WWE Hall of Famer Greg Valentine has spoken out against Sting, failing to see the hype around him after refusing to lose to ‘The Icon’.
There’s no denying that Sting is one of wrestling’s most polarising personalities. Having risen to fame through his tenure in WCW, ‘The Stinger’ joined the promotion in July 1987 and remained there until the closure of the promotion in March 2001.
Despite the overall buzz around him, one WWE Hall of Famer wasn’t the biggest fan of him. Greg ‘The Hammer’ Valentine has admitted to quitting the promotion after discovering he was scheduled to lose to the multi-time World Champion with no storyline continuation.
Speaking to Title Match Wrestling, the 2004 WWE Hall of Fame inductee stated how he refused to lose to Sting during a scheduled WCW Saturday Night taping in October 1992, putting the blame on WCW’s booker at the time and fellow Hall of Famer, ‘Cowboy’ Bill Watts:
“That didn’t work out all that well because Bill Watts was the booker and I didn’t get along with him at all. I ended up quitting…They wanted me to do a job for [lose against] Sting and I just said, ‘I ain’t doing it’.”
In a previous chat with Title Match Wrestling, Greg Valentine described how he didn’t see the hype behind the legend, though he believed him to be a “nice guy”. Still, though, he “refused to do the job” and “walked out”.
Although he enjoyed a brief stint in the touring World Wrestling All-Stars promotion following WCW’s buyout, Sting signed with TNA, where he resided between 2003 and 2014. He won four World Championships in the promotion, ultimately being ousted from the company in January 2014 after losing to Magnus.
Sting is now signed to AEW, debuting in December 2020 and aligning with Darby Allin. He’d previously been under contract to WWE, wrestling a handful of matches in the company before being forced into retirement following their infamous Night of Champions 2015 clash.