Sting (wrestler)

American professional wrestler

Steve Borden (born March 20, 1959) is an American former professional wrestler, actor, author and bodybuilder. He is better known by his ring name Sting. He most recently wrestled for All Elite Wrestling (AEW), where is a one-time AEW World Tag Team Champion with Darby Allin. He is also known for his time with World Championship Wrestling (WCW), WWE, and Total Nonstop Action Wrestling (TNA).

Sting wrestling at a Pro Wrestling NOAH event on January 22, 2023
Born (1959-03-20) March 20, 1959 (age 65)[1]
Omaha, Nebraska[2]
Professional wrestling career
Ring name(s)Sting[3]
Blade Runner Flash[2]
Blade Runner Sting[2]
Flash Borden
Billed height6 ft 3 in (1.91 m)[3]
Billed weight252 lb (114 kg)[3]
Billed from"Every man's nightmare"
Venice Beach, California
Trained byBill Anderson
Red Bastien[2][4]
Georgio Maradona
Terry Funk
DebutNovember 28, 1985[4]
RetiredMarch 3, 2024

During his time with WCW, he was known as "The Franchise (of WCW)". He is also known as "(The) Stinger", "The Icon", "The Hooligan", "The Man Called (or They Call) Sting", and "The Vigilante". Also, during a time in 2011, he went through a Joker (a character played by the late Heath Ledger in movie The Dark Knight in 2008) phase that was dubbed "The Insane Icon". He held a total of 15 championships in WCW. This includes the WCW World Heavyweight Championship six times, the WCW International World Heavyweight Championship two times, and the NWA World Heavyweight Championship one time. He has appeared on more PPVs in WCW than any other wrestler.[5] When the WWF bought WCW in March 2001, Sting decided to not sign with them.[6]

Sting joined Total Nonstop Action Wrestling (TNA) in 2003. Throughout his 11 years with the company, Sting was a one-time NWA World Heavyweight Champion, a four-time TNA World Heavyweight Champion, a one-time TNA World Tag Team Champion with Kurt Angle, and was inducted into the TNA Hall of Fame in 2012.

Sting made his WWE debut on November 23, 2014. He attacked Triple H and cost Team Authority the match.[7] Sting faced Triple H at WrestleMania 31. He lost but shook Triple H's hand after the match.[8]

On December 2, 2020, Sting made his debut for All Elite Wrestling at Winter Is Coming. He has since been teaming with Darby Allin.[9] On the February 7, 2024 episode of Dynamite, Sting and Allin defeated Ricky Starks and Big Bill to win the AEW World Tag Team Championships. This was Sting's only championship in AEW.[10] On March 3, 2024 at Revolution, he won his retirement match, having been undefeated in AEW.[11]

Personal life change

He became a born-again Christian in August 1998.[12] Sting has two sons, Garrett Lee and Steve, Jr. and a daughter named Gracie.[13] After the 2015 NFL draft, his son Steven was invited by the Kansas City Chiefs to try out for the team at the rookie mini-camp.[14]

References change

  1. "Wrestling Timeline: Sting". The Wrestler/Inside Wrestling. Kappa Publications. June 2007. pp. 66–71. Volume 15, 2007.
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 2.3 "Sting's bio". SLAM sports. Retrieved 2008-08-19.[permanent dead link]
  3. 3.0 3.1 3.2 "Sting official TNA profile". Total Nonstop Action Wrestling. Archived from the original on 2008-09-19. Retrieved 2008-08-13.
  4. 4.0 4.1 4.2 "Sting profile". Online World of Wrestling. Retrieved 2008-08-13.
  5. "6 surprising facts about Sting: Most WCW pay-per-view appearances". WWE. Retrieved 2015-12-29.
  6. "Radio Review: Sting says he'd love to wrestle Triple H, Austin, Taker". Pro Wrestling Torch. Retrieved 2015-12-29.
  7. "Team Cena def. Team Authority (Traditional Survivor Series Elimination Tag Team Match)". WWE. Retrieved 2015-12-29.
  8. "Triple H def. Sting". WWE. Retrieved 2015-12-29.
  9. "Sting debuts at AEW Winter is Coming, signs multi-year deal". Wrestling Observer Newsletter. Retrieved 2023-09-28.
  10. "AEW Dynamite results (2/7): Powell's live review of Swerve Strickland vs. Hangman Page for a shot at the AEW Title at Revolution, Ricky Starks and Big Bill vs. Darby Allin and Sting for the AEW Tag Titles". Retrieved February 10, 2024.
  11. Defelice, Robert. "Sting Retires Undefeated In AEW, He And Darby Allin Defeat The Young Bucks At AEW Revolution 2024 | Fightful News". Fightful. Retrieved 4 March 2024.
  12. "WCW and TNA Wrestler Sting Speaks". Muscle & Fitness. 17 June 2013. Retrieved 2015-12-29.
  13. "'Sting' Out of the Ring". 28 March 2008. Retrieved 2015-12-29.
  14. "Chiefs invite interesting class of rookies to 3-day minicamp". USA Today. Retrieved 2015-12-29.

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