Sting is born in Omaha, Nebraska despite being billed from Venice Beach, California during his wrestling career. Sting develops an early interest in body building.
I never did the powerlifting thing, but the goal was to lift heavy. Four plates squatting for reps – 4-5, 8-10, 315 for 20, 225 for 50 – leg extensions, leg curls and that’s how we trained every single week. On the bench , my best was 435 – I was younger and I was on the gas, too. There were guys who weighed a lot less than I did who could easily do that. But I didn’t really train for power or strength. I trained for size. That’s all I was training for.
Hogan defeats Iron Sheik to claim his first WWE championship, kick-starting the Hulkamania craze of the 1980’s.
He was good. Hogan was a big man, he had a bodybuilder body and charisma. I had so much hate, people want to hurt me wherever I go. He win and make all his All-American fans happy. Since then he become Hulkamania, but everybody remember, without Iron Sheik, no Hulkamania.
The first Wrestlemania is held at Madison Square Garden. The event boasts over 19,000 in attendance and over one million viewers on closed circuit television. The event features Nikolai Volkoff and The Iron Sheik vs The U.S. Express, Wendy Richter vs Leilani Kai and is headlined by Hulk Hogan and Mr. T vs Roddy Piper and Paul Orndorff.
The inaugural King of the Ring tournament is held. Tito Santana, The Iron Sheik, Ricky Steamboat, Don Muraco and Paul Orndoff try to capture the crown. Muraco defeated Iron Sheik in the final round to claim the crown. Muraco comments.
It’s always an honor to be the first. The tournament that year was at the Patriots’ old stadium outdoors, so it was a big show and very cool.
Wrestlemania 2 is held at three locations, the Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum in Uniondale, New York, the Rosemont Horizon in Rosemont, Illinois, and the Los Angeles Memorial Sports Arena in Los Angeles, California. Each venue has one main event match with a large undercard. As with the first WrestleMania, the matches are shown on closed-circuit television. The event features Mr. T vs Roddy Piper in a Boxing Match, Randy Savage vs George Steel and Hulk Hogan vs King Kong Bundy in a steel cage.
The second King of the Ring tournament is held. Harley Race overcomes Roddy Piper, Don Muraco, Paul Orndoff and Pedro Morales to claim the crown. Race comments.
In the tournament itself, I had to advance four times. Getting by Morales at the end was something special. He had been World Wrestling Federation Champion. He was the guy who I really wanted to face to make the King of the Ring mean something. I think overall, it did real well.
Wrestlemania 3 is held at The Pontiac Silverdome in Pontiac, Michigan. The event boasts 93,173 attendees. Almost one million fans watch the event at 160 closed circuit locations in North America. The event features Randy Savage vs Ricky Steamboat and Hulk Hogan vs Andre The Giant.
The third King of the Ring tournament is held. Randy Savage defeats King Kong Bundy, Nikolai Volkoff, Haku and Rick Martel to claim the crown.
Wrestlemania 4 is held at The Trump Plaza in Atlantic City, New Jersey. The event features a 14 man tournament for the vacated WWE championship (won by Randy Savage) and Brutus Beefcake vs Honky Tonk Man.
DiBiase defeats Randy Savage, Ken Patera and Brutus Beefcake to claim the crown at King of the Ring 1988.
I identified with Randy a lot. We both had a lot in common, in that we were both buys who grew up in this industry whose fathers were wrestlers. I’ve always believed that for kids who that grew up in the industry that it’s not just a job, but it’s something they fell in love with and something they’ve known all their lives. There’s a certain camaraderie there. In a word, Randy was charismatic.
Wrestlemania 5 is held at Trump Plaza in Atlantic City, New Jersey. The event features Rick Rude versus The Ultimate Warrior, Demolition (Ax and Smash) versus Powers of Pain and Hulk Hogan versus Randy Savage for the WWF Championship.
Hogan defeats Savage at Wrestlemania V to capture his second WWE championship.
When you work with Randy, it’s intense. The only other person that I could call at three or four o’clock in the morning to talk about wrestling and would even answer their phone is Vince McMahon. And that’s how Randy was. Except Randy called me! “Hey, brother. Got an idea.” So when you got in bed with Randy, you were in it for the long haul. Good or bad, brother.
Hogan wins 1990 Royal Rumble battle royal match in Orlando, standing tall over thirty other superstars.
Wrestlemania 6 is held at the SkyDome in Toronto, Ontario with an announced attendance of 67,678. It is the first Wrestlemania to be held out of the U.S. The event features Rick Rude vs Jimmy Snuka and Hulk Hogan vs Ultimate Warrior for both the WWE championship and Intercontinental Championship.
Sting defeats Ric Flair for NWA Championship at the Great American Bash pay-per-view.
That match right there put me on the map, and I give Ric Flair all the kudos that I could possibly muster.
Wrestlemania 7 is held at at the Los Angeles Memorial Sports Arena in Los Angeles, California. The event features Hulk Hogan and Sgt. Slaughter for the WWE Championship and Ultimate Warrior vs Randy Savage in a retirement match.
Hogan defeats Sgt. Slaughter at Wrestlemania VII to capture his third WWE championship. Slaughter comments.
McMahon needed an opponent for Hulk Hogan at WrestleMania and wanted to keep Hogan as the hero. So he asked me if I would consider me being an Iraqi sympathizer. I had to think long and hard about it. It was hard because red, white and blue runs through my veins. There were a lot of situations where I had to forgive myself and I hoped everyone would forgive me.
Undertaker defeats Snuka at Wrestlemania VII in his Wrestlemania debut.
Hogan defeats Undertaker at Tuesday in Texas to capture his fourth WWE championship.
Sting wins his first ever WCW championship, defeating Luger at Superbrawl 2 after delivering a flying crossbody press.
Wrestlemania 8 is held at the Hoosier Dome in Indianapolis, Indiana. The event begins The Undertaker’s 21 year undefeated streak at Wrestlemania. The event features Sid Justice vs Hulk Hogan, Randy Savage vs Ric Flair and Undertaker vs Jake Roberts.
Undertaker defeats Roberts with a tombstone piledriver at Wrestlemania VIII
WWE hosts first episode of their flagship program, Monday Night RAW. The event features Yokozuna vs Koko B. Ware, The Steiners vs The Executioners. Shawn Michaels vs Max Moon, and The Undertaker vs Damien Domento.
Sting defeats Vader to capture his second WCW championship in London, England.
You got someone who’s got 400 pounds who can do a moonsault off the top rope, we’re talking about an offensive lineman for the Los Angeles Rams. I used to love to work with him. It was pretty insane, but I was the one who tamed him.
Ross makes his first WWE appearance as commentator at Wrestlemania 9. The Greek theme sees Ross in a toga. Ross is accompanied on commentary by Bobby Heenan and Randy Savage.
First Wrestlemania, yours truly from the state of Oklahoma. First time in a toga!
Wrestlemania 9 is held at Caesars Palace in Las Vegas, Nevada. This is the first Wrestlemania to be held outdoors. The event features Tito Santana vs Papa Shango, Tatanka vs Shawn Michaels, Lex Luger vs Mr. Perfect and Yokozuna vs Bret Hart.
Hogan defeats Yokozuna at Wrestlemania IX to capture his 5th WWE championship.
Undertaker defeats Gonzalez by disqualification at Wrestlemania IX.
The Rock N’ Roll Express make their WWE debut on Monday Night RAW and defeat the team of Duane Gill and Barry Hardy in one minute and forty-five seconds. Morton comments:
Robert and I were rock stars and really didn’t know it. I wouldn’t change anything.
Hall defeats Martel for the vacated Intercontinental Championship on WWE Monday Night RAW. Hall wins the match via pinfall after delivering his signature, Razor’s Edge move. The match ends in ten minutes and forty-eight seconds.
Wrestlemania 10 is held at Madison Square Garden in New York, New York. The event features Razor Ramon vs Shawn Michaels in a ladder match, Randy Savage vs Crush, Lex Luger vs Yokozuna and Bret Hart vs Yokozuna.
Blayze successfully defends her WWF Women’s Championship against Nakano at SummerSlam.
Wrestlemania 11 is held at the Hartford Civic Center in Hartford, Connecticut. The event features NFL Linebacker Lawrence Taylor vs Bam Bam Bigelow, Shawn Michaels vs Diesel, Jeff Jarrett vs Razor Ramon and Owen Hart and Yokozuna vs The Smoking Gunns.
Undertaker defeats Bundy at Wrestlemania XI after hitting Bundy with a body slam and then a clothesline.
Sting and Luger defeat Harlem Heat to capture the WCW tag team championships after Luger strikes Stevie Ray with a foreign object.
Wrestlemania 12 is held at the Arrowhead Pond in Anaheim, California. The event features Ultimate Warrior vs Triple H, Steve Austin vs Savio Vega, Undertaker vs Diesel, Roddy Piper vs Goldust and Shawn Michaels vs Bret Hart.
Undertaker defeats Diesel at Wrestlemania XII. This is Undertaker’s first ‘mania bout to go over ten minutes.
Sting wrestles in War Games to clear his name as Hollywood Hogan, Scott Hall, Kevin Nash and The Fake Sting take on Sting, Lex Luger, Arn Anderson and Ric Flair. This is Sting’s last match in over one year.
Undertaker defeats Sid at Wrestlemania XIII to capture the WWE championship.
Wrestlemania 13 is held at the Rosemont Horizon in the Chicago suburb of Rosemont, Illinois. The event features Bret Hart vs Steve Austin, Rocky Miavia vs The Sultan and The Untertaker vs Sycho Sid.
Sting returns to the ring for at Starrcade 1997. This is the first time since War Games 1996 that Sting has worked a match. Sting defeats Hogan to capture the WCW championship.
Sting defeats Hollywood Hulk Hogan to reclaim WCW title from the nWo faction. The match ends in controversy as Bret Hart accuses referee (Neil Patrick) of fast count and declares Sting the winner after restarting the match.
Hulk is the best ever in the business. He’s the biggest draw in wrestling history. Starrcade 1997 is still my all-time favorite match.
J.J. Dillon declares WCW title vacant due to the controversial ending to Sting vs Hogan at Starrcade. Sting is forced to relinquish the tile, urging him to speak for the first time since 1996 to Dillon then Hogan.
You got no guts… and you? You’re a deadman!
Sting defeats Hulk Hogan to capture the vacant WCW championship at Superbrawl 8.
Undertaker defeats Kane in Kane’s Wrestlemania debut at Wrestlemania XIV.
Wrestlemania 14 is held at the FleetCenter in Boston, Massachusetts. The event features Triple H vs Owen Hart, The Rock vs Ken Shamrock, The Undertaker vs Kane and Steve Austin vs Shawn Michaels with Mike Tyson as special outside enforcer.
Goldberg defeats Raven on Monday Night Nitro to capture the United States championship. This is Goldberg’s first championship in professional wrestling.
Foley faces The Undertaker in first WWE pay-per-view Hell in a Cell match. During the match, Foley is thrown from the top of the cage twice. Foley loses the bout.
Man, that was a good one, and we were having a good time thinking completely ludicrous things to do inside, outside, and on top of the cage. After a while I got serious and said quietly to Terry, “I think I can do it.”
WCW releases Sting Unmasked on VHS home video. The documentary features highlights of Sting’s WCW career including his transition from surfer dude to silent crow to nWo wolfpac.
Undertaker defeats Big Boss Man in a Hell in a Cell match at Wrestlemania XV.