During the latest edition of his “What Happened When” podcast, AEW commentator Tony Schiavone reflected on the infamous finish to Sting vs. Hollywood Hogan at WCW Starrcade 1997, and labeled the incident as “the beginning of the end of WCW.” The former WCW broadcaster said,
“[Starrcade 1997 was] the beginning of the end of WCW. It wasn’t a fast count, Anybody who saw it knew it wasn’t. They made me say it was a fast count and I knew it wasn’t. We just, we just f***** all of ourselves and try to lie our way through it and people saw through it. Sting should’ve won clean or there should’ve been a fast count… and it was just brutal.”
The main event match ended in controversy over the referee’s pinfall count, and the feud continued even after the event. Hogan pinned Sting with a leg drop, however, Bret Hart claimed that the referee had counted the pinfall fast, and restarted the match with himself as the referee. Sting applied the Scorpion Deathlock and won the WCW World Heavyweight Championship.
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