Sting v. Flair: Nostalgia (Part II)

STING v. FLAIR: Part II
Nostalgia (1995-2011)

  • WCW U.S. Champion Sting vs. Ric Flair – (WCW Monday Nitro, 9/4/95)

Another good idea to bring the casual fan in to boost ratings. Sting vs. Flair is always fun. It makes it even more fun when you have a super surprise appearance from Lex Luger who was at SummerSlam a week before and is now showing up on Nitro in the aisleway! OH SNAP! Anyways, all he does is make an appearance as the match gets underway, but that’s all he needed to do. Bischoff tries his best to sell it like he still works for those “other guys”. From the bell, Flair runs the ropes while Sting does a bunch of leapfrogs to build into a press slam. Just like old times. Sting gives him another press slam. A hiptoss out of the corner sets up a dropkick and Flair’s on the floor taking a count. Back in, Flair goes to the eyes and starts chopping. VINTAGE NATURE BOY~! Darn you, Bischoff. Sting starts NO-SELLING Flair’s blows and gives him another press slam. They do the crossbody over the top rope spot that causes them both to spill out to the floor. Flair thumbs Sting in the eye and charges at him only to take another military press. Sting tosses him back in the ring where Flair begs off. Flair avoids the Stinger Splash, but Sting braced himself before any harm was done. Face slam to Flair! Sting runs into an elbow out of the corner and that puts Sting on the mat. Commercial break! Flair’s still in control when he come back. Well, very temporarily as we see Sting slam Flair off the top rope. Cue Arn Anderson. Sting misses a flying splash, but NO-SELLS a suplex! Flair gets whipped into the corner for the Flair Flip and a clothesline on the apron. Ten-count corner punch? You got it. A battle up in the corner goes nowhere. Back on the mat, they go into a headscissors-backslide sequence for two. Arn’s still hanging around ringside. Sting delivers a superplex and then spots Arn Anderson. Flair uses that distraction to chopblock Sting for the FIGURE-FOUR! Flair grabs the ropes for leverage and won’t let go at the five-count. Arn Anderson has enough of that and jumps into the ring and breaks up the hold. Sting wins by DQ. (8:43) Arn takes off his wind breaker so he can get real loose to beat the holy crap out of Flair. Remember, this is during that great angle where Arn had had enough of helping out Flair for all those years and getting nothing in return for it. **¾

  • WCW U.S. Champion Sting vs. Ric Flair – (WCW Monday Nitro, 11/6/95)

No votes tallied, no bar charts, no percentages. This is *your* Nitro main event. Sting’s a week from losing the US title and he’s not even wearing the belt to the ring. Oh well. Everyone wants to see Sting and Flair HOOK IT UP! Hot start as Sting fires away on Flair and gives him a press slam or two. You knew it was coming. Ten-count corner punch leads to the Flair Flip to the apron and a clothesline. Sting punches Flair around the ring and goes for his Stinger Splash up against the guardrail, which NEVER works. We have to take a break! After some commercials, Flair is chopping away. Back suplex from Flair sets up the FIGURE-FOUR. He proceeds to cheat like a muthatrucka by grabbing every rope possible. Sting eventually begins to NO-SELL the pain and turns the hold over. Press slam to Flair! Hiptoss out of the corner leads to a dropkick. Flair cools him off with a thumb to the eye. WOO! Back to the floor we go, where Flair gouges Sting’s eyes real good. He wants to use a chair, but ref Randy Anderson says no way. Inside the ring, Flair takes open shots at the Stinger and covers him with his feet on the ropes. Headlock/backslide sequence follows. That gets two for Sting. Flair goes up top and goes down to the mat. Sting unloads on Flair in the corner. So much in fact, he has to literally pick up Randy Anderson and place him in the opposite corner. That allows Flair to pull out his foreign object from his tights! BAM! Right in the kisser. Flair styles and profiles all over the ring and then drops an elbow on the KO’ed Sting. Cover, 1-2-NO! Flair’s blows stop affecting the Stinger! Another press slam. Sting follows up with a top-rope superplex and applies the SCORPION DEATHLOCK. Now see, I would have had AA and Pillman come down to break it up for the DQ to lead to set up their PPV match since Sting didn’t get his full revenge. But instead, Sting gets the submission win. (9:16) Even after the bell, Sting refuses to let go of the hold. A bunch of babyface midcarders come into the ring to talk to him, but nothing works. That is until recently turned heel Lex Luger walks down to whisper something to Sting. What could it possibly be? Whatever it was, Sting lets go of Flair and then heads to the locker room with Lex. Huh? ***

  • Ric Flair vs. Sting – (WCW World War 3, 11/26/95)

Sting NO-SELLS Flair’s chops and press slams him all over the place, so Flair retreats to one ring and then heads over to another one to make Sting come after him. For some reason, Col. Parker and Sister Sherri walk down the aisle to smooch and get some air time. They go and sit down somewhere. Meanwhile, Sting misses a Stinger Splash up against the guardrail. Flair grabs a chair, but ref Nick Patrick says no way. Back inside, Sting gets excited and claws at Flair, but he nails him with a lowblow to stop all that. Flair hits the Rolling Knee Drop and struts a little bit. Flair starts kicking at the knee and directs the ref’s attention away to throw Sting out over the top rope to do more damage to the knee. Back in another ring, Flair clips Sting and delivers a back suplex to set up the FIGURE-FOUR! He slaps Sting, which only gets his adrenaline pumping to turn the hold over. Sting blocks a hiptoss for a backslide for 1-2-NO! Flair shoves the ref and then gets shoved down on his butt. Sting NO-SELLS a chop and gives chase after Flair into another ring. Clotheslines abound, but then Flair goes to the eyes. Sting slams him off the top rope and then the Flair Flip leads into a clothesline on the apron. Flair tries to end the ten-count corner punch early with an atomic drop, but Sting avoids it and punches back. He follows up with a top rope superplex to lead into the SCORPION DEATHLOCK for the submission. (14:31) It’s always a fun combination even if they don’t really do anything different. ***

  • Ric Flair vs. Sting vs. Lex Luger – (WCW Starrcade, 12/27/95)

I really like this idea of a triangle match with these three. The rules for this match is that one man stands on the apron and waits for a tag while two fight it out in the ring. It’s also elimination rules. They do a good job of allowing all three possible combinations to go in and do their thing with plenty of time. Although Sting just wrestled, Luger is the one who stands on the apron to begin the match. Sting is all press slams and clotheslines on Flair before quickly going for the SCORPION DEATHLOCK. Flair grabs the ropes to stop that nonsense. Flair goes after Sting’s arm with a hammerlock and grounds him for a while. Sting fights back with a press slam and corners Flair for the ten-count punch. To the floor, Flair baits Sting and whips him into the guardrail. Sting NO-SELLS and runs down Flair. Back in, Flair begs off and avoids a dropkick from the Stinger. This is classic Sting/Flair. Flair continues to beat down Sting as Tony actually mentions the Black Scorpion angle. He draws Luger in so he can throw Sting over the top rope and beat him up some more on the floor. Back in again, Flair hits the Rolling Knee Drop for a series of two-counts. Sting finally has enough of this and NO-SELLS a suplex. Sting hits another press slam and delivers a top-rope superplex! Slow cover, 1-2-NO! Luger makes the save! Sting is pissed about that. That allows Flair to run up behind Sting with a knee and knock him into Luger for a tag. Luger’s muscles cause Flair to take a powder up the aisle, but then it’s Luger’s muscles that brings him back into the ring. Flair buries a knee, but takes himself down when he tries a shoulderblock. Luger nails a press slam and goes to the corner for his turn with the ten-count punch. Flair pokes Luger in the eyes right in front of the ref to get a break and then goes after Luger’s leg. Flair brings a chair into the action which brings Sting in to protest and allows Flair to smash the chair albeit weakly across Luger’s leg. TIME TO GO TO SCHOOL! Flair locks in the FIGURE-FOUR, but it’s not too long until Luger turns it over on him. Flair tries to suplex Luger from the apron to the floor, but Luger reverses that and brings Flair back into the ring for a nearfall. Luger slams Flair off the top just like old times. Luger starts to NO-SELL Flair’s chops, so Flair tags in Sting to face Luger. Oh snap. They shake hands, but it’s about to get nasty. They’re real tentative with each other to start. That is until Luger corners Sting and stomps the daylights out of him. They go to the floor where Sting catches Luger in the gut as he comes off the apron. Back in, Sting hits the Flying Bodypress that beat Luger the last time they faced each other at Superbrawl II for 1-2-NO! This goes unnoticed by even Tony Schiavone. Pump splash by Sting hits knees. Sting tries to come back with the SCORPION DEATHLOCK, but Luger grabs the bottom rope to block it and gets in a cheap low blow. Sting connects with the Stinger Splash, but misses a second one and backs up into the TORTURE RACK! Whoops, Luger turns Sting’s foot around into ref Nick Patrick’s face to clean his clock. In comes Flair, he breaks up the Torture Rack with a chopblock. As Luger falls out to the floor, Flair tosses Sting over the top rope on top of Luger and heads back to the apron like he had nothing to do with it. As the ref wakes up, Flair waits for the ref to count them both out to give Ric Flair the win without ever having to pin anybody. (27:39) Flair showed up tonight and delivered, but Sting vs. Luger took a little bit of fun out of this one with their lack of chemistry. ***½

  • WCW World Heavyweight Champion Ric Flair (w/Jimmy Hart) vs. Sting – (WCW Monday Nitro, 1/15/96)

As Sting says to the camera on his way to the ring, ‘here we go again’. FINALLY, Sting gets a fair shot at the gold. It makes sense since he felt he was slighted at Starrcade, but when is Luger going to get a freakin’ chance? Is the selling point of the Clash of the Champions show really the Col. Parker/Sherri wedding? Seriously? It starts off like typical Sting/Flair where Sting NO-SELLS and press slams Flair. Flair rakes the eyes and chops Sting down to take over. Sting blocks a suplex and kills Flair with a top rope superplex! Oh, but the jumping splash hits knees. Let’s take a break. When we come back, Sting lunges at Flair up against the ropes and misses. Flair hits the Rolling Knee Drop and covers Sting with his feet on the ropes for a bunch of nearfalls. While Jimmy has the ref, Flair throws Sting over the top rope. The man is such a rule breaker, that he’ll break rules even when it’s totally unnecessary. Back in, Flair chops the crap out of Sting until he explodes out of the corner with a clothesline. Sting grabs a sleeper, but Flair slips out and gives him a back suplex. Sting blocks the FIGURE-FOUR and pulls Flair in for a small package for 1-2-NO! Backslide gets another two. Sting delivers a sunset flip and yanks Flair’s tights down, but still doesn’t take him over for the pin. Another press slam to Flair. Sting slams him off the top and NO-SELLS some more chops. With Jimmy Hart up on the apron, Lex Luger comes down and tries to get him to stop yelling through that megaphone of his. Luger pulls it away from Jimmy and nails Sting with the megaphone as he leaps into the Stinger Splash. Uhh, Luger was standing on the wrong side of the apron to do that, but the result is the same here. Luger hit Sting with the megaphone by “accident”. Flair hooks on the FIGURE-FOUR, but it doesn’t matter because Sting is KO’ed. Ref counts 1-2-3 and Flair retains the world title for another week. (11:07 shown) Standard Sting/Flair match with a messed up ending. Flair still has the hold locked in after the bell, so Luger pulls Flair off his buddy. In comes Hogan and Savage to scare them both away. **¾

  • WCW World Heavyweight Champion Ric Flair (w/Woman & Elizabeth) vs. Sting – (WCW Saturday Night, 3/2/96)

Pretty crazy to see a WORLD TITLE match on Saturday Night since Nitro made this show almost obsolete for main eventers. Sting works a headlock to start. Flair works a wristlock and tries to keep Sting down by pulling his hair. However, that doesn’t work as Sting keeps up with the KIP UPS! Flair backs Sting into the corner for chops and to sneak in a closed fist here and there. Almost immediately Sting comes back with a clothesline and a press slam, so Flair seeks refuge with his ladies. Back in, another press slam. Sting hiptosses him out of the corner, but whiffs on the dropkick. Even so, Flair flops to the mat. Classic. Flair kicks Sting in the ribs and dumps him out to get clawed by his ladies. Back inside, Flair covers Sting with his feet on the TOP ROPE for two. Flair keeps up with the chops while the crowd chants for the Stinger. Headlock-backslide sequence ensues, which gets two for Sting. Now he starts to NO-SELL chops and Flair hits his knees. The Flair Flip lands him on the apron where Sting brings him back inside with a suplex.

HA! Fans, Tony and Dusty have ran out of time! Since there was no Monday Nitro that week, be sure to watch WCW Pro next Saturday morning to see what happens! Luckily for us, we don’t have to wait a week. Here is the stirring conclusion!

Flair cuts off Sting’s comeback and delivers a back suplex. Another suplex and Sting stands right back up! Flair tries to bait Sting outside and back in the ring, but then heads up top. You crazy man! Sting slams him down and goes to the top himself for a flying clothesline. As he comes off the ropes, the ladies pull at Sting’s leg, allowing Flair to clip him from behind. FIGURE-FOUR! As Sting eventually starts to turn it over, here comes Sting’s tag team championship partner Lex Luger. Once Sting has the hold reversed, Luger drops an elbow on Flair to get Sting DQ’ed! (13:36 shown) This is all part of that period where Sting couldn’t really trust Luger even though they were the tag champs because of Luger’s weird alliance with Jimmy Hart who was part of the Dungeon of Doom at the time. Of course that dynamic would all change when Hulk Hogan decided to take a sabbatical and WCW needed more babyfaces with Lex Luger becoming one of them. **½

  • WCW World Heavyweight Champion Ric Flair vs. Sting vs. Diamond Dallas Page vs. Hulk Hogan – Special Referee: Randy Savage (WCW Spring Stampede, 4/11/99)

If I’m not mistaken, this is Sting’s first match back on TV using the black and white look. I know he worked house shows in early 1999, but he hadn’t wrestled on TV if I remember correctly since Halloween Havoc. Anyways, the Sting-Flair rivalry continues with this four-way match. Flair is the WCW President and he’s gone insane, DDP wants to be “the guy”, Hogan wants his belt back, and Sting is just here because he’s Sting and he’s awesome for the lack of a better term. Oh, and Randy Savage with Gorgeous George by his side is here to keep order if you can BELIEVE that. Hogan and Flair hit the floor while Sting and DDP square off inside. Sting looks like he’s ready to put DDP away going for the Scorpion Deathlock and hitting the Stinger Splash early. Flair and Hogan brawl back inside as they break up the pin. Sting slams Flair off the top as Hogan starts punching the crap out of him. Now Sting and DDP do some ringside brawling while Hogan uses his weight lifting belt to abuse Flair. You can see Hogan already working in that Hulkamania NO-SELL shtick even in April while Flair chops him. He actually HULKS UP wearing the nWo colors. He hits the three right hands, Big Boot, and the LEGDROP on Flair. Sting lets go of the Scorpion Deathlock on DDP in order to prevent Hogan from winning. Sting and DDP return to the floor while Flair slaps the FIGURE-FOUR on Hogan. As Hollywood reverses the hold, DDP breaks away from Sting and starts stomping on him. Flair avoids the DIAMOND CUTTER, but takes a clothesline to the floor. After that, DDP RINGPOST FIGURE FOURS Hogan until Sting rakes Page across the face. That’s what hurts Hollywood and takes him out of the match. A WCW trainer comes down and helps him to the back. Eric Bischoff who was not really even an on-screen character anymore at this point comes out to check on him. So now it’s a triple-threat match. DDP sits back while Sting hiptosses and dropkicks Flair. Ten-count corner punch leads to an atomic drop, but Sting avoids the knee and clotheslines Flair down. Smart on DDP’s part to just stand back and watch. Flair Flip leads to a clothesline on the apron, but then Sting turns around into a clothesline from DDP! Cover, 1-2-NO! Flair tries to take control of DDP, but eats the discus clothesline as DDP trucks onward. Stinger Splash comes out of nowhere followed by the face slam. DDP wins the tombstone reversal on Sting for 1-2-NO! Flair dumps out DDP, but then takes a superplex from Sting! Slow cover gets two. They do the triple sleeper spot with Flair in the middle. DDP and Flair take their shots on Sting, but he NO-SELLS them both and clotheslines them both! He makes the Sting comeback with the Stinger Splash and the SCORPION DEATHLOCK on Flair, but DDP nails him from behind. He tries a suplex, but Sting counters into a SCORPION DEATHDROP. Flair stops the pin and slaps on the FIGURE-FOUR. Sting reverses the hold into the ropes, but Savage kicks his hands free and drags Flair over to the center of the ring in order to deliver the MACHO ELBOW. Well, that breaks up the hold. DDP stomps Sting’s knee a bunch and then drops Flair with the DIAMOND CUTTER for the 1-2-3. (17:28) Some good moments from Hogan and Sting showing off their signature comebacks. There was something about Sting during the first couple months back on TV in the spring of 1999 where he was just great all the time no matter who he was wrestling. Flair just seemed like he was going through the motions and didn’t really care at this point, but it’s hard to blame the man for what they had him doing during this period. Of course, the biggest moment was DDP finally winning the big one. **½

  • Sting vs. Ric Flair (w/Arn Anderson) – (WCW Monday Nitro, 4/12/99)

Charles Robinson is the referee for this one and we are in 1999, so shenanigans seem almost a guarantee. What’s with the white duct tape wrapped around Sting’s black boots? That guy is just always trying something new. Anyways, Sting is all about press slams to start. Flair bails, but Sting carries him back to the ring. NO-SELL, ten-count corner punch, hiptoss, and a dropkick. That gets two. Sting sunset flips Flair for two and then he bails again. Back inside, Flair works the wristlock and pulls Sting down by the hair, but he goes into CONSTANT KIP UP MODE! There’s the Flair Flip and the clothesline on the apron. He’s back on the floor for the flop. Flair pulls Sting out for some guardrail action, but Sting stays a step ahead. Flair has to gouge the eyes to this action worth his while and then clips him from behind. Back in, he clips the knee again and delivers the Rolling Knee Drop. Sting catches a second one and slaps on the FIGURE-FOUR. It looks like Flair is going to give up, but Charles Robinson being a MEGA HUGE Ric Flair fan and a company guy doesn’t want to call the match in favor of Sting. Flair makes the ropes, but can’t get that atomic drop out of the corner. Arn Anderson tries to sneak up on Sting, but gets popped in the face. Now what? Stinger Splash attempt, but AA pulls Flair out of the corner just in time to send Sting flying over the top turnbuckle to the floor. Just like old times, AA puts the boots to the Stinger. WOO! Arn tosses Sting back inside Flair goes low, but then goes UP TOP only to be slammed down. There’s the headlock-backslide sequence as Sting gets two. Flair’s trick knee acts up all into Sting’s balls. He tries a suplex, but of course that doesn’t work! Sting comes back with a press slam. Stinger Splash is followed by a superplex! Arn causes another distraction to bring Sting off Flair. As he turns away to lunge at Flair, Flair drops to the mat and Sting flies onto the ropes. FIGURE-FOUR by Flair! Arn Anderson gives Flair some CRAZY extra leverage, but here comes Randy Savage who cost Flair the WCW world title 24 hours earlier. Savage knocks Arn Anderson away into next week. Meanwhile, Sting reverses the hold for the break. Flair starts chopping again and tries a suplex, but Sting counters to a SCORPION DEATHDROP. Robinson seems hesitant, but counts the pinfall anyway. (14:24) AA charges Sting, but he gets put in the SCORPION DEATHLOCK in short order. Sting is BACK! For years Flair had made Sting look good, now we have the opposite as Sting made Flair look way better than he probably felt like being here. **½

  • Sting vs. Ric Flair (w/Arn Anderson & Asya) – (WCW Monday Nitro, 7/19/99)

This one is for the control of WCW! I almost forgot about Asya! She was the muscle behind Ric. Charles Robinson is the ref in this match too. He’s looking way too much like Flair here though, which is extremely creepy. He tries to get up in Sting’s face during the introductions and takes the SCORPION DEATHDROP because he’s a weird little dude. We’ve got a new ref and his name is Mickey Jay who does not appear at least by his looks to be in Flair’s back pocket. Flair still has control though. Can’t he just tell this Mickey Jay character to take a hike? Why am I even asking these questions by this point in WCW? Press slams lead to the ten-count corner punch. Hiptoss and the dropkick follows. Flair begs off only to draw Sting in for a low blow. WOO! Flair hits a suplex, but Sting NO-SELLS and whips him into the Flair Flip for the clothesline on the apron. Flair pulls Sting out and when that backfires, he tries to bait Sting back into the ring. That doesn’t work either, so Sting makes him pay with a superplex. Cover, 1-2-NO! Arn pulls out Mickey Jay and decks him one time. Well, Sting is not a fan of that, so he decks Arn. Out of nowhere, THE MASTER AND THE RULER OF THE WORLD SID VICIOUS interrupts and attacks Sting at ringside by dropping him on the guardrail. He rolls Sting back inside to be put in the FIGURE-FOUR. Of course, Sting reverses the hold and makes his comeback. Stinger Splash, but Flair pulls Mickey Jay in front of Sting as well. Poor Mickey! Asya attacks, but she winds up taking a Stinger Splash. SCORPION DEATHLOCK on Flair! Since there’s no ref, Eric Bischoff leaves the announce table and calls for the bell to give Sting control of WCW. (8:42) That gets control of WCW out of the hands of Ric Flair, so in a roundabout way this is a hollow victory for Eric Bischoff – the former boss of WCW who Flair took control from in the first place back in December 1998. Afterwards, Sid Vicious attacks again and POWERBOMBS Eric Bischoff. Just when you think you have seen it all, out comes Hulk Hogan to run Sid out of the arena. Sting would stop being the president by the end of the month rendering the whole decision completely meaningless. **¼

  • Sting vs. Ric Flair – (WCW Monday Nitro, 3/20/00)

This was the night after the CLASSIC Hogan-Flair YAPPAPI INDIAN STRAP MATCH at UnCeNSoReD 2000 while Sting competed against Lex Luger in a lumberjacks with casts match. Yes, you read that right. As most of the wrestling audience at this point, I was strictly a WWE fan and have never seen this match. The majority of the wrestling audience was watching Kane v. Rikishi instead. As usual, Sting NO-SELLS and press slams Flair around. The Flair Flip lands him on the floor where Sting NO-SELLS a whip into the guardrail and comes back at Flair with a clothesline. Back in, Sting delivers the hiptoss and the dropkick. Sting misses a lunge up against the ropes though. Flair asks ref Charles Robinson to check on the time (?!) and kicks Sting in the balls. WOO! Flair tries the chops, but Sting NO-SELLS and delivers another press slam. He slams Flair off the top and continues with clotheslines until Lex Luger comes into the ring. Sting goes from corner to corner with the Stinger Splash on both men. As Luger rolls out, Sting slaps on the SCORPION DEATHLOCK. Before Robinson can call for the bell, Luger pulls him out for what I believe is a DQ. (4:59) The SHORTEST Sting-Flair match ever, I would presume. In typical and hilarious Tony Schiavone fashion: “I’m not so sure what the official call is, and I’m not so sure it matters.” *½

  • Sting vs. Ric Flair – (WCW Monday Nitro, 3/26/01)

They started on Nitro against each other on Labor day 1995, now they will end it together. Sting had been absent from WCW programming since November when Scott Steiner laid him out with a chair during the Lethal Lottery finals (that’s right, I did SOME research), but he wasn’t going to miss a chance to wrestle Ric Flair in the last ever WCW match televised for anything in the world. Flair would later admit to feeling out of wrestling shape for this match, which is why you see him wearing a t-shirt here. Headlocks and shoulderblocks to start. Flair goes to the eyes and starts chopping. Sting turns the tables on him and hiptosses Flair out of the corner to set up a dropkick. You know the drill. Flair begs off and tries to start up the mind games, but takes a press slam instead. Ten-count corner punch leads to the Flair Flop. Where chops fail, a low blow to the balls will work. Flair drops the knee pad and delivers the Rolling Knee Drop. More chops. He heads up top which means he’s getting slammed down. HERE COMES STING! Clotheslines abound, but he whiffs on a dropkick. WOO! He applies the FIGURE-FOUR and cheats with a handful of ropes. Flair gets a few nearfalls off that. The crowd gets behind Sting as he pulls Flair away from the ropes and reverses the hold. The chops have no effect as Sting gets fired up again. Flair can’t flip out of the corner, so instead Sting takes the match up a notch with a superplex. SCORPION DEATHLOCK! Flair gives up. (7:19) And since it’s the final show and what could have been the final match they ever worked together (we still have our fingers crossed on TNA!), they break kayfabe and embrace. This was standard Sting-Flair. Nothing more, but nothing less either. **½

  • Sting vs. Ric Flair – (IMPACT WRESTLING, 9/15/11)

If Sting wins, he gets Hogan. If Flair wins, then Sting has to RETIRE. Now let’s see. Sting reinvents himself again to become Jim Carrey if he had played the Joker in a 1990s Batman movie retiring, or Flair losing – again. WHAT DO YOU THINK IS GOING TO HAPPEN? Headlocks and hammerlocks to start. Commercials! And we’re back. Sting slams Flair off the top and we’re on the floor. Sting NO-SELLS a whip into the guardrail and runs Flair down. Back in, Flair begs off into a corner. He takes a barrage of punches so he can low blow Sting. He’s right back up though with a ten-count corner punch. The Stinger Splash misses and Flair chopblocks the knee. He doesn’t Sting to school tonight and just goes for the FIGURE-FOUR. Sting eventually reverses the hold, but the damage is done. Chops begin, but Sting NO-SELLS. They head to the corner where Sting brings Flair down with a top-rope superplex. Immortal hits the ring to take out Sting, but he stands tall and cleans house. While Sting locks eyes with Hogan, Bully Ray appears with a chain in-hand to nail Sting. Oh, but here comes Mr. Anderson with a chair to scare him away. During all the craziness, Hogan hands Flair some brass knux. As Sting back walks over to Flair, he gets POPPED in the face. WOO! Classic Flair. Cover, 1-2-NO! More chops that Sting NO-SELLS. Stinger Splash and the Flair Flop looks terrible. Sting picks up the brass knux that apparently fell out of Flair’s tights. SCORPION DEATHLOCK finishes the match. (11:00 shown) If this is going to be happening in 2011, it should be happening at your local armory where you pay $10 a pop and not on cable. Sting and Hogan exchange looks as we go off the air. Of course it’s nostalgic, but terrible apart from that. *½

Final Thoughts: Once it stopped being 1995, they pretty much stopped caring about any kind of angle between them and just started putting these two together at random. They never tried to change up the match formula at all either, which made the matches feel very similar and that some were just longer than others.

So that does it for Sting v. Flair. If you guys like this idea and would like to see me tackle another long standing rivalry, let me know.

Posted on September 24, 2011, in TNA, WCW and tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 5 Comments.

  1. Loved the idea,

    Can you do Bret vs Austin please

  2. Good idea! I think I might extend it to Austin v. Hart Foundation though which includes the entire 1996-97 feud.

  3. i’d like to see:

    – Midnight Express v. Rock ‘N Roll Express
    – John Cena v. Orton (or Edge)
    – Raven v. Dreamer
    – Undertaker v. Kane
    – Booker T v. Scott Steiner

  4. I’d be interested in a Hogan/Flair chronicle… along with a Benoit/Booker and Eddie/Rey.

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