Sunday, February 05, 2006

WCW Sting wrestler

WCW Sting Wrestler also known as Steve Borden (born March 20, 1959 in Omaha, Nebraska), is an American professional wrestler who has wrestled with several promotions including the National Wrestling Alliance, World Championship Wrestling, and Total Nonstop Action Wrestling since the early 1980s. The longest (and most famous) of these three runs was with WCW, where he held the WCW World Heavyweight Championship six times.





Sting wrestler Early career

Sting started out as a part of a tag team with the wrestler later known as The Ultimate Warrior. Sting and the Warrior were called The Blade Runners (a probable reference to the movie of the same name) in the Universal Wrestling Federation. Warrior soon left the UWF, leaving Sting to turn face and win the tag titles with Rick Steiner.

Sting was one of the wrestlers who joined World Championship Wrestling when it purchased the UWF in late 1987. Sting's legendary feud with Ric Flair began when he and Flair fought to a 45-minute time limit draw at the inaugural Clash of the Champions in 1988. However, when Sting later began a feud with Keiji Mutoh, Flair and Sting became friends and they stood together against Mutoh's stables. When Flair formed the Four Horsemen, Sting joined it, but was kicked out during Clash of the Champions X after he demanded a title shot from Flair, thus restarting their rivalry. That same night, Sting injured his knee in a cage match while making a run-in on the other Horsemen. This created booking problems for WCW, as Sting was slated to take Flair's title at the next Pay Per View, WrestleWar. Instead, Lex Luger took Sting's place for several epic matches with Flair, meant to keep the title on Flair using any means necessary (despite heavy backstage politicking to drop the title to Luger) while buying time for Sting's recuperation.

On his return, Sting focused on taking out the Four Horsemen and at The Great American Bash, he finally defeated Flair for the NWA Heavyweight Title. He went on to feud with Lex Luger, though later they would become good friends and a successful tag team.


WCW Sting - World Championship Wrestling (1988-2001)

Sting lost the NWA World Heavyweight championship back to Flair on January 11, 1991; shortly afterward, WCW officially seceded from the NWA and began promoting its own WCW World Heavyweight championship and WCW World Tag Team championship. However, NWA titles would continue to be competed for in WCW, even though the NWA would officially die in 1993 and the titles would become meaningless.

Sting was one of the few high profile wrestlers in WCW who did not work for the WWF at any point throughout the 1990s, and who remained with WCW in the late 1990s when dozens of other wrestlers "jumped ship" to the WWF. It is for this reason, as well as WCW's wanting Sting to be their standard bearer for the 90's, that Sting is referred to as "the franchise" of WCW.


World Wrestling All-Stars (2002-2003)

Sting returned to professional wrestling in late-2002, touring Europe with the World Wrestling All-Stars throughout November and December. His first match with the WWA was on November 28, 2002 in Dublin, Ireland, and saw Sting team with Lex Luger to defeated Buff Bagwell and Malice. On December 6, 2002 in Glasgow, Scotland, Luger defeated Sting in a match for the vacant WWA World Heavyweight Championship following interference from Jeff Jarrett. On December 13, 2002 in Z├╝rich, Switzerland, Sting defeated Luger to become the WWA World Heavyweight Champion.

Sting toured Australasia with the WWA in May 2003. On May 21, 2003 he successfully defended the WWA World Heavyweight Championship against Rick Steiner and Shane Douglas in Sydney, Australia, and on May 23, 2003 in Melbourne, Australia he retained the title in a match with Disco Inferno, despite interference from Chris Sabin and Konnan. On the last ever WWA show, on May 25, 2003 in Auckland, New Zealand, Sting lost the WWA World Heavyweight Championship to NWA World Heavyweight Champion Jeff Jarrett in a championship unification bout following interference on Jarrett's behalf by Rick Steiner. This last show aired on pay-per-view in the United States on June 8, 2003.

Total Nonstop Action Wrestling (2003, 2005-present)

In 2003, Sting signed a contract committing him to four appearances with the Nashville, Tennessee-based Total Nonstop Action Wrestling promotion. He debuted in TNA on the June 18, 2003 one year anniversary show, teaming with Jeff Jarrett to defeat A.J. Styles and the returning Syxx Pac. Throughout July 2003, Sting engaged in a comprehensive series of sitdown interviews, discussing his career and his faith.


On the January 28, 2006 episode of TNA iMPACT!, Sting made his Spike TV debut, coming to the ring at the end of the show to make a "major announcement". After briefly recounting his professional wrestling career, Sting noted that he had never had a chance to properly say goodbye to his fans. He then announced that Final Resolution 2006 had been "his goodbye", before thanking the TNA management and the fans. Sting then dropped his bat, with a spotlight appearing over it, and left the ring, shaking hands with various TNA wrestlers on his way up the ramp. The last wrestler to shake hands with Sting was Christian Cage, who urged Sting not to leave. Sting responded by telling Cage that he loved him "like a brother" and then left the arena.

Finishing and signature moves

* Scorpion Death Lock (Sharpshooter)


Outside of wrestling

Borden is married to Sue, with whom he has two sons, Garrett and Steven, and a daughter, Gracie. He has been a born-again Christian since August 1998, and is a church deacon. He occasionally appears at religious wrestling shows hosted by fellow born-again Christians Ted DiBiase and Nikita Koloff.

Sting appeared in the 1998 film The Real Reason (Men Commit Crimes), the 2000 film Shutterspeed and the 2000 film Ready To Rumble. He has also made guest appearances in several television series, including Thunder in Paradise, Walker, Texas Ranger, The Nightmare Room and MADtv. In 2004, a biographical film entitled Sting: Moment of Truth about Sting's life was released direct-to-video. The film featured numerous wrestling personalities, with Sting depicting himself as an adult and Donnie Fallgatter depicting Sting as a child.

Borden owns the trademark on the name "Sting".




Finishing and signature moves
* Scorpion Death Lock (Sharpshooter)
* Scorpion Death Drop (Inverted DDT)
* Stinger splash



Outside of wrestling

Borden is married to Sue, with whom he has two sons, Garrett and Steven, and a daughter, Gracie. He has been a born-again Christian since August 1998, and is a church deacon. He occasionally appears at religious wrestling shows hosted by fellow born-again Christians Ted DiBiase and Nikita Koloff.

Sting appeared in the 1998 film The Real Reason (Men Commit Crimes), the 2000 film Shutterspeed and the 2000 film Ready To Rumble. He has also made guest appearances in several television series, including Thunder in Paradise, Walker, Texas Ranger, The Nightmare Room and MADtv. In 2004, a biographical film entitled Sting: Moment of Truth about Sting's life was released direct-to-video. The film featured numerous wrestling personalities, with Sting depicting himself as an adult and Donnie Fallgatter depicting Sting as a child.

Borden owns the trademark on the name "Sting".



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