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Sting: The many faces of WWE's Vigilante

Iconic WCW star Sting became WWE's Vigilante, and announced his retirement on April 2, 2016 while being inducted into the WWE Hall of Fame. Triple H dared Sting to confront him at the inaugural WWE Fastlane pay-per-view in 2015 , and the Stinger was more than happy to accept. Triple H ended up defeating Sting at WrestleMania XXXI, but that didn't stop pro wrestling's "Crow" from continuing to wreak havoc. Here are some of Sting's looks through the years.

Sting: Iconic WCW star becomes WWE's Vigilante

This photo tweeted by the WWE's Zeb Colter
Photo Credit: Twitter user WWE Zeb

This photo tweeted by the WWE's Zeb Colter on his verified account shows future pro wrestling stars The Ultimate Warrior, left, and Sting, right, as part of a tag team eventually known as The Bladerunners when they wrestled together in 1985-86. They were managed by Dutch Mantel, center (who later would become Colter in WWE) in Memphis before heading to Mid-South Championship Wrestling and eventually parting ways to chase singles careers.

1990

Sting in 1990 holding the world heavyweight championship
Photo Credit: WCW

Sting in 1990 holding the world heavyweight championship belt. Sting would hold the WCW title on six different occasions.

1991

Sting in 1991, showing off the signature colorful
Photo Credit: WCW

Sting in 1991, showing off the signature colorful attire he wore to the ring.

1993

Sting in 1993 defeated Big Van Vader to
Photo Credit: WCW

Sting in 1993 defeated Big Van Vader to hold the world title for a second time...

... but he would lose the belt
Photo Credit: WCW

... but he would lose the belt back to Vader just six days later.

1994

Sting in 1994 lost to
Photo Credit: WCW

Sting in 1994 lost to "Nature Boy" Ric Flair at Clash of the Champions XXVII in a unification match joining the WCW world title and the WCW international title.

1995

Sting in 1995, the year he became one
Photo Credit: WCW

Sting in 1995, the year he became one of the flagships for the launch of "WCW Monday Nitro," WCW's attempt to take on WWE's "Monday Night Raw."

1996

Sting in 1996, sporting a look he would
Photo Credit: WCW

Sting in 1996, sporting a look he would soon change.

Sting, left, joins Lex Luger, second from left,
Photo Credit: Getty Images/David Taylor

Sting, left, joins Lex Luger, second from left, and tag team Harlem Heat in hoisting WCW-sponsored driver Steve Grissom for winning the NASCAR Goody's 300 at Daytona International Speedway in 1996.

Sting in 1996 had a choice of joining
Photo Credit: WCW

Sting in 1996 had a choice of joining the NWO or sticking with his WCW roots. He instead became a loner, ascending to the rafters in his now-famous persona merging elements of "The Crow" and "Phantom of the Opera."

1998

Sting in 1998 did join the NWO --
Photo Credit: WCW

Sting in 1998 did join the NWO -- the NWO Wolfpac offshoot that went up again the original New World Order.

2000

Sting shows off his physique in a 2000
Photo Credit: WCW

Sting shows off his physique in a 2000 WCW promotional photo.

The Vigilante Sting is shown here in a
Photo Credit: WCW

The Vigilante Sting is shown here in a 2000 WCW promotional picture.

Sting, left, tries to fight off Mike Sanders
Photo Credit: Allsport/Scott Barbour

Sting, left, tries to fight off Mike Sanders during their bout at the World Championship Wrestling ''Thunder Down Under'' night at the Sydney Entertainment Centre, Sydney, Australia on Oct. 9, 2000.

Sting celebrates after defeating Mike Sanders after their
Photo Credit: Allsport/Scott Barbour

Sting celebrates after defeating Mike Sanders after their bout at the World Championship Wrestling ''Thunder Down Under'' night at the Sydney Entertainment Centre, Sydney, Australia on Oct. 9, 2000. In 2001 WCW was purchased by WWE's Vince McMahon, but Sting eventually found a home in the TNA Wrestling promotion.

2003-14

WCW folded in 2001, leaving Sting at a
Photo Credit: TNA Wrestling

WCW folded in 2001, leaving Sting at a career crossroads. Rather than sign with WWE, he worked for TNA Wrestling at different times between 2003-14. In WCW, he was considered "The Franchise." At TNA he became "The Icon."

2014

WWE 2K15 cover Superstar John Cena, right, meets
Photo Credit: Invision for 2K / Todd Williamson

WWE 2K15 cover Superstar John Cena, right, meets with Sting backstage at the SummerSlam Confidential Panel on at Club Nokia, on Saturday, August 16, 2014 in Los Angeles, after Sting finally joined WWE.

WWE Hall of Famer Hulk Hogan and Sting
Photo Credit: AP

WWE Hall of Famer Hulk Hogan and Sting attend the SummerSlam Confidential Panel on at Club Nokia, on Saturday, August 16, 2014 in Los Angeles.

Sting, right, joins, from left, WWE broadcaster Renee
Photo Credit: AP

Sting, right, joins, from left, WWE broadcaster Renee Young, WWE Hall of Famer Stone Cold Steve Austin, WWE Superstars Roman Reigns, Cesaro, Sheamus, John Cena, and WWE Hall of Famer Hulk Hogan at the WWE 2K15 at the SummerSlam Confidential Panel at Club Nokia on August 16, 2014 in Los Angeles.

SummerSlam Confidential Panel participants pose for a photo
Photo Credit: Invision for 2K / Todd Williamson

SummerSlam Confidential Panel participants pose for a photo after announcing the WWE 2K15 roster. From left: WWE Hall of Famer Stone Cold Steve Austin; WWE Superstars Roman Reigns, Cesaro, Sheamus and John Cena; WWE Hall of Famer Hulk Hogan; iconic competitor Sting; and WWE broadcaster Renee Young at Club Nokia, on Saturday, August 16, 2014 in Los Angeles.

Iconic competitor Sting attends the WWE 2K15 SummerSlam
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Iconic competitor Sting attends the WWE 2K15 SummerSlam Confidential Panel at Club Nokia, on Saturday, August 16, 2014 in Los Angeles.

Iconic competitor Sting attends the WWE 2K15 SummerSlam
Photo Credit: AP

Iconic competitor Sting attends the WWE 2K15 SummerSlam Confidential Panel at Club Nokia, on Saturday, August 16, 2014 in Los Angeles.

2015

Sting acknowledges the crowd before facing Triple H
Photo Credit: AP/Don Feria

Sting acknowledges the crowd before facing Triple H during WrestleMania XXXI at Levi's Stadium in Santa Clara, California on March 29, 2015. The WCW legend finally wrestled his debut match in WWE at 56 years old.

WWE superstar Sting accepts his induction and officially
Photo Credit: AP/ Brandon Wade

WWE superstar Sting accepts his induction and officially announces his retirement at the 2016 WWE Hall of Fame ceremony on Saturday, April 2, 2016 in Dallas.

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