“The physical part of it, I can’t do a lot of the stuff I used to do. So I’ve had to come up with different ways to get around in the ring, trying to be a little more creative in a lot of different ways. Physically, the body does not recover like it used to, and a lot of times you can’t train the way you need to train. Even in the gym, I got to figure out different ways of training, get my cardio up. It has been very challenging, and obviously as the years go by, it gets tougher and tougher.”
And still Sting remains one of the top fan favorites in the business.
“At this point of my career, I don’t over-analyze it,” he said. “Just one year, and I can’t exactly tell you when that was, I had a resolve about it. This is what I do. This is who I am. I’m a pro wrestler, and I love what I do. So I’m going to stick it out ‘til who knows when.”
Sting overcame some personal demons during his career. A key to his turnaround, finding God, becoming a born again Christian in 1998.
What advice would today’s Sting give Every Man’s Nightmare Sting?
“Stay away from drugs, pills and alcohol. Stay away from the women. Stay away from the politics -- the behind the scenes stuff that goes on,” Sting said. “Just get out there and entertain. Work your butt off, take care of yourself in and out of the ring and turn to God.
“That was a huge part of my wrestling career, turning to God. If I didn’t, I probably would have ended up like one of those guys who you’ve read about.
“I’ve had wrestlers over the years, many of them, including last week [Impact Wrestling at the USF Sun Dome] in Tampa, one of the biggest names talking to me about God and asking me questions. There’s a reason for it. They know I was them. In other words, I’m not going to condemn anybody or point my finger at anyone. I ran with the best of ‘em and did what I did all those years on the road, and they know it.
“They have seen a change in me, and they ask, ‘How’d you do it?’ And I tell them how I did it. Some of them have been in and out of so many different types of trouble and rehabs. I’m there to try to be a rock solid sounding board for some of the guys, and that’s been a good thing.”
Hot Stuff Eddie Gilbert forged an alliance with Sting in the early days of his illustrious career. Gilbert was Every Woman’s Dream, and Sting was Every Man’s Nightmare.
Facepaint is symbolic to the wrestler Sting.
When Sting began wrestling in 1985, he teamed with Jim Hellwig, who you know better as the Ultimate Warrior. As the Blade Runners, they wore facepaint in the Continental Wrestling Association in Memphis.
Trail and error is the best way to describe their facepaint and how to apply it.
“We painted our faces because we wanted to get tag matches with the Road Warriors,” Sting said.
The Road Warriors (Animal and Hawk) made facepaint fashionable in pro wrestling. The Mel Gibson movie “Mad Max 2: The Road Warrior.”
“In the beginning, it was real simple [with the facepaint],” Sting said. “Then one year, after Warrior and I had split off. He went his way, and I went my way. I was working for Dusty Rhodes, and he said, [Sting surprises with a pretty good Dusty voice], ‘I want you to put some on, baby.’ Anyway, I started to add color and got some colored tights and all the neon and just started coming up with my own designs.”