Hall of Fame member WWE Sting appeared on The Two Man Power Trip of Wrestling podcast. The following was sent to us:
The Icon Sting talks about his legacy in the wrestling business, connecting with fans, the Be Good event, and his epic feud with Big Van Vader
Being separated from Be Good:
Well it was a humble experience of course with all these amazing athletes and celebrities. Even with Rick Bassman, we go back to the beginning, without Rick I would never have entered professional wrestling. So again congratulations to Rick, who is a boy, in a way that I have closed the circle.
Doing things like this is an honor, of course, and I was honored to be with guys like Rusty Coones, Butterbean, the Skid Row Angel, Deon Joseph, Deron Malibu McBee, Mike O’Hearn, Bas Rutten, and Benny the Jet. It’s great to be with guys like that and the variety of people …
What is being good:
Be Good is a group of the most difficult stars, athletes and celebrities who talk about lives. It is so simple and so cliche, but the message is to treat others the way you want to be treated. If everyone lived up to that standard, the world would be a much better place. As the old saying goes, the only way for evil to prevail is for good men to do nothing. If you don’t defend something, you fall in love with anything. I’ve used that line so much in the past, but it’s so true. We need to be oriented to others and not to oneself. The perspective of all these guys is very interesting here. Trying to make a change and a change in culture. I think people’s lives will really change after listening to it.
His legacy in business:
Man, I hope people remember things like my dignified ethics, being trustworthy, I didn’t make presentations, I didn’t milk injuries, I had longevity. When I was in the ring, I tried to bring every night. I tried to be as entertaining as possible, to keep the crowd involved in the match. I hope that the fans will remember my team, keeping fit, believing, trying to be always better, always innovative and creative, in the way that I could change and evolve. I hope you remember those things about me.
Connection to fans:
There was something about my character that resonated with fans. Fans shared with me a thousand times, that there was something about me that connected with them. Whether it’s because of my behavior, I helped fans get through difficult times, I helped them through bullying, or whatever their problem was at the time. Fans have told me that their relationship with their parents was watching wrestling and looking at me, so it’s a very powerful thing. Whether I came out of the Babyface locker room or the heel locker room, it didn’t matter, there was something about the Sting character that there was something beyond the fight that connected with them.
His epic feud with Big Van Vader:
You know, it’s amazing, I don’t have a match with Leon, Vader that stands out. I have pictures, photos, game moments, memories that really stand out with him, both in and out of the ring. I shared many great moments with him, which for me lives up to my enmity with Ric Flair. I was solely responsible for taming him when he came to the United States from Japan. I preferred that my matches were rigid and credible. I didn’t want to leave any doubt in the minds of fans that Vader was literally trying to kill me. I was able to spend the last 8 months of his life with. I now live in the Dallas area and he was living in the area at the time. I was able to go to his funeral and speak at the funeral. So it was great to connect with him before he died because we always had a great relationship and we had great coincidences.
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