On WWE.Com, the announcement was made as to who will headline the WWE Hall of Fame Class of 2016. That man is Sting.
From Southern California, Steve Borden would break into the business under the guidance of Rick Bassman as part of Power Team U.S.A., which also included Jim Hellwig, who would gain fame as the Ultimate Warrior. Borden and Hellwig would team as the “Blade Runners”, but both would strike out on their own, with Borden, now known as Sting competing in Mid-South, and then later the NWA, when the latter bought out the former.
The NWA would later become WCW, but prior to that name change, Sting would be put on the map with a forty-five minute draw with the then World Heavyweight Champion, “Nature Boy” Ric Flair on the first Clash of the Champions. Sting was now a bona fide star and three years later at the WCW Great American Bash, Sting would defeat Flair for the Heavyweight Championship.
Sting would be a fixture at the top of the card in WCW for the remainder of that promotion’s run, feuding with Lex Luger, Vader and Ric Flair for the championship. As much as Flair was his most common opponent, it was his feud with the New World Order, which would see him generate his most watched match.
Sting would change his look to the “Crow” paint, and would hang around in the rafters, seemingly not sided with WCW, nor the NWO. After sixteen months of not wrestling, Sting successfully challenged Hulk Hogan for the WCW Heavyweight Title at Straccade 1997, which would be the highest ordered pay per view in that company’s history.
Following the fall of WCW, Sting would wrestle for TNA, and it was beginning to appear that he was never going to wrestle a match for the WWE, but this would change when at the age of 56 he went against Triple H at Wrestlemania, and more recently in September, he challenged Seth Rollins for the WWE World Heavyweight Title, though he would suffer a severe back injury in the match.
The WWE Hall of Fame ceremony will take place the night before Wrestlemania in Dallas, Texas.
We here at Notinhalloffame.com will be watching and would like to congratulate Sting for receiving this prestigious honor.