Everyone loves a good surprise, especially in wrestling. Very few things top that rush of excitement at the reveal of a shocking appearance. AEW proved as much when Sting turned up to make it snow. Sting also rocked the world when appearing for Impact Wresting. The Icon took the top spot in Impact’s countdown of the most shocking surprise appearances.
5. Rob Van Dam stuns Sting - TNA Impact! (Mar. 8, 2010)
4. Tito Ortiz - Impact Wrestling (Aug. 1, 2013)
3. Motor City Machine Guns return - Slammiversary (July 18, 2020)
2. Matt Hardy & Private Party invade - Impact Wrestling (Jan. 19, 2021)
1. Sting! - TNA Impact! (Mar. 3, 2011)
Is there anybody better than Stinger at the surprise appearance? Sting honed that craft weekly in WCW by attacking the NWO. Sting blew the roof off the building when confronting HHH at the Survivor Series in 2014.
Sting showing up in AEW was equally shocking and thrilling.
Do you agree with Impact’s list for most shocking surprise appearances? What is your favorite Sting surprise?