Oct 30, 2009 - by Steve Gerweck
Real name: Steve Borden
Weight: 252 lbs.
Date of birth: March 20, 1959
From: Venice Beach, CA
Pro debut: November 1985
Trained by: Red Bastien
Finishing move: Scorpion Death Lock
- On July 20, 1986, Sting and Eddie Gilbert defeated the Fantastics in Tulsa, OK for the UWF tag team championship. The belts were held up, but Sting and Gilbert regained the titles by again defeating the Fantastics on August 31, 1986.
- The team of Rick Steiner and Sting beat Chris Adams and Terry Taylor on April 12, 1987 in Atlanta, GA.
- At Starrcade ’87, Sting and the Freebirds defeated Zbyszko, Gilbert, and Steiner in a six-man tag match.
- In 1988, Sting and Lex Luger teamed up to win the Crockett Cup tag team tournament.
- On March 31, 1989, Sting defeated Mike Rotundo for the Television title in Atlanta.
- Ric Flair and Sting beat the Great Muta and Terry Funk in a thunderdome cage match at Halloween Havoc ’89. A short time later, Sting joined the Horsemen.
- Sting won an Iron man competition at Starrcade ’89, pinning Ric Flair in the finals.
- On February 6, 1990, after refusing to give up his shot for the NWA title, the Horsemen attacked Sting, injuring his knee; Sting sought revenge and received it when he defeated Ric Flair for the NWA title on July 7th of the same year.
- During 1990, Sting was plagued by “The Black Scorpion.” It was revealed at Starrcade ’90 that “The Black Scorpion” was none other than Flair himself, and Sting defeated him.
- Steve Austin fell victim to Sting on August 15, 1991, in the finals of a WCW U.S. title tournament.
- At Starrcade ’91, Sting and Abdullah the Butcher defeated Bobby Eaton and Brian Pillman.
- On February 29, 1992, Sting defeated Lex Luger for the WCW title at SuperBrawl ’92; he dropped the title to Big Van Vader in July.
- At Halloween Havoc ’92, Sting beat Jake “The Snake” Roberts in a “Coal Miners Glove” match.
- On March 11, 1993, Sting recaptured the WCW title from Vader in London, England, only to give it back six days later.
- At Slamboree ’93, Sting downed The Prisoner (Kevin Kelly).
- Sting captured the WCW title on March 17, 1994, this time defeating Ric Rude; Rude recaptured the title, only to be stripped of the gold.
- Sting defeated Vader on May 22, 1994, to fill win the vacated WCW title; the Stinger lost the championship to Flair and the title was unified with the WCW title.
- On January 4, 1995, Sting defeated Tony Palmore via submission at the Egg Dome in Tokyo, Japan.
- At Starrcade ’95, Sting conquered Kensuki Sasauki and lost a triangle match with Luger to Flair.
- On July 7, 1996, Sting loses with partners Randy Savage and Lex Luger to Scott Hall, Kevin Nash, and Hulk Hogan at Bash at the Beach in Daytona Beach, FL. The nWo is formed.
- Sting, after being accused of attacking Luger, stormed out of the War Games match at “Fall Brawl,” leaving his team, Arn Anderson, Lex Luger, and Ric Flair, to lose to the “Fake Sting”, Hulk Hogan, Kevin Nash, and Scott Hall; the next night on Nitro declares himself a “free agent.”
- On March 17, 1997, at “Uncensored,” Sting cleans house. He officially sides with WCW by attacking the nWo with a baseball bat.
- Sting won the WCW title at Starrcade ’97. After Hogan pinned Sting, Bret Hart came down and claimed that Nick Patrick’s three count was too fast. Hart restarted the match and Sting defeated Hogan with the Scorpion Death Lock.
- The title was later declared vacate, yet Sting defeated Hollywood Hogan at “Superbrawl” for the WCW title.
- Goldberg and Sting fought to a no-contest at the 1999 Slamboree when Bret Hart interfered.
- Sting defeated Hulk Hogan for the WCW title at Fall Brawl ’99.
- Sting beat Luger via disqualification when Elizabeth turned against the Stinger at Starrcade ’99.
- At Uncensored 2000 in Miami, FL, Sting defeated Luger in a LumberJack Cast match.
- Sting beat Booker at Spring Stampede 2000.
- At Slamboree in Kansas City, MO, Sting defeated Vampiro.
- Sting defeated The Demon at New Blood Rising in Vancouver.
- At Fall Brawl 2000, Sting defeated The Great Muta and Vampiro in a three way dance.
- At the German only PPV “Millennium Final,” Sting retained the European Cup by defeating Kevin Nash.
- Following an injury, Sting returned for the final “Nitro” on TNT in Panama City, FL and defeated Ric Flair.
- In an interview printed in Ted DiBiase’s Get a Grip newsletter in February 2002, Sting ‘officially’ announced his retirement from professional wrestling.
- On November 28, 2002, Sting and Luger defeated Malice and Buff Bagwell on a Wrestling Wrestling All-Stars show in Dublin, Ireland.
- On December 13, 2002, Sting defeated Luger and Malice in Zurich, Switzerland to capture the WWA title.
- Sting successfully defended the WWA title on May 23, 2003 against the Disco Inferno in Melbourne, Australia.
- At NWA TNA’s First Anniversary show on June 18, 2003, Sting and Jeff Jarrett defeated A.J. Styles and Sean Waltman.
- On July 21, 2004 in Honolulo, Hawaii, Sting and the Great Muta defeated Diamond Dallas Page and Satoshi Kojima.
- On January 22, 2005 in Seoul, South Korea, Sting defeated Billy Gunn.
- In December 2005, Sting agreed to terms with TNA on a one-year contract.
- Sting and Christian Cage defeated Monty Brown and Jeff Jarrett in the main event of the 2006 Final Resolution.
- At Lockdown ’06, Team Sting (Sting, Rhino, AJ Styles and Ron Killings) defeated Team Jarrett (Jeff Jarrett, Scott Steiner and America’s Most Wanted) in a “lethal lottery” match.
- At Sacrifice ’06, Sting and Samoa Joe defeated Jarrett and Steiner.
- Sting defeated Christian Cage, Scott Steiner, and Samoa Joe to become the #1 contender to the NWA heavyweight title at the 2006 Victory Road PPV.
- At Bound for Glory ’06 in Plymouth, MI, Sting defeated Jeff Jarrett for the NWA World Heavyweight title.
- Sting defeated Abyss in a “prison yard” match at Against All Odds ’07.
- At Destination X ’07, Sting defeated Abyss in a “last rites” match.
- At Lockdown ’07, Sting pinned Abyss in a “lethal lockdown” cage match to follow Team Angle (Kurt Angle, Sting, Samoa Joe, Rhino and Jeff Jarrett) to defeat Team Cage (Christian Cage, AJ Styles, Scott Steiner, Abyss and Tomko). As a result, Sting earned a NWA World Heavyweigh title shot.
- Sting defeated Christopher Daniels at Slammiversary ’07.
- At Hard Justice ’07, Sting, Andrew Martin and Abyss defeated Christian Cage, AJ Styles, and Tomko in a “Doomsday chamber of blood” match. As a result, Abyss earned a TNA title shot.
- At Bound for Glory ’07 in Duluth, GA, Sting defeated Kurt Angle to capture the TNA World Heavyweight title.
- At Lockdown ’08, Team Cage (Christian, Kevin Nash, Sting, Rhino and Matt Morgan) defeated Team Tomko (Tomko, Team 3D, AJ Styles and James Storm) in a “Lethal Lockdown” match.
- Sting defeated Samoa Joe at Bound for Glory IV in Chicago, IL, to win the TNA World Heavyweight title.
- At Turning Point ’08, Sting defeated AJ Styles to retain the TNA World Heavyweight title.
- The Main Event Mafia (Sting, Kevin Nash, Scott Steiner, and Booker T) defeated The TNA Frontline (AJ Styles, Samoa Joe, Brother Ray and Brother Devon) at Final Resolution ’08.
- At Genesis ’09, Sting defeated Rhino to remain TNA champion.
- At Against All Odds ’09, Sting defeated Kurt Angle, Brother Ray, and Brother Devon to retain the TNA title.
- Sting defeated Kurt Angle at Destination X ’09 to retain the TNA title. Jeff Jarrett served as the special guest referee, and Mick Foley served as the special guest enforcer.
- At Slammiversary ’09, Sting defeated Kurt Angle, Jeff Jarrett, and Mick Foley. As a result, Sting became the godfather of the Main Event Mafia.
- Sting defeated Matt Morgan at Slammiversary ’09.
- Sting returned to TNA on February 24, 2011, and defeated Jeff Hardy in Fayetteville, NC to regain the TNA championship.
- At Sacrifice ’11, Sting defeated Rob Van Dam.
- Sting regained the TNA title at the July 11, 2011 Impact tapings in Orlando by defeating Mr. Anderson.
- Sting defeated Hulk Hogan at Bound for Glory ’11. As a result, Dixie Carter retained control of TNA.
- On October 13, 2012, Sting became for the first wrestler to be inducted to the TNA Hall of Fame.