Profile:
  • Name: Ric Flair
  • Real Name: Richard Fliehr
  • Date of Birth: February 25, 1949
  • Hometown: Charlotte, North Carolina, United States of America
  • Height: 6'1
  • Weight: 252 pounds
  • WCW Debut: May 13, 1974
  • Nickname: "Nature Boy"
  • Finisher: Figure Four Leglock
  • Career Highlights: 8-time WCW World Heavyweight Champion, 7-time NWA World Heavyweight Champion, 2-time WCW International World Heavyweight Champion, 3-time NWA Mid-Atlantic Heavyweight Champion, 6-time NWA Mid-Atlantic / WCW United States Heavyweight Champion, 2-time NWA Mid-Atlantic Television Champion, 3-time NWA World Tag Team Champion of Mid-Atlantic region (2-time with Greg Valentine & 1-time with Blackjack Mulligan), 3-time NWA Mid-Atlantic Tag Team Champion (1-time with Rip Hawk, 1-time with Greg Valentine & 1-time with Big John Studd), 1st Triple Crown Champion, 1st Grand Slam Champion
  • Pro Wrestling Illustrated (PWI) Wins: Rookie of the Year Award (1975), Most Hated Wrestler of the Year Award (1978), Wrestler of the Year Award (1981), Match of the Year Award vs. Harley Race (1983), Wrestler of the Year Award (1984), Wrestler of the Year Award (1985), Wrestler of the Year Award (1986), Match of the Year Award vs. Dusty Rhodes (1986), Feud of the Year Award vs. Super Powers and Road Warriors (1987), Most Hated Wrestler of the Year Award (1987), Feud of the Year Award vs. Lex Luger (1988), Wrestler of the Year Award (1989), Feud of the Year Award vs. Terry Funk (1989), Feud of the Year Award vs. Lex Luger (1990), Wrestler of the Year Award (1992)
Biography:
Ric Flair is known as one of the greatest professional wrestlers in the history of professional wrestling industry. He spent the majority of his career in WCW, where he debuted during the 1970s when it was known as JCP. Flair has headlined many of WCW events and has captured nearly ever championship in his reach. He became a multiple time world champion during his WCW career and earned credibility and notability for his devotion to the squared circle. He fought against the best competitors of his time to make a name for himself and became the best competitor himself during the 1980s. He toured the entire world and defended the NWA World Heavyweight Championship against wrestlers from all over the world. He dominated WCW scene with his dirty tactics as the leader of Four Horsemen and would do anything to keep the WCW World Heavyweight Championship. His rivalries and historic matches against Ricky Steamboat, Lex Luger, Dusty Rhodes, Harley Race, Terry Funk, Sting, Hulk Hogan and Randy Savage have established Flair as the best competitor in WCW history.

Jim Crockett Promotions / World Championship Wrestling (1974 - 1991)
After competing for two years in American Wrestling Association (AWA), the young Ric Flair signed a contract with National Wrestling Alliance (NWA) territory Jim Crockett Promotions (JCP) in 1974. On May 13, Flair debuted in JCP as a heel. He defeated Abe Jacobs in his first JCP match. On July 4, Flair won the first championship of his career. Rip Hawk and Flair defeated Paul Jones and Bob Bruggers to win the NWA Mid-Atlantic Tag Team Championship. On December 6, Hawk and Flair were scheduled to defend the championship against Paul Jones and Tiger Conway, Jr. but Brute Bernard substituted for Hawk. Flair and Bernard lost the championship to Jones and Conway. Hawk and Flair's reign ended at 155 days.

Entering 1975, Flair defeated Paul Jones on February 8 to win his first singles championship, the NWA Mid-Atlantic Television Championship. Flair became a successful and long term champion. On August 8, Flair lost the championship back to Paul Jones. Flair's reign ended at 117 days. The young Flair started rising as a top star of the company. On September 20, Flair defeated Wahoo McDaniel for the NWA Mid-Atlantic Heavyweight Championship.

Flair established himself as one of the top stars of JCP by winning JCP's top championship and his rivalry with Wahoo McDaniel for the championship started increasing Flair's stardom. However, he suffered a back injury during a plane crash on October 4 that included Flair's fellow wrestlers Johnny Valentine, Mr. Wrestling and Bob Bruggers as well as promoter David Crockett. The injury ended Flair's professional wrestling career which had begun only three years ago but he proved his doctors wrong by recovering quickly.

In February 1976, Flair returned to JCP to resume his professional wrestling career. Upon his comeback, Flair began to refer himself as "Nature Boy", a nickname that had been used by world champion Buddy Rogers. Flair also used Rogers' finisher Figure Four Leglock submission maneuver. On May 3, Flair lost the NWA Mid-Atlantic Heavyweight Championship back to Wahoo McDaniel. Flair's reign ended at 226 days.

Later that month, Flair received his first opportunity for the NWA World Heavyweight Championship, as he unsuccessfully challenged Terry Funk for the championship. On May 24, Flair defeated Wahoo McDaniel to win his second NWA Mid-Atlantic Heavyweight Championship. On September 11, Flair lost the championship back to McDaniel. Flair's reign ended at 110 days.

Flair formed a tag team with Greg Valentine and participated in a tournament for the vacated NWA Mid-Atlantic Tag Team Championship. They defeated Red Bastien and Danny Miller in the first round and Tony Atlas and Johnny Eagle in the quarter-final round. They wrestled Paul Jones and Rufus R. Jones to a double disqualification in the semi-final round. As a result, Dino Bravo and Mr. Wrestling won the tournament with no opponents left in the final round.

On October 16, Flair defeated Wahoo McDaniel to win his third NWA Mid-Atlantic Heavyweight Championship, thus ending his rivalry with McDaniel. On December 26, Flair and Greg Valentine defeated Minnesota Wrecking Crew to win the NWA World Tag Team Championship. As a result, Flair became a double champion and Flair and Valentine began a historic tag team rivalry against Minnesota Wrecking Crew. However, the following night, on December 27, Flair lost the NWA Mid-Atlantic Heavyweight Championship back to Wahoo McDaniel. Flair's reign ended at 72 days.

Entering 1977, Flair defeated Rufus R. Jones to win his second NWA Television Championship on April 4. As a result, Flair regained his glory as a double champion. However, on May 8, Flair and Greg Valentine lost the NWA World Tag Team Championship back to Minnesota Wrecking Crew in a Steel Cage match. Flair and Valentine's reign ended at 133 days. On June 15, Flair lost the NWA Television Championship to the young rising Ricky Steamboat. Flair's reign ended at 72 days. This championship loss began a rivalry between Steamboat and Flair.

On July 6, Flair and Greg Valentine were awarded the NWA Mid-Atlantic Tag Team Championship and they began establishing themselves as one of the top tag teams of JCP. On July 29, Flair defeated Bobo Brazil to win the NWA Mid-Atlantic United States Heavyweight Championship. As a result, Flair became a double champion. On August 22, Flair and Greg Valentine lost the NWA Mid-Atlantic Tag Team Championship to Ricky Steamboat and Paul Jones in a tag team match. Flair and Valentine's reign ended at 46 days.

On October 21, Flair lost the NWA Mid-Atlantic United States Heavyweight Championship to Ricky Steamboat. Flair's reign ended at 84 days. On October 30, Flair and Greg Valentine defeated Minnesota Wrecking Crew to win their second NWA World Tag Team Championship. Flair and Valentine began playing dirty as tag team champions. They would often retain their championship through intentional disqualification in matches. On April 1, 1978, NWA President Eddie Graham stripped Flair and Valentine off the championship because of getting disqualified in matches to retain the championship. Flair and Valentine's reign ended at 153 days.

On April 9, Flair defeated Mr. Wrestling to win his second NWA Mid-Atlantic United States Heavyweight Championship. On April 23, Flair and Greg Valentine participated in a tournament for the vacated NWA World Tag Team Championship. They lost to Wahoo McDaniel and Andre the Giant in the first round.

On October 30, Flair teamed with Big John Studd to defeat Paul Jones and Ricky Steamboat to win the NWA Mid-Atlantic Tag Team Championship. As a result, Flair became a double champion. The following week, on November 5, Flair and Studd lost the championship back to Jones and Steamboat. Flair and Studd's reign ended at 7 days.

On December 30, Flair lost the NWA Mid-Atlantic United States Heavyweight Championship to rival Ricky Steamboat. Flair's reign ended at 265 days. Entering 1979, Flair finally defeated Steamboat to win his third NWA Mid-Atlantic United States Heavyweight Championship on April 1. Flair was able to secure a win over his rival after a losing streak against Steamboat throughout two years. During his reign, the young Flair began a rivalry with Buddy Rogers the original "Nature Boy", which culminated in a match between the two for Flair's NWA Mid-Atlantic United States Heavyweight Championship at Battle of the Nature Boys, which Flair won, upsetting Rogers. During this rivalry, Flair's popularity and main event status increased which turned him babyface.

On August 8, Flair teamed with Blackjack Mulligan. Flair and Mulligan defeated Paul Jones and Baron Von Raschke to win the NWA World Tag Team Championship. As a result, Flair became a double champion. However, due to being the tag team champion, Flair was forced to vacate the NWA Mid-Atlantic United States Heavyweight Championship on August 12. Flair's reign ended at 133 days. On August 22, Flair and Blackjack Mulligan lost the NWA World Tag Team Championship back to Paul Jones and Baron Von Raschke. Flair and Mulligan's reign ended at 14 days.

On April 19, 1980, Flair defeated Jimmy Snuka to win his record setting fourth NWA Mid-Atlantic United States Heavyweight Championship. On July 26, Flair lost the championship to former tag team partner Greg Valentine. As a result, Flair began a rivalry with Valentine. Flair's reign ended at 98 days. On November 24, Flair defeated Valentine to win his record setting fifth NWA Mid-Atlantic United States Heavyweight Championship. In 1981, the championship was renamed the NWA United States Heavyweight Championship. Flair lost the championship to Roddy Piper on January 27.

In September, Flair won the NWA World Heavyweight Championship for the first time in Central States Wrestling and established his legacy as a main eventer and realizing his dream of becoming a world heavyweight champion. As a world champion, Flair toured the entire world and defended the championship in many NWA territories.

After losing the championship to Harley Race in June 1983, Flair began feuding with Race in JCP while also competed in St. Louis Wrestling Club. At Starrcade, Flair defeated Race in a Steel Cage match to win his first NWA World Heavyweight Championship in JCP, with Gene Kiniski as the special guest referee. After regaining the championship, Flair continued to defend it in his home promotion JCP and other NWA territories. On March 21, 1984, Flair lost the championship back to Harley Race at a New Zealand tour. Flair's reign ended at 118 days.

Flair regained the NWA World Heavyweight Championship in a Singapore tour only to exchange it with Kerry Von Erich in May 1984. After winning his fifth championship in May 1984, Flair began defending it in JCP and other NWA territories. At Night of Champions, Flair cheated to defeat Ricky Steamboat to retain the NWA World Heavyweight Championship. At Starrcade, Flair successfully defended the championship against Dusty Rhodes.

Entering 1985, Flair successfully defended the NWA World Heavyweight Championship against Nikita Koloff at The Great American Bash, with David Crockett as the special guest referee. Flair began a rivalry with Dusty Rhodes over the championship, which caused Flair to turn heel by injuring Rhodes' ankle with the help of Ole Anderson and Arn Anderson in September 1985. As a result, Flair formed an alliance with the two. At Starrcade, Flair lost the NWA World Heavyweight Championship to Rhodes after a replacement referee counted the pinfall as the original referee had been knocked out. However, Flair retained the championship through disqualification because the original referee regained consciousness and disqualified Flair because Ole Anderson and Arn Anderson attacked Rhodes.

In 1986, Flair formed a faction with Ole Anderson, Arn Anderson and Tully Blanchard called Four Horsemen. They cheated and broke the rules in matches. At Superstars on the Superstation, Flair successfully defended the NWA World Heavyweight Championship against Ron Garvin by cheating. At Jim Crockett Sr. Memorial Cup Tournament, Flair successfully defended the championship against Dusty Rhodes by disqualification. Flair feuded with challengers like Rhodes, Magnum TA and Garvin to retain the championship.

In the first show of The Great American Bash tour on July 1, Flair successfully defended the NWA World Heavyweight Championship against Road Warrior Hawk by disqualification. Flair successfully defended the championship against Dusty Rhodes on July 3, Nikita Koloff on July 4, Ricky Morton in a Steel Cage match on July 5 and Road Warrior Animal by disqualification on July 9. On July 10, Flair defeated Morton to retain the championship. On July 12, Flair retained the championship against Rhodes through intentional disqualification.

Flair continued to retain the NWA World Heavyweight Championship against Wahoo McDaniel on July 18, Robert Gibson on July 21 and Magnum TA by disqualification on July 25. On July 26, Flair lost the championship to Dusty Rhodes in a Steel Cage match. Flair's reign ended at 793 days. On August 2, Flair unsuccessfully challenged Rhodes for the championship, thus ending the tour.

At August 9 house show, Flair defeated Dusty Rhodes to win his second NWA World Heavyweight Championship in JCP. As a result, Four Horsemen began dominating JCP as all the four members held major championships. Flair was the leader of the group and his teammates made sure that Flair retained his championship. At Starrcade, Flair defended the championship against Nikita Koloff. The match ended in a double disqualification. As a result, Flair retained the championship.

Entering 1987, Flair defended the NWA World Heavyweight Championship against Nikita Koloff in a No Disqualification match at Supertowns on the Superstation. The match ended in a double count-out when Tully Blanchard attacked Koloff. As a result, Flair retained the championship. During this time, Lex Luger replaced Ole Anderson as the fourth member of Four Horsemen. At Jim Crockett Sr. Memorial Cup Tournament, Flair successfully defended the NWA World Heavyweight Championship against Barry Windham by cheating.

In the first show of The Great American Bash tour on July 1, Flair defended the NWA World Heavyweight Championship against Dusty Rhodes in a Two out of three falls match. Flair retained the championship through intentional disqualification when Tully Blanchard attacked Rhodes in the third fall. On July 2, Four Horsemen lost to Nikita Koloff, Dusty Rhodes and Road Warriors in a Steel Cage match, with the match airing on July 11 edition of Worldwide.

On July 4, James J. Dillon and Four Horsemen lost to Nikita Koloff, Dusty Rhodes, Paul Ellering and Road Warriors in the first-ever WarGames match. On July 18, Flair successfully defended the NWA World Heavyweight Championship against Road Warrior Hawk by disqualification, with the match airing on July 25 edition of Worldwide. On July 31, James J. Dillon and Four Horsemen were scheduled to compete against Nikita Koloff, Dusty Rhodes, Paul Ellering and Road Warriors in a WarGames match. However, Dillon was replaced by War Machine. Koloff, Rhodes, Ellering and Road Warriors won, thus ending the tour.

On September 26 (taped September 25) edition of Worldwide, Flair lost the NWA World Heavyweight Championship to Ron Garvin in a Steel Cage match. Flair's reign ended at 412 days. At JCP's first pay-per-view event Starrcade, Flair defeated Garvin in a Steel Cage match to win his third NWA World Heavyweight Championship in JCP. Entering 1988, Flair retained the championship against Road Warrior Hawk through intentional disqualification at Bunkhouse Stampede.

At Clash of the Champions I, Flair defended the NWA World Heavyweight Championship against Sting. The match ended in a 45-minute time limit draw. As a result, Flair retained the championship. At Jim Crockett Sr. Memorial Cup Tournament, Flair retained the championship against Nikita Koloff through intentional disqualification. Shortly after, Barry Windham joined Four Horsemen by turning on Lex Luger, who had left the group and became its rival.

At Clash of the Champions II: Miami Mayhem, Flair and Barry Windham joined their Four Horsemen teammates Arn Anderson and Tully Blanchard in attacking Dusty Rhodes and Sting, right after Anderson and Blanchard's match against Rhodes and Sting had ended. At The Great American Bash, Flair successfully defended the NWA World Heavyweight Championship against Lex Luger. In November 1988, JCP was sold to Ted Turner and renamed World Championship Wrestling (WCW).

At Clash of the Champions IV: Season's Beatings, Flair and Barry Windham defeated Midnight Express in a tag team match. At Starrcade, Flair defeated Lex Luger to retain the NWA World Heavyweight Championship. In 1989, James J. Dillon left WCW and Hiro Matsuda became the manager of Four Horsemen. As a result, Four Horsemen renamed the group to Yamazaki Corporation, with Flair retaining his status as the leader of the faction and doing dirty deeds to retain the NWA World Heavyweight Championship.

At Chi-Town Rumble, Flair lost the NWA World Heavyweight Championship to Ricky Steamboat. Flair's reign ended at 452 days. At Clash of the Champions VI: Ragin' Cajun, Flair unsuccessfully challenged Steamboat for the championship in a Two out of three falls match. At WrestleWar, Flair defeated Steamboat to win his fourth NWA World Heavyweight Championship in WCW. After winning the championship, Flair turned babyface by showing respect to Steamboat and began a rivalry with Terry Funk, which culminated in a match between the two for the NWA World Heavyweight Championship at The Great American Bash, which Flair won.

Flair reformed Four Horsemen with rival Sting, Ole Anderson and Arn Anderson. At Clash of the Champions VIII: Fall Brawl, Flair and Sting defeated The Great Muta and Dick Slater by disqualification in a tag team match. At Halloween Havoc, Flair and Sting defeated The Great Muta and Terry Funk in a Thunderdome match, with Bruno Sammartino as the special guest referee. At Clash of the Champions IX: New York Knockout, Flair defeated Terry Funk in an "I Quit" match.

At Starrcade, Flair participated in an Iron Man Tournament. He defeated The Great Muta in the first match after a distraction by Ole Anderson and Arn Anderson, to score a pinfall win and earn 20 points. In his next match, Flair competed against Lex Luger to a seventeen-minute time limit draw, earning Flair, 5 points. Flair lost to Sting in the final round of the tournament. As a result, Sting became the #1 contender for Flair's NWA World Heavyweight Championship.

In 1990, Flair ordered Sting to give up his championship match but Sting refused, which caused Flair to kick him out of Four Horsemen. As a result, Four Horsemen turned heels. At Clash of the Champions X: Texas Shootout, Flair and his Four Horsemen teammates Arn Anderson and Sting were scheduled to compete against Gary Hart International in a Steel Cage match but Sting was replaced by Ole Anderson. Four Horsemen defeated Gary Hart International.

At WrestleWar, Flair was scheduled to defend the NWA World Heavyweight Championship against Sting but Sting was injured and was replaced by Lex Luger. Flair successfully defended the championship against Luger by count-out after Ole Anderson distracted Luger by attacking Sting. At Capital Combat, Flair retained the championship against Luger in a Steel Cage match through intentional disqualification when Flair's Four Horsemen teammate Barry Windham attacked Luger. At Clash of the Champions XI: Coastal Crush, Flair retained the championship against Junkyard Dog through intentional disqualification when Four Horsemen interfered and attacked JYD.

At The Great American Bash, Flair lost the NWA World Heavyweight Championship to Sting. Flair's reign ended at 426 days. At Clash of the Champions XII: Mountain Madness / Fall Brawl, Flair lost to Lex Luger by disqualification when Stan Hansen attacked Luger with his cowbell.

Flair and his Four Horsemen partner Arn Anderson began a rivalry with Doom for the NWA World Tag Team Championship. At Halloween Havoc, Anderson and Flair competed against Doom for the championship in a tag team match. The match ended in a double count-out. As a result, Doom retained the championship. At Clash of the Champions XIII: Thanksgiving Thunder, Flair defeated Butch Reed to earn another championship match after Arn Anderson attacked Reed with a steel chair.

At Starrcade, Flair withdrew from his scheduled NWA World Tag Team Championship match against Doom. He was replaced by Barry Windham as Arn Anderson's partner. Later that night, Sting defeated the masked Black Scorpion to retain the NWA World Heavyweight Championship. After the match, Scorpion was forced to unmask. Sting unmasked him and Scorpion was revealed to be Flair.

At January 11, 1991 house show, Flair cheated to defeat Sting to win his fifth NWA World Heavyweight Championship in WCW. As a result, WCW also crowned Flair, the first-ever WCW World Heavyweight Champion, making him the first holder of the newly created WCW World Heavyweight Championship. At Clash of the Champions XIV: Dixie Dynamite, Flair defended the championship against Scott Steiner. The match ended in a twenty-five minute time limit draw. As a result, Flair retained the championship.

At WrestleWar, Four Horsemen was scheduled to compete against Sting, Brian Pillman and Steiner Brothers in a WarGames match. However, Arn Anderson suffered an injury and was replaced by Larry Zbyszko. Four Horsemen won when Pillman's replacement El Gigante submitted the match. At WCW/New Japan Supershow, Flair lost the NWA World Heavyweight Championship to Tatsumi Fujinami. Flair's reign ended at 59 days. However, Flair kept the WCW World Heavyweight Championship because Fujinami had thrown Flair over the top rope and it was considered a disqualification in WCW.

At SuperBrawl, Flair cheated to defeat Tatsumi Fujinami in a match with Fujinami's NWA World Heavyweight Championship and Flair's WCW World Heavyweight Championship on the line. As a result, Flair retained the WCW World Heavyweight Championship and won his sixth NWA World Heavyweight Championship in WCW. At Clash of the Champions XV: Knocksville USA, Flair successfully defended the WCW World Heavyweight Championship against Bobby Eaton in a Two out of three falls match.

On June 15 edition of Power Hour, Flair, Barry Windham, Nikita Koloff and One Man Gang competed against Brian Pillman, El Gigante, Tommy Rich and PN News in an eight-man tag team match. It turned out to be Flair's last televised appearance in WCW. On July 1, Flair was fired by WCW President Jim Herd over contractual dispute. As a result, the WCW World Heavyweight Championship was vacated. Flair's reign ended at 171 days.

This ended the Nature Boy's seventeen-year career in WCW but he left the company as one of the dirtiest and biggest stars of the company. However, he kept the championship belt and his NWA World Heavyweight Championship reign continued until he joined rival promotion World Wrestling Federation (WWF).

World Championship Wrestling (1993 - 2001)
After spending nearly two years in WWF, the Nature Boy returned to WCW in 1993, the company which established his status as a professional wrestling star. Flair returned to WCW at SuperBrawl III and turned babyface as he received a huge positive reaction by the WCW audiences. Flair got a valet named Fifi. On May 1 edition of Worldwide, Flair debuted a new talk show segment called A Flair for the Gold, in which he would interview various WCW wrestlers. At Slamboree, Flair reformed Four Horsemen with Arn Anderson, Paul Roma and Ole Anderson. However, Ole left WCW and the group was reduced to Three Horsemen.

Flair and Arn Anderson began a rivalry with Hollywood Blonds, which culminated in a Two out of three falls match for the NWA World Tag Team Championship and the WCW World Tag Team Championship at Clash of the Champions XXIII, which was Flair's first televised match in WCW in two years. Blonds were disqualified when Barry Windham attacked Flair during the second fall. As a result, Blonds retained the championship and Flair began a rivalry with Windham, which culminated in a match between the two for Windham's NWA World Heavyweight Championship at Beach Blast. Flair defeated Windham to win his seventh NWA World Heavyweight Championship in WCW.

At Clash of the Champions XXIV, Flair and Sting defeated Colossal Kongs in a tag team match. On September 1, WCW withdrew from NWA and Flair was stripped off the NWA World Heavyweight Championship. Flair's reign ended at 45 days. However, Flair's reign continued as the championship was replaced by a new championship called the WCW International World Heavyweight Championship. At Fall Brawl, Flair lost the championship to Rude. Flair's reign ended at 63 days. At Halloween Havoc, Flair unsuccessfully challenged Rude for the championship in a rematch by disqualification, with Terry Taylor as the special enforcer.

At Clash of the Champions XXV, Flair competed against Vader for the WCW World Heavyweight Championship. Vader was disqualified for attacking the referee. As a result, Vader retained the championship. Flair began feuding with Vader. At Battlebowl, Flair was randomly paired with Steve Austin against 2 Cold Scorpio and Maxx Payne. Flair and Austin defeated Scorpio and Payne to qualify for Battlebowl. Later that night, Flair participated in the Battlebowl Battle Royal. He was attacked by Vader on the rampway, putting Flair out of the match. Vader won the Battle Royal.

At Starrcade, Flair defeated Vader in a Title vs. Career match to win his second WCW World Heavyweight Championship. Entering 1994, Flair and Sting defeated Rick Rude and Vader in an Elimination match at Clash of the Champions XXVI. At SuperBrawl IV, Flair successfully defended the WCW World Heavyweight Championship against Vader in a Thundercage match when the special guest referee The Boss ended the match as Flair applied the Figure Four Leglock on Vader without Vader even submitting.

In March 1994, Flair participated in the European Cup Tournament. He defeated Johnny B. Badd in the first round and Lord Steven Regal in the quarter-final round but lost to Vader in the semi-final round. At Spring Stampede, Flair defended the WCW World Heavyweight Championship against Ricky Steamboat. The match ended in a double pin. As a result, the championship was vacated. On May 14 (taped April 21) edition of Saturday Night, Flair defeated Steamboat in a rematch to win the vacated WCW World Heavyweight Championship. As a result, Flair won his third WCW World Heavyweight Championship.

At Slamboree, Flair successfully defended the WCW World Heavyweight Championship against Barry Windham. At Clash of the Champions XXVII, Flair defended the championship against Sting in a Title Unification match, with Sting's WCW International World Heavyweight Championship also on the line. Flair cheated to defeat Sting to retain the WCW World Heavyweight Championship and win the WCW International World Heavyweight Championship after Sting tended to the injured Sensuous Sherri. As a result, both championships were unified and the WCW International World Heavyweight Championship was disbanded. Flair continued his WCW World Heavyweight Championship reign. After the match, Flair and Sherri hugged each other, revealing it as a set up to defeat Sting. Flair appointed Sherri as his manager. As a result, Flair turned heel.

At Bash at the Beach, Flair lost the WCW World Heavyweight Championship to Hulk Hogan in Hogan's first WCW match. At Clash of the Champions XXVIII, Flair competed against Hogan in a rematch for the championship. Flair won by count-out after Sensuous Sherri attacked Hogan with her high heel. As a result, Hogan retained the championship because a championship could not change hands on a count-out. At Halloween Havoc, Flair unsuccessfully challenged Hogan for the championship in a Career vs. Career Steel Cage match, with Mr. T as the special enforcer. As a result, Flair was forced to retire.

Flair disappeared from WCW television. In 1995, Flair returned to WCW television at Clash of the Champions XXX. Flair formed an alliance with Vader. At SuperBrawl V, Flair interfered in Hulk Hogan's WCW World Heavyweight Championship defense against Vader, which caused Vader to lose by disqualification. Flair began accompanying Vader during his matches and used his dirty tactics to help Vader in winning matches. He began campaigning against the WCW President Nick Bockwinkel to reinstate him. On April 15 edition of Saturday Night, Flair was reinstated back into the WCW roster to compete as an active wrestler.

At Slamboree, Flair and Vader competed against Hulk Hogan and Randy Savage in a losing effort in a tag team match. Flair participated in a tournament for the vacated WCW United States Heavyweight Championship. He defeated The Patriot after interference by Arn Anderson and Marcus Alexander Bagwell in the first round on May 14 edition of Main Event and Alex Wright by disqualification after Randy Savage attacked Flair, in the quarter-final round on May 27 edition of Saturday Night. Flair was scheduled to compete against Savage in the semi-final round but the match ended in a no contest. As a result, both men were eliminated from the tournament and the semi-final match between Sting and Meng became the final round.

Flair began a rivalry with Randy Savage as both men interfered in each others' matches. At The Great American Bash, Flair defeated Savage. At Bash at the Beach, Flair lost to Savage in a Lifeguard match. Later that night, Flair berated Vader for losing to Hulk Hogan, which caused a rivalry between Flair and Vader, thus ending their alliance. Flair reformed his alliance with Arn Anderson. At Clash of the Champions XXXI, Flair and Anderson lost to Vader in a Handicap match. After the match, Flair and Anderson ended their partnership, which lead to Flair turn babyface and begin a rivalry with Anderson. At Fall Brawl, Flair lost to Anderson after Brian Pillman attacked Flair.

Flair began persuading Sting to team with him against Arn Anderson and Brian Pillman. Flair constantly begged Sting but Sting refused before reluctantly agreeing as he did not trust Flair. At Halloween Havoc, Sting and Flair competed against Arn Anderson and Brian Pillman in a tag team match. During the match, Flair turned on Sting by attacking him. As a result, Flair turned heel and formed the new version of Four Horsemen with Arn Anderson and Brian Pillman. Flair began a rivalry with Sting, which culminated in a match between the two at World War 3, which Sting won. Later that night, Flair participated in the first-ever World War 3 Battle Royal for the vacated WCW World Heavyweight Championship. He was eliminated by Arn Anderson. Randy Savage won the Battle Royal.

In the fall of 1995, Chris Benoit was added as the fourth member of Four Horsemen. At Starrcade, Flair defeated Sting and Lex Luger by count-out in a Triangle match to become the #1 contender for the WCW World Heavyweight Championship, thus earning an immediate championship match. Flair defeated Randy Savage to win his record setting fourth WCW World Heavyweight Championship. On January 13, 1996 edition of Saturday Night, Flair retained the championship against Savage in a rematch through intentional disqualification.

On January 22 edition of Monday Nitro, Flair lost the WCW World Heavyweight Championship back to Randy Savage after Arn Anderson accidentally attacked Flair with the brass knuckles. Flair's reign ended at 26 days. The following night, at Clash of the Champions XXXII, Flair and The Giant defeated Randy Savage and Hulk Hogan in a tag team match after assistance by Jimmy Hart. Flair stole Woman from Savage as his valet. At SuperBrawl VI, Flair defeated Savage in a Steel Cage match to win his record setting fifth WCW World Heavyweight Championship after Savage's valet Elizabeth turned on Savage by handing Flair her shoe to hit Savage with it. As a result, Elizabeth became Flair's valet. On February 19 edition of Monday Nitro, Flair successfully defended the championship against Savage to end the rivalry.

On February 24 edition of Saturday Night, Four Horsemen formed a group with Dungeon of Doom called Alliance to End Hulkamania, with its object of removing Hulk Hogan from WCW. Alliance to End Hulkamania began a rivalry with Hulk Hogan and Randy Savage, which culminated in a Doomsday Cage match between the two sides at Uncensored, which Hogan and Savage won after misunderstanding within Alliance. On April 29 (taped April 22) edition of Monday Nitro, Flair lost the WCW World Heavyweight Championship to The Giant. Flair's reign ended at 71 days.

At Slamboree, Flair was randomly paired with Randy Savage against Arn Anderson and Eddie Guerrero in a Lethal Lottery match. Flair and Savage won when Anderson turned on Guerrero. Flair and Savage qualified to compete against Public Enemy in the second Lethal Lottery but Savage attacked Flair before the match and Public Enemy won by forfeit. At Ilio DiPaolo Memorial Show, Flair lost to Savage.

Flair and Arn Anderson began a rivalry with footballers Kevin Greene and Steve McMichael, which culminated in a tag team match between the two teams at The Great American Bash, which Flair and Anderson won after McMichael turned on Greene by hitting him with a Halliburton steel briefcase. As a result, McMichael was added as the fourth member of Four Horsemen in place of Brian Pillman, who had left WCW earlier that year.

At Bash at the Beach, Flair defeated Konnan to win his record setting sixth WCW United States Heavyweight Championship after Elizabeth distracted the referee and Woman hit Konnan with her high heel. At Hog Wild, Flair successfully defended the championship against Eddie Guerrero by holding Woman for leverage. At Clash of the Champions XXXIII, Flair competed against Hollywood Hogan for the WCW World Heavyweight Championship. Hogan retained the championship through intentional disqualification when The Outsiders attacked Flair.

Four Horsemen joined the good wrestlers of WCW lead by Sting, Randy Savage and Lex Luger in their war against New World Order (nWo), a group with the objective of taking over WCW. At Fall Brawl, Flair, as a part of Team WCW, consisting of Sting, Lex Luger and Arn Anderson, competed against Team nWo, consisting of Hollywood Hogan, nWo Sting and The Outsiders in a WarGames match. Team nWo won when Sting abandoned Team WCW as he had been suspected by WCW to have joined nWo but showed his loyalty towards WCW by attacking nWo members before leaving the match.

On October 7 edition of Monday Nitro, Flair was attacked by nWo members. As a result, Flair suffered a shoulder injury and was forced to vacate the WCW United States Heavyweight Championship. Flair's reign ended at 92 days. Flair continued to appear on television but was unable to wrestle and mainly managed Jeff Jarrett, the newest member of Four Horsemen. With the passage of time, the Horsemen's hatred and atrocity towards nWo increased, turning Horsemen into babyfaces.

In 1997, Flair wrestled his first match in seven months at Slamboree. He teamed with Roddy Piper and Kevin Greene to defeat nWo members Syxx and The Outsiders in a six-man tag team match. Flair formed a tag team with Piper. At The Great American Bash, Flair and Piper unsuccessfully challenged The Outsiders for the WCW World Tag Team Championship after Flair chased Syxx to the backstage. Due to the misunderstanding, Flair began a rivalry with Piper, which culminated in a match between the two at Bash at the Beach, which Piper won.

Flair kicked Jeff Jarrett out of Four Horsemen and added Curt Hennig as the newest member of the group and the replacement for Jarrett. Flair began a rivalry with nWo member Syxx, which culminated in a match between the two at Road Wild, which Flair won by cheating. Later that night, Flair helped his teammate Curt Hennig in defeating Diamond Dallas Page. At Clash of the Champions XXXV, Flair and Curt Hennig defeated nWo members Konnan and Syxx in a tag team match.

At Fall Brawl, Flair captained Four Horsemen, consisting of Steve McMichael, Chris Benoit and Curt Hennig, against nWo, consisting of Konnan, Syxx, Kevin Nash and Buff Bagwell in a WarGames match. nWo won when Hennig turned on Horsemen by attacking Flair and joined nWo. As a result, Flair ended Four Horsemen and began a rivalry with Hennig for Hennig's WCW United States Heavyweight Championship. At Halloween Havoc, Flair unsuccessfully challenged Hennig for the championship by disqualification. At World War 3, Flair unsuccessfully challenged Hennig for the championship in a No Disqualification match.

Entering 1998, Flair competed against Bret Hart in a losing effort in Hart's first WCW match, at Souled Out. At Boston Brawl, Flair lost to Hart in a rematch. Flair was eventually fired by the WCW President Eric Bischoff and did not appear on WCW television for five months. On September 14 edition of Monday Nitro, Flair returned to WCW and reformed Four Horsemen with Dean Malenko, Steve McMichael and Chris Benoit and Arn Anderson became the manager of the group.

Flair began a rivalry with Eric Bischoff for firing him. At Starrcade, Flair lost to Bischoff after Curt Hennig handed a foreign object to Bischoff, which he used to attack Flair. The following night, on December 28 edition of Monday Nitro, Flair defeated Bischoff in a rematch to end the rivalry. As a result, Flair saved his career and became the new WCW President for 90 days.

Entering 1999, Flair introduced his son David Flair to WCW. At Souled Out, Ric Flair and his son David Flair defeated Barry Windham and Curt Hennig in a tag team match after Anderson hit Hennig with a tire iron. At SuperBrawl IX, Ric unsuccessfully challenged Hollywood Hogan for the WCW World Heavyweight Championship when David turned on Ric by using a Stun Gun. At Uncensored, Ric Flair defeated Hogan in a First Blood Steel Cage match to win his record setting sixth WCW World Heavyweight Championship, with the help of biased referee Charles Robinson, who made a fast count despite Flair bleeding first. As a result, Flair turned heel and became the permanent WCW President.

Flair began misusing his power and started making wrong decisions especially to favor himself. At Spring Stampede, Flair defended the WCW World Heavyweight Championship against Hollywood Hogan, Sting and Diamond Dallas Page in a Four Corners match with Randy Savage as the special guest referee. DDP won after Savage delivered a Flying Elbow Drop to Flair. Flair's reign ended at 28 days. After losing the championship, Flair began a rivalry with Roddy Piper At Slamboree, Flair defeated Piper by cheating to retain his control over WCW. However, the decision was reversed by Eric Bischoff as Flair had attacked Piper with a foreign object and Piper won by disqualification. As a result, Piper gained control over WCW and fired Flair.

Four Horsemen disbanded as Dean Malenko and Chris Benoit started growing irritated of Flair's behavior and favors towards his own son David Flair. At 4th Ilio DiPaolo Memorial Show, Flair lost to Randy Savage. At The Great American Bash, Flair defeated Roddy Piper by disqualification to regain his control over WCW when Buff Bagwell attacked Flair. After the match, Flair and Piper attacked Bagwell, thus ending their rivalry against each other and forming an alliance which also included Arn Anderson and Jersey Triad.

At Bash at the Beach, Flair helped his son David Flair in retaining the WCW United States Heavyweight Championship against Dean Malenko. Later that night, Ric Flair managed Roddy Piper in a Boxing match against Buff Bagwell. On July 19 edition of Monday Nitro, Flair lost his position of WCW President to Sting. Flair continued to compete as an active wrestler until he disappeared from WCW.

He returned to WCW on September 13 edition of Monday Nitro to give a promo but Sting and Lex Luger attacked him. Flair turned babyface as he received positive reaction from the audience upon his return. Flair began a rivalry with Diamond Dallas Page, which culminated in a match between the two at Halloween Havoc, which DDP won. After the match, DDP brutally attacked Flair and Filthy Animals sped up away with an ambulance in which Flair was stretchered because Flair had attacked Eddie Guerrero with a crowbar for stealing his Rolex watch earlier in the night. As a result, Flair was injured and was put out of action for three months.

On January 31, 2000 edition of Monday Nitro, Flair returned to WCW and competed in a six-man tag team match. Sid Vicious, Flair and Terry Funk lost to Jeff Jarrett and Creative Control. Flair turned heel by forming Team Package with Total Package. Flair began a rivalry with Terry Funk, which culminated in a Texas Death match between the two at SuperBrawl 2000, which Flair won. Later that night, Flair joined Total Package in assaulting Hulk Hogan and Jimmy Hart after Package had lost to Hogan. Sting made the rescue. As a result, Flair began a rivalry with Hulk Hogan, which culminated in a Yavapai Indian Strap match at Uncensored, which Hogan won.

In April 2000, WCW was re-booted. As a result, all the championships were vacated and the roster and the company was refreshed. Team Package turned babyfaces. At Spring Stampede, Team Package participated in a tournament for the vacated WCW World Tag Team Championship. They defeated Harris Brothers and Mamalukes in a Handicap match in the semi-final round. Later that night, Team Package lost to Shane Douglas and Buff Bagwell in the final round after KroniK delivered a Double Chokeslam to Lex Luger.

The WCW roster was divided into two factions. The babyface veteran wrestlers formed Millionaire's Club and the young heel wrestlers formed New Blood. The two groups feuded with each other. Team Package joined Millionaire's Club. Flair developed a hatred against WCW authority figure Vince Russo. On May 3 edition of Thunder, Flair participated in a Battle Royal to determine the #1 contender for the WCW World Heavyweight Championship. He last eliminated Shane Douglas to win the Battle Royal. As a result, Flair began a rivalry with Douglas, which culminated in a match between the two at Slamboree, which Douglas won after a fake Sting hit Flair with a baseball bat. After the match, the fake Sting was unmasked to be Flair's own son David Flair.

On May 15 edition of Monday Nitro, Ric Flair defeated Jeff Jarrett to win his record setting seventh WCW World Heavyweight Championship, thus reclaiming his glory as a world heavyweight champion after having an unsuccessful path on the road for the last one year. The following week, on May 22 edition of Monday Nitro, Vince Russo stripped Flair off the championship. Flair's reign ended at 7 days.

The following week, on May 29 edition of Monday Nitro, Kevin Nash awarded the WCW World Heavyweight Championship to Ric Flair. As a result, Flair earned his record setting eighth WCW World Heavyweight Championship. However, Flair immediately lost the championship to Jeff Jarrett, with Flair's son David Flair as the special guest referee. As a result, Ric Flair began a rivalry with David, which culminated in a match between the two with Flair's career on the line, at The Great American Bash, which Ric won. The following night, on June 12 edition of Monday Nitro, Ric lost a Handicap match to David and Vince Russo. As a result of losing, Flair was forced to retire.

Ric Flair returned to WCW on October 30 edition of Monday Nitro. He was awarded the position of WCW Commissioner. Flair turned heel by forming a group called Magnificent Seven with Jeff Jarrett, Road Warrior Animal, Steiner Brothers and Totally Buff. Flair kicked Kevin Nash out of WCW at SuperBrawl Revenge by screwing him out of a WCW World Heavyweight Championship match.

Flair and Jeff Jarrett began a rivalry with Dusty Rhodes and Dustin Rhodes, which culminated in a "Kiss My Ass" match between the two teams at Greed, which Dusty and Dustin won. It turned out to be WCW's final pay-per-view event as WCW was purchased by rival promotion World Wrestling Federation on March 23. On March 26, the final edition of Monday Nitro took place as it was WCW's final event. Flair competed against longtime rival Sting in a losing effort in the show's main event. It was WCW's last match and marked the demise of the company.

WCW had been the top professional wrestling promotion in the 1990s and the Nature Boy was the company's biggest star throughout the 1980s and 1990s. He spent a career of cheating and screwing his opponents to keep the world heavyweight championship around his waist. He used dirty tactics to win his matches and had his Four Horsemen lackeys to support him. Although Flair is not the best but one of the greatest performers in the history of WCW. His eight-year tenure came to an end with WCW's demise.

Following the demise of WCW, Flair returned to WWF in November 2001.

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Profile:
  • Name: Buff Bagwell
  • Real Name: Marcus Alexander Bagwell
  • Date of Birth: January 10, 1970
  • Hometown: Marietta, Georgia, United States of America
  • Height: 6'1
  • Weight: 247 pounds
  • WCW Debut: November 25, 1996
  • Nickname: "The Stuff"
  • Finisher: Buff Blockbuster
  • Career Highlights: 1-time WCW World Tag Team Champion (with Shane Douglas), WCW's #28 Superstar In Top 50 Wrestlers List
Biography:
The muscular bodybuilder Buff Bagwell originally competed in WCW as Marcus Alexander Bagwell but made an impact by breaking up with his American Males partner Scotty Riggs and joining New World Order. He began calling himself Buff Bagwell and started rising high ranks of success. He engaged in main event caliber matches and battled with some of the company's top competitors as part of nWo. Although Bagwell did not win any singles championship, he made huge career highlights by ending the undefeated streak of Glacier as well as getting upset wins against major stars including Lex Luger, Curt Hennig, Roddy Piper, Diamond Dallas Page and Goldberg as well as forcing Goldberg and Curt Hennig to retire.

World Championship Wrestling (1996 - 2001)
After competing for five years in the tag team division of World Championship Wrestling (WCW) under the ring name Marcus Alexander Bagwell, a change came in the career of the mid-carder on November 25, 1996 edition of Monday Nitro, when Eric Bischoff threatened the entire WCW roster to join New World Order (nWo) within thirty days or they would pay for it. American Males responded to the challenge. Bagwell's partner Scotty Riggs tried to convince him not to join nWo but Bagwell turned heel by delivering a Shoulder Neckbreaker to Riggs and joining nWo. As a result, American Males disbanded and Bagwell started a new phase in his career as the newest member of nWo, the dominant group of WCW.

By making such a move, Bagwell turned on the WCW fans as well but he cared for himself. He became a cocky, overconfident and arrogant wrestler. On December 16 edition of Monday Nitro, Bagwell changed his ring name to Buff Bagwell. Entering 1997, Bagwell began a rivalry with his former tag team partner Scotty Riggs, which culminated in a match between the two at nWo's pay-per-view event Souled Out, which Bagwell won. At SuperBrawl VII, Bagwell lost to Diamond Dallas Page by disqualification when several of nWo members interfered in the match.

Bagwell restarted his rivalry with Scotty Riggs. At Uncensored, Bagwell defeated Riggs in a Strap match to end the rivalry. Bagwell formed a tag team with nWo teammate Scott Norton called Vicious and Delicious. They were accompanied by nWo security guard Vincent. Vicious and Delicious also competed in New Japan Pro Wrestling (NJPW) where they competed as members of nWo Japan, the nWo faction in NJPW.

In WCW, Vicious and Delicious began a rivalry with Harlem Heat. At Road Wild, Harlem Heat defeated Vicious and Delicious when Jacqueline held Scott Norton's foot during the cover. On August 18 edition of Monday Nitro, Vicious and Delicious lost to Harlem Heat in a rematch by disqualification to end the rivalry. On September 1 edition of Monday Nitro, Bagwell defeated Glacier to end Glacier's undefeated streak when Vincent interfered in the match.

At Fall Brawl, Bagwell represented Team nWo, consisting of Konnan, Syxx and Kevin Nash, against Ric Flair's Four Horsemen, consisting of Steve McMichael, Chris Benoit and Curt Hennig in a WarGames match. Team nWo won after Hennig turned on Horsemen and joined nWo. At World War 3, Bagwell participated in the World War 3 Battle Royal to determine the #1 contender for the WCW World Heavyweight Championship. He was eliminated by The Giant. Scott Hall won the Battle Royal.

Bagwell began a rivalry with Lex Luger. At Starrcade, Bagwell defeated Luger after Randy Savage and Scott Norton interfered and Norton attacked Luger with a foreign object. The following night, on December 29 edition of Monday Nitro, Bagwell lost to Luger in a rematch.

Entering 1998, Konnan and Vicious and Delicious competed against Ray Traylor and Steiner Brothers in a losing effort in a six-man tag team match at Souled Out. Shortly after, Bagwell started teaming with nWo's newest member Scott Steiner and the two began a rivalry with Lex Luger and Rick Steiner, which culminated in a tag team match between the two teams at Spring Stampede, which Luger and Rick won. On April 24 edition of Thunder, Bagwell suffered a spinal shock syndrome during a tag team match between Lex Luger and Rick Steiner and Vicious and Delicious, which put Bagwell out of action.

On July 6 edition of Monday Nitro, Bagwell returned to WCW on a wheelchair and helped Scott Steiner in attacking Rick Steiner. Bagwell then joined Hollywood Hogan's nWo Hollywood faction. Bagwell formed an alliance with Scott. At Road Wild, Bagwell prevented a match between Rick and Scott to take place after claiming that Scott was injured and was unable to compete and the match was postponed to Fall Brawl, where if Scott did not compete, he must retire for life. At Fall Brawl, Bagwell pretended to be injured during Scott's match against Rick. Scott and Bagwell were loaded into the ambulance and proceeded to attack Rick, proving that it was a rouse.

At Halloween Havoc, Bagwell ended his animosity towards Rick Steiner and teamed with him to compete against Scott Hall and The Giant for the WCW World Tag Team Championship. However, Hall was scheduled to compete in another match, so he was replaced by Scott Steiner. During the match, Bagwell showed his true colours by abandoning Rick. However, Rick won the championship and earned the right to choose a championship partner instead of Bagwell. Bagwell then tried to interfere in a match between Rick and Scott but Rick managed to defeat Scott.

In 1999, the two nWo factions nWo Wolfpac and nWo Hollywood merged to reunite the single nWo and this version was called nWo Wolfpac. Scott Steiner and Bagwell became a part of nWo Wolfpac and Bagwell became Steiner's manager and would usually assist him in winning matches. At Uncensored, Bagwell accidentally cost Steiner, the WCW World Television Championship against Booker T by attacking Steiner with a steel chair that was intended for Booker. It ended Bagwell's alliance with Steiner as Steiner attacked Bagwell and kicked him out of nWo.

Bagwell turned babyface and began feuding with Scott Steiner. At Slamboree, Bagwell unsuccessfully challenged Steiner for the WCW United States Heavyweight Championship after Rick Steiner attacked Bagwell with a steel chair. Bagwell began complaining to the WCW President Roddy Piper that he was being held back and being put into low card matches.

At The Great American Bash, Bagwell defeated Disco Inferno. Later that night, Bagwell interfered in Roddy Piper's match against Ric Flair with Piper's position as WCW President on the line. Bagwell attacked Flair, which caused Piper to get disqualified and as a result, Flair won the position. After the match, Bagwell was attacked by Flair, Piper and Arn Anderson. As a result, Bagwell began a rivalry with Piper, which culminated in a Boxing match between the two at Bash at the Beach with Mills Lane as the special guest referee. Bagwell won in the third round after Bagwell's mother Judy Bagwell bit Piper in the ear.

At Road Wild, Bagwell defeated Ernest Miller. Bagwell began his next rivalry with Berlyn. At Fall Brawl, Bagwell was scheduled to compete against Berlyn but failed to attend the match and was replaced by Jim Duggan. The following night, on September 13 edition of Monday Nitro, Bagwell received his match against Berlyn, which Berlyn won after Berlyn's bodyguard The Wall interfered.

On November 1 edition of Monday Nitro, Bagwell participated in a tournament for the vacated WCW World Heavyweight Championship. He defeated Stevie Ray by disqualification in a Strap match in the first round. The following week, on November 8 edition of Monday Nitro, Bagwell defeated Vampiro in the second round. On November 15 edition of Monday Nitro, Bagwell lost to Jeff Jarrett in the quarter-final round. Bagwell began a rivalry with Curt Hennig, which culminated in a Retirement match between the two at Mayhem, which Bagwell won. As a result, Hennig was forced to retire.

On December 27 edition of Monday Nitro, Bagwell participated in a tournament for the vacated WCW World Tag Team Championship. He was paired with Kanyon and they defeated Disco Inferno and Big Vito in the first round. Kanyon was replaced by Vampiro as Bagwell's partner in the quarter-final round. The following week, on January 3, 2000 edition of Monday Nitro, Bagwell and Vampiro defeated Norman Smiley and Asya in the quarter-final round. Later that night, Bagwell and Vampiro lost to eventual winners David Flair and Crowbar in the semi-final round.

Bagwell began a rivalry with Diamond Dallas Page. At Souled Out, Bagwell defeated DDP in a Last Man Standing match. The following night, on January 17 edition of Monday Nitro, Bagwell lost to DDP with DDP's wife Kimberly serving as the special guest referee.

In April 2000, WCW was re-booted and new storylines were created and all the championships were vacated. The WCW roster was divided into two factions, the babyface group Millionaire's Club, consisting of old and WCW's veteran wrestlers, and the heel group New Blood, consisting of WCW's younger wrestlers. Bagwell turned heel by joining New Blood. At Spring Stampede, Bagwell teamed with New Blood teammate Shane Douglas to participate in a tournament for the vacated WCW World Tag Team Championship. Douglas and Bagwell defeated Harlem Heat 2000 in the semi-final round and Team Package in the final round after KroniK delivered a Double Chokeslam to Total Package. As a result, Douglas and Bagwell won the vacated WCW World Tag Team Championship.

On May 3 edition of Thunder, Bagwell participated in a Battle Royal to determine the #1 contender for the WCW World Heavyweight Championship. Ric Flair won the Battle Royal. Due to cheating to win the WCW World Tag Team Championship at Spring Stampede, Bagwell began a rivalry with Total Package, which culminated in a match between the two at Slamboree, which Package won. Later that night, Bagwell interfered in his partner Shane Douglas' match against Ric Flair and distracted the referee, allowing Douglas to defeat Flair.

On May 15 edition of Monday Nitro, Shane Douglas and Bagwell were scheduled to defend the WCW World Tag Team Championship against KroniK. However, Bagwell was unable to show up for the match and was replaced by The Wall. Douglas and Wall lost the championship to KroniK. Douglas and Bagwell's reign ended at 29 days. Bagwell turned babyface and began a rivalry with Douglas, which culminated in a match between the two at Bash at the Beach, which Douglas won after Torrie Wilson interfered and turned on Bagwell by delivering him a Low Blow.

On July 18 edition of Monday Nitro, Bagwell participated in a tournament for the vacated WCW United States Heavyweight Championship. He lost to eventual winner Lance Storm in the quarter-final round. Bagwell began his next rivalry with Kanyon, who began harrassing Bagwell's mother Judy Bagwell. At New Blood Rising, Buff defeated Kanyon in Judy Bagwell on a Forklift match.

Shortly after, David Flair's girlfriend Stacy Keibler became pregnant and Flair accused Buff Bagwell of being the father of Keibler's baby. Bagwell began a rivalry with Flair, which culminated in a First Blood DNA match between the two at Halloween Havoc, which Bagwell won. After the match, Lex Luger attacked Bagwell and Flair took a blood sample but it was revealed that Bagwell was not the father and the pregnancy scenario was a drama by Flair.

Bagwell began his next rivalry against Jeff Jarrett, which culminated in a match between the two at Mayhem, which Jarrett won. At Starrcade, Bagwell interfered in Goldberg's match against Lex Luger, where Bagwell seemed to be Goldberg's ally. He accidentally delivered a Buff Blockbuster to Goldberg but then attacked Goldberg's trainer Dewayne Bruce. After the match, Bagwell turned heel by attacking Goldberg and joining Luger. As a result, Bagwell formed a tag team with Luger called Totally Buff and began a rivalry with Goldberg and Dewayne Bruce.

Entering 2001, Bagwell helped Natural Born Thrillers in defeating The Insiders to win the WCW World Tag Team Championship at Sin by attacking Kevin Nash with a monkey wrench. Later that night, Totally Buff defeated Goldberg and Dewayne Bruce in a tag team match that stipulated that if Goldberg and Bruce lost, Goldberg must retire. Totally Buff quickly rose to the top of the tag team division because of retiring Goldberg and began a rivalry with KroniK, which culminated in a match between the two teams at SuperBrawl Revenge, which Totally Buff won to become the #1 contenders for the WCW World Tag Team Championship after Mike Awesome disguised himself as Bryan Clark.

At WCW's final pay-per-view Greed, Totally Buff unsuccessfully challenged Natural Born Thrillers for the WCW World Tag Team Championship. It was Bagwell's final match in WCW. On March 23, WCW was purchased by rival promotion World Wrestling Federation (WWF) and Bagwell joined WWF.

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Profile:
  • Name: Marcus Alexander Bagwell
  • Real Name: Marcus Alexander Bagwell
  • Date of Birth: January 10, 1970
  • Hometown: Marietta, Georgia, United States of America
  • Height: 6'1
  • Weight: 247 pounds
  • WCW Debut: November 19, 1991
  • Finishers: Diving Clothesline, Shoulder Neckbreaker
  • Career Highlights: 4-time WCW World Tag Team Champion (1-time with 2 Cold Scorpio, 2-time with The Patriot & 1-time with Scotty Riggs)
Biography:
The impressive bodybuilder Marcus Alexander Bagwell started his WCW career as a singles competitor but quickly became a tag team competitor. He was a part of many tag teams and had many tag team partners. He was an impressive bodybuilder who would often show his physique and impress the audiences with his in-ring action but his status was of a mid-carder and could not elevate himself to a main eventer. A big break came in Bagwell's career when he ended his good guy image and converted himself into the mean, cocky and arrogant Buff Bagwell in 1996.

World Championship Wrestling (1991 - 1996)
After a stint as The Handsome Stranger in Global Wrestling Federation (GWF), the young Marcus Alexander Bagwell signed a contract with World Championship Wrestling (WCW). He debuted in WCW at Clash of the Champions XVII and established himself as a babyface. On December 14 edition of World Championship Wrestling, Bagwell competed in his first WCW match, defeating Rip Rogers.

At Starrcade, Bagwell made his pay-per-view debut. He was randomly paired with Jimmy Garvin. Garvin and Bagwell defeated Michael Hayes and Tracy Smothers in a Battlebowl qualification match. Later that night, Bagwell participated in the Battlebowl Battle Royal to determine the #1 contender for the WCW World Heavyweight Championship. He was eliminated by Steve Austin.

Entering 1992, Brian Pillman and Bagwell defeated Terry Taylor and Tracy Smothers in a tag team match at Clash of the Champions XVIII. Bagwell began a rivalry with Taylor, which culminated in a match between the two at SuperBrawl II, which Bagwell won. At WrestleWar, Bagwell lost to Scotty Flamingo. In the summer of 1992, Bagwell formed a tag team with Tom Zenk. At Clash of the Champions XIX, Zenk and Bagwell participated in a tournament for the newly created NWA World Tag Team Championship. They lost to Rick Rude and Steve Austin in the first round.

At Beach Blast, Bagwell competed against Greg Valentine in a losing effort. On February 20, 1993 edition of Worldwide, Bagwell participated in a tournament for the vacated WCW World Television Championship, losing to Maxx Payne in the first round. The following night, at SuperBrawl III, Bagwell teamed with Erik Watts against Hollywood Blonds in a losing effort.

Bagwell formed a tag team with Too Cold Scorpio and the two began a rivalry with Bobby Eaton and Chris Benoit, which culminated in a tag team match between the two teams at Slamboree, which Bagwell and Scorpio won. Bagwell began a rivalry with Lord Steven Regal, which culminated in a match between the two at Clash of the Champions XXII, which Regal won.

At Beach Blast, Too Cold Scorpio and Bagwell defeated Tex Slazenger and Shanghai Pierce in a tag team match. At Fall Brawl, Scorpio and Bagwell defeated Paul Orndorff and The Equalizer. After being undefeated at pay-per-view matches, Scorpio and Bagwell started rising in WCW's tag team division. On October 23 (taped October 4) edition of Saturday Night, Too Cold Scorpio and Bagwell defeated Nasty Boys to win the WCW World Tag Team Championship, thus giving Bagwell, his first championship in WCW.

Too Cold Scorpio and Bagwell appointed Teddy Long as their new manager. At Halloween Havoc, Scorpio and Bagwell lost the WCW World Tag Team Championship back to Nasty Boys. Scorpio and Bagwell's reign ended at 20 days. At Battlebowl, Bagwell was randomly paired with Tex Slazenger. Bagwell and Slazenger lost to Rick Rude and Shanghai Pierce in a Battlebowl qualifying match.

Too Cold Scorpio and Bagwell began their next rivalry against Pretty Wonderful. At Starrcade, Scorpio and Bagwell lost to Pretty Wonderful after The Assassin delivered a Headbutt to Scorpio. On January 8, 1994 edition of Saturday Night, Pretty Wonderful defeated Scorpio and Bagwell in a rematch. The following week, on January 15 edition of Saturday Night, Bagwell and Scorpio defeated Pretty Wonderful. At Clash of the Champions XXVI, Bagwell and Scorpio defeated Pretty Wonderful in a rematch to end the rivalry.

Bagwell and Too Cold Scorpio feuded with teams like Pretty Wonderful, Harlem Heat and Tex Slazenger and Shanghai Pierce throughout early 1994. In March 1994, Bagwell participated in the European Cup Tournament, losing to Ron Simmons in the first round. On April 23 edition of Saturday Night, Bagwell and Too Cold Scorpio defeated The Gambler and Tony Zane in a tag team match which would turn out to be their last match as a tag team. Scorpio left WCW shortly after.

On May 28 edition of Saturday Night, Bagwell formed a new tag team Stars and Stripes with The Patriot and the two defeated Dick Slater and Chris Sullivan in their first match as a tag team. Bagwell started wearing a patriotic gear to match his gimmick with Patriot and the two competed as a patriotic tag team. They began feuding with Pretty Wonderful for the WCW World Tag Team Championship. At Fall Brawl, Stars and Stripes unsuccessfully challenged Pretty Wonderful for the championship.

On September 25 edition of Saturday Night, Stars and Stripes defeated Pretty Wonderful to win the WCW World Tag Team Championship. At Halloween Havoc, Stars and Stripes lost the championship back to Pretty Wonderful. Stars and Stripes' reign ended at 28 days. At Clash of the Champions XXIX, Stars and Stripes defeated Pretty Wonderful to win their second WCW World Tag Team Championship. On January 14, 1995 (taped December 8) edition of Saturday Night, Stars and Stripes lost the championship to Harlem Heat. Stars and Stripes' reign ended at 22 days. At Clash of the Champions XXX, Stars and Stripes unsuccessfully challenged Harlem Heat for the championship. Later that night, Stars and Stripes rescued Sting from being double teamed by Guardian Angel and Avalanche.

At April 25 house show, Bagwell competed in a tournament for the vacated WCW United States Heavyweight Championship. He lost to Meng in the first round. On June 17 edition of Worldwide, Stars and Stripes defeated local competitors in a tag team match. It turned out to be Stars and Stripes' last match as The Patriot left WCW shortly after. After competing in several tag teams throughout his WCW career, Bagwell earned the reputation of the tag team specialist. He began a rivalry with Sgt. Craig Pittman. At The Great American Bash, Bagwell was scheduled to compete against Pittman but Bagwell suffered a leg injury and was replaced by Jim Duggan.

Bagwell returned to WCW on July 29 edition of Saturday Night in a losing effort against Ric Flair, with the assistance of Arn Anderson who Flair held for leverage. Bagwell formed short lived tag teams with Jim Duggan and Alex Wright to pursue the WCW World Tag Team Championship but both teams failed. His next proper tag team was formed on September 16 edition of Saturday Night. He formed a tag team with Scotty Riggs called American Males. They defeated Sgt. Buddy Lee Parker and Lt. James Earl Wright in their first match as a tag team.

On September 18 edition of Monday Nitro, American Males defeated Harlem Heat to win the WCW World Tag Team Championship. On October 28 (taped October 11) edition of Saturday Night, American Males lost the championship back to Harlem Heat. American Males' reign ended at 23 days. At World War 3, Bagwell participated in the first-ever World War 3 Battle Royal for the vacated WCW World Heavyweight Championship. Randy Savage won.

In 1996, American Males started to lose their popularity and reputation and began a long losing streak. They continued their quest to regain the WCW World Tag Team Championship but failed in winning the championship. At The Great American Bash, Bagwell lost to Diamond Dallas Page. At World War 3, Bagwell participated in the World War 3 Battle Royal to determine the #1 contender for the WCW World Heavyweight Championship. The Giant won the Battle Royal.

The following night, on November 25 edition of Monday Nitro, American Males went to the arena after Eric Bischoff threatened the entire WCW roster to join New World Order (nWo) within thirty days. Bagwell turned heel by betraying Scotty Riggs as he delivered a Shoulder Neckbreaker to Riggs, thus ending American Males. Bagwell completely changed his good guy image and changed his attitude of a cocky, proud and confident competitor. He joined nWo and developed his gimmick by changing his ring name to Buff Bagwell.

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Profile:
  • Name: Sting
  • Real Name: Steve Borden
  • Date of Birth: March 20, 1959
  • Hometown: Venice Beach, California, United States of America
  • Height: 6'2
  • Weight: 250 pounds
  • WCW Debut: July 4, 1987
  • Nicknames: "The Stinger", "The Icon"
  • Finishers: Scorpion Death Drop, Scorpion Death Hold
  • Career Highlights: 6-time WCW World Heavyweight Champion, 1-time NWA World Heavyweight Champion, 2-time WCW International World Heavyweight Champion, 2-time WCW United States Heavyweight Champion, 1-time NWA World Television Champion, 3-time WCW World Tag Team Champion (1-time with Lex Luger, 1-time with The Giant & 1-time with Kevin Nash), 1988 Jim Crockett Sr. Memorial Cup Winner (with Lex Luger), 1989 Iron Man Tournament Winner, 1991 Battlebowl Battle Royal Winner, King of Cable Tournament Winner, European Cup Winner, 3rd Triple Crown Champion, 2nd Grand Slam Champion, WCW's #1 Superstar In Top 50 Wrestlers List
  • Pro Wrestling Illustrated (PWI) Wins: Most Improved Wrestler of the Year Award (1988), Wrestler of the Year Award (1990), Most Inspirational Wrestler of the Year Award (1990), Match of the Year Award with Lex Luger vs. Steiner Brothers at SuperBrawl (1991), Most Popular Wrestler of the Year Award (1991), Most Popular Wrestler of the Year Award (1992), Most Popular Wrestler of the Year Award (1994), Most Popular Wrestler of the Year Award (1997)
Biography:
Sting is undoubtedly the biggest star in the history of WCW. He is the most popular professional wrestler who has never competed for WWE and was the biggest entertainer, the most beloved and the most seen wrestler in the WCW locker room and the WCW fans. He started his WCW career as a friendly surfer and quickly entered the main event picture by engaging in matches against Ric Flair, Four Horsemen and Lex Luger. He was one of WCW's top combatants during his rivalry with New World Order. His conversion from the friendly surfer to the dark warrior did bring a drastic change in him but his fanbase just gradually increased. Although WCW is well-known for New World Order, Sting has to be the "Franchise of WCW".

Jim Crockett Promotions / World Championship Wrestling (1987 - 2001)
Steve Borden was competing under the ring name Sting in Universal Wrestling Federation (UWF) but the company during the mid-1980s. UWF wrestlers had started joining National Wrestling Alliance (NWA) territory Jim Crockett Promotions (JCP), which forced the UWF Owner Bill Watts sold the company to JCP Owner Jim Crockett. Sting joined JCP and debuted in JCP as a babyface at The Great American Bash tour on July 4, 1987. Sting defeated Thunderfoot #1 in his first JCP match. His gimmick was of a surfer.

Sting made his pay-per-view debut at JCP's first pay-per-view event Starrcade in a six-man tag team match with Michael Hayes and Jimmy Garvin against Larry Zbyszko, Eddie Gilbert and Rick Steiner. The match ended in a fifteen-minute time limit draw. Entering 1988, Sting quickly rose to the main event status. At Clash of the Champions I, Sting received his first opportunity for the NWA World Heavyweight Championship against Ric Flair. Flair retained the championship via a forty-five minute time limit draw. Sting failed to win the championship but took the Nature Boy to the limit.

At Jim Crockett Sr. Memorial Cup Tournament, Sting participated in the 3rd Annual Jim Crockett Sr. Memorial Cup Tournament with Ronnie Garvin. However, Garvin was injured and replaced by Lex Luger as Sting's tag team partner. Luger and Sting defeated Ivan Koloff and Dick Murdoch in the second round, Midnight Express in the quarter-final round, Powers of Pain in the semi-final round and Arn Anderson and Tully Blanchard in the final round to win the tournament. This earned Sting his first accomplishment in JCP.

Sting continued to impress the JCP audiences by his impressive in-ring action and feuded with Ric Flair's group Four Horsemen. Sting began feuding with Horsemen members Arn Anderson and Tully Blanchard with different partners. At Clash of the Champions II: Miami Mayhem, Dusty Rhodes and Sting competed against Horsemen members Arn Anderson and Tully Blanchard for the NWA World Tag Team Championship. The match ended in a double disqualification when Ric Flair and Barry Windham interfered and the referee was knocked out. As a result, Anderson and Blanchard retained the championship.

At The Great American Bash, Nikita Koloff and Sting wrestled Arn Anderson and Tully Blanchard to a time limit draw for the NWA World Tag Team Championship. At Clash of the Champions III: Fall Brawl, Sting competed against Four Horsemen member Barry Windham for the NWA United States Heavyweight Championship. Windham retained the championship through intentional disqualification.

Sting's rivalry against JCP's top group Four Horsemen rapidly increased his popularity. In November, JCP was replaced by a new promotion World Championship Wrestling (WCW). At Starrcade, Dusty Rhodes and Sting competed against Road Warriors for the NWA World Tag Team Championship. Road Warriors retained the championship through intentional disqualification when their manager Paul Ellering broke Sting's pinfall attempt.

Entering 1989, Dusty Rhodes, Michael Hayes and Sting were scheduled to compete against Genichiro Tenryu and Road Warriors for the NWA Six-Man Tag Team Championship at Clash of the Champions V: St. Valentine's Massacre. However, Kevin Sullivan locked a gate behind Rhodes, Hayes and Sting, and Varsity Club replaced them. However, security unlocked the gate during the match, causing Rhodes, Hayes and Sting to interfere in the match. The match ended in a double disqualification. At Chi-Town Rumble, Sting defeated Butch Reed.

At March 31 house show, Sting defeated Mike Rotunda to win the NWA World Television Championship, thus winning his first championship in WCW. Sting successfully defended the championship against Rip Morgan at Clash of the Champions VI: Ragin' Cajun, Iron Sheik at WrestleWar and Bill Irwin at Clash of the Champions VII: Guts and Glory. At The Great American Bash, Sting controversially defeated The Great Muta to retain the championship but the referees argued over who was the real winner. Sting was officially declared the winner but Muta stole the championship belt. However, the championship was vacated due to controversy. Sting's reign ended at 114 days.

At Clash of the Champions VIII: Fall Brawl, Ric Flair and Sting were scheduled to compete against The Great Muta and Terry Funk. However, Funk was injured and Dick Slater replaced him. Flair and Sting won by disqualification when Muta attacked Sting with Asian Mist and Slater attacked Flair with his cast. Sting finally became Flair's ally and feuded with J-Tex Corporation.

Ric Flair and Sting began a rivalry with J-Tex Corporation members The Great Muta and Terry Funk, which culminated in a Thunderdome match between the two teams at Halloween Havoc, with Bruno Sammartino as the special guest referee. Flair and Sting won the match. At Clash of the Champions IX: New York Knockout, Sting rescued Brian Pillman from a post-match assault by Lex Luger. Later that night, Sting rescued Ric Flair from an attack by The Great Muta and Gary Hart but Luger attacked Sting.

At Starrcade, Sting participated in the Iron Man Tournament against Ric Flair, The Great Muta and Lex Luger. The wrestler with more points would be declared the winner and earn an opportunity for the NWA World Heavyweight Championship. 20 points would be awarded to pinfall or submission, 15 to count-out, 10 to disqualification, 5 to time limit draw and 0 to loss. Sting lost to Luger in the first match but defeated Muta in the second match and Flair in the final match. Sting won the tournament by leading with 40 points and earned an opportunity for the NWA World Heavyweight Championship. He became a member of Four Horsemen.

Entering 1990, Sting was scheduled to compete with Four Horsemen teammates Ric Flair and Arn Anderson against Gary Hart International members The Great Muta, Dragonmaster and Buzz Sawyer in a Steel Cage match at Clash of the Champions X: .Texas Shootout However, Sting was kicked out of Horsemen for refusing to challenge Flair for a championship match and was replaced by Ole Anderson. Later that night, Sting interfered in the match and suffered a knee injury while trying to enter the cage. At WrestleWar, Sting managed his replacement Lex Luger against Flair for the NWA World Heavyweight Championship.

At Capital Combat, Sting appeared with Robocop to confront Four Horsemen. Horsemen locked Sting in a cage and tried to attack him but Robocop rescued Sting. Later that night, Sting and the debuting El Gigante rescued Lex Luger from an attack by Horsemen and attacked Ric Flair. At Clash of the Champions XI: Coastal Crush, Luger, Sting and Paul Orndorff rescued Junkyard Dog from an assault by Four Horsemen. Sting recovered from his injury and formed a group called Dudes with Attitude. The members were Junkyard Dog, Paul Orndorff, El Gigante and Steiner Brothers.

At The Great American Bash, Sting fulfilled his dream of reaching to the top of pro wrestling by defeating Ric Flair to win the NWA World Heavyweight Championship, thus establishing himself as WCW's top wrestler. Sting successfully defended the championship against Black Scorpion at Clash of the Champions XII: Mountain Madness, Sid Vicious at Halloween Havoc and Black Scorpion in a Steel Cage match with Dick Bruiser as the special guest referee at Starrcade. After the match, Scorpion was forced to unmask and was revealed to be Ric Flair.

On January 11, 1991, Sting lost the NWA World Heavyweight Championship back to Ric Flair. Sting's reign ended at 188 days. Sting joined forces with his friend Lex Luger and began a rivalry with Doom, which culminated in a match between the two teams at Clash of the Champions XIV: Dixie Dynamite, which Sting and Luger won. At WrestleWar, Sting, Brian Pillman and Steiner Brothers lost to Larry Zbyszko and Four Horsemen in a WarGames match after El Gigante interfered and lost on Pillman's behalf. At WCW/New Japan Supershow, Sting competed against longtime rival The Great Muta in a losing effort.

At SuperBrawl, Sting and Lex Luger unsuccessfully challenged Steiner Brothers for the WCW World Tag Team Championship after Nikita Koloff delivered a Russian Sickle to Sting that was intended for Luger but Sting shoved Luger and was hit with the move instead. As a result, Sting began a rivalry with Koloff. At Clash of the Champions XV: Knocksville USA, Sting defeated Koloff. At The Great American Bash, Koloff defeated Sting in a Russian Chain match to end the rivalry.

At August 25 house show, Sting participated in a tournament for the vacated WCW United States Heavyweight Championship. He defeated Arn Anderson in the quarter-final round, Diamond Studd in the semi-final round and Steve Austin in the final round to win the tournament and the vacated championship. At Clash of the Champions XVI: Fall Brawl, Sting defeated Johnny B. Badd.

At Halloween Havoc, Sting, El Gigante and Steiner Brothers defeated Abdullah the Butcher, Cactus Jack, Diamond Studd and Big Van Vader in a Chamber of Horrors match. At Clash of the Champions XVII, Sting lost the WCW United States Heavyweight Championship to Rick Rude after a distraction by Paul E. Dangerously. Sting's reign ended at 86 days.

At Starrcade, Sting was randomly paired with Abdullah the Butcher to defeat Brian Pillman and Bobby Eaton to qualify for Battlebowl. Later that night, Sting participated in the Battlebowl Battle Royal. He last eliminated Lex Luger to win Battlebowl and become the #1 contender for the WCW World Heavyweight Championship. Entering 1992, Sting teamed with The Great Muta to defeat Steiner Brothers at WCW/New Japan Supershow II. At Clash of the Champions XVIII, Sting teamed with Ricky Steamboat to defeat Rick Rude and Steve Austin.

At SuperBrawl II, Sting defeated Lex Luger to win the WCW World Heavyweight Championship, thus reclaiming his way to glory. At WrestleWar, Sting captained Sting's Squadron, consisting of Ricky Steamboat, Nikita Koloff, Barry Windham and Dustin Rhodes, against Dangerous Alliance, consisting of Rick Rude, Arn Anderson, Steve Austin, Larry Zbyszko and Bobby Eaton in a WarGames match. Sting's Squadron won the match.

Sting began a rivalry with Cactus Jack, which culminated in a Falls Count Anywhere match between the two at Beach Blast, which Sting won. At The Great American Bash, Sting lost the WCW World Heavyweight Championship to Big Van Vader. Sting's reign ended at 134 days. At Clash of the Champions XX: 20th Anniversary, Sting teamed with Nikita Koloff and Steiner Brothers against Big Van Vader, Rick Rude, Jake Roberts and Super Invader in an Elimination match. Rude and Roberts survived the match.

Sting began a rivalry with Jake Roberts, which culminated in a Coal Miner's Glove match between the two at Halloween Havoc, which Sting won. Sting participated in the King of Cable Tournament. He defeated Brian Pillman in the quarter-final round on November 7 edition of Saturday Night, and Rick Rude by judges' decision after the time limit expired in the semi-final round at Clash of the Champions.

At Starrcade, Sting was randomly paired with Steve Williams against Jushin Liger and Erik Watts. Sting and Williams defeated Liger and Watts to qualify for Battlebowl. Later that night, Sting defeated Big Van Vader to win the King of Cable Tournament. Sting participated in the Battlebowl Battle Royal. He was eliminated by Big Van Vader. The Great Muta won Battlebowl.

Entering 1993, Sting defeated Hiroshi Hase in WCW/New Japan Supershow III. At Clash of the Champions XXII, Sting teamed with Dustin Rhodes and Cactus Jack to defeat Big Van Vader, Barry Windham and Paul Orndorff in a Thundercage match. Sting began a rivalry with Vader, which culminated in a White Castle of Fear Strap match at SuperBrawl III, which Vader won. At March 11 house show, Sting defeated Vader to win his second WCW World Heavyweight Championship. At March 17 house show, Sting lost the championship back to Vader. Sting's reign ended at 6 days.

Sting began his next rivalry against The Prisoner, which culminated in a match between the two at Slamboree, which Sting won. At Beach Blast, Sting and Davey Boy Smith defeated Big Van Vader and Sid Vicious in a tag team match. At Clash of the Champions XXIV, Sting and Ric Flair defeated Colossal Kongs in a tag team match. Sting formed an alliance with Davey Boy Smith.

At Fall Brawl, Sting, Dustin Rhodes, Davey Boy Smith and The Shockmaster defeated Vader, Sid Vicious and Harlem Heat in a WarGames match. Sting began a rivalry with Vicious, which culminated in a match between the two at Halloween Havoc, which Sting won. At Clash of the Champions XXV, Sting and Davey Boy Smith unsuccessfully challenged Nasty Boys for the WCW World Tag Team Championship.

At Battlebowl, Sting was randomly paired with Jerry Sags against Ron Simmons and Keith Cole. Sags and Sting defeated Simmons and Cole to qualify for Battlebowl. Later that night, Sting participated in the Battlebowl Battle Royal. He was eliminated by Vader for the win. At Starrcade, Sting and Road Warrior Hawk competed against Nasty Boys for the WCW World Tag Team Championship. Nasty Boys retained the championship through intentional disqualification after Missy Hyatt broke Sting's pinfall attempt.

Entering 1994, Ric Flair and Sting defeated Rick Rude and Vader in an Elimination match at Clash of the Champions XXVI. Sting began feuding with Rude. At SuperBrawl IV, Sting teamed with Dustin Rhodes and Brian Pillman to defeat Rick Rude, Steve Austin and Paul Orndorff in a Thundercage match. In March 1994, Sting participated in the European Cup Tournament. He defeated Kane in the first round, Ron Simmons in the quarter-final round, Steve Austin in the semi-final round and Vader in the final round to win the tournament.

At Spring Stampede, Sting defeated Rick Rude to win the WCW International World Heavyweight Championship after Harley Race accidentally attacked Rude with a chair. At May 1 house show, Sting lost the championship back to Rude. This match ended Rude's career as he suffered a career-ending injury. Sting's reign ended at 14 days.

At Slamboree, Sting defeated Vader to win the vacated WCW International World Heavyweight Championship, thus making it his second championship reign. At Clash of the Champions XXVII, Sting defended his championship against Ric Flair, with Flair's WCW World Heavyweight Championship also on the line in a Title Unification match. Flair defeated Sting to unify both championships. As a result, the WCW International World Heavyweight Championship was abandoned and unified into the WCW World Heavyweight Championship. Sting's reign ended at 32 days.

At Fall Brawl, Sting competed against Vader and Guardian Angel in a Triangle Elimination match to determine the #1 contender for the WCW World Heavyweight Championship. Vader won after a masked man attacked Sting. At Clash of the Champions XXIX, Hulk Hogan, Sting and Dave Sullivan defeated Kevin Sullivan, The Butcher and Avalanche in a six-man tag team match. Sting began a rivalry with Avalanche. At Starrcade, Sting defeated Avalanche by disqualification. Entering 1995, Sting defeated Avalanche, with Guardian Angel as the special guest referee, at Clash of the Champions XXX.

Sting formed an alliance with Randy Savage to feud with Avalanche and Big Bubba Rogers. At SuperBrawl V, Sting and Savage defeated Avalanche and Rogers. Sting began a rivalry with Rogers. At Uncensored, Rogers defeated Sting. On April 22 edition of Saturday Night, Sting participated in a tournament for the vacated WCW United States Heavyweight Championship. He defeated Arn Anderson in the first round. At May 10 house show, Sting defeated Paul Orndorff in the quarter-final round. At Slamboree, Sting defeated Big Bubba Rogers in a Lights Out match to end the rivalry.

At The Great American Bash, Sting defeated Meng in the final round of the WCW United States Heavyweight Championship tournament to win the vacated championship, thus winning it for the second time. It was originally supposed to be the semi-final round match but the other semi-final round match between Randy Savage and Ric Flair ended in a no contest, making it the final round. At Bash at the Beach, Sting successfully defended the championship against Meng.

At Clash of the Champions XXXI, Sting and Road Warrior Hawk defeated Meng and Kurasawa in a tag team match. At Fall Brawl, Sting, as a part of Hulk Hogan's The Hulkamaniacs, consisting of Lex Luger and Randy Savage, competed against Dungeon of Doom, consisting of Kamala, The Zodiac, The Shark and Meng, in a WarGames match. Hulkamaniacs won the match.

In October, Sting reluctantly formed an alliance with Ric Flair after Flair made him believe that Arn Anderson and Brian Pillman were against him because Sting could not trust Flair as Flair had cheated with him five years ago. At Halloween Havoc, Sting and Ric Flair competed against Arn Anderson and Brian Pillman in a tag team match. Sting and Flair won by disqualification when Flair attacked Sting. This reformed Four Horsemen and Sting began feuding with the group.

On November 13, Sting lost the WCW United States Heavyweight Championship to Kensuke Sasaki at a WCW and New Japan Pro Wrestling (NJPW) show. Sting's reign ended at 148 days. At World War 3, Sting defeated Ric Flair. Later that night, Sting participated in the first-ever World War 3 Battle Royal for the vacated WCW World Heavyweight Championship. He was eliminated by Hulk Hogan. Randy Savage won the Battle Royal.

At Starrcade, Sting participated in a World Cup of Wrestling Tournament featuring WCW wrestlers against NJPW wrestlers. Sting represented WCW against NJPW representative Kensuke Sasaki. Sting defeated Sasaki to earn WCW 4 victories and as a result, WCW won the competition. Later that night, Sting competed against Lex Luger and Ric Flair in a Triangle match to determine the #1 contender for the WCW World Heavyweight Championship. Flair won.

Sting formed a tag team with Lex Luger. On January 22, 1996 edition of Monday Nitro, Sting and Luger defeated Harlem Heat to win the WCW World Tag Team Championship after assistance by Jimmy Hart. Sting and Luger successfully defended the championship against Blue Bloods at Clash of the Champions XXXII. At SuperBrawl VI, Sting and Luger defeated Harlem Heat to retain the championship after Road Warrior Hawk hit Stevie Ray with a steel plate in the chest. Later that night, Sting and Luger retained the championship against Road Warriors through double count-out.

At Uncensored, Sting and Booker T defeated Road Warriors in a Chicago Street Fight after Stevie Ray attacked Road Warrior Hawk with a steel chair. At Slamboree, Sting unsuccessfully challenged The Giant for the WCW World Heavyweight Championship after he was hit with Jimmy Hart's megaphone. At 1st Ilio DiPaolo Memorial Show, Sting unsuccessfully challenged Giant for the championship in a rematch by disqualification when Sting's partner Lex Luger interfered in the match.

Sting began a rivalry with Lord Steven Regal, which culminated in a match between the two at The Great American Bash, which Sting won. On June 24 edition of Monday Nitro, Lex Luger and Sting defended the WCW World Tag Team Championship against Harlem Heat and Steiner Brothers in a Three Way match. Harlem Heat won the championship after a distraction by The Outsiders. Luger and Sting's reign ended at 154 days.

Lex Luger and Sting joined forces with Randy Savage to battle the invading The Outsiders. At Bash at the Beach, Lex Luger, Randy Savage and Sting competed against The Outsiders and a mystery partner in a six-man tag team match. Hulk Hogan interfered in the match. He was seemingly on WCW's behalf but he attacked Savage and was revealed as the mystery partner of Outsiders. Hogan and Outsiders formed New World Order (nWo), a group that wanted to take over WCW. Sting became one of WCW's top representatives against nWo.

Lex Luger and Sting began a rivalry with The Outsiders, which culminated in a match between the two teams at Hog Wild, which Outsiders won after the dazed referee Nick Patrick accidentally attacked Luger with his elbow. On August 11 edition of Monday Nitro, Luger and Sting competed against Outsiders in a rematch, which ended in a no contest after Patrick was revealed to be a nWo referee and Four Horsemen joined Sting and Luger in fighting off Outsiders and nWo. At Clash of the Champions XXXIII, Lex Luger and Sting competed against Harlem Heat and Steiner Brothers in a Three Way match for the WCW World Tag Team Championship. The match ended in a no contest after The Outsiders began attacking Luger and Sting. As a result, Harlem Heat retained the championship.

On September 9 edition of Monday Nitro, Lex Luger was attacked by Sting, which lead WCW audience and roster to believe that Sting had turned on WCW. However, he was actually an impostor Sting of nWo. At Fall Brawl, Sting, as a part of Lex Luger's Team WCW, consisting of Ric Flair and Arn Anderson, competed against Team nWo, consisting of Hollywood Hogan, Kevin Nash, Scott Hall and nWo Sting. During the match, Sting attacked nWo members and left the match because he felt betrayed by his WCW teammates and was furious as his loyalty with WCW was doubted. He left WCW and became a free agent.

On October 21 edition of Monday Nitro, Sting debuted a new silent look. He painted his face as white and wore a black outfit. He began carrying a baseball bat to attack nWo members and started silencing himself. Sting became mysterious because of his doubted alliances with both WCW and nWo. In 1997, Sting attacked nWo members after their victory at Uncensored, thus proving to the audience that he was loyal to WCW. WCW Commissioner James J. Dillon tried to convince Sting to return to wrestling by fighting nWo members but Sting wanted to fight Hollywood Hogan.

At Starrcade, Sting unsuccessfully challenged Hollywood Hogan for the WCW World Heavyweight Championship. However, after the match, Bret Hart came out and claimed that Nick Patrick made a fast count. Hart replaced Patrick as the referee and restarted the match. Sting defeated Hogan to win his third WCW World Heavyweight Championship. The following night, on December 29 edition of Monday Nitro, Sting defended the championship against Hogan in a rematch but the match ended controversially. These controversial championship matches caused James J. Dillon to strip Sting off the championship on January 8, 1998 (taped January 6) edition of Thunder. Sting's reign ended at 11 days.

Sting started to rise as WCW's top hero. At SuperBrawl VIII, Sting defeated Hollywood Hogan to win the vacated WCW World Heavyweight Championship after Randy Savage hit Hogan with a spraycan, thus marking Sting's fourth championship reign. At Uncensored, Sting successfully defended the championship against Scott Hall. At Spring Stampede, Sting lost the championship to Randy Savage in a No Disqualification match after Kevin Nash delivered a Jackknife Powerbomb to Sting. Sting's reign ended at 56 days.

At Slamboree, Sting and The Giant defeated The Outsiders to win the WCW World Tag Team Championship. On June 4 (taped June 2) edition of Thunder, Sting and Giant vacated the championship because Giant joined the heel nWo Hollywood faction and Sting joined the babyface nWo Wolfpac, thus becoming the nWo member for the first time in his career. Sting and Giant's reign ended at 16 days. As a result, Sting and Giant could not make up together and began feuding with each other. At The Great American Bash, Sting defeated Giant to gain control of both WCW World Tag Team Championship belts. The following night, on June 15 edition of Monday Nitro, Sting chose Kevin Nash as his championship partner.

On July 20 edition of Monday Nitro, Sting and Kevin Nash lost the WCW World Tag Team Championship to The Giant and Scott Hall after Bret Hart interfered. Sting and Nash's reign ended at 36 days. At Road Wild, Sting, as a part of Kevin Nash's nWo Wolfpac, consisting of Lex Luger and Konnan, competed against Goldberg and nWo Hollywood, consisting of The Giant, Curt Hennig, Scott Hall and Scott Norton in a Battle Royal for the WCW World Heavyweight Championship. Sting was eliminated by the eventual winner Goldberg.

At Fall Brawl, Sting, as a part of nWo Wolfpac, consisting of Kevin Nash and Lex Luger, competed against Team WCW, consisting of Roddy Piper, Diamond Dallas Page and The Warrior, and nWo Hollywood, consisting of Hollywood Hogan, Bret Hart and Stevie Ray, in a WarGames match to determine the #1 contender for the WCW World Heavyweight Championship. Team WCW won. At Halloween Havoc, Sting unsuccessfully challenged Bret Hart for the WCW United States Heavyweight Championship. Hart injured Sting and put him out of action for five months.

Sting returned to WCW in early 1999. At Spring Stampede, Sting competed against Ric Flair, Hollywood Hogan and Diamond Dallas Page in a Four Corners match for the WCW World Heavyweight Championship, with Randy Savage as the special guest referee. DDP won the championship. On April 26 edition of Monday Nitro, Sting defeated DDP to win his fifth WCW World Heavyweight Championship. Later that night, Sting defended the championship against Goldberg, Kevin Nash and Diamond Dallas Page in a Fatal Four-Way match. DDP won the championship after assistance by Randy Savage.

Sting began a rivalry with Goldberg, which culminated in a match between the two at Slamboree, which ended in a no contest when Bret Hart interfered and attacked the referee. After the match, Steiner Brothers attacked Sting and Goldberg, resulting in Sting beginning a rivalry with Rick Steiner. At 4th Ilio DiPaolo Memorial Show, Sting defeated Diamond Dallas Page. At The Great American Bash, Sting lost to Rick Steiner in a Falls Count Anywhere match when Steiner's dogs attacked Sting backstage and Steiner was awarded the victory.

At Bash at the Beach, Kevin Nash and Sting competed against Randy Savage and Sid Vicious for Nash's WCW World Heavyweight Championship. Savage pinned Nash to win the championship after interference by Gorgeous George. On July 19 edition of Monday Nitro, Sting defeated Ric Flair to become the WCW President. However, he vacated the power and scheduled a tag team match. He only wanted to remove Flair from the position. Sting began his next rivalry against Sid Vicious, which culminated in a match between the two at Road Wild, which Vicious won.

At Fall Brawl, Sting defeated Hulk Hogan to win his sixth WCW World Heavyweight Championship after hitting Hogan with a baseball bat given to him by Lex Luger. As a result, Sting shockingly turned heel. At Halloween Havoc, Sting successfully defended the championship against Hogan after Hogan laid down for Sting. However, Sting was dissatisfied with the outcome and issued an open challenge to any wrestler for the championship. Goldberg accepted the challenge and defeated Sting to win the championship. After the match, Sting attacked the referee Charles Robinson. The following night, on October 25 edition of Monday Nitro, Sting was returned the championship because his match against Goldberg was unsanctioned. However, Sting was immediately stripped off the championship for attacking the referee. Sting's reign ended at 43 days.

Sting participated in a tournament for the vacated WCW World Heavyweight Championship. He defeated Brian Knobbs in the first round on October 25 edition of Monday Nitro, Meng in the second round on November 8 edition of Monday Nitro and Total Package in the quarter-final round on November 15 edition of Monday Nitro. At Mayhem, Sting lost to eventual winner Bret Hart in the semi-final round after Total Package attacked Sting with a baseball bat. After the match, Sting turned babyface as he showed respect to Hart by shaking hands with him.

Sting began a rivalry with Total Package, which culminated in a match between the two at Starrcade, which Sting won by disqualification after Elizabeth attacked Sting with a baseball bat. Sting was injured and was out of action. In 2000, Sting returned to WCW at Uncensored. He defeated Total Package in a Lumberjacks with Casts match to end the rivalry after Vampiro attacked Package with a baseball bat.

On April 10 edition of Monday Nitro, Sting participated in a tournament for the vacated WCW World Heavyweight Championship. He defeated Sid Vicious by count-out in the quarter-final round after The Wall attacked Vicious. Sting lost to Diamond Dallas Page in the semi-final round after Vampiro delivered a Nail in the Coffin to Sting. At Spring Stampede, Sting participated in a tournament for the vacated WCW United States Heavyweight Championship. He defeated Booker T in the quarter-final round and Vampiro in the semi-final round but lost to Scott Steiner in the final round after Vampiro attacked Sting.

As a result, Sting began feuding with Vampiro and became a member of Millionaire's Club faction that consisted of WCW's veteran wrestlers and the group feuded with New Blood, consisting of WCW's young wrestlers. At Slamboree, Sting defeated Vampiro. At The Great American Bash, Sting lost to Vampiro in a Human Torch match. Sting began his next rivalry against The Demon, which culminated in a match between the two at New Blood Rising, which Sting won.

At Fall Brawl, Sting defeated The Great Muta and Vampiro in a Triangle match. Sting began his next rivalry with Jeff Jarrett, which culminated in a match between the two at Halloween Havoc, which Jarrett won after interference by a number of fake Stings. At Millennium Final, Sting successfully defended his European Cup won in 1994, against Kevin Nash, with Alex Schultz as the special guest referee. Sting suffered an injury and was out of action.

He returned to WCW on March 26, 2001 edition of Monday Nitro, which was the final show of WCW history as WCW had been purchased by rival promotion World Wrestling Federation (WWF) on March 23. Sting defeated Ric Flair in the night's main event that was the final match in the history of WCW. WCW ended with its biggest star Sting emerging victorious. Sting's thirteen-year tenure in WCW saw him emerge as the most popular wrestler of the company who won every championship around himself. In 2002, Sting made his comeback to wrestling after demise of WCW by competing in the Australian promotion World Wrestling All-Stars (WWA).

Sting's WCW Photo Gallery:
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Sting in 1987
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Sting and Lex Luger
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Four Horsemen
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NWA World Heavyweight Champion
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WCW World Heavyweight Champion
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Sting in 1996
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Sting and The Giant
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WCW World Tag Team Champion
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Sting in NWO Wolfpac
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Sting at WWE.com