between Joe and Booker intensified, with episodes ending with Booker T or Sharmell striking Samoa Joe with Sting’s trademark bat as Impact! went off the air, leading to a question of whether Sting had turned on Samoa Joe and became a heel (although receiving a face reaction), Sting sided with Booker T. At Hard Justice, Sting attacked A.J Styles after he and Kurt Angle wrestled a Last Man Standing match.
Sting later admitted to why he attacked Joe and Styles by saying that the younger generation needed to learn about respecting veterans like Angle, Booker, and himself. He declared that he wouldn’t retire until he had accomplished this mission. This led to mixed fan reactions, and sparked a feud between him and TNA World Heavyweight Champion Samoa Joe, as well as Jeff Jarrett who arrived to aid Samoa Joe and A.J. Styles by giving them his guitar as Sting had done with his bat.
At Bound for Glory IV, Sting challenged Samoa Joe for the TNA World Heavyweight Championship and was successful in claiming the title, after Kevin Nash returned and hit Joe with Sting’s baseball bat. On October 23, Sting joined The Main Event Mafia (Kurt Angle, Booker T, Sharmell, Kevin Nash, Scott Steiner, and himself) and by doing so, he fully turned heel for the first time in years. At Lockdown 2009, he lost the TNA World Heavyweight Championship to Mick Foley inside the Six Sides of Steel. At Sacrifice, he pinned Kurt Angle to become the new Godfather of the Main Event Mafia. However, on the episode of Impact! following Slammiversary Sting was scripted to be attacked by his fellow Main Event Mafia members. The following week, he took his revenge upon the mafia, when he attacked every member of the group and stole Angle’s world heavyweight championship belt turning him face in the process. At Victory Road, Sting faced Samoa Joe in a singles match. Later in the match, Taz made his TNA debut and helped Joe beat Sting. Sting then went on to challenge for the TNA World Heavyweight Championship at Hard Justice.
He became a born-again Christian in August 1998. Borden is married to Sue and the couple have two sons, Garrett (born 1991) and Steven (born 1992), and a daughter, Grace (born January 2000). The family are Pentecostal Christians. The Borden family is actively involved with their church, called Church on the Rock, in Santa Clarita, California. Borden’s brother, Jeff, is senior pastor. His son, Garrett, attends Azusa Pacific University where he plays fullback on the football team.]]>
Real Name: Richard Fliehr
Wrestling Debut: December 10, 1972
Weight: 245 pounds
Greatest Match: Ricky Steamboat, Clash of the Champions, 1989, 2 out of 3 falls
Titles Held: WCW World Champ (8), WCW International Champ, U.S. Champ (6) WWE champ (2), WWE Tag Champ (1).
Resides: Charlotte, North Carolina
Billed from: Charlotte, North Carolina
Trained by: Verne Gagne, Hiro Matsuda
Retired: March 30, 2008
“I’M A LIMOUSINE RIDING, JET AIR PLANE FLYING, STYLIN’ AND PROFILIN’ KISS STEALIN’, WHEELIN’AND DEALIN’, SON OF A GUN!” This was Ric Flair’s mantra in all of his promos back in the 80’s as he ruled the wrestling world in the NWA and later, in WCW and the WWE. “Slick” Ric Flair was born in 1949 and adopted as Richard Morgan Fliehr. In 1972, he began his illustrious wrestling career in the AWA after being trained by Verne Gagne. In 1974, he began wrestling in the Mid-Atlantic territory in North Carolina and in 1975; he was in a plane crash that broke his back in three different places. A few years later, he was back to wrestling ands on his way to making history. He went on to hold the U.S. title which was the most important title for the region at the time. Once in awhile the NWA World Champion would come into town and defend his belt but the World Championship belt was not as easy to win as it is today. However, he did win the NWA World Tag Team belts on several occasions with Black Jack Mulligan and Greg “The Hammer” Valentine as his partners.
In 1981, Ric Flair finally defeated the NWA World Champion, Dusty Rhodes for the belt and he would travel to different regions and defend the belt against the top talent in those regions. Before the NWA became the WCW, Ric Flair would go on to hold the NWA World title seven more times. In 1985, the Four Horsemen were formed because of an interview segment that the four men, Ric Flair, Tully Blanchard, Arn and Ole Anderson had to share. When they realized that they had common enemies in Dusty Rhodes and Magnum T.A., they formed their faction. J.J. Dillon became the manager of the group because he was Tully Blanchard’s manager at the time but Ric Flair was always the “leader” of the faction. They brutally destroyed the competition and ruled the NWA for the mid-1980’s. However, in 1986, Magnum T.A. was in a near fatal car collision that ended his wrestling career. There have been different faces in the Horsemen over the years to include the likes of Lex Luger, Barry Windham, Chris Benoit and even Sting.
Ric Flair has impacted the world of professional wrestling like no other and has dominated the sport for more than thirty years and has held numerous titles including holding the NWA World Title, the WCW World Title and the WWE World title collectively for an unprecedented sixteen times. His finishing maneuver is a figure four leg lock and he delivers a shot across an opponent’s chest with the side of his hand called a “knife edge chop” and when he delivers it, the crowd yells, “WHOOO!” In fact, when any wrestler delivers this devastating chop, the crowd yells “WHOO!” in homage to the one called the “Nature Boy”. He has impacted the sport that much and so much more that you cannot even talk about professional wrestling without mentioning the name of Ric Flair.
Ric Flair is the most decorated world champion in history. The 16-time world champ (depending on what is counted as a title win) is known as the dirtiest player in the game. With his jet-flying, limousine-riding “Nature Boy” persona, he has headlined the sport for over a quarter of a century. His trademarked “Woooo!” can be heard by the fans whenever any wrestler chops another wrestler.
Richard Fliehr was born in Memphis, Tennessee on February 25, 1949. He moved to Edina, Minnesota, grew up there and went on to play offensive guard in college at Minnesota.
Ric Flair debuted in professional wrestling in the AWA in 1972, after being trained by the legendary Verne Gagne. After about 2 years in the AWA, Flair left for the NWA. In 1975, Flair and a few other wrestlers were in a plane crash somewhere in North Carolina. Flair’s back was broken in the crash, but he returned to the ring the next year.
Ric Flair returned to the ring a few years later. He was a frequent U.S. title holder. That belt was the number one belt of the region. In those days, the regional belt was the most important belt in the area. Occasionally, the NWA World Champ would come to town and fight someone in the region. In addition, he won the NWA World Tag Team Championship on a few occasions with both Blackjack Mulligan and Greg Valentine as his partners.
On September 17, 1981 history was made. Ric Flair defeated Dusty Rhodes in Kansas City, Missouri to win the NWA World Heavyweight Championship. This was just the beginning of the now famous Flair/Rhodes feud. Dusty was suspended from the NWA in late1982 or early 1983. Then a masked man, known as the Midnight Rider, came onto the scene (who everyone knew was Rhodes). The Midnight Rider won the title from Flair on February 9, 1983. When the President of the NWA told the Midnight Rider to remove the mask, the title was returned to Ric Flair. Then, on June 8, 1982, Harley Race defeated Flair for the World Title in St. Louis, Missouri.
On November 24, 1983, the NWA held the first ever Starrcade in Greensboro, North Carolina. It was here, where Flair won the NWA Title for the second time from Harley Race. During an International tour, on March 21, 1984, Race regained the title in New Zealand. But, just two nights later, Flair won the World Title for a third time by defeating Race in Singapore.
At a show in Irving, Texas, Flair lost the Championship to Kerry Von Erich on May 6, 1984. Just a few weeks later, on May 24, Flair regained the title during their tour of Japan. This time, Flair kept the World Title for over two years. Then, on July 25, 1986, Flair’s long time nemesis, Dusty Rhodes, defeated Ric in Greensboro, North Carolina. After holding the title for only 13 days, Rhodes lost the title to Flair on August 7 in St. Louis, Missouri. The Nature Boy’s fifth title reign lasted a little over a year. Then on September 25, 1987, Ron Garvin won the title in Detroit, Michigan. It took Flair only two months to regain the title from Garvin. He started his sixth title reign in Chicago, Illinois on November 26, 1987.
After holding the World Title for a little more than a year, Ricky “The Dragon” Steamboat ended Flair’s sixth title reign on February 20, 1989 in the same city where he started it, Chicago, IL. On May 7, at Wrestle War ‘89, Flair won the title back from Steamboat in Nashville, Tennessee. After this match, Terry Funk attacked The Nature Boy. Flair was out of action for about 6 months, after Funk piledrove him through a time keeper’s table. Flair returned to battle Funk and the rest of Gary Hart’s stable. Not able to take them on alone, Flair recruited Sting, Ole and Arn Anderson to reform the 4-Horsemen.
The Horsemen battled Hart’s men on many occasions, almost always coming out on top. After they had taken care of Hart’s stable, the NWA Championship Commitee awarded Sting a shot at the World Title. The Horsemen confronted Sting, and told him to refuse the title shot or leavethe Horsemen. When he refused, and demanded the match, the Horsemen warned him to watch his back. Soon there after, Sting was sneak attacked in the locker rooms and had a seriously damaged knee. When Sting returned to the ring, at the 1990 Great American Bash (July 7), he won the World Heavyweight Championship in Baltimore, Maryland.
On January 11, 1991, Ric Flair defeated Sting to win the World Title for the eighth time. This wrestling organization the left the NWA and formed World Championship Wrestling. Flair was then recognized as the first WCW Heavyweight Champion of the World, taking place of his NWA World Title. While touring Japan, Flair lost to Tatsumi Fujinami on March 21 in controversial fashion. The decision was later reversed and the WCW Title returned to Flair, but World Championship Wrestling recognized Fujinami as the NWA champion. On May 19, 1991, Flair won the NWA Title for the ninth time by defeating Fujinami in St. Petersburg, Florida. After a conflict with Virgil Runnels (who we know as Dusty Rhodes), the top booker for WCW at that time, Flair signed a contract with the World Wrestling Federation in mid-1991. After doing this, he was stripped of both the WCW and the NWA World Titles. This was the first time the NWA Title had ever been vacant.
The first few years of the Turner led company were marred by bad decisions. The worst one involved Ric Flair leaving WCW with the title belt. The belt appeared on WWE television until legal actions forced them to stop. Ric Flair took on Bobby “The Brain” Heenan as his executive consultant and Mr. Perfect as his trainer. Eventually, Flair sold his belt back to WCW. After a couple of controversial WWF Title changes between the Undertaker and Hulk Hogan, the President of the WWF declared the title vacant and announced that the winner of the 1992 Royal Rumble would be the new WWF World Heavyweight Champion.
The Royal Rumble was held in Albany, New York on January 19, 1992. After drawing number three, Flair proved why he has been called “the 60-minute man”. Flair outlasted the other 29 WWF superstars (eliminating the British Bulldog, Big Boss Man, Randy Savage & Sid Justice) to win the Royal Rumble and the WWF World Title for the first time. He was in the ring for just over an hour, setting the record for the longest time in the ring in a Royal Rumble. He held the title until April 5 that same year, when he lost to “Macho Man” Randy Savage in Indianapolis, Indiana.
In Hershey, PA, Flair won the title back from Savage on September 1, 1992 with a little help from newcomer Razor Ramon. He held the title for just over a month, when Bret “The Hitman” Hart defeated him on October 12. After this, Mr. Perfect and Ric Flair had a dispute and split up. Flair and his new discovery, Razor Ramon, had a series of matches with Mr. Perfect and Savage. This feud eventually led to a loser leaves WWF match between Flair and Perfect. Flair lost this match and made his way back to World Championship Wrestling.
When Flair returned to World Championship Wrestling, Barry Windham, former partner in the 4-Horsemen, held the NWA Title and Big Van Vader was the WCW champion. Flair first went after the title which he had held nine times before, the NWA World Title. He won it from Barry Windham in Biloxi, Mississippi on July 18, 1993 for his tenth and final NWA title reign. He then lost it to Rick Rude in Houston, Texas on September 19 of that same year. In September of 1993, the NWA Title became known as WCW International World Title. Flair had several rematches with Rude, but was never able to beat him for the title due to disqualification finishes.
Ric Flair then got into a feud with Big Van Vader, which led to their big match at Starrcade 1993. Flair put his career on the line against Vader’s World Title. On December 27, in front of his hometown audience, Flair defeated Vader to win the WCW Title for the second time. Then on June 23, 1994, “The Nature Boy” beat Sting for the WCW International World Title in Charleston, South Carolina. This was the first time Flair won the International World Title, but this match unified the two titles into the World Championship Wrestling Heavyweight Title. Flair kept the WCW Title until he was defeated by Hulk Hogan on July 17, 1994 in Orlando, Florida.
Flair and Hogan had a series of matches, leading to Flair putting his career on the line for a shot at the World Title. Hogan defeated Flair in this very controversial match. Flair reappeared on the scene, managing Vader during his feud with Hogan early in 1995. Because of Flair’s constant interference in Hogan’s matches, he asked the WCW Executive Commitee to reinstate Flair as an active wrestler.
After Vader was defeated by Hogan at the Bash at the Beach ‘95, Flair came into the ring and verbally attacked Vader. Arn Anderson, Ric’s long time friend, came to Flair’s aid when Vader started to attack. This led to a handicap match at the Clash of the Champions - Ric Flair & Arn Anderson vs. Vader. Vader defeated Flair/Anderson, getting the pin on Arn. Flair was furious that they had lost and verbally attacked his best friend.
Over the next few months we were brought to believe that Flair and Anderson’s longtime friendship had come to an abrupt end. At Fall Brawl ‘95, we saw the first match between “The Nature Boy” and “The Enforcer”. This match was a see-saw battle. When it appeared that Flair was about to apply the figure-four. Brian Pillman came to the ringside area and jumped on the apron. Flair went over and punched Pillman. Brian retaliated by kicking Flair in the head with his cowboy boot, setting up Flair for the DDT. Over the next month, Flair begged Sting to be his partner against Anderson and Pillman. After figting them alone, Sting saw that Flair was a man of his word. The match was signed for Halloween Havoc.
Early that evening, Flair was supposedly attacked by Arn and Brian. When it came time for the match, Sting came to the ring alone. Sting controlled the beginning of the match but, as time went on, Anderson and Pillman took control. Then the croud erupted as “The Nature Boy” came running down the aisle in his street clothes, with his head bandaged. When Sting was able to get to his corner and make the tag, Flair entered the ring, ran off of the ropes and nailed his partner. They triple-teamed Sting and left him lying in the ring. On their way back to the locker rooms they did an interview with Mean Gene, stating that the Horsemen were back!
At Starrcade 1995, in Nashville, Tennessee, the WCW Championship Commitee decided to have a triangle match of the top contenders (the winner getting a title shot immediately after). The match was set…the winner of Sting vs. Lex Luger vs. Ric Flair would receive the shot at Randy Savage’s World Title. Flair started the match against Sting, then battled against Luger. Then trapped between Sting and Luger, Flair tagged in Sting to fight his best friend. Nearing the end of the match, Luger got Sting in the Human Torture Rack. When Lex lifted Sting, the ref was hit and knocked out. Flair came into the ring, clipping the knee of Luger from behind, knocking his opponents out onto the floor. Flair helped the referee up and he gave them the ten-count.
Jimmy Hart came down to ringside and offered to be in Flair’s corner during the World Title match. Flair accepted. Flair and Savage battled back and forth, until the Macho Man got Jimmy Hart’s megaphone. He nailed Flair on the head and climbed the ropes. He nailed a bloody Ric Flair with the flying elbow. As Jimmy Hart distracted the referee, Pillman, Chris Benoit (the newest member of the Horsemen), and Anderson entered the ring. “Double A” nailed Savage with a foreign object, and layed Flair on top for the pin. Flair was now the WCW Heavyweight Champion of the World for the third time.
At the January, 1996 Clash of the Champions, Hogan and Savage surprised everyone with the appearance of Woman and Miss Elizabeth. Woman turned on them that night, another set up by the Horsemen. On the January 22 edition of Monday Nitro, Savage won the World Title back from Flair in Las Vegas, NV. A rematch was scheduled for Superbrawl VI, in St. Petersburg, Florida, in a steel cage. Flair came to the ring with Woman, and Savage with Elizabeth. Late in the match, Woman had Savage and the referee distracted at one side of the cage. Flair walks over to the door, to Miss Elizabeth, who gives him her high-heel shoe. Flair nails Savage and gets the pin. He leaves the ring with the World Title, Woman, and Elizabeth. Flair’s fourth title reign lasted until April 22, 1996, when the Giant defeated him on Monday Nitro in Albany, Georgia.
On Monday Nitro, Ric Flair taunted and flirted with Deborah McMichael (wife of former Chicago Bear Steve McMichael) for weeks. After this, and verbally attacking McMichael himself on several occasions, McMichael recruited Kevin Greene of the Carolina Panthers to help him battle the 4-Horsemen. The match was set - Flair & Anderson vs. McMichael & Greene.
McMichael & Greene were accompanied to the ring by Randy Savage and their wives. Flair & Anderson were accompanied by Benoit, Elizabeth & Woman (Pillman left WCW after a dispute with booker, Kevin Sullivan). About halfway through the match, Liz and Woman chased Deborah & Greene’s wife back to the locker rooms. As Kevin Greene was in the ring getting pummeled by the Horsemen, Liz and Woman came back to the ring along with Deborah McMichael. Deborah was carrying a briefcase which she handed to her husband on the outside of the ring. Steve opened it to find a 4-Horseman T-shirt and it was full of money. About that time Greene was crawling to the corner to get the tag. McMichael looked at his friend, looked at the money, then nailed Greene with the briefcase. Flair got the pin, then the 4-Horsemen pounded on Greene and Savage, and left them lying helpless in the ring.
Soon thereafter, Flair was awarded a shot at the U.S. Heavyweight Title. On July 7, 1996, in Daytona Beach, Florida, Ric Flair defeated Konnan to win the U.S. Title for the sixth time. All of this happened just about the same time that Scott Hall & Kevin Nash started the New World Order. The Horsemen were given the chance to destroy the NWO in the WARGAMES, but Sting & Luger asked to be part of the team so they could help in defeating NWO before it got too strong. Benoit and McMichael agreed to step down and let Sting and Luger be on the team. Then, at Fall Brawl, after Sting came down and entered the ring, he left his three teammates to fight four men. Luger eventually gave up and the Horsemen were cost the win because of Sting & Luger.
Flair held on to the U.S. Title for four months, until he received a shoulder injury while facing Kensuki Sasaki in Japan. In a lame attempt to make the NWO look stronger, Bischoff made it appear that Flair was attacked by the NWO on Monday Nitro. On television, He still claims that the NWO put Flair out of wrestling. Because of this injury, Flair had to vacate the U.S. Title in November of ‘96.
Flair had surgery to repair his shoulder and has been rehabilitating for the last three months. On the March 10 edition of Monday Nitro, during Piper’s interview, the Horsemen came out and confronted Piper. Flair asked Piper to take the Horsemen as his partners at Uncensored and Piper accepted. Now Piper, McMichael, Benoit & Jarrett will be the Independent team in the 12-Man match. After this match, Flair came out on Nitro, saying that Piper dropped the ball. It now appears that instead of getting his deserved shot at Hogan, he will be stuck in a pointless feud with Roddy Piper. Let’s hope that WCW thinks on this one and gives Flair a clean win over Hogan before he has to retire.
At Slamboree, in Charlotte, Ric Flair made his return to the ring. He, Roddy Piper & Kevin Greene (of the Carolina Panthers) faced Kevin Nash, Scott Hall & Syxx. In this match, Flair was in his old form. He started the match and dominated while he was in the ring. NWO took control for a few minutes, but Flair/Piper/Greene ended up on top. The match ended by Flair applying the figure-4 on Hall, Piper applied the sleeper on Nash, and Greene powerslammed Syxx. On Nitro the next night, Flair agreed to wrestle Syxx one on one. During the match, the NWO attacked Flair. The Horsemen had been kicked out of the building earlier that night, so Flair was left helpless. After the beating, Nash said he wouldn’t rest until he put Flair and Piper out of wrestling. The next week on Nitro, Hall and Nash came out and said they wanted to defend the Tag Team Titles against Flair and Piper. This match happened at The Great American Bash. During the match Flair chased Syxx back to the locker room, leaving Piper alone to be defeated by Hall and Nash.
When confronted by Piper on Nitro, Flair told him the decision he made was best for Piper, himself, and the team. The next week, Piper questioned Flair again. This time, it not only brought Flair to the ring, but also Benoit and McMichael. When Mongo and Benoit confronted Piper, The Hot Rod attacked the 2 men, leaving Flair to choose between the Horsemen or his friend. Flair went after Piper, and was knocked down…when he did his famous beg in the corner…keeping Piper distracted long enough for Mongo to nail him with the briefcase. Benoit applied the Crippler Crossface while Flair and Mongo stomped away at Piper’s head. As Nitro went to a commercial, the Horsemen were leaving the ring…and Piper was out. After weeks of each member being on their own, this appears to be the rebirth of The Four Horsemen.
When the WCW was sold to the WWE, Flair wasn’t the same man anymore. According to his autobiography, he had lost confidence in his abilities due to the constant problems he faced in WCW. He credits Vince McMahon and Triple H with helping him to regain his confidence.
Triple H has made no secret in saying that Ric Flair was his favorite wrestler. In late 2002, the stable of Evolution was formed with Triple H as the leader. The concept was that Flair was the greatest of the last generation, Triple H was the greatest wrestler at the moment and the future of wrestling was Batista & Randy Orton. Even though Evolution has broken up, there is no doubt that Ric Flair will still be a main player in WWE.
At the end of 2006, Vince McMahon decreed that the next time Ric Flair lost a match that he would be forced to retire. Ric Flair lost his match at WrestleMania XXIV to Shawn Michaels. However, the night before being forced to retire, Ric became the first active wrestler to be inducted into the WWE Hall of Fame.
On the March 31, 2008 edition of Raw, Flair delivered his farewell address. Afterward, Triple H brought out many current and retired superstars to thank Flair for all he has done, including Shawn Michaels, some of the Four Horsemen and Chris Jericho, followed by The Undertaker and then Vince McMahon. Along with the wrestlers, the fans gave Ric a standing ovation. This event represented a rare moment in WWE as both the heels and the faces broke character and came out to the ring together. The Undertaker’s and McMahon’s entrances, however, were not shown on the TV taping of Raw for the week in order to preserve their characters, more in the case of the Undertaker as it involved him hugging Ric Flair and then raising his arm in victory, but were included in Nature Boy Ric Flair: The Definitive Collection DVD as extras.
Flair made his first post-retirement appearance on the June 16, 2008 edition of Raw to confront Chris Jericho about his actions from the previous week, when Jericho brutalized Shawn Michaels. Flair did not want to come out of retirement and have an official match, but challenged Jericho to a fight in the parking lot, until he was ejected from the building by Vince McMahon.
On the February 9, 2009 episode of Raw, Flair made an appearance to once again confront Chris Jericho, telling him to respect the WWE Legends and the fans. The segment ended with Flair punching Jericho. Exactly one month later, on the March 9, 2009 episode of Raw, Flair appeared during a Money in the Bank qualifier match between Jericho and Kofi Kingston, distracting Jericho which cost him the match. Flair distracted Jericho as revenge for Jericho’s attacks on Roddy Piper, Jimmy Snuka and Ricky Steamboat. Jericho subsequently suggested Flair come out of retirement and challenged him to a match on the March 16, 2009 Raw.
That week, Flair declined Jericho’s challenge to come out of retirement. Instead he, along with Ricky Steamboat, Roddy Piper and Jimmy Snuka attacked Jericho. Flair made another appearance the next week, to accept Jericho’s challenge on behalf of Steamboat, Piper and Snuka for a 3-on-1 handicap match at WrestleMania XXV. Jericho then proceeded to brutally attack Flair, causing him to bleed and even destroying the watch that was given to Flair from Michaels after Wrestlemania.
At the 2009 WWE Hall of Fame induction ceremony, Flair inducted Ricky Steamboat whom Flair called the hardest competition he ever fought. The next day at Wrestlemania XXV, Flair was in the corner of Piper, Snuka, and Steamboat for the match against Jericho. Jericho went on to win the match, and then went after Flair. While Flair was knocked down, Mickey Rourke came into the ring and nailed Jericho with an upper left hook, at which time Flair came in and held up Rourke’s hand in victory.
On May 17, 2009, Flair returned to WWE during the Judgment Day pay-per-view, coming to the aid of Batista, who was being attacked by The Legacy faction (Randy Orton, Cody Rhodes and Ted DiBiase). He also appeared the following night on Raw, in a verbal confrontation with Orton. He then went on to compete in a Backstage Brawl with Orton on the June 1st Edition of Raw, after an interference from the rest of The Legacy, the fight ended with Flair trapped inside a steel cage as he was punted by Orton.
In December 2005, a magistrate issued arrest warrants for Flair after a road rage incident that took place in Charlotte, in which Flair allegedly got out of his car, grabbed a motorist by the neck, and kicked the door of the motorist’s sport utility vehicle. Flair was charged with injury to personal property and simple assault and battery, both misdemeanors. This incident was ridiculed on WWE programming, most notably by the wrestler Edge. The charges were dropped after the witnesses failed to show for a scheduled court appearance.
In the 80s, Flair was an outspoken fan of the Los Angeles Lakers. When the Charlotte Hornets debuted in 1988, however, he then announced that they would be his favorite team. His loyalties lie with them even after they relocated to New Orleans. Whenever Chris Paul scores at Hornets home games, A clip of Ric Flair holding a basketball and wearing his signature robe plays with Flair saying his trademark “Woooo!”. The crowd usually repeats the “Wooo!”
Flair is sometimes seen attending the Carolina Hurricanes National Hockey League ice hockey games at the RBC Center in Raleigh, North Carolina. When the Hurricanes score, one of a couple of videos appears on the scoreboard. One shows Flair in a Hurricanes jersey saying, “That’s another Carolina Hurricanes goal! Woooooo!” Flair is also seen in the open segments of every Carolina Panthers home game. He ends his segment with his trademark “Woooooo” in which the crowd usually imitates. Flair is also a big fan of the South Carolina Gamecocks and has appeared in their pregame video. His “Wooooo!” is played at Carolina Stadium after a Gamecock pitcher records a strikeout.
In September 2007, Flair opened a financial business called Ric Flair Finance. In July 2008, Ric Flair Finance filed for bankruptcy.
Flair’s son David is a semi-retired professional wrestler. Flair’s younger son Reid, who signed a developmental contract with WWE near the end of 2007, is an accomplished high school wrestler and made several appearances on WCW television along with his sister Ashley and half-sister Megan.
Flair became a grandfather in 2004 when his eldest daughter, Megan Fliehr-Ketzner, gave birth to her first child, a daughter named Morgan Lee Ketzner on May 9.
On May 27, 2006, Ric married his third wife, fitness competitor Tiffany VanDemark. On August 7, 2008, Tiffany announced that she had filed for divorce from Flair.
Flair’s daughter Ashley was arrested on September 5, 2008 for assaulting a police officer. The incident occurred after police were called to a fight involving Flair, Ashley, and her boyfriend.
In 2004, Flair engaged in an off-screen rivalry with Bret Hart. In Flair’s autobiography, Flair criticizes Hart for over-exploiting the death of his brother, Owen Hart, and the controversy surrounding the Montreal Screwjob. Flair also claimed in his autobiography that, despite Hart’s popularity throughout Canada and Europe, he was not a formidable money-making draw in the United States, a claim which Hart dismissed in a column written for the Calgary Sun. Hart claimed that he drew greater revenue than Flair, citing his headlining performances on consistently sold out tours throughout the United States during his career. He also criticized Flair on what he perceived as insults to fellow wrestlers Mick Foley and Randy Savage, both personal friends of Hart’s. Hart did acknowledge a decline in the WWF’s popularity during the mid 1990s, but he - and others - felt that this was largely attributed to the WWF’s well publicised sex and steroid scandals, as well as WCW’s acquisition of former top WWF stars.
Flair also had a long running feud with Shane Douglas, who would refer to him as “Dick Flair” and accuse him of sabotaging his push in the NWA/WCW after getting a solid push and a rub from his tag team partner Ricky Steamboat. Flair, in turn, responded that Douglas was always the guy that would blame his shortcomings on others. He called Douglas out as well as accused him of steroid abuse during a broadcast of the Internet radio show WCW Live! in which he said that he would meet him anytime and anywhere if he “took the needle out of his ass.” They were able to come to a working relationship during Douglas’ last stint with WCW.
Flair has also had issues with Mick Foley. In his 1999 autobiography Have a Nice Day!, Foley said, “Flair was every bit as bad on the booking side of things as he was great on the wrestling side of it.” This was in reference to how poorly Foley thought he was booked during his WCW career when Flair was on the booking committee. Flair responded in his autobiography, writing, “I do not care how many thumbtacks Mick Foley has fallen on, how many ladders he’s fallen off, how many continents he’s supposedly bled on, he will always be known as a glorified stuntman.” They have since buried the hatchet and are now friends.
Flair described in his autobiography how he attacked Eric Bischoff backstage at a WWE house show, saying it was due to hating how Bischoff treated him in WCW. Flair stated that Arn Anderson kept watch while he tried to get Bischoff to fight him, but that the confrontation was interrupted by Sgt. Slaughter, who promptly informed Vince McMahon of the incident. McMahon scolded Flair, telling him that his actions were unprofessional and that it couldn’t happen again.
In his book, Flair also touched on some real-life tension between himself and Hulk Hogan which largely stemmed from an incident that followed the conclusion of a tag match between Flair and his son, David, and the team of Curt Hennig and Barry Windham at WCW’s Souled Out pay-per-view on January 17, 1999, in Charleston, WV. Flair described Hogan and members of the New World Order coming out to attack them, as well as Hogan whipping an incapacitated David with a leather belt as Flair was forced to look on. “What no one had told me was that Hogan would try to be cute and whip David over and over again….there was Hogan — with all his experience, and all his celebrity — trying to be cute. He whipped David like a dog. It was sickening, and I’ll never forgive him for it”, Flair wrote of the incident.
Flair and wrestling legend Bruno Sammartino have a real-life disagreement over what reports call “the infamous backstage “snub” where Flair claims that Sammartino refused to shake his hand at a live event.”. The event took place on July 26, 2004 at Mellon Arena in Sammartino’s hometown of Pittsburgh. While Flair claims Sammartino ignored him due to comments made in his book stating Sammartino was “a Northeast star who couldn’t draw fans outside New York,” Sammartino disagrees. Sammartino referred to Flair as a “liar,” stating, “No, I don’t respect Ric Flair. I don’t respect him at all.”. Sammartino contends that Flair avoided him, and not vice versa.]]>
Date of Birth
20 October 1958, Miami, Florida, USA
Scott Oliver Hall
The Bad Guy
The Diamond Studd
The Lone Wolf
Last Call Scott Hall
6′ 5″ (1.96 m)
Scott Hall was born into a military family on October 20, 1958. Due to the army life he grew up a traveller and spent his high school years at the All American High in Munich, Germany. When his family returned to the States he attended St Mary’s College in Maryland where he graduated with a degree in Pre Med, with hopes to become a children’s doctor. By this time Scott was already training to be a wrestler. He made his ring debut in South Carolina in 1984, and was picked up by the now defunct AWA soon after.
Almost a decade later without hitting major success in the wrestling world, Scott Hall signed with the WWF in 1992. Taking a character he had used previously in WCW, Scott expanded the Diamond Studd and turned him into a Cuban gangster, basing “The Bad Guy” Razor Ramon on the gangster movies he’d watched as a child.
After 3 successful years as Razor, and some great matches, including the Ladder Match against the Heartbreak Kid Shawn Michaels at Wrestlemania 10 (since voted the best Wrestlemania match of all time), Scott signed with WCW, where he had some of the most controversial years of his career. His May 1996 appearance on the Turner Broadcasting Monday Nitro program breathed life into a dying wrestling market when he instigated the New World Order. After winning several tag team golds with his best friend Kevin Nash, and a couple of singles US championships, Scott received an injury to his neck during a match with Jeff Jarrett in February 2000, which kept him off TV. Scott was fired from WCW in October of 2000, allegedly due to drunken behavior on a German tour prior to his injury.
In March 2001 Scott began to tour with New Japan. He did so well that New Japan invited him back several times throughout 2001. He also did a couple of independent shows around Florida and Alabama. January 2002 - Scott signed a two year deal with the WWF to bring back the New World Order with Kevin Nash and Hollywood Hulk Hogan. They made their first appearance in February. Scott faced Stone Cold Steve Austin at Wrestlemania X-8 in March, taking the loss. Granted custody of his 2 children and with a part time wrestling career it looks like Hall has finally found the balance he needs to go out as a star.
The man, the myth, the legend. Scott Hall, the founder of the nWo and greatest WWF Intercontinental Champion of all-time, is one of the best wrestlers in the world today. Scott graduated from the College of William and Mary, hoping to use his degree in Pre-Med to become a doctor after his wrestling career is over. Scott’s started wrestling overseas, having wrestled in Germany, Japan, and Puerto Rico. His first appearences in the US were in smaller federations like Florida Championship Wrestling, where he first met Dusty Rhodes. In 1984, Hall made his US wrestling debut in a tag match with Marty Jannetty. While in Florida and other smaller federations he was part of a tag team known as the Coyotes, with Scott being dubbed as Starship Coyote. Not much success, but at least a start. In 1985, Scott had a short stint in the NWA as Coyote, but then he moved on to the American Wrestling Alliance sometime later in the year. There he was known as “Big” Scott Hall and was tag team partners with Curt Hennig. The duo won the tag straps January 18, 1986 when they defeated Jim Garvin and Steve Regal after Scott unsuccessfully went after Rick Martel’s AWA Title. They held on to the belts for five months, losing them May 17 to Buddy Rose and Doug Somers. Hall moved on to singles competition in the AWA and gained a good reputation when he donated his winnings from a battle royal to a Minnesota charity. He started being managed by Diamond Dallas Page, and went after some of the AWA’s top competition, including Stan Hansen and Larry Zbyszko. However, he was never able to come away with the gold. In 1991, he wrestled in the CWA as Texas Scott before getting his first big break as a wrestler. Scott got his first chance at national exposure as the Diamond Studd in WCW under the managerial guidence of Page and the rest of his stable, Vinnie Vegas and Scotty Flamingo. His first big match was June 12, 1991 at Clash of the Champions XV, where he beat Tommy Rich. He also competed in an 8-man “Chamber of Horrors” match at Halloween Havoc ‘91. He teamed with Big Van Vader, Cactus Jack, and Abdullah the Butcher. They lost to Sting, El Gigante, and the Steiner Brothers when the Butcher was placed in the electric chair. His first WCW stay pretty much amounted to nothing, but he developed the Diamond Death Drop, now the Outsider Edge. He then moved to the WWF and wrestled as Razor Ramon. He made his first pay per view appearence with none other than Ric Flair at the 1992 Survivor Series. In the match, the team faced Razor’s former partner, Curt Hennig, and the Macho Man Randy Savage. Razor and Ric ended up losing the match by DQ. Razor’s impact was instant, as he got a WWF Championship shot at the 1993 Royal Rumble, but lost to Bret Hart’s Sharpshooter. His talent obviously didn’t go unnoticed, and he was named the 1992 Most Improved Wrestler by Pro Wrestling Illustrated. From there, the Bad Guy went on to incredible pay per view success. After losing to eventual King of the Ring Bret Hart in the first round, Razor went on to win his next seven pay per view matchups. After his match with Hart, Razor suffered an embarrassing to the 1-2-3 Kid on Monday Night Raw, and lost to him the following week as well. This led to a feud with Ted Dibiase and a face turn. At Summerslam ‘93, Scott defeated the Million Dollar Man in Ted’s last wrestling match in the US. Razor went on to win his first major title on September 27, 1993 when he and Rick Martel were the only two men left in a 20-man battle royal on Monday Night Raw. The two met the following week, and Razor was crowned the WWF Intercontinental Champion, winning the vacant belt. During this first reign as champion, after disposing of Irwin R. Schyster, Razor fought one of the greatest matches ever, defeating Shawn Michaels, who claimed to be the real IC Champion, in a ladder match at Wrestlemania X. The match was so good that it won the Pro Wrestling Illustrated Match of the Year for 1994. Razor dropped the title to Diesel, with the help of Shawn Michaels, in Rochester, NY, April 13, 1994. At the 1994 King of the Ring, Razor lost to Owen Hart in the finals. He took the IC strap back from his future tag partner at Summerslam ‘94 in Chicago. During that match, Walter Payton was at ringside with him. Another five month reign ended at the following Royal Rumble, where he lost the IC Title to Jeff Jarrett. Jarrett had won the match by countout, but he wanted the title, and Razor agreed to continue the match. He was later pinned.
Razor had a chance to win the title back at Wrestlemania XI, but the Roadie interfered and Razor won the match by DQ. The feud with Jarrett didn’t end, and he beat both Jarrett and the Roadie in a handicap match at the first In Your House. He won the IC strap back in Montreal, Quebec, Canada from Jarrett in a ladder match May 19, 1995, but lost it back to Jarrett three days later. During this time, the WWF had a working agreement with the USWA, an organization headed by Jerry Lawler. There was a lot of talent exchanged, and while Razor was there, he won the USWA Heavyweight Title from Bill Dundee April 3, 1995. He lost the title less than a month later, May 1, to Lawler. The Bad Guy had another shot at the IC Title against Shawn Michaels in another ladder match at Summerslam ‘95, but this time he fell short. He won the belt back at In Your House IV in Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada. Dean Douglas was awarded the title from Shawn Michaels after he was attacked and couldn’t compete earlier in the show. Ramon, having already lost a Tag Team Title match earlier in the event with the 1-2-3 Kid against the Smoking Gunns, was given a shot at Douglas. He pinned the champ to win his unprecidented fourth Intercontinental Title. His final WWF title run ended when he lost to Goldust at the 1996 Royal Rumble with interference from the 1-2-3 Kid, who blamed Ramon for their tag title loss at IYH IV. Razor defeated the 1-2-3 Kid at the next In Your House. On February 19, 1996 Razor was suspended from the WWF for six weeks due to “unprofessional conduct.” Rumors are that it was due to substance abuse. His rematch with Goldust at Wrestlemania XII had to be cancelled. Razor’s final WWF pay per view was April 28, 1996 at In Your House VII. There he lost to Vader. Razor’s WWF contract expired May 21, and he made his WCW entrance on the first ever two hour Nitro, May 27 of 1996. “You know who I am,” said Scott, “and we are taking over.” He declared war on WCW. This move changed the history of wrestling and the tides started to turn in favor of WCW. Eric Bischoff used Scott’s charisma and ability behind the mic and in the ring to promote his status and create an icon. This was the beginning of the Outsiders and the best angle ever, the New World Order. Hall was joined two weeks later by his big buddy, Kevin Nash, and they began the takeover. The duo challenged WCW’s three best wrestlers for a match at Bash at the Beach, and they were going to have a mystery partner. At the Great American Bash, their presence was felt when senior vice president Eric Bischoff was powerbombed off a rampway and through a table when he wouldn’t reveal WCW’s three competitors. July 7, 1996 brought Bash at the Beach as well as a little history. Sting, Lex Luger, and the Macho Man became the team of three, and when it came time for help, Hollywood Hogan bought his ticket and the New World Order was founded. The trio quickly added numerous members and has continued to threaten WCW ever since. At the next pay per view, Hog Wild, the Outsiders (Hall and Nash) took a step up the ladder, defeating Sting and Lex Luger. At Fall Brawl, Hall, Nash, Hogan, and a fake Sting beat Luger, Sting, Flair, and Arn Anderson, furthering the nWo’s power in WCW. Hall and Nash quickly took the tag titles, winning them for the first time at Halloween Havoc ‘96, where they defeated Harlem Heat, and have now held them several times. They lost the belts twice, first to the Steiners and then to the Giant and Luger. Both times the title were given back to them by Bischoff on the following Nitro. After a short hiatus by Hall for an unknown reason, though it has been rumored to have been because of drug rehabilitation, Scott came back with Nash and Syxx to form the Wolfpac, which started a feud with Ric Flair and Rowdy Roddy Piper with their “Tradition Bites” campaign. The Wolfpac fought Flair, Piper, and Kevin Greene at Slamboree ‘97, and they somehow lost the match. Hall and Nash came back to whip Flair and Piper’s asses at the 1997 Great American Bash less than a month after the defeat.
The Outsiders lost their tag titles to the Steiner Brothers on Monday Nitro, October 13, 1997. They didn’t regain them until a Nitro event January 12, 1998, where they beat the Steiners. Scott won the 60-man battle royal at World War III ‘97, probably his biggest singles victory in WCW, and won a shot at the title at Superbrawl. Of course, Scott had to get screwed out of his title shot when Piper awarded Hogan a rematch with Sting. Hall started taking a survey on every Nitro and Thunder, and has acted as the face of the nWo. He started doing a lot of jobbing for the nWo, being the big name that everyone would beat to show that the nWo wasn’t invincible. He even lost to Larry Zbyszko at Souled Out, whom Scott has had an ongoing feud with dating back to the “Tradition Bites” slogan and even going back to their days in the AWA. Just before Souled Out ‘98, Hall and Nash lost the titles back to the Steiners on a Nitro. The Outsiders’ feud with the Steiners continued until February of 1998, when Scott Steiner joined the nWo and turned on his brother at Superbrawl VIII as the Outsiders won the tag belts back. Hall and Nash started their own nWo tag belts as well as the WCW tag straps around. Scott was finally given the World Title shot that he won at World War III, four months after winning it. Hall was given absolutely no push leading up to the match. He faced off with Sting March 15 at Uncensored ‘98. The two fought a pretty good match, except that Scott constantly needed help from Dusty Rhodes, who recently joined the nWo. Scott was in control for much of the match, but he was reversed while trying to put on the Outsider Edge into a Scorpion Death Drop and lost the match. The week of March 15, 1998, Scott, it is rumored, entered rehab for the third time for substance abuse after doing an interview on the March 16th Nitro clearly intoxicatied. During the same hiatus, he went through a divorce, as Bischoff called him “too dangerous for television.” During his time off, the nWo had a split, pitting Hogan and his followers against Nash and Macho Man (the Wolfpac). Scott made his return on May 17, where the unthinkable happened. At the Slamboree ‘98 pay per view, he and Big Sexy put the belts on the line against the Giant (the newest member of Hollywood’s nWo) and Sting. As Nash was about to Jacknife the Giant, Hall nailed him across the back of the head with one of their belts, joining Hogan and ditching the Wolfpac. Giant and Sting became the new tag champs, and the breakup of one of the most dominating tag teams in history was complete. He was out of action again as he actually did check into a rehab center May 22, 1998. He returned on the July 6 edition of Nitro, in front of nearly 40,000 fans in Atlanta, where he jobbed to Bill Goldberg, who later in the night won the World Title from Hulk Hogan. The following week, Hogan blamed Hall for losing the title and challenged him to a match. In the middle of the match, DDP came out to get Hogan. Then came Nash, who offered Scott a spot in the Wolfpac. At first it looked like Hall would accept, but he turned his back on Nash again and regained the favor of Hollywood. The next week, on the July 20 Nitro, Medium Sexy the Nash Killer joined forces with the Giant to take away the tag team titles from Nash and Sting, officially winning his fourth tag team strap in WCW. After missing a number of weeks in action due to a back/neck injury suffered in the weight room, Scott returned at the September 10 Thunder, acting drunk. The next Sunday at Fall Brawl, Scott lost to Konnan, as he came out “intoxicated.” On Nitro the following night, Hall was so “drunk” that Bischoff interrupted his match with Luger and told him to go to the back. While Scott’s drinking angle continued, he was arrested in Orlando, FL after “keying” a limo outside a night club. His feud with Nash led to a match at Halloween Havoc. In a brutal match, Hall came out vicotrious when Nash was counted out after he left Scott laying in the ring after feeling two Jacknifes. The two were to have a rematch at World War III, but by then the nWo Black and White, especially Bischoff, who Hall decked on the previous Nitro, had had enough of Hall’s beer-drinking antics. They came in before Scott’s match and beat him up. The Big Kev helped him clean house, but wouldn’t give him the nWo salute. The two met later in the 60-man battle royal, when Nash threw Luger and Hall out at the same time to win the match and earn a World Title match at Starrcade. Hall is the only man to be in the final five in all three of the battle royals.
From there a feud with Bam Bam Bigelow started. Although their match at Starrcade was cancelled, Hall made his presence felt in the main event, when he helped Nash win the title by stunning Goldberg with a taser. Then, on January 4, 1999, the unthinkable happened. The nWo reunited with Hollywood Hogan’s return from a short “retirement.” All of the key pieces were there, except now they carried the slogan of the Wolfpac. Hall’s feud with Bam Bam continued, and Goldberg joined the party. Scott also began to have Disco Inferno be his lackey, much like the Louie Spiccoli angle, while continuing to carry the taser around. At Souled Out, Hall brought back the match he’s most remembered for: the ladder match. Dubbing himself “king of the ladder match,” Hall suffered a loss to Goldberg, as he grabbed the taser and used it on the Outsider. Eight days later he beat Bam Bam in a brutal ladder match on Nitro. Then Scott challenged Chris Benoit for his spot as the number one contender to Bret Hart’s US Title. With the help of Nash, Hall defeated Benoit and was scheduled to fight Hart at Superbrawl IX. Well, Hart ended up dropping the belt to Piper, and Piper got what he’s had coming to him for a long time now. With some help from Disco and Nash, and finally with the help of the second rope he pin Piper at Superbrawl and Hall won his first singles belt in WCW . His foot was then ran over by a fan’s car and cause him to injured and he did not appear for a few in nitro and thunder.
Scott Hall… 1999, the year of the Outsiders
Scott Hall, who is undeniably the best technical wrestler in the wolfpac, spent most of 1998 on the side lines or getting punked. Hall was screwed out of the title shot against Hogan he rightfully won in the Battle Royal. He was punked so Sting could return with his new image. We all realize now this was a big mistake because Sting’s new image never took off. Things really started goin bad for Hall when WcW’s president , Bischoff, fired Sean Waltman.
Hall was suspended from WCW and was “too dangerous for live TV”. Behind the scenes, Hall was facing major personal problems……ranging from his family to his drug/alcohol addiction. Many people were worried about Hall. He was in trouble constantly in 1998, making the news a few different occassions. He wrecked several cars and had run ins with the police and fellow wrestlers. He was visibly impaired on camera to the point they wrote it in the script. I did not like that angle. The fans seemed to turn on Hall, siding with his ex-partner Nash. The Hall and Nash feud lasted entirely too long with all the fans jumping on the Nash bandwagon. Nash was not the same without Hall’s guidance. Hall struggled for most of ‘98 and ended the year reuniting with long time best friend Kevin Nash. Gainning more positive airtime, Hall proved himself as the backbone of the nWo once again. “1999 is the year for Scott Hall and the Outsiders”, Hall stated, proving once again that the man who is just too sweet is back for good. 1999 is his year, he deserves it and even more owns it.
Extreme Championship Wrestling / New Japan Pro Wrestling (2000)
Hall wrestled in Extreme Championship Wrestling (ECW) for a brief period. He wrestled two non-televised matches (one against Big Sal, the other against Justin Credible) on November 10 and 11. He then wrestled in Japan and also did some independent shows in the United States. When he was in New Japan Pro Wrestling, he was a part of nWo Japan/Team 2000/ArisTrisT usually tagging with Masahiro Chono, fellow WCW alumni Scott Norton or Super J/Black Scorpion/nWo Sting. The highlights of his stay in New Japan, however, were only defeats: a loss to All Japan Pro Wrestling (AJPW) Triple Crown champion Keiji Mutoh (the match was booked by New Japan, but AJPW Wada officiated) and a loss to then-rookie Hiroshi Tanahashi, who was trying to break out into the heavyweight division.
Return to the World Wrestling Federation (2002)
Hall then returned to the World Wrestling Federation and reunited with Kevin Nash and Hulk Hogan to repackage the nWo in February. He started a feud with Stone Cold Steve Austin and they fought each other in a match at WrestleMania X8 which Austin won. On the March 25 edition of Raw, Hall was drafted to the Raw brand as a result of the Brand Extension, where he feuded with Bradshaw, culminating in a match at Backlash which Hall won. Hall then continued his feud with Austin before being released from his WWF contract due to personal issues stemming from a child-custody dispute with his wife and an airline altercation.
Total Nonstop Action Wrestling (2002–2005)
Hall worked for Total Nonstop Action Wrestling (TNA) periodically between 2002 and 2005. He was on TNA’s debut pay-per-view and later teamed up with Syxx-Pac when he made his debut in the promotion. Hall had three matches for the International Wrestling Association (IWA) in Puerto Rico in April 2003. On February 24, 2004, the Outsiders briefly reunited for Ultimate Pro Wrestling’s fifth anniversary show where they lost to Tom Howard and Christopher Daniels. They also had a match in Japan in May 2004 where they lost to Naoya Ogawa and Shinya Hashimoto. Hall disappeared until late 2004, when he made his return alongside the debut of Kevin Nash, and both signed and were offered contracts as TNA prepared for their first monthly pay-per-view, Victory Road. Hall joined Nash and Jeff Jarrett in the Kings of Wrestling, a stable similar to the nWo. The Kings of Wrestling lost to Randy Savage, Jeff Hardy, and A.J. Styles at Turning Point on December 5. Hall lost to Jeff Hardy at Final Resolution on January 16, 2005 in his final TNA match of this stint.
World Wrestling Council (2007)
On July 13, Hall made his return to wrestling for the World Wrestling Council (WWC) as Razor Ramon, albeit while wearing WolfPac themed attire, in the main event of the WWC Anniversary tour at the José Miguel Agrelot Coliseum in San Juan against Carlito. Hall was defeated after Gran Apollo interfered on Carlito’s behalf. The next night, Hall won his 1st offical World Championship, the WWC Universal Heavyweight Championship when he defeated Carlito and then-champion Apollo in a Three-Way Dance match in the main event of the evening. On August 4 and September 23, Hall successfully defended the title against Eddie Colón, Carlito’s younger brother. On October 27, he again retained the title at WWC’s Halloween Wrestling Xtravaganza by defeating Carlito’s cousin Orlando “Fireblaze” Colon. In this match, Scott was managed by his friend Rico Casanova.
Scott Hall no-showed his scheduled appearances in Puerto Rico for WWC where he was scheduled to wrestle on December 14 in Ponce and December 15 in Caguas. Hall arrived late to the island Friday which is the reason why he missed the Ponce event. Although Hall was on the island on Saturday, he was affected emotionally by several family issues that had occurred earlier in the week and was unable to compete.
Total Nonstop Action Wrestling (2007)
On the November 1 edition of Impact!, it was predicted by Kevin Nash that Scott Hall would be Sting’s mystery partner at Genesis. On the November 8 edition of Impact!, Hall made his return to major American pro wrestling television, rebuffing the advances of Kurt Angle’s wife, Karen, and then battling Kurt in his dressing room. Hall stated that he was in TNA solely to confront Nash. Hall asked Nash why he was not there to help him in his troubled past, and Nash responded that it was a result of his own nonstop partying and risk of losing his family. Hall then claimed that all was forgiven and the two embraced in the ring. He also revealed that he was not Sting’s mystery partner. The reunited Outsiders and Samoa Joe then began a feud with the Angle Alliance. They were to compete together at Turning Point, but Hall no-showed the event. Hall and Nash were set to challenge for the TNA Tag Team title at Final Resolution, but Hall “had other plans”, so Samoa Joe subbed for him at the event; although, it is unsure whether Hall’s appearance was actually planned, or if it was only a scripted announcement.
Juggalo Championship Wrestling (2007–present)
Hall made his Juggalo Championship Wrestling (JCW) debut on August 12, 2007 at Bloodymania, losing to the JCW Heavyweight Champion Corporal Robinson. In the match, Hall took his first ever bump on thumbtacks.
On October 6, 2007, Corporal Robinson, Scott Hall, and Violent J formed the Juggalo World Order (JWO) at Evansville Invasion. At that years Hallowicked After Party, on October 31, Shaggy 2 Dope was introduced as a member of the group. After the main event of the night, special guest referee Nosawa ripped off his referee shirt to reveal that he too was a member of the JWO. At Bloodymania II, Kevin Nash teamed with Scott Hall and proclaimed himself a member of the group. The 2008 Hallowicked After Party saw the JWO induct its newest member, 2 Tuff Tony.
On November 9, the Juggalo World Order (Scott Hall, Shaggy 2 Dope, Violent J, 2 Tuff Tony, and Corporal Robinson) “invaded” Total Nonstop Action Wrestling’s Turning Point PPV by purchasing front row tickets to the event. They proceeded to promote their faction by flashing their JWO jerseys, before being removed from the building. The group expressed interest in “invading” WWE at its 2009 Royal Rumble PPV, but were unable due to filming commitments for Big Money Rustlas in Los Angeles. They have also shown interest in “invading” Ring Of Honor and Ultimate Fighting Championship.
Scott Hall teamed with Kevin Nash at Great Lakes Championship Wrestling on the 21st of March 2009 and faced The New Age Outlaws, in what was the first nWo vs. DX. Nash walked out on Hall, and the two were surposed to face off in June how ever this never happened and the two are again teaming at JCW’s Bloodymania as part of team jWo with the ICP.
Hall married Dana Lee Burgio in 1990. Their marriage became rocky as Hall had many infidelities during his WCW stint, especially during trips abroad. Hall’s other personal issues included drug and alcohol abuse, in addition to DUI and sexual harassment arrests and lawsuits. The couple divorced in 1998, remarried in 1999, then divorced permanently in 2001. He has two children, a son, Cody Taylor (born in 1991), and a daughter, Cassidy (born in 1994).
Hall had also been dating TNT president Brad Siegel’s niece, Emily Sherman, during his divorce. He ended the relationship when they had an argument after one of Hall’s ex-girlfriends had approached him during WCW’s tour of Germany. The argument allegedly also involved a food fight and a confrontation between Sherman and Hall the next day at the airport upon Hall’s return to the United States.
On October 10, 2008, Hall was arrested during a roast of the Iron Sheik held at a Crowne Plaza hotel in New Jersey, in which comedian Jimmy Graham joked, “After The Sheik and Hacksaw Jim [Duggan] got caught sniffing coke in the parking lot, his career fell faster than Owen Hart.” An enraged Hall charged at Graham and knocked down a podium, then grabbed the microphone from Graham and yelled about how he was disrespecting Hart. Graham described the incident on his MySpace page, adding that he loved Hart as a wrestler and a man and believed Hart would have laughed at the joke. He also claimed that Hall was drunk at the time of the attack.]]>