Quick Daily Review #29: Sting – Return of an Icon [DVD]
Sting: Return of an Icon
TNA Wrestling Productions
Distributed by Navarre
Released on October 10, 2006
Runtime of 240 minutes
This DVD release contains two parts, the first and longest being a complete collection of Sting’s return to TNA wrestling beginning in late 2005. His pay-per-view and Impact matches are shown in order, with most of them being the entire match. It should be noted that the Lethal Lockdown match picked up shortly before Sting entered the match, and he was the last person to enter the War Games style match. The second part, while good, is a little too short in my opinion, considering it could’ve and should’ve been the focus of the DVD. Sting talks about his career, the wrestling business, his life, and we also get comments from some of Sting’s peers.
Sting & Christian Cage versus Jeff Jarrett & Monty Brown
This was Sting’s return to wrestling following a three year hiatus at the Final Resolution ppv, and he showed that he could still go, albeit not as he did in the late ‘80s and early ‘90s. At one point in the match, the fans chanted “You’ve Still Got It”, which was well deserved. Overall, it was a pretty good tag match that wasn’t anything overly special or above average. (***)
Lockdown: Sting’s Army versus Jeff Jarrett’s Army
It’s a shame this match picked up right before Sting made his entrance into the match, as it would’ve been a great match to have in it’s entirety on the DVD, though I can see why they didn’t. This was a War Games style cage match that saw Sting’s Army (Sting, AJ Styles, Ron Killings and Rhino) vs. Jeff Jarrett’s Army (Jarrett, Steiner, and America’s Most Wanted) battle in a cage with weapons hanging from a roof that was lowered shortly after Sting entered the match. The match was highlighted by AJ Styles delivering a splash from the rafters onto James Storm through a table on top of the cage. A great brawling match. (****)
Sting & Samoa Joe versus Jeff Jarrett & Scott Steiner
From the Sacrifice event, yet another tag team main event involving Sting and Jarrett. This one was actually better that the Final Resolution match, though not by a hell of lot. Sting and Joe worked well together, and Steiner worked much better than I would have thought possible at that stage in his career. Of course Sting and Joe got the win and shook hands, but after the match Jarrett and Steiner beat down Sting while Joe looked on from the ramp before walking off and allowing the beating to continue. (*** ½)
Sting & Christian Cage versus Jeff Jarrett & Scott Steiner
This match was straight from TNA Impact and was an average “TV” match at best. Take it for what it’s worth, but I just had a hard time getting into this match, possibly because it was a Impact match and few of them strike me as being anything good. This match was no different, just the same old stuff we’d seen countless times before only shorter than those times. It certainly isn’t a selling point to the DVD, like they may have some believing by listing it on the back of the case. (**)
Sting vs. Christian Cage vs. Samoa Joe vs. Scott Steiner
This was the main-event of Victory Road and featured the stipulation that the winner would wrestle Jeff Jarrett at Bound For Glory for the NWA World Heavyweight Championship. Sting was taking out of the match fairly early when Jeff Jarrett, dressed as a cameraman, sprayed gasoline in Sting’s eyes, which then set up the predictable ending… Sting coming back out close to the end of the match and getting the win. Still though, I can’t knock the match as it was pretty damn good, falling just short of four stars. (*** ½)
If you’re a fan of Sting, which I obviously am, then this is certainly worth the $10-$15 it cost now. If you’re not a fan, you’ll most likely pass it up and not really be missing out on much of anything. If you’re looking for a few good Sting TNA matches from 2005 to 2006, as well as a good interview with Steve Borden, then you should definitely add it to your collection.
DVD Highlights (as listed on the back cover):
- Exclusive in-depth interviews with Sting about his career.
- Action-packed Sting music videos.
- A candid look inside the private life of the icon.
- Never-before-seen photos from his early years, exclusive footage with his family and much more.