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I've been a Sting fan for the most part. But his recent gimmick change has me a little baffled. Let me preface this by saying I haven't seen every episode of Impact since the "Joker" gimmick started. I've seen a couple of YouTube clips, and I did watch the week before last when he and Hulk Hogan had their confrontation in the ring. I'm assuming he is trying to a remain a face here. The gimmick does offer some comic relief, at least it does to me, but I'm not sure if it's supposed to be funny.
|"Crow" Sting (photo from WWE)|
For those of you who read this blog on a regular basis, you know I'm an old school mark. So naturally, "Beach Bum" Sting is my favorite incarnation of the former WCW and TNA world heavyweight champion.
In fact, you can watch my tribute to that character in this video.
Of course, as time goes on characters who stick around for a long time need to evolve too, or they end up going stale. The beach bum Sting faded away and the spiked, bleach blond hair turned brown and was eventually dyed black. It became long and stringy. The pink, purple, and red make up and tights combos were replaced with simple white face paint with black features added. At one point when Sting joined the NWO Wolfpack, the white paint was traded in for red, but the gimmick stayed pretty close to being the same.
|"Beach Bum" Sting (photo from WWE)|
It seems now on Impact Wrestling that the Joker Sting is pushing for Hulk Hogan to go back and embrace the red and yellow. Maybe that's where this is all taking us, to a Hogan face turn. While Sting is pushing Hogan, I wish he'd go back to his roots too and return to the neon colored tights, short, blond spiked hair and yelling "awww!" like he did when I was a kid. Besides, look at how many times Impact and WCW rehashed that look with guys trying to pull one over on Sting. (Jeff Jarrett, Mr. Anderson, and Barry Windham immediately come to mind)
It's ironic how so many people were pushing for a Sting-Undertaker match at Wrestlemania 27. The two have many similarities. Their characters have evolved through the years and withstood the test of time. They're both just as popular now as they were 20 years ago. (I really do believe that)
Anyway, which of Sting's gimmicks has been your favorite through the years? Post your thoughts here or on Facebook, Twitter, or YouTube.