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Wrestling By The Numbers: Steven ‘Sting’ Borden



TNA Wrestling has parted with legendary performer and former 5-Time TNA Champion Steven ‘Sting’ Borden. The 54-year-old Omaha Nebraska native had worked for the company over the past 11-years was the first ever inductee into the TNA Hall Of Fame in 2012. Borden first started working with TNA in 2003 on a limited appearance contract and then became a full-time member of the organization’s roster starting in 2005. He has been one of TNA’s top stars having competed in four Bound For Glory main events and has been involved in major feuds with the likes of Jeff Jarrett, A.J. Styles, Samoa Joe, Kurt Angle, Mick Foley and Hulk Hogan during his run. Borden has been apart of 2-different versions of The Main Event Mafia stable and has also been praised for his work with the company’s young talents over the years.

Steven Borden is a 29-year veteran of the professional wrestling industry who first debuted back in 1985 after having been trained by Red Bastien and Rick Bassman. Borden has competed throughout his career under the names Flash and Flash Borden and gained iconic status in the industry with his work as Sting. He first made a name for himself along with fellow future superstar Jim Hellwig as a tag-team known as The Blade Runners. From 1985-1987 the duo competed in both Jerry Jarrett’s Memphis based Continental Wrestling Association and Bill Watts’ Universal Wrestling Federation. Borden signed with Jim Crockett Promotions / World Championship Wrestling in 1987 and over the next 14-years went on the become the most successful performers in the history of the company. He was known as ‘the face of the franchise’ and competed in 5-main event matches at the company’s annual Starrcade pay-per-view event and was a former 7-Time World Champion.

When WCW was purchased by Vince McMahon in 2001, Borden decided against signing with World Wrestling Entertainment and sat out the remaining one year left on his Time Warner contract. He then joined the European based World Wrestling All-Stars in 2002 and spent a half a year with the organization becoming a former 1-Time WWA Champion before returning to the United States and joining TNA Wrestling. Over the past few year’s it has been rumored that Borden has been considering both retirement and signing with World Wrestling Entertainment. It has been reported that Borden and the WWE have been in contract negotiations but no official announcement regarding his status has been made. TNA Wrestling has confirmed he is no longer apart of their organization despite his profile still appearing on their company website.

Below we look at the televised professional wrestling career of Steven ‘Sting’ Borden by the numbers…

TNA Wrestling:

* 60 Matches on TNA Pay-Per-View.

* 35 Main Event Matches ( 3rd Most All-Time ) on TNA Pay-Per-View. (First Main Event Match: June 18th 2003 Weekly Pay-Per-View With Jeff Jarrett Vs A.J. Styles & Syxx-Pac Last Main Event Match: 2013 Slammiversary Vs Bully Ray)

* 96 Matches ( 18th Most All-Time ) on TNA Impact Wrestling. (First Match: April 13th 2006 Vs Eric Young Last Match: January 23rd 2014 Vs Magnus)

* 67 Main Event Matches ( 8th Most All-Time ) on TNA Impact Wrestling. (First Main Event Match: April 13th 2006 Vs Eric Young Last Main Event Match: January 23rd 2014 Vs Magnus)

World Championship Wrestling / Jim Crockett Promotions:

* 91 Matches ( Most All-Time ) on WCW / JCP Pay-Per-View. (First Match: 1987 Starrcade With Michael P.S. Hayes & Jimmy Garvin Vs Larry Zbyszko, Rick Steiner & Eddie Gilbert Last Match: 2000 Millennium Final Vs Kevin Nash)

* 34 Main Event Matches ( 3rd Most All-Time ) on WCW / JCP Pay-Per-View. (First Main Event Match: 1989 Halloween Havoc With Ric Flair Vs Terry Funk & The Great Muta Last Main Event Match: 2000 Millennium Final Vs Kevin Nash)

* 119 Matches ( 6th Most All-Time ) on WCW Monday Nitro. (First Match: September 4th 1995 Vs Ric Flair Last Match: March 26th 2001 Vs Ric Flair)

* 61 Main Event Matches ( 2nd Most All-Time ) on WCW Monday Nitro. (First Main Event Match: October 16th 1995 With Ric Flair Vs Arn Anderson & Brian Pillman Last Main Event Match: March 26th 2001 Vs Ric Flair)

* 24 Matches ( Most All-Time ) on WCW / JCP Clash Of The Champions. (First Match: March 27th 1988 Vs Ric Flair Last Match: August 15th 1996 With Lex Luger Vs Rick Steiner, Scott Steiner, Booker T. & Stevie Ray)

* 11 Main Event Matches ( 2nd Most All-Time ) on WCW / JCP Clash Of The Champions. (First Main Event Match: March 27th 1988 Vs Ric Flair Last Main Event Match: November 16th 1994 With Hulk Hogan & Dave Sullivan Vs Kevin Sullivan, The Butcher & Avalanche)

* 181 Matches ( 3rd Most All-Time ) on WCW / JCP Saturday Night. (First Match: October 17th 1987 Vs The Gladiator # 1 Last Match: July 27th 1996 With Randy Savage Vs Brian Knobbs & Jerry Sags)

* 68 Main Event Matches ( Most All-Time ) on WCW / JCP Saturday Night. (First Main Event Match: December 26th 1987 In An 18-Man Bunkhouse Stampede Match Last Main Event Match: July 6th 1996 With Randy Savage & Lex Luger Vs V.K. Wallstreet, Dick Slater & Mike Enos)

* 41 Matches on WCW / JCP World Championship Wrestling.

* 16 Main Event Matches on WCW / JCP World Championship Wrestling.

* 27 Matches on WCW Thunder.

* 16 Main Event Matches ( 8th Most All-Time ) on WCW Thunder. (First Main Event Match: March 13th 1998 Vs Randy Savage Last Main Event Match: November 15th 2000 Vs Scott Steiner)

* 13 Matches on WCW Main Event.

* 10 Main Event Matches on WCW Main Event.

* 8 Matches on WCW Power Hour.

* 4 Main Event Matches on WCW Power Hour.

* 7 Matches on WCW Pro.

* 5 Main Event Matches on WCW Pro.

* 21 Matches on WCW Worldwide.

* 11 Main Event Matches on WCW Worldwide.

* 6 Matches on WCW Prime Wrestling.

* 4 Main Event Match on WCW Prime Wrestling.

Asistencia Asesoria y Administracion:

* 1 Match on AAA Pay-Per-View.

New Japan Pro Wrestling:

* 2 Matches on WCW / NJPW Starrcade.

* 1 Match on NJPW Memorial Battle.

* 1 Match on NJPW Fantastic Story.

* 2 Matches on NJPW Wrestling Dontaku.

* 2 Matches on NJPW Battle.

* 5 Matches on NJPW G1 Climax Special.

* 1 Match on NJPW World In Japan.

* 1 Main Event Match on NJPW World In Japan.

* 2 Matches on NJPW Summer Struggle.

All Japan Pro Wrestling:

* 2 Matches on AJPW Super Power Series.

Universal Wrestling Federation:

* 1 Match on Universal Wrestling Federation Television.

World Wrestling All-Stars:

* 2 Matches on WWA Pay-Per-View.

* 2 Main Event Matches ( 2nd Most All-Time ) on WWA Pay-Per-View. (First Main Event Match: 2002 The Retribution Vs Lex Luger Last Main Event Match: 2003 The Reckoning Vs Jeff Jarrett)



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  1. What? says:

    Just in time for a Blade Runners reunion at Wrestlemania. Woooo!

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