Legendary professional wrestler Sting is “100 percent confirmed” to make a much-anticipated appearance at a pay-per-view event Sunday, according to a 1992 recording on the WCW Hotline.
Wrestling commentator Tony Shiavone confirmed on the hotline (1-900-909-9900) that the “rampant rumors are true,” and that the Stinger will defend his WCW World Heavyweight Championship against Lex Luger at SuperBrawl II.
Fans who called the hotline — at a fee of $2.99 for the first minute and $1.99 for each additional minute — were universally overjoyed to get official confirmation of Sting’s appearance via the fast, high-tech medium of a recorded phone message.
Rumors of Sting’s appearance at the pay-per-view had previously been printed in Dave Meltzer’s Wrestler Observer Newsletter, which provides the most up-to-date wrestling news and gossip on a biweekly basis.
The confirmation of Sting’s impending pay-per-view title defence caused a stir among the tape-trading community, since fans who have a cable de-scrambler box will record the event on VHS cassettes to mail among their friends.
The WCW Hotline also told fans to keep an eye on an up-and-coming rookie named “Stunning” Steve Austin, but the Wrestling Observer Newsletter insists he’ll never amount to anything.