The Story of Sting

THE STORY AND CAREER OF STING

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Article written by Dylan Devine (7/10/20)

Eight time WCW World Heavyweight Champion. Two time WCW United States Champion. Three time WCW World Tag-Team Champion. Four time TNA World Heavyweight Champion. Two time NWA World Heavyweight Champion. TNA Hall of Famer. WWE Hall of Famer. The man they call Sting is one of the greatest professional wrestlers of all time and has the accolades to back it up. At a young age my dad who was a huge fan of Sting and got to watch him in his prime introduced me to wrestling and Sting. I remember watching VHS tapes of documentaries on Sting or just some of his classic matches. I loved how connected to the fans he was, how athletic he was, and I thought his iconic face paint was the coolest things. Today I will be discussing the storied career of Sting.

The Beginning

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Steve Borden who wrestled under the name “Sting” is widely regarded as one of the best and most popular wrestlers ever. Sting made his way onto the wrestling scene in 1987 in the Jim Crockett Promotions/ WCW. He had the distinction of headlining the first ever “Clash of Champions” PPV in 1988. One year into his career in WCW he was already a main event guy. That PPV match is what made him a star. He faced off against Ric Flair for the NWA World Heavyweight Championship but lost in a draw. From 1988-1991 Sting moved his way around the cards with his most notable feud being with the Four Horsemen, along with winning the WCW World Heavyweight Championship at Great American Bash 1990. After his first title run ended, he became mostly a mid carder with his most notable matches being against the likes of Vader, Rick Rude, and Cactus Jack. This is where Sting’s career changed forever. At Bash at the Beach 1996 Sting, Lex Luger, and Macho Man Randy Savage took on Kevin Nash and Scott Hall. We all know how this turned out. Hulk Hogan was the third member and formed the NWO.

Crow Sting

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In early 1996 Sting began changing. His hair got darker and longer, he wore dark clothes, and he was sporting white and black face paint. He became very mysterious. The NWO made him an offer to join the group, which he didn’t turn down but didn’t say yes. He kept his distance from the NWO and WCW wrestlers for months and would be seen in the rafters often on Monday Night Nitro. Sting finally made his allegiance clear at WCW Uncensored 1997. Sting came down from the rafters following the nights main event and cleaned house of all the NWO members in sight. He stayed out of the ring for awhile but still appeared on Nitro in the rafters, intervening in matches, or putting a stop to the NWO’S shenanigans. After a year long feud with Hollywood Hulk Hogan, Sting got his wanted title match against Hogan at Starcade 1997. With an assist from Bret Hart, Sting defeated Hogan and won the WCW World Heavyweight title once again. This was a big win for WCW as they took the major title out of the NWO’S hands. The title was soon vacated due to the controversy surrounding the finish of the match, but Sting would later win it back at Superbrawl 1998.

Wolfpac Sting

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In 1998 the NWO split into two groups. The Wolfpac, and the Hollywood group. Both groups wanted Sting’s allegiance and the Wolfpac ultimately won that war. From 1998-1999 Sting drifted away from his iconic white and black colors and sported red and black for the Wolfpac instead.

Back to his true colors

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In 1999 Sting resurfaced and went back to crow Sting. This is when WCW started to take a turn for the worse. In his final two years in WCW before they shut down, Sting had two WCW World Heavyweight Championship reigns and took part in the final match in Nitro history facing off against long time rival, Ric Flair. WCW shut it’s doors in 2001 and nobody knew what was next for Sting.

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In 2003 Sting made his debut in TNA. He went on to work for the company for ten years putting up some spectacular matches, winning the TNA Heavyweight Championship four times, and becoming a Hall of Famer.

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Survivor Series 2015. Sting made his long awaited debut in WWE. Nobody thought this day would come. When his music hit, the crowd absolutely erupted. In WWE Sting went on to have a feud with Triple H which led to a match at WrestleMania 31, and feuded with then WWE Champion Seth Rollins. Sting suffered an injury in a championship match with Rollins which made him retire earlier than he had hoped and than the fans expected. In 2016 Sting was inducted into the WWE Hall of Fame. One of the biggest dream matches of all time has been Sting vs. The Undertaker. This would’ve been one of the greatest matches of all time if they both faced off in their prime. Now we are in 2020 thinking about what could’ve been. Both Sting and The Undertaker are now retired, but Sting in interviews and most notably on twitter has been teasing one final match and it being against The Deadman. We can all be hopeful that this does indeed happen, but it is very unlikely. All I can say is, “One thing that’s for sure about Sting is that nothing is for sure.”.

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