Famous Wrestlers: Sting
Steve Borden, also known as Sting is one of the most popular wrestlers in the business, and is also a successful author. Borden was born in Omaha, Nebraska, in 1959, he has wrestled professionally since 1985, and is considered the greatest wrestler in WCW history.
Sting began his career in the Continental Wrestling Association in 1985, and wrestled under the name Flash. He started out as a tag team wrestler, and was teamed up with Jim “Justice” Hellwig, to form Power Team USA. The CWA fans didn’t warm up to the team, so they decided to turn heel, and changed the name of their tag team to the Blade Runners, this was also when he changed his name from Flash, to Sting, while Hellwig became Rock.
The Blade Runners did not have a lot of success in the CWA, so they left the company to join the Universal Wrestling Federation. At the UWF, the Blade Runners disbanded, because Hellwig left the company for the WWF, where he went on to become the Ultimate Warrior, but Sting went on to win the UWF Tag Team Championship with “Hot Stuff” Eddie Gilbert, twice, and once more with Rick Steiner, before the company was purchased by the National Wrestling Alliance, which eventually became World Championship Wrestling.
In the NWA, Sting’s popularity started rising when he challenged NWA Champion Ric Flair for his championship belt, in a match that ended in a draw, after the time limit expired. After that, Sting was involved in fights against the members of Flair’s group, the popular Four Horsemen, the feud eventually led to a tag team title shot with Sting and Koloff, which they lost to Tully Blanchard and Arn Anderson.
Even though he lost his championship fights, Sting kept getting opportunities to fight for championships in the NWA, and finally won his first title, the NWA Television Championship in 1989, when he defeated Mike Rotunda for his championship belt. In the years following his first championship win, Sting solidified himself as one of the biggest draws in the NWA, at one point, he teamed up with his old rival, Rick Flair, and became a member of the Four Horsemen, but was kicked out after he became the number one contender for Flair’s Heavyweight Championship Belt. Sting eventually became the NWA Heavyweight Champion, by defeating Flair, and had many memorable title defenses against the likes of Flair and Sid Vicious.
By the mid 1990s, World Championship Wrestling had seceded from the NWA, and Sting had become the face of the company. WCW had started to become as big as the Vince McMahon owned WWE, and had started signing some of their biggest stars, like Hulk Hogan, Lex Luger, Randy Savage, Kevin Nash, and Scott Hall. The arrival of the new stars brought the company higher ratings, and also brought about Sting’s biggest rivals at the time, the New World Order, which was run by Hulk Hogan, Kevin Nash, and Scott Hall.
Sting managed to get the WCW stars to align against the nWo, but the alliance quickly fell apart when Lex Luger was fooled into thinking Sting had attacked him. The incident led to Sting leaving the WCW stars during a four on four match against the nWo, and leaving the company for a short while.
Sting would return later that year with a new look, wearing a trench coat and wielding a baseball bat and face paint that was inspired by the movie “The Crow.” By the time he returned, the nWo was basically running the WCW, and were trying to get Sting, who was a “Free agent,” to become a member.
Sting showed where his allegiance lied, by attacking the members of nWo, and calling out Hulk Hogan for his Championship belt, which solidified his legacy as the most loyal WCW wrestler. He would eventually get his wish, and defeat Hogan for the WCW Heavyweight Championship at Starrcade, in December 1997.
In 2001, the WWE purchased WCW, as a way to end the recent competition between the two companies, and make the WWE the biggest wrestling brand in the world. Most of the biggest names on the WCW roster, including Sting were offered contracts with the WWE, and a lot of the wrestlers accepted the offers. Sting rejected the offer at the time, because he didn’t trust that Vince McMahon would use him the way he was accustomed to in the WCW, which further cemented his status as the greatest WCW superstar.
Sting wrestled for the World Wrestling All Stars in Europe from 2002-2003, before returning to the United States with Total Nonstop Action Wrestling from 2003-2014. In November 2014, Sting made his first appearance in a WWE ring in the main event of Survivor Series, and attacked Triple H, using his signature Scorpion Death Drop, costing his team the match.
He also appeared in a WWE production, after the death of his former partner, the Ultimate Warrior, and made an appearance at the 2014 San Diego Comic-Con, to help promote the new WWE Sting action figures.
With the appearance at Survivor series, wrestling fans are eagerly waiting to see Sting become a regular on WWE programming, because he is one of the greatest wrestlers to ever step into a ring.
Steve Borden is a born again Christian, with three children, and resides in Dallas, Texas.