Sting is a legendary professional wrestler portrayed by Steve Borden and was active between 1985 and 2016. He is a 12 time World Heavyweight Champion, the first person to never inducted into both WWE and TNA Hall of Fames and the second active wrestler to be inducted into the WWE Hall of Fame.
Borden broke into wrestling along with Jim Helwig as part of Powerteam USA, before they broke off and repackaged themselves as The Blade Runners before going their separate ways. Helwig would go to World Class Wrestling, revamping himself as The Dingo Warrior before joining the WWF as The Ultimate Warrior.
Sting joined Jim Crockett Promotions as a face with a brand new look featuring bright face paint and tights. Borden quickly got over with fans and was pushed hard as the future of the company in a feud with The Four Horsemen. As JCP became World Championship Wrestling, Sting was chosen to lead the company and dethroned World Champion Ric Flair at 1990’s Great American Bash.
Unfortunately his title reign wasn’t a huge success due to poorly booked feuds and Big Van Vader would become champion.
While still a top face, Sting would become eclipsed when Hulk Hogan jumped from the WWF to WCW and a horde of other stars came with him. In 1996 Scott Hall jumped to WCW starting one of wrestling’s hottest angles – the New World Order. On his first night with the company Hall suggested that Borden change his gimmick to one similar to Eric Draven from the movie The Crow.
As the NWO became ultra hot thanks to Hall, Kevin Nash and a freshly turned heel Hogan, Sting was chosen to be the “saviour” of WCW from the invaders. For nearly a year the new silent ‘Crow’ Sting would lurk in arena rafters and randomly attack NWO members leading to a showdown with Hogan for the World Championship at Starrcade 1997.
Firmly the top face in the company again, Sting would stay at the top of the card until an ill conceived heel turn in 1999 which was poorly received. When WCW closed in 2001, the last Monday Nitro was main evented by one last battle between Sting and arch nemesis Ric Flair.
Borden would resurface in TNA during 2003, becoming a multiple time World Champion and would eventually have a very successful heel turn. In 2011 Sting was involved in one of wrestling’s most notorious matches – the main event of Victory Road where he faced Jeff Hardy. Hardy was at the height of his drug problem and was in no condition to work, resulting in Sting having to legitimately pin Hardy in under 3 minutes to end the match. Sting’s year didn’t get better as he was repackaged with his new gimmick being Sting crossed with The Joker from the movie The Dark Knight.
Sting would leave TNA in 2014 and go on to appear for the first time ever in WWE at Survivor Series. His first match for the company would be at 2015’s Wrestlemania 31 in a horribly overbooked match where he lost to Triple H.
Returning in August Sting begun a feud with WWE World Heavyweight Champion Seth Rollins. On September 14th Borden had his first ever match on Raw, defeating old WCW rival The Big Show and setting up a tag team match which saw Sting day John Cena beat The Big Show and Seth Rollins.
On September 20th Sting challenged Rollins at Night of Champions but suffered a legitimate serious neck injury when taking Rollins’ Buckle Bomb. While he finished the match, Borden didn’t appear again until his induction into the WWE Hall of Fame on April 2nd 2016 where he announced his retirement due to the neck injury.