Pro wrestling may be more open than ever in 2013 but steroids are still a taboo subject which is why it is so rare to hear one of wrestling’s biggest stars talk about it. TNA star Sting did and has an interesting take on why some of his peers are more injured today than others.
Of course with M & F there will always be more of an interest in training and conditioning in these kinds of interviews which is something I really enjoy reading. They talked to Sting about training in his prime and the conversation drifted a bit into steroids.
“There were guys who weighed a lot less than I did who could easily do that. But I didn’t really train for power or strength. I trained for size. That’s all I was training for. My knees are arthritic now. I don’t have a whole lot of flexibility left. Thankfully, I got smart somehow or another in 1990 and stopped taking steroids – totally stopped. A lot of the guys I ran with all those years continued to take steroids year after year – those guys are having their knees and their hips replaced. I’m not saying everybody who gets their knees and their hips replaced took steroids. I just noticed that the guys who did that were too big, too bulky, too heavy, and the body couldn’t handle it and it took its toll. So that was my one saving grace, but I would train differently now. I’m actually doing pretty good for a guy my age – I just turned 54 – and I’m still hanging in there. I can move a little bit in the ring. I can’t do half of what I used to be able to do, but I get around.”
It’s funny because there were always rumors about Sting in the late 1980s early 90s regarding steroids. I mean let’s be real for a second. The man broke into the business with The Ultimate Warrior so there were always those suspicions. I guess you’ll never really know but the fact he is still going and looks pretty good at times for a man who has been in the business as long as he has tells me he took pretty good care of himself.
Sting also talked about retirement and how much longer he wants to wrestle. What’s interesting about his response is when he touched on booking. You’d think a guy that has been around as long as he has would have some interest in working with creative. Think again.
Check out the entire interview where Sting talks more about retirement, his favorite feuds, and Lex Luger’s “freakish strength”.