Sting become the new TNA World Heavyweight Champion at last night’s iMPACT! taping in Fayetteville, North Carolina, defeating Jeff Hardy. He is now the fifth oldest man to ever capture a world championship.
The oldest would be Verne Gagne at 54, followed by Vince McMahon (54), Terry Funk (53) and Nick Bockwinkel (52). Sting is now 51 years old, the same age Ric Flair was when he won he last won a world championship. Sting, however, is a few months older than Flair was at the time of his last world title win.
Other world champions to have been surpassed by Sting include Hulk Hogan (48) and Lou Thesz (46).