Steve Borden is an American professional wrestler and retired powerlifter currently signed with AEW. He is best known for his work with WCW and TNA as Sting.
- Professional Wrestling Career
- Championships and Accomplishments
Professional Wrestling Career
Early Years (1985-1987)
Borden began his career wrestling as Flash with The Ultimate Warrior. They teamed up for many promotions before signing with WCW.
Rise to Stardom (1987-1991)
After arriving in the company, he established himself as a rising star. Sting feuded with The Four Horsemen and faced them for their championships frequently. After the stable, he feuded with The Road Warriors but couldn't claim the championships.
In 1989, Sting had an alliance and joined The Four Horsemen. After becoming the number one contender for the world title, he and Flair had some tension among the stable. Prior to facing Flair, Sting got injured, which cost him his championships opportunity. He was used on-screen even though he was injured.
At The Great American Bash, Sting defeated Flair for the NWA World Heavyweight Championship. He lost the title back to Flair at Starrcade. In 1991, Sting defeated Steve Austin to win the vacant WCW United States Championship. He lost after 86 days to Rick Rude at Clash of Champions XVII.
WCW World Heavyweight Champion (1991-1995)
At Super Brawl II, Sting defeated Luger to win his first WCW World Heavyweight Championship. At The Great American Bash, he lost the title to Vader due to an injury. At Halloween Havoc, Sting won the title back from Vader. Sting and Vader exchanged titles on numerous house shows during their feud.
In April, Sting won the WCW International World Heavyweight Championship from Rick Rude. Sting lost the title in a unification match where Flair turned heel and won. At The Great American Bash, Sting won the WCW United States Championship in a tournament. After feuding with Flair and Hogan, Sting lost the title to Kensuke Sasaki.
In 1996, Sting changed his look and teamed up with Luger to win the WCW World Tag Team Championships. During the summer, Sting was the first superstar to stand up against The Outsiders. At Bash at The Beach, Sting, Luger, and Savage lost to The Outsiders as Hulk Hogan teamed up and formed the NWO. At Fall for Brawl, Team WCW faced Team NWO. NWO set Sting up and Team WCW acted on it. Sting showed up as the last member of Team WCW and a fake Sting joined Team NWO.
After Fall for Brawl, Sting changed his look, which was inspired by the movie, The Crow. NWO tried to persuade Sting to join their stable, but he declined. At WCW Uncensored, Sting finally joined WCW and attacked NWO. At Starrcade, Sting defeated Hulk Hogan for the WCW World Heavyweight Championship.
In 1998, Sting lost the world title and joined The Wolfpack. At Slamboree, Sting and The Giant won the WCW Tag Team Championship. Sting had a rivalry with Bret Hart, which he won. By 1999, The Wolfpack and NWO had faded away.
Various Feuds (1999-2002)
After NWO, Sting had various feuds with Rick Steiner, Jeff Jarrett, Scott Steiner, Bret Hart, Goldberg, Hulk Hogan, Lex Luger, and Kevin Nash. During the last years of the company, Sting won the WCW World Heavyweight Championship on two more occasions. After they sold the company, Sting did not go to WWF. He left the company after his contract expired in 2002.
TNA World Champion (2003-2008)
Initially, Sting signed a deal to appear four times a year. After a year, he signed a contract with TNA and officially came out of retirement. Sting's first major feud was with Jeff Jarrett. Sting feuded with Jarrett for over six months and declared his intentions to win the world championship from Jarrett. At Bound for Glory, Sting defeated Jeff Jarrett to win the NWA World Heavyweight Championship.
Sting lost the title to Abyss and feuded with him. After several failed attempts, Sting could not defeat Abyss for the title. After feuding with Christopher Daniels and AJ Styles, Sting challenged Kurt Angle for the title.
At Bound for Glory, Sting defeated Kurt Angle for the TNA World Heavyweight Championship. After losing the title to Kurt Angle, Sting took some time off to be with his family. After his return, Sting joined Team Cage at Lockdown and won. At Bound for Glory, Sting defeated Samoa Joe to win the TNA World Heavyweight Championship.
Main Event Mafia and Joker (2008-2011)
After Bound for Glory, Kurt Angle, Booker T, Kevin Nash, Scott Steiner, and Sting created the Main Event Mafia. At Lockdown, Sting lost the title to Mick Foley. At Sacrifice, Sting became the new godfather of Main Event Mafia when he defeated Kurt Angle. After Slammiversary, Sting was kicked out of the stable. He challenged AJ Styles for the TNA World Heavyweight Championship and lost at Bound for Glory.
After his return, Sting turned heel by attacking Hogan. At Lockdown, he joined Team Flair and lost. After Bound for Glory, Sting started targeting Immortal. He knew Hogan was up to something and feuded with the stable. At the end of 2010, Sting took some time off.
In 2011, he returned and defeated Jeff Hardy for the TNA World Heavyweight Championship. After losing the title, he debuted his new joker persona, which was inspired by The Dark Knight. Over the year, Sting feuded with various Immortal members and lost the title. At Bound for Glory, Sting defeated Hogan, which disbanded the stable, and they reverted the powers back to Dixie Carter.
Final Feuds (2012-2014)
During his last years with the company, they announced him to go to the Hall of Fame. He spent the year feuding with Aces and Eights and teamed up with Bully Ray at Bound for Glory. After their loss, more new members of Aces and Eights appeared. At Lockdown, Team TNA defeated Team Aces and Eights.
After losing to Bully Ray for the TNA World Heavyweight Championship at Slammiversary XI, he set out to form a new Main Event Mafia. They successfully took out Aces and Eights and they disbanded. Sting feuded with Magnus and EC3 before his contract expired with the company.
Sting made his WWE debut at Survivor Series by assisting Team Cena. After Survivor Series, Sting challenged Triple H. At WrestleMania 31, Sting lost to Triple H. After a few months of absence, he appeared on RAW and challenged Seth Rollins. At Night of Champions, he lost to Seth Rollins because of an improper buckle bombe. Sting retired from wrestling after that event. After a few sporadic appearances, Sting entered the WWE Hall of Fame in 2016. In 2020, they released Sting from his contract.
Sting made his AEW debut during Winter is Coming. His first feud was with Team Taz. He took Darby Allin as his protege to face the stable. At Revolution, Sting and Darby Allin defeated Ricky Starks and Brian Cage. We often see Sting and Darby in tag and six-man tag matches.
Sting usually accompanies Allin during his matches. Their next feud was with The Men of The Year. At Double or Nothing, Sting and Allin defeated Page and Sky. Sting was last seen teaming up with Allin and CM Punk against the Pinnacle. At Revolution, Sting teamed up with Darby Allin and Sammy Guevara and defeated Andrade Hardy Family Office.
Championships and Accomplishments
|Championship||Number of Times|
|NWA World Television Championship||1|
|NWA World Heavyweight Championship||1|
|WCW International World Heavyweight Championship||2|
|WCW United States Heavyweight Championship||2|
|WCW World Heavyweight Championship||6|
|WCW World Tag Team Championship||3|
|NWA World Heavyweight Championship||1|
|TNA World Heavyweight Championship||4|
|TNA World Tag Team Championship||1|
|UWF World Tag Team Championship||3|
|WWA World Heavyweight Championship||1|