ASK WV (10/13/03): Fake Sting, Attendance Records, RAW ratings, & More

Reported by Paul Nemer of
» On Monday, October 13, 2003 at 4:44 PM EST

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The following questions were answered by Paul Nemer.

Who Played The Fake Sting?

His real name is Jeff Farmer. He debuted in the IWF in Florida. In 1993, he came to WCW for a very short stay. He came back to WCW in 1996 and played "The Cobra" character, where he feuded with Sgt. Craig "Pittbull" Pittman. Later in 1996, he played the fake Sting character.

I know that WrestleMania 3 holds the record for the biggest attendance of a wrestling event. What wrestling event held the attendace record before WM 3?

I will answer this question in a lot of ways and add some follow-up questions and answers to it.

As far as the Largest wrestling crowd attendance in the world, it would have to be in North Korea in the Pyongyang Stadium, which filled approximately 190,000 people in 1995.

As far as the largest WWF crowd attendance in the world, it would have to be SummerSlam 1992 in England at Wembley Stadium, which was a legitimate 80,355. WrestleMania III is said to be 93,000, but it's believed to be in the range of 78,000.

Now, in your question, you ask about the biggest attendance before WrestleMania III. The WWF held a show in Toronto, canada in 1986 which drew 74,080 fans in the Exhibition Stadium.

Has the WWE/F World title ever changed hands in any other country apart from the U.S. and Canada?

Yes and no. Antonio Inoki defeated Bob Backlund for the WWF title on November 30, 1979 in Japan, but the title change wasn't acknowledged in the U.S. On December 6, 1979, Backlund defeated Inoki in a rematch for the title in Tokyo, Japan, but the match was ruled to be a no contest due to outside interference and the belt was given back to Antonio Inoki, but Inoki didn't accept the title. Other than that, no there wasn't any other WWF World title change outside of the U.S. or Canada.

Why did the WWE really split its roster?

I'll make it short and sweet. They had purchased WCW, they had ECW wrestlers in the mix too... Too many wrestlers to fit in a two-hour show in one night. Therefore, they split the roster.

Now, this I am very curious about. Now I know that Raw rating as of late are in around 3.0-4.0 Now what I am curious about and I'm sure many people are is...back in 1997-2000 what were the ratings for Raw..I know its a big range...but I'm hoping that someone can give me a rough estimate.

One of our affiliate sites, Wrestling Information Archives has all the RAW ratings from 1995 to 2003. Go to to view them.

What's the highest rated segment of RAW?

The highest rated segment on RAW was in 1999. It was the “Rock, This is Your Life” segment involving Mick Foley and the Rock. That segment drew an 8.4 rating.

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