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[1999-08-23-WCW-Nitro] Sting and Lex Luger

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Are we hearing the producers talking to the announcers in the background? It sounds like Bischoff and it's distracting. Oh, WCW. Anyway, Sting has words for Hogan, as they are scheduled to have a match tonight. Lex Luger returns for the third time since his injury, but this time he actually sticks around. He and Luger hug it out and Lex gets a big "Luger!" chant. January is but a memory. He says he's ready to come back pretty soon, and he doesn't want to lecture Sting, but he just wants to tell him he doesn't think he should trust Hogan. Yeah, they weren't aligned as heels when Luger was last on TV or anything.

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Sting talking like a 90's dad that just listened to Snoop Dogg. This felt like shades of 1996 with heel Luger telling Sting about the evils of Hulk hogan. Good call back by WCW. I also heard the producers talking in the background. Real annoying.

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Sting, please stop talking. I couldnt make out the mangled talking going on in the background but it didn't give the show a very professional look. I have been enjoying WCW to a point these past few weeks but this was pretty brutal. Luger coming out is built as a surprise but so much happens over such a period of time on Nitro that you lose track of it all.

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I want to let it be known that I marked for the Magnetic Fields menu music. And a funny contrast to Limp Bizkit on page 1.

 

Stizzing has a lot of "the street" in him, apparently. I'm glad I wasn't imagining the muffled chatter coming over either the ring or TV mics here. Spinal Tap at the air force base WCW, everybody. The cheesy lines I can deal with because that's part of the deal with Sting, but I really don't like it when he acts like the same old Sting when he's in the Crow get-up, even at this late stage.

 

Sting is interrupted by a man making a surprise return, Greg Valenti...oh, wait, that's Luger. He's over, at least. Lex comes back and tells Sting not to trust Hogan. We've basically stepped back into late 1995 with the roles reversed. Sting is fine with this because Hulk agreed to put the title on the line tonight. The Stinger, everybody!

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Stizzing in the hizzouse...it does come off as your Dad trying to be cool BIT I’m going to cut him some slack because isn’t that part of how you speak Carny. The real question is how did Carny speak seep into Hip Hop Culture. 

Luger looks like has aged ten years between 1997 and 1999. Based on the Buff Bagwell interview on Austin’s podcast, Luger was on a pretty heavy Soma regimen at the time. Booze & drugs will do that to you.

Back in 1999, I could see all this drawing ire but watching it in a vacuum it’s a great Luger promo. Is he being genuine or is he manipulating Sting? Will Hogan turn? Will Luger turn? Of course this being WCW Sting turned oh well. Compared to 2020 WWE booking this shit is high end drama. 2020 WWE booking there are no angles or hooks to matches. It’s just here’s another wrestling match! I guess the benefit to that is there is no continuity to fuck up because there’s no such thing as a story. 

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