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Sting Vs. Ric Flair for the Umpteenth and Maybe Last Time

One of the greatest professional wrestling matches of the 1980s was the experienced and primetime Ric Flair vs. the green but talented upstart Sting.  The year was 1988 and the event was the first Clash of the Champions.  This was back in the heyday of pro wrestling, before the fast-paced Monday night segments were the norm.  Sting wrestled Flair for 45 minutes, and the match culminated in a time limit draw.

Sting and Flair had dozens of rematches after Flair left the WWF (now officially the WWE) to return to his home WCW organization, and most of these matches saw Sting triumphing over the legendary “Nature Boy.”  Well, just when you thought you would never see these two titans tumble again (and indeed, just when you thought the 62-year-old Flair was “really” retired once and for all) these dueling banjos are set to go at it one more time.

Ric Flair is scheduled to take on Sting at the TNA Wrestling Impact show airing September 15th.  (TNA wrestling tickets are still available!)  Anyone who has followed Ric Flair for any period of time knows wrestling is his life, and that even when he “retires” he’s not likely to stay quiet for too long.  Sting, on the other hand, is a come-and-go phantom and perhaps WCW’s last true warrior.  (He is one of the few athletes to have never signed with the WWE.)

Fans of old school wrestling, as opposed to the sugar-charged WWE product, will appreciate one more Sting and Flair match, even as both men shake off ring rust and veteran pains.  Both men are currently working with TNA Wrestling and thus the perfect opportunity to settle old scores presented itself.  These warriors will renew and perhaps finish their feud come September, a feud that has lasted since 1988 and down into the 1990s where Ric Flair harassed Sting as the masked “Black Scorpion” character.

TNA, of course, wants to keep things interesting so they are attaching stipulations.  If Ric Flair wins, Sting retires.  If Sting wins, he gets a shot against Hulk Hogan.  We’re not even second-guessing who’s going to win…we’re just wondering if Flair still has the power and durability to do his infamous upside down turnbuckle flip!  Come see TNA Wrestling live and relive the magic!

The WWE Bounces Back In 2011 With Big Names

It’s been a tough year for the WWE (World Wrestling Entertainment) as well as the sport of sports entertainment in general. First, the WWE loses one of its main eventers (Adam Copeland, a.k.a. Edge) to retirement because of life-threatening medical problems, and then wrestling loses one of its sure-thing Hall of Famers, “Macho Man” Randy Savage.

However, the WWE brand is still going strong, touring across the nation with its touring products RAW, Smackdown, multiple Pay-Per-View events, as well as a Live Tour and K-Mart tour. WWE is popular the world over, and continues to create touring events with big wrestling names like John Cena, Mark Henry, Kane, and Rey Mysterio. Much of the in-ring competition is dominated by new faces who have quickly earned main-event status, like Randy Orton, Sheamus, Sin Cara and The Miz.

Of course, wrestling enthusiasts will be most excited to hear about the return of Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson to WWE shenanigans. The Rock appeared on Monday Night RAW back in February of 2011 for the first time in seven years. Naturally, you cannot have The Rock return to the “squared circle” without building up to a feud with top name talent John Cena. The Rock has been insulting Cena ever since his return, and has even taken the feud to the social networking forum. (Why not? Everyone else uses social media to backbite and flame war!)

The Rock’s Cena-related insults are classics, as The Rock has referred to the white rapper superstar a “homeless power ranger”, “Vanilla Ice” and a “big fat bowl of Fruity Pebbles.” This feud is destined to be a crowd pleaser, as The Rock and John Cena are the two best “talkers” in the business, and have already agreed to a match for Wrestlemania XXVIII in 2012. In the meantime, expect the WWE to escalate the feud by keeping the tensions between these two behemoths simmering.

What do you think about the WWE in 2011 and 2012? How much of a presence will The Rock be and what other creative names will he come up with for Cena?

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