i don't know about you, but i thought it was pretty cool. i mean, don't get me wrong: like just about every other idea to come from wcw in that era, it was poorly executed. but in retrospect, it was very cool to see sting, the perennial babyface, go heel and mock his contemporaries.
That turn was balls because it had no reason behind it and they dropped it after a month. And while it was going, it had no momentum. Hell, when he waffled Hogan with the bat at Fall Brawl, the crowd cheered him. I wouldn't have minded seeing Sting as a heel, but after so much time as a face you've gotta back it up with something.
I still contend that Sting didn't actually turn heel, but rather that the announcers and WCW did in an attempt to frame Sting and make him out to be the bad guy. Actually, that would have been a really cool angle with Sting battling against the system and having to trust his often-turncoat best friend Lex Luger, who would of course, turn on him.
It would have been a great play off of Sting's late-96 angle where WCW didn't trust him, with the sole exception of Rey Misterio, Jr., and he would be the one that would save WCW from the nWo.
It was probably just more political manuvering from Hogan & Bischoff to get Hogan a big win over Sting (he never got one over him that I can remember) so that he could have momentum heading into the planned Hogan/Hart match that was scheduled for Mayhem in Canada. This is all under the assumption that WCW booked more than a day in advance.
Of course, that didn't play out, because the folks at AOL Time-Warner saw what Bischoff was up to and canned his ass so the Russo era could begin (and end, then begin and end again). It sucks that we never got the big Hogan/Hart match, but I'm at least glad things didn't go as planned in '99.
"If you're asking if I would ever date a wrestler, certainly I would. However it wouldn't be good business for me to get romantically involved with anyone in any aspect of our business." -Stephanie McMahon (Off the Record, June 3rd, 1999)
Yeah, I also loved the turn. Due the fact I flipped over to catch a few episodes of it. Remembering the acronym of FUBAR I quickly changed the channel after laughing and realizing they were still mainly cheering him.
Hey look! My wiener is bigger than yours!
Banned Once! The independant thought alarm went off, knew to much about b*tching.
*When the fans kept cheering him, they dumped it and had him be a face again a few weeks later. Same has happened to Goldberg and Taker in the past.
*They turned him just for the hell of it, and that didn't interest me. I thought it was a nice change that Sting was the only guy with any longevity besides Rick Steamboat who was ALWAYS a face (discounting his as-an-unknown Blade Runners stuff with Warrior).
Even saying that, I think he WOULD be a good heel....a lot of people seem to hate his promos for whatever reason, but I think he's pretty good. He's similar to 'Taker (biker era) in that it just sounds like a regular guy talking instead of some guy playing a character.
Sting's turn just seemed such a miscalculation to me... at the time, WCW hadn't chased off all of its traditional fanbase, and there was still a substantial group that preferred Sting over Hogan. It seemed to me that many of those fans were glad whent Sting gave Hogan what he deserved after years of Hogan screwing him, and those fans reacted accordingly.
"Come to the Dark Side... You Know You Want To!" The Evil Buddha, spreading Alcoholism, Bad Humor and Chaos since 1971
I remember his turn well, because it was one of the few times I had friends over to watch a WCW pay-per-view... lord knows what I was thinking doing that. The event was... embarrassing, to say the least.
Anyways, I remember being completely underwhelmed by the Sting turn. Not only could you see it coming a mile away, but who cared by that point? They could have done it so much better...
When I saw him on Larry King during the Benoit stuff, I thought he looked like he was 12! It was the first time I had seen him since he cut his hair short. It is an improvement over his previous look, I think.