The History of the Four Horsemen

The Illustrated History of the Four Horsemen

Part 18: Sting's Revenge - After being injured at Clash X, Sting was out of action for 6 months. The came the Great American Bash on July 7, 1990. Sting was scheduled to wrestle Flair for the World Title. Before the card, Flair vowed that he would put Sting out of wrestling for good (see image above).

The card itself was an amazing evening of wrestling but everyone was waiting for the main event.

When the time finally came the thousands in attendance went wild as Sting made his entrance from behind a curtain of pyrotechnics.

The Champion then made his entrance in regal splendor.

There were two stipulations for the match:

At last the two adversaries faced off and the match was on.

Sting came on strong at the beginning of the match. It almost looked like he was going to have an easy time of it, but any veteran Flair watcher knew better then that. In the blink of an eye (or a thumb to the eye), Flair had turned things around.

Sting was nothing if not resilliant, and soon turned it back around. But Flair was now on a roll and realized that it was time to start working on Sting's injured leg. Sting managed to throw Flair off the first time he went for the Figure Four, but then he went for a drop-kick in the corner, and Flair deftly stepped aside. Now Sting was in real trouble for the first time in the match as Flair stood him up in the corner and chopped him down.

But Sting wasn't finished, with a superhuman effort he mounted a comeback.

Ole Anderson saw what was happening and tried to get away, but the young Giant stopped him cold. Next the Horsemen tried to storm the ring but they were met on the ramp by the "Dudes" and thus were powerless to stop the inevitable.

At the very end Sting made a mistake and rammed his injured knee into the corner. Flair stepped in for what he thought would be the winning Figure Four leglock, but Sting surprised him with a rollup and took the pin, and and the title!! It was the greatest night of Stings career, but he paused on his way back to the dressing room, and the celebrations that would follow to talk to Gordon Solie and acknowledge Flair as "the greatest World Champion of all time."

For his part, Flair was already plotting Stings eventual downfall.

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