When it comes to the WWE and talking about Legends within the organization, it’s obvious that Sting’s name will be near the top of the list. As one of the greatest wrestlers of all time, Sting has gone through many transitions since his debut in professional wrestling all the way back in 1987, when he first made his appearance within the WCW.
When he made his debut, Sting was a well-built wrestler who went into matches with a face full of bright face paint. Fast forward to the 1990s, when Sting took on a darker appearance, donning creepy black and white face paint and a black trench coat reminiscent of the movie The Crow, and came out to matches wielding a baseball bat.
In more recent years, Sting has stepped into the WWE arena to play a role as “The Vigilante,” someone that looks out for the good guy, fights back against wrongdoing, and butts heads with The Authority.
His changing looks aren’t the only thing that has kept Sting relevant for several decades. His abilities inside of the ring are truly unmatched. Here, we have 10 amazing statistics that show why Sting has been a fan-favorite in the wrestling ring for so many years.
10. Sting Has Some of the Most Impressive Entrances
Most wrestlers simply walk down the ramp and hop into the ring. They may add pyrotechnics, loud music, or even backup dancers to make their entrance, but no one makes a statement quite like Sting. Through the years, Sting continues to wow audiences with his unique and often daring entrances. His most notable entrances include popping up from the floor of the ring, rappelling from the ceiling, and using a zipline to fly into the ring. The combination of his dramatic face paint and his unique entrances make him a crowd favorite. Most recently in 2015, Sting was hiding where Seth Rollins’ statue was supposed to be, surprising the WWE Universe by competing in the September Night of Champions PPV event.
9. Sting Has One of the Highest Win Percentages in Pro Wrestling
With such a lengthy career in professional wrestling, Sting has been in a lot of matches throughout the years. In fact, as of September 2015, he has been involved in almost 600 matches, which is simply mind blowing. The amount of matches that he has been in is impressive, but so is his percentage of wins in these matches. Sting has one of the highest winning percentages in all of pro wrestling, boasting an impressive 64% of wins. Even as he ages or changes his wrestling style and persona, this stat shows that Sting is always ready to perform in the ring, no matter what.
8. Sting’s Rivalry with Ric Flair is One of the Most Memorable in History
The WWE and the former WCW were both infamous for having rivalries that kept fans on the edge of their seats. One of the greatest rivalries, wrestling fans will agree, was also one of the longest. The feud between Sting and Ric Flair didn’t just end after a single Pay Per View match. Instead, this rivalry spanned from 1988 to 2001. The rivalry began with a 45-minute timed PPV match that had three judges who would determine the winner. After this match, the rivalry blew up to include Sting joining his former foes, The Four Horsemen, many high-profile matches, Sting’s turn from face to mysterious wrestler, and even lasted through Flair leaving the WCW for WWF. This drawn-out feud is one of the most memorable in professional wrestling, and it also helped Sting become the icon that he is today.
7. Sting Is One of the Few to Remain Undefeated Against Hulk Hogan
During the 1980s and 1990s, Hulk Hogan was one of the most recognized and toughest wrestlers around. It was hard for many to defeat Hogan even once, but Sting managed to do it three times when they came face to face in one-on-one matches. He is just one of four people that achieved this victory against this wrestling legend. Others who remained undefeated against Hogan include Goldberg, The Rock, and Brock Lesnar. While he was pinned in a tag-team match against Hogan, when it came to one-on-one matches, Sting never lost to Hogan, showing just how great he is in the ring.
6. Sting Defeated an Astounding Number of WWE Champions
During Sting’s decades-long career in the WCW and the WWE, he has made a name for himself for being one of the best champions in history, taking down some of professional wrestling’s heavy-hitting champs in incredible and entertaining main event matches at Pay Per Views throughout the years. He has defeated an astounding nine champions during his run as a professional wrestler. These victories are against such big-name contenders as Stone Cold Steve Austin, Kevin Nash, Bret Hart, and Mick Foley. Toppling these WWE World Heavyweight Champions, in addition to his impressive wrestling style and changing looks throughout the years, have made Sting a household name.
5. Sting Beat His Demons Outside of the Ring
When Sting steps into the wrestling ring, he knows he’s going to have a tough opponent. Even though he’s gone head to head with some of the biggest and toughest wrestlers in the industry, nothing was more difficult than his opponent outside of the ring: addiction. As many other athletes have in the past, Sting fell into bad habits outside of the arena, including an addiction to pills and alcohol. Like many other athletes before him, Sting could have let these addictions overpower his life. However, after becoming a born-again Christian, he was able to move past these addictions to become a better, healthier person, both in and outside of the ring.
4. Sting Has Won Wrestler of the Year More Than Any Other Superstar
Pro Wrestling Illustrated is a magazine that reports all of the highlights and important stories in the world of pro wrestling. In addition to keeping fans updated with the latest and biggest news in wrestling, the magazine also chooses a Wrester of the Year. While many top wrestlers including CM Punk, The Rock, and Hulk Hogan have all received this award, Sting has the honor of being the most awarded recipient, being named as the Wrestler of the Year an incredible four times. He was awarded this title in 1991 and 1992, 1994, and 1997. Only John Cena has tied this record.
3. Sting Has Shown Incredible Endurance During PPV Matches
Pay Per View matches are known for being extremely brutal and lengthy, and fighting just one can be tiring for even the most seasoned wrestler. However, there have been occasions when a wrestler has found himself involved in more than one match per event, and Sting is just one of those wrestlers. But not content to stop at two, Sting has been involved in three different matches in one night. This isn’t just something he has accomplished once, either. He has fought three matches at one event an amazing three times in WCW events in 1989, 1992, and 2000.
2. Sting is a 15-Time World Champion
Becoming a World Champion in the world of professional wrestling is an incredible accomplishment and something that all wrestlers work toward. Becoming a world champ 15 times is rare and absolutely astonishing, and Sting is one of the very few wrestlers who can say that he has been a champion this many times. His championship titles include two reigns as the NWA World Heavyweight Champion, a six-time WCW World Heavyweight Champion, a two-time WCW International Heavyweight Champion, a WWA World Heavyweight Champion, and a four-time TNA champ. His lengthy career and long list of championship titles just prove how important Sting has been to the organization.
1. Sting is the Only Man to Hold the NWA, WCW, and TNA Titles
If Sting’s list of championship wins seems impressive, that’s because it is. When compared to most wrestlers, Sting has had a longer and much more successful career in this industry. However, knowing that his list of championship wins led to a record that only he holds, it is even more impressive. Sting is the only wrestler within the professional wrestling industry that has held NWA, WCW, and TNA titles. It is because of accomplishments like these that Sting was inducted into the TNA Hall of Fame back in 2012. As of September 2015, Sting has not yet been inducted into the WWE Hall of Fame, and many speculate that it’s because he has not had a lengthy career with WWE. However, he has recently made multiple appearances in high-profile PPV matches, so it may only be a matter of time before he’s inducted into another HOF.