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SLOW: 1990 - Sting vs. the Black Scorpion

Sunday, June 24, 2018 in Professional Wrestling (Views: 412)
I did a lot of these “SLOW” blogs, known as “Storylines of wrestling”, most intended to highlight some of the more interesting or memorable moments in the business from a long gone era.

Now, I think I want to focus more on storylines that made little sense, starting with one that hits very close to home for me. This storyline actually includes the wrestler I most connected with.

It was 1990, and WCW was having some pains at the time. It was slumping, the business overall was in a dark period, and a lot of their talent was running off to Vince’s circus. The Horsemen (the true flag bearers) were done, Tully and Arn were off to become the Brainbusters. Barry Windham was gone as well.

There were still some of the big names, Ric Flair, Sting, and the Steiners, but overall, they were low on cash and low on ideas.

One thing to understand about this business is that you have to be flexible. Things change so quickly. Wrestlers get sick or injured and you have to be prepared with Plans B and C and even D, and have the resources to cover them. When this happens and is done well, fans never knew you were on Plan C. It should just make sense.

Then one day a mysterious voice comes out after Sting. Sting at the time was in his first title reign, and was approached by some former “ally” from his past. There would be one weird promo after another, with a distorted voice and no clear picture who it was.

Sting was confused, run all over by “where is the Black Scorpion”, where the bigger question was “who was the Black Scorpion”. Actually the question really was “who was going to actually play the Black Scorpion this week?”

One skit I can definitely remember is when they had several Black Scorpions, none of them looked the same except for the outfit. Rumor had it that they were trying to get the Ultimate Warrior to do this, but he was a big name in Vince’s circus now. So since they couldn’t bring him over, they chose Al Perez. Al would have been an interesting choice, but he left the company very upset that we was booked to lose to Sting in a title match at a Clash event, never to be seen in WCW again. Next, they had some old training buddies they used, and even once, yes, a cameraman dressed up as the Black Scorpion. I thought the “stage magician” stunt left a pretty sour taste too.

Why did this hit so close to home? The voice was always Ole Anderson, although he never once played the character in the ring himself. But thankfully in wrestling, all bad storylines must come to an end.

WCW had to reveal who this Black Scorpion was, as the trainwreck lost the fans and really had nothing going for it. So, management went to Ric Flair and Barry Windham and told them to figure out which of them would finally end this. Ric took this on, and wound up losing to Sting at Starrcade 1990, and was unmasked.

What made this so weird, was a month later, Ric beat Sting for the title, which the Black Scorpion couldn’t do. It would have made more sense to have the Black Scorpion win the title, unmask himself as Ric Flair, and be done with this.

We’re all thankful it ended.


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