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Sting

Sting

Real Name: Steve Borden
Date of Birth: March 20, 1959
Billed Height: 6’2”
Billed Weight: 250 pounds

Accomplishments

Major Titles Held

1 Time NWA World Heavyweight Champion
6 Time WCW World Heavyweight Champion
1 Time WCW International Heavyweight Champion
2 Time WCW United States Champion
1 Time NWA World TV Champion
3 Time WCW World Tag Team Champion, once with Lex Luger, once with The Giant, and once with Kevin Nash
WWE Hall of Fame Class of 2018
Headlined 27 NWA/WCW PPV Main Events
Headlined 1 WWE PPV Main Event
Headlined 11 Clash of the Champions

Training

Steve got trained by Rick Bassman in California. He was a member of a four man team known as “Power Team USA” which included The Ultimate Warrior.

Memphis

Sting and Warrior left California to start wrestling in Memphis in 1985. They painted their faces and became known as “The Freedom Fighters.” Both were extremely green at the time, so owner Jerry Jarrett sent them to Bill Watts' UWF territory in 1986.

UWF

The Freedom Fighters debuted under the name The Blade Runners upon arriving in UWF. Sting went by the name Blade, and Warrior by the name of Rock. The team joined the heel faction of Hotstuff & Hyatt International led by Eddie Gilbert & Missy Hyatt. Watts saw potential in Sting, but nothing in Warrior. Watts released Warrior who went to World Class Wrestling as The Dingo Warrior. Sting went on to win the UWF Tag Team titles with Eddie Gilbert in 1986. Rick Steiner would soon join the group, and Sting and Steiner would go on to win the UWF tag team titles. Sting would eventually turn babyface and leave Hyatt & Hotstuff. Jim Crockett Promotions (NWA) bought the UWF from Bill Watts in 1987. Sting moved to the NWA with the purchase.

1987: Sting in NWA/WCW

While some of the talent from UWF found their way to WWE, there were a number of them that went to the NWA, one of which was Sting. Most of the UWF stars were not pushed when they got to the NWA. It looked like Sting was going to be one of the stars lost in the shuffle. He was put in a random six-man tag team match at Starrcade ‘87 and the fans seemed to get behind him.

1988: Sting vs. Ric Flair at Clash of the Champions

Sting was named the number one contender to the NWA World champion Ric Flair. An angle was shot where Sting crashed Ric Flair’s party on TV. This is the moment where Sting gave Flair the Stinger Splash and the crowd erupted. In that segment, a star was born. They booked the title match to take place at the very first Clash of Champions. They went to a 45-minute draw in what was a classic match where we saw Flair make Sting a major star in one night. It was this match that enabled Sting to be a main event player for the next three decades. Sting has thanked Ric Flair for this match and the career he’s had because of it on many occasions. They would team together and fight each other hundreds of times at house shows and PPVs.

1989: Sting vs. Great Muta, Sting joins The Four Horsemen

Sting entered into a feud against the great Muta over the NWA TV Title in late spring and into the summer. At the Great American Bash, Flair, who had turned babyface by this time, defeated Terry Funk. After the match, Funk and Muta beat down Flair. Sting came to Flair’s rescue and had a hellacious brawl. Flair and Sting would defeat Funk and Muta at Halloween Havoc. Sting joined the Horseman, as babyfaces, along with Arn Anderson, who had returned from his WWF run, and Ole Anderson. Sting won the round robin tournament at Starrcade when he pinned Flair in the final match. The Horseman hinted at a heel turn on Sting, but then raised his hand in victory.

1990: Sting kicked out of the Horsemen, Black Scorpion angle

Sting was scheduled to wrestle Ric Flair for the NWA Title at WrestleWar in February. Two weeks earlier, at Clash of Champions X, The Horsemen threatened Sting to give up his title shot against Flair. Sting refused, and the Horseman attacked Sting, with Flair, Ole & Arn Anderson all turning back heel. Later on the show, Sting climbed the cage to attack Flair, Ole & Arn in their match against The Dragonmaster, Buzz Sawyer, & The Great Muta, and in the process, injured his knee and would be out for five months, thus missing his title match at WrestleWar. The promotion turned Lex Luger baby face to face Flair at that event. Sting would get his match with Flair at The Great American Bash and defeat Flair for the NWA Championship. In the fall, the Black Scorpion appeared wearing a mask and a robe, claiming to know Sting. For the next few months, many wrestlers, dressed as Black Scorpion, would continue to play mind games with Sting standing ringside during his matches. Black Scorpion and Sting would meet at Starrcade ‘90 in a Steel Cage, and if Sting won, Scorpion would have to unmask. Sting won the match. Scorpion unmasked revealing Ric Flair.

1991: Sting loses World Title, wins United States Title

Ric Flair regained the NWA Title from Sting in January. At this point, the company would now be known as World Championship Wrestling (WCW). Sting defeated Steve Austin in the tournament final for the vacant U.S. Title. He lost the title to Rick Rude at Clash of Champions XVII.

1992: Sting wins WCW World Title

Sting defeated Lex Luger to win the WCW Title at SuperBrawl II. Behind the scenes, Luger was leaving the company for the WBF/WWF. He lost the title to Big Van Vader at The Great American Bash.

1993: Sting wins and loses WCW World TItle to Vader

Sting won the WCW Title from Vader in March at a house show in England, but dropped it back to Vader a week later.

1994: Sting teams with Hulk Hogan

Hulk Hogan arrived on the scene and this made Sting the number 2 face behind him. Sting and Hogan would battle various members of Kevin Sullivan’s Faces of Fear. As more members were added, they became known as the Dungeon of Doom.

1995: Sting continues feud with Dungeon of Doom

Sting defeated Meng in the tournament final to win the vacant U.S Title. He lost it to Kensuke Sasaki in Japan. Sting continued to feud with the Dungeon of Doom.

1996: Sting morphs into Crow character as NWO begins takeover of WCW

Sting had been teaming with his friend Lex Luger, who happened to be a heel. This created great TV as baby faces such as Randy Savage would be questioning Sting’s loyalty. Sting and Luger defeated Harlem Heat to win the WCW Tag Team Titles in January. Heat regained the titles in June. Kevin Nash & Scott Hall made their way into WCW after their contracts expired with WWF. They threatened to take over WCW. A match was made between Randy Savage, Sting, and Lex Luger against Nash, Hall, and a mystery opponent, who turned out to be Hulk Hogan. Hogan turned heel and formed the NWO. A fake Sting would show up to attack various members of the WCW roster. The WCW stars began questioning if it was Sting. Frustrated with WCW questioning his loyalty after many years as a baby face, Sting appeared dressed similar to the Crow character from the Crow movie.

1997: Sting vs. Hollywood Hogan at Starrcade

Sting would spend 1997 showing up in the rafters of WCW events looking down from what was taking place in the ring. Sometimes he would come into the ring with a bat and point it at a WCW wrestler, and other times, an NWO wrestler. The viewer sensed he was still against NWO as they offered him the chance to join them, but at the same time, was upset for WCW not trusting in him. It finally culminated with Sting winning the WCW Title at Starrcade ‘97. It was the most anticipated match in company history. Sting defeated Hogan to win the WCW Title. It was the most successful buy rate in company history.

1998: Sting joins NWO Wolfpac

Sting was stripped of the WCW Title in January due to the “controversial ending” at Starrcade ‘97. He defeated Hulk Hogan for the vacant title at SuperBrawl. The NWO split up, with Hogan forming NWO Hollywood and Kevin Nash forming NWO Wolfpac. Sting joined the NWO Wolfpac. Bret Hart took out Sting with a baseball bat at Halloween Havoc to keep Sting out the rest of the year.

1999: Sting turns heel and babyface

Sting returned to action in March. He defeated Diamond Dallas Page to win the WCW Title on Nitro on April 26th. Later on that same show, Page regained the title in a four-way match that involved himself, Sting, Goldberg, and Kevin Nash, when DDP pinned Nash. Sting defeated Ric Flair in July to become President of WCW. By this point, Hulk Hogan had turned back into a baby face. Sting faced Hogan at Fall Brawl. Sting turned heel in the match and beat Hogan for the title. Sting was stripped of the title a month later for striking an official. The fans did not want to boo Sting over the next few months, so Sting was turned back to a baby face.

2000: Sting's final feuds in WCW

Sting had feuds with Jeff Jarrett and Scott Steiner while the company was going downhill. Steiner attacked Sting in November, which kept Sting off the shows until the final episode.

2001: Sting vs. Ric Flair on the final WCW Monday Nitro

WWF purchased WCW in 2001. The final episode of Nitro aired on March 26, 2001. Sting defeated Flair on that show, and after the match, they hugged. Sting’s big money contract did not expire until March of 2002, so he continued to get paid from Time Warner.

2002: Sting in WWA

Sting made a few appearances for WWA in Europe

2003 and 2004: Early TNA appearances

Sting made some appearances for TNA starting in June, mostly fighting Jeff Jarrett

2006: Sting signs with TNA

Sting officially signed with TNA. He showed up in January on Spike TV. Sting won a Fatal 4-Way match at Victory Road to earn a TNA Title shot at Jeff Jarrett at Hard Justice. Sting lost to Jarrett at that event when Christian Cage turned heel. Sting put his career on the line in a rematch against Jarrett at Bound for Glory. It was at this event where Sting won the NWA Title from Jarrett. He lost it to Abyss at Genesis.

2007: Sting feuds with Abyss and wins World Title from Kurt Angle

In May, TNA stopped calling their titles NWA titles, and switched to TNA Titles. Sting had a bloody feud with Abyss for many months after Abyss turned on him. Sting won the TNA Title from Kurt Angle at Bound for Glory. He lost the title back to Angle two days later. Sting took the rest of the year off.

2008: Sting wins another TNA World Title, Main Event Mafia forms

Sting returned at Lethal Lockdown in March. At Bound for Glory, Sting won the TNA Title. It was here that The Main Event Mafia was formed with Sting, Kurt Angle, Booker T, Kevin Nash, and Scott Steiner. Sting lost the title to Mick Foley at Six Sides of Steel. At Sacrifice, Sting defeated Kurt Angle to become The Godfather of the Main Event Mafia. At the end of June, The Main Event Mafia turned on Sting and announced Kurt Angle as The Godfather once again.

2009: Sting vs. Main Event Mafia

Sting feuded for most of the year with members of The Main Event Mafia. He was unsuccessful in several attempts at regaining the TNA Title.

2010: Sting turns heel on Hulk Hogan

Hulk Hogan came to TNA in January. Sting returned in March and turned heel by attacking Hogan. In June, Sting once again became a baby face teaming with Kevin Nash.

2011: Sting beats Jeff Hardy for TNA World Title, Joker Sting debuts

On the March 3rd edition of Impact, Sting defeated Jeff Hardy to win the TNA Title. Mr. Anderson defeated Sting for the TNA Title at Slammiversary. In July, Sting debuted a new gimmick for himself similar to The Joker, and was now billed as The Insane Icon.

2012: Sting inducted into TNA Hall Of Fame

Sting was inducted into the TNA Hall of Fame. He feuded with Aces and Eights throughout the year.

2013: Sting feuds with Bully Ray

Sting’s number one feud was with Bully Ray in which he came up short in trying to win the TNA Title from him.

2014: Sting debuts in WWE

Sting made an appearance at Survivor Series. He attacked Triple H and cost Team Authority a win.

2015: Sting feuds with The Authority, neck injury

Sting continued to feud with The Authority, led by Triple H. Triple H defeated Sting at WrestleMania 31, but they shook each other’s hands afterwards. In Augusty Sting challenged Seth Rollins for the WWE World Heavyweight Championship but came up short. Sting suffered a neck injury in the match on a turnbuckle powerbomb.

2016: Sting inducted into WWE Hall Of Fame

Sting was inducted into the WWE Hall of Fame

2020:Sting signs with AEW

Sting debuts on Winter Is Coming episode of AEW Dynamite in December of 2020.

2021: Sting teams with Darby Allin

After debuting at the Winter Is Coming episode of AEW Dynamite on 12/2/20, Sting aligned himself with Darby Allin, teaming with him in several matches.

2022: Sting and Darby Allin continue to team up

Sting continues to team with and be the corner man for Darby Allin. By this point, Sting is getting big TV and pay-per-view moments by doing big stunts during matches.

NWA/WCW Title defenses

Ric Flair, Black Scorpion, Stan Hansen, Sid Vicious, Buddy Landel, Big Cat, Paul Orndorff, Vader, Randy Savage, Scott Hall, Hulk Hogan, Kevin Nash, Chris Benoit, Bret Hart.

PPV Main Events

1998:

Headlined 3 Clash of the Champions

1989:

WCW Halloween Havoc: Ric Flair & Sting defeated Terry Funk & The Great Muta in a Thunderdome match

WCW Starrcade ‘89: Sting defeated Ric Flair

Headlined 1 Clash of the Champions

1990:

WCW Great American Bash: NWA World Heavyweight Championship: Sting defeated Ric Flair to win the title

WCW Halloween Havoc: NWA World Heavyweight Championship: Sting ( c ) defeated Sid Vicious

WCW Starrcade ‘90: NWA World Heavyweight Championship: Sting ( c ) defeated Black Scorpion in a Steel Cage match

Headlined 1 Clash of the Champions

1991:

WCW WrestleWar ‘91: Ric Flair, Barry Windham, Sid Vicious, and Larry Zbyszko defeated Sting, Brian Pillman, Rick Steiner and Scott Steiner in a WarGames match

1992:

WCW SuperBrawl II: WCW World Heavyweight Championship: Sting defeated Lex Luger ( c ) to win the title

WCW WrestleWar ‘92: Sting, Barry Windham, Dustin Rhodes, Ricky Steamboat, and Nikita Koloff defeated Steve Austin, Rick Rude, Arn Anderson, Bobby Eaton, and Larry Zbyszko in a WarGames match

WCW Halloween Havoc: Sting defeated Jake Roberts in a Coal Miner’s Glove match

Headlined 2 Clash of the Champions

1993:

WCW SuperBrawl III: Big Van Vader defeated Sting in a White Castle of Fear Strap match

WCW Beach Blast: Sting and Davey Boy Smith defeated Big Van Vader and Sid Vicious

WCW Fall Brawl ‘93: Sting, Davey Boy Smith, Dustin Rhodes, and The Shockmaster defeated Sid Vicious, Vader, and Harlem Heat in a WarGames match

Headlined 1 Clash of the Champions

1994:

WCW Slamboree: Sting defeated Vader to win the WCW International World Heavyweight Championship

Headlined 3 Clash of the Champions

1995:

WCW Fall Brawl ‘95: Hulk Hogan, Randy Savage, Lex Luger, and Sting defeated Kamala, The Zodiac, The Shark, and Meng in a WarGames match

1996:

WCW Slamboree: WCW World Heavyweight Championship: The Giant ( c ) defeated Sting

WCW Bash at the Beach: Kevin Nash, Scott Hall and Hulk Hogan fought to a no contest against Randy Savage, Sting, and Lex Luger

WCW Fall Brawl: Hollywood Hogan, Scott Hall, Kevin Nash, and NWO Sting defeated Lex Luger, Ric Flair, Arn Anderson, and Sting in a WarGames match

1997:

WCW Starrcade ‘97: WCW World Heavyweight Championship match: Sting defeated Hollywood Hogan ( c ) to win the title

1998:

WCW SuperBrawl VIII: Sting defeated Hulk Hogan to win the vacant WCW World Heavyweight Championship

WCW Spring Stampede: WCW World Heavyweight Championship: Randy Savage defeated Sting ( c ) in a No DQ match to win the title

WCW Slamboree: WCW World Tag Team Championship: Sting and The Giant defeated Scott Hall and Kevin Nash ( c ) to win the titles

WCW Great American Bash: Single match for the WCW World Tag Team Championship: Sting defeated The Giant

WCW Fall Brawl ‘98: 3-Team WarGames match: Diamond Dallas Page, Roddy Piper and The Warrior defeated Hollywood Hogan, Bret Hart, Stevie Ray, and Kevin Nash, Sting, and Lex Luger

1999:

WCW Spring Stampede: Four Corners match for the WCW World Heavyweight Championship: Diamond Dallas Page defeated Ric Flair ( c ), Hollywood Hogan, and Sting to win the title

WCW Bash at the Beach: WCW World Heavyweight Championship: Randy Savage and Sid Vicious defeated Kevin Nash ( c ) and Sting

WCW Fall Brawl: WCW World Heavyweight Championship: Sting defeated Hulk Hogan ( c ) to win the title

WCW Halloween Havoc: WCW World Heavyweight Championship: Goldberg defeated Sting ( c ) to win the title

2015:

WWE Night of Champions: WWE World Heavyweight Championship: Seth Rollins ( c ) defeated Sting

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