History Wrestling / Sting

2nd Feb '16 6:29:20 PM SomeoneElse17
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* OlderThanTheyLook: Borden was 37 when he transitioned to Crow Sting, 47 when he debuted in TNA, and 55 when he debuted in WWE. In all instances, he looked at least 5 years younger. (The face paint does hide most of the wrinkles). He's starting to look his age now that his hairline's receding.
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* OlderThanTheyLook: Borden was 37 when he transitioned to Crow Sting, 47 when he debuted started full time in TNA, and 55 when he debuted in WWE. In all instances, he looked at least 5 years younger. (The face paint does hide most of the wrinkles). He's starting to look his age now that his hairline's receding.
31st Jan '16 9:45:21 PM BlackTemplar
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** Ric Flair, Wrestling/RickRude, [[Wrestling/MickFoley Cactus Jack]], Wrestling/{{Vader}}, [[Wresting/SidEudy Sid Vicious]], Wrestling/{{Meng}}, and the New World Order ([[AsLongAsThereIsEvil in all its incarnations]]). In fact, Crow Sting's beef seems to be with Heel Bosses in general.
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** Ric Flair, Wrestling/RickRude, Flair and the Wrestling/FourHorsemen ** Wrestling/RickRude ** [[Wrestling/MickFoley Cactus Jack]], Wrestling/{{Vader}}, Jack]] ** Wrestling/{{Vader}} ** [[Wresting/SidEudy Sid Vicious]], Wrestling/{{Meng}}, and the New World Order Vicious]] ** Wrestling/{{Meng}} ** NewWorldOrder ([[AsLongAsThereIsEvil in all its incarnations]]). In fact, Crow Sting's beef seems to be with Heel Bosses in general.
17th Jan '16 3:43:26 PM thecarolinabull01
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'''Steve Borden, Sr.''' (born March 20, 1959) is better known to wrestling fans as (The Man Called) '''Sting'''. Working as a professional wrestler since 1985, he was recruited by Rick Bassman to train with three other wrestlers known as Power Team USA. Then known as '''Flash Borden''', he, along with fellow Power Team USA member Jim "Justice" Helwig (who later became the Wrestling/UltimateWarrior) were called up by Jerry Jarrett (father of Wrestling/JeffJarrett) and joined the Continental Wrestling Association as the "Freedom Fighters". The two later joined Bill Watts' Universal Wrestling Federation in 1986, renaming themselves the "Blade Runners" and Borden and Justice renamed themselves Sting and Rock respectively.
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'''Steve Borden, Sr.''' (born March 20, 1959) is better known to wrestling fans as (The Man Called) '''Sting'''. Working as a professional wrestler since 1985, he was recruited by a talent scout named Rick Bassman to train with three other wrestlers known as Power Team USA. Then known as '''Flash Borden''', he, along with fellow Power Team USA member Jim "Justice" Helwig (who later became the Wrestling/UltimateWarrior) were called up by Jerry Jarrett (father of Wrestling/JeffJarrett) and joined the Continental Wrestling Association as the "Freedom Fighters". The two later joined Bill Watts' Universal Wrestling Federation in 1986, renaming themselves the "Blade Runners" and Borden and Justice renamed themselves Sting and Rock respectively.
14th Jan '16 4:49:21 PM SomeoneElse17
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* FailureHero: Sadly invoked this often; mixed with his GoodIsDumb moments, he ultimately couldn't depose the Wrestling/NewWorldOrder, [[{{TNA}} Immortal]], ''or'' [[spoiler:Wrestling/TheAuthority]] from their respective companies.
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* FailureHero: Sadly invoked this often; mixed with his GoodIsDumb moments, he ultimately couldn't depose the Wrestling/NewWorldOrder, [[{{TNA}} Immortal]], Team Dixie]], ''or'' [[spoiler:Wrestling/TheAuthority]] from their respective companies.
14th Jan '16 4:36:20 PM SomeoneElse17
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** In four months since taking power as General Manager, the salty, no-nonsense veteran who rightly accused Hulk Hogan of protecting his favorites and engaged him through practically-clairvoyant psychological warfare that lasted almost two years, has now been reduced to a borderline bureaucrat trying to screw Wrestling/BobbyRoode for not embracing the kind of wrestling style he favors. So far every 'inescapable situation' he's put Roode in has proven to be pretty damn escapable: In fact, Roode utterly played Sting at ''Against All Odds'' into ''helping'' him beat Jeff Hardy to keep the belt. This was later shown to be another swerve, with Sting playing the ineffectual obstructionist in order to get Hogan back in the chair as an honest face so he could resume wrestling.
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** In four months since taking power as General Manager, the salty, no-nonsense veteran who rightly accused Hulk Hogan of protecting his favorites and engaged him through practically-clairvoyant psychological warfare that lasted almost two years, has now been reduced to a borderline bureaucrat trying to screw Wrestling/BobbyRoode for not embracing the kind of wrestling style he favors. So far every favors—and failing badly at it. Every 'inescapable situation' he's he put Roode in has proven would prove to be pretty damn escapable: In in fact, Roode utterly played Sting at ''Against All Odds'' into ''helping'' him beat Jeff Hardy to keep the belt. This was later shown to be another swerve, with Sting playing the ineffectual obstructionist in order to get Hogan back in the chair as an honest face so he could resume wrestling.get back to taking an active role in the ring.

* InsultBackfire: [[Wrestling/BobbyRoode Robert Roode]] called him a lunatic repeatedly before an impromptu match with Bully Ray on 3/8. He considered it a compliment and repeatedly thanked Roode [[FridgeBrilliance It's a]] [[SelfDemonstrating/TheJoker Joker gimmick]].
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* InsultBackfire: [[Wrestling/BobbyRoode Robert Roode]] called him a lunatic repeatedly before an impromptu match with Bully Ray on 3/8. 3/8/12. He considered it a compliment and repeatedly thanked Roode. Before Roode it was Karen Jarrett on 7/28/11 who called him crazy and promptly took a thank you when he intruded on Immortal's office meeting wearing a mismatching red suit. [[FridgeBrilliance It's a]] [[SelfDemonstrating/TheJoker Joker gimmick]].
14th Jan '16 4:23:50 PM SomeoneElse17
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* BewareTheNiceOnes: Probably the most milquetoast personality in this business. But after aborting a match in 90 seconds because his opponent, Wrestling/JeffHardy, turned up intoxicated, he had little choice but to '''[[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ou9-YoRllbU#t=430s flatten]]''' Hardy and then loudly agree with fans that the match was bullshit. When STING is the one openly badmouthing your company, something has gone horribly wrong.h This was right after he turned down wrestling 'Taker at ''[=WrestleMania 27=]''. His anger is justified.
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* BewareTheNiceOnes: Probably the most milquetoast personality in this business. But after aborting a match in 90 seconds because his opponent, Wrestling/JeffHardy, turned up intoxicated, he had little choice but to '''[[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ou9-YoRllbU#t=430s flatten]]''' Hardy and then loudly agree with fans that the match was bullshit. When STING is the one openly badmouthing your company, something has gone horribly wrong.h This was right after he turned down wrestling 'Taker at ''[=WrestleMania 27=]''. His anger is justified.

** He helped to organize the Main Event Mafia (the GoodCounterpart to the Aces & Eights) because he felt the younger guys in TNA were getting too disrespectful. From the very start, he expected most of its members to eventually betray him, but at the end of the day, his uncompromising beliefs inspired the younger guys to accept his help. He left after the ''Bound for Glory'' main event in 2009, in which new world champion Wrestling/AJStyles beat him to retain the title and then gave him the floor as a sign of ultimate respect. (Although Pope Dinero only lasted a cup of coffee before embracing the dark side because making money imitating Michael Vick seemed like a better idea than constantly jobbing to Abyss).
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** He helped to organize the Main Event Mafia (the GoodCounterpart to the Aces & Eights) because he felt the younger guys in TNA were getting too disrespectful. From the very start, he expected most of its members to eventually betray him, but at the end of the day, his uncompromising beliefs inspired the younger guys to accept his help. He left after the ''Bound for Glory'' main event in 2009, in which new world champion Wrestling/AJStyles beat him to retain the title and then gave him the floor as a sign of ultimate respect. (Although Pope Dinero only lasted a cup of coffee before embracing With Sting's mission being what the dark side because making money imitating Michael Vick seemed like a better idea than constantly jobbing Mafia accomplished all along and Wrestling/KurtAngle's maniacal ambition instead being all but abandoned, it was Sting who had the stroke to Abyss).years later be able to call on the Mafia as a unifying banner to serve as the GoodCounterpart to the Aces & Eights.

** Come the entry of Hulk Hogan into TNA. Sting was seen watching Hogan carefully up in the rafters on Day 1, which longtime fans instantly knew meant that Sting didn't trust him. He spoke only in cryptic language and hints, knowing some of the fans would catch on, rather than shout what he knew/suspected from the rooftops and make himself look like the typical [[YoureJustJealous envious old-time bastard attacking the hot new toy in town]]. Not only did Hogan and Bischoff out themselves at BFG 10.10.10 as crooks, but '''EVERYONE''' Sting attacked over the last seven months leading up to it was either in on their conspiracy or being used. The dumbest man in wrestling certainly grew a brain in 2010. ** Even Joker Sting was a work. After Mick was kayfabe fired and Sting got screwed out of the title, ObfuscatingInsanity followed suit. The night of his rematch with Mr. Anderson, five guys dressed as circus clowns (actually Kurt Angle and four members of Fourtune) ran interference on Immortal to ensure a fair bout. The implication being that he ''saw the interference coming'' and perfectly planned for it to work to his advantage, luring Immortal's members into a trap and subduing them along with Anderson. ** In four months since taking power, the salty, no-nonsense veteran who rightly accused Hulk Hogan of protecting his favorites and engaged him through practically-clairvoyant psychological warfare that lasted almost two years, has now been reduced to a borderline bureaucrat trying to screw Wrestling/BobbyRoode for not embracing the kind of wrestling style he favors. So far every 'inescapable situation' he's put Roode in has proven to be pretty damn escapable: In fact, Roode utterly played Sting at ''Against All Odds'' into ''helping'' him beat Jeff Hardy to keep the belt. This was later shown to be another swerve, with Sting playing the ineffectual heel in order to trick Hogan into trusting him.
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** Come the entry of Hulk Hogan into TNA. TNA, Sting was seen watching Hogan and Bischoff carefully up in the rafters on Day 1, which longtime fans instantly knew meant that Sting didn't trust him. them. A few weeks later, he finally made his move in the midst of the latest round of Hogan and Flair's feud at the time, assaulting Hogan with his bat even though that was technically the heel move. He spoke only in cryptic language and hints, hints when later explaining his actions, knowing some of the fans would catch on, rather than shout what he knew/suspected from the rooftops and make himself look like the typical [[YoureJustJealous envious old-time bastard attacking the hot new toy in town]]. Not only did Hogan and Bischoff out themselves at BFG 10.10.10 as crooks, but '''EVERYONE''' Sting attacked over the last seven months leading up to it was either in on their conspiracy or being used. Sting's efforts ensured that the entire TNA roster would not be completely blindsided by the power grab and a line of resistance, however thin, would be there to stand against it when he and Wrestling/KevinNash walked, as both of their contracts were running out at the time. The dumbest man in wrestling certainly grew a brain in 2010. 2010. ** He came back in March (which seems to be a regular thing for him) of 2011 and defeated [[TheDragon Immortal's "champion"]], Jeff Hardy for the World Heavyweight title (and retained in an infamous squash which even he thought was disgraceful) thanks to some aid from an anonymous network representative which turned out to be Wrestling/MickFoley. Sting, his pal, and the face-turned Wrestling/{{Fortune}} basically foiled Immortal at every turn, despite Hogan's increasingly-hollow boasts that he now held full control of the company. ** Even Joker Sting was a work. After Mick was kayfabe fired and Sting got screwed out of the title, ObfuscatingInsanity followed suit. The night of his rematch with Mr. Anderson, for example, five guys dressed as circus clowns (actually Kurt Angle and four members of Fourtune) ran interference on Immortal to ensure a fair bout. The implication being that he ''saw the interference coming'' and perfectly planned for it to work to his advantage, luring Immortal's members into a trap and subduing them along with Anderson. Anderson. Other highlights include pretending the Network put him in charge in order to get Immortal to go along with matches that were entirely out of their liking, including an Anderson vs. Angle steel cage match with Fortune at ringside, and working Ric Flair into practically handing him his path to Hogan so effectively it caused fans to wonder whether Flair was acting as a ReverseMole. Then there was the night he got Hogan to [[EngineeredPublicConfession snap in front of the audience]], which eventually led to Hogan's face turn as well as the end of any semblance of power for Immortal. For more details, see Awesome/{{TNA}}. ** In four months since taking power, power as General Manager, the salty, no-nonsense veteran who rightly accused Hulk Hogan of protecting his favorites and engaged him through practically-clairvoyant psychological warfare that lasted almost two years, has now been reduced to a borderline bureaucrat trying to screw Wrestling/BobbyRoode for not embracing the kind of wrestling style he favors. So far every 'inescapable situation' he's put Roode in has proven to be pretty damn escapable: In fact, Roode utterly played Sting at ''Against All Odds'' into ''helping'' him beat Jeff Hardy to keep the belt. This was later shown to be another swerve, with Sting playing the ineffectual heel obstructionist in order to trick get Hogan into trusting him.back in the chair as an honest face so he could resume wrestling.

** Things began to change in the middle of his career with TNA, as he began making moves which were seen as Heel Turns but were actually part of a LongGame for good causes, and each time his plans came to fruition somehow. ** He came back in March (which seems to be a regular thing for him) of 2011 and defeated [[TheDragon Immortal's "champion"]], Jeff Hardy for the World Heavyweight title (and retained in an infamous squash which even he thought was disgraceful) thanks to some aid from an anonymous network representative which turned out to be Wrestling/MickFoley. Sting and his pal basically foiled Immortal at every turn, despite Hogan's increasingly-hollow boasts that he now held full control of the company. ** Then there was the night he got Hogan to [[EngineeredPublicConfession snap in front of the audience]], which eventually led to Hogan's face turn as well as the end of any semblance of power for Immortal. For more details, see Awesome/{{TNA}}. Safe to say, he's no longer the idiot from WCW, and any evidence of Sting's "stupidity" should be treated with extreme caution.
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** Things began to change in the middle of his career with TNA, as he began making moves which were seen as Heel Turns but were actually part of a LongGame for good causes, and each time his plans came to fruition somehow. ** He came back in March (which seems to be a regular thing somehow. See BigGood and GuileHero for him) of 2011 and defeated [[TheDragon Immortal's "champion"]], Jeff Hardy for the World Heavyweight title (and retained in an infamous squash which even he thought was disgraceful) thanks to some aid from an anonymous network representative which turned out to be Wrestling/MickFoley. Sting and his pal basically foiled Immortal at every turn, despite Hogan's increasingly-hollow boasts that he now held full control of the company. ** Then there was the night he got Hogan to [[EngineeredPublicConfession snap in front of the audience]], which eventually led to Hogan's face turn as well as the end of any semblance of power for Immortal. For more details, see Awesome/{{TNA}}.further analysis. Safe to say, he's no longer the idiot from WCW, and any evidence of Sting's "stupidity" should be treated with extreme caution.
11th Jan '16 10:15:26 AM thecarolinabull01
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Among his in-ring achievements, he is a former 2x [[http://www.wrestling-titles.com/nwa/world/nwa-h.html NWA World Heavyweight Champion]], a former 7x [[http://www.wrestling-titles.com/wcw/wcw-h.html WCW World Heavyweight Champion]], a former 2x [[http://www.wrestling-titles.com/wcw-us-h.html WCW United States Heavyweight Champion]], a former [[http://www.wrestling-titles.com/wcw/wcw-tv.html NWA World Television Champion]], a former 3x [[http://www.wrestling-titles.com/wcw/wcw-t.html WCW World Tag Team Champion]], a former 4x [[http://www.wrestling-titles.com/us/tna/tna-h.html TNA World Heavyweight Champion]] and a former [[http://www.wrestling-titles.com/us/tna/tna-t.html TNA World Tag Team Champion]].
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Among his in-ring achievements, he is a former 2x [[http://www.wrestling-titles.com/nwa/world/nwa-h.html NWA World Heavyweight Champion]], a former 7x [[http://www.wrestling-titles.com/wcw/wcw-h.html WCW World Heavyweight Champion]], a former 2x [[http://www.wrestling-titles.com/wcw-us-h.html WCW United States Heavyweight Champion]], a former [[http://www.wrestling-titles.com/wcw/wcw-tv.html NWA World Television Champion]], a former 3x [[http://www.wrestling-titles.com/wcw/wcw-t.html WCW World Tag Team Champion]], a former 4x [[http://www.wrestling-titles.com/us/tna/tna-h.html TNA World Heavyweight Champion]] and a former [[http://www.wrestling-titles.com/us/tna/tna-t.html TNA World Tag Team Champion]]. Champion]]. He is also the inaugural inductee into the WWE Hall of Fame Class of 2016.
6th Jan '16 10:58:29 PM Nyame
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* ConsummateProfessional: Sting is often noted to be a company man and incredibly professional, at least in recent years. He stuck with WCW to the very end and went with every stupid angle they thought of with minimal protest. He even refused to shoot on and seriously injure a stoned Wrestling/JeffHardy at ''Victory Road 2011'' even though the fans wouldn't have held it against him at all and would be every bit as livid as he was once they found out why. Instead, he gave Hardy a few stiff shots and then forcibly pinned him as soon as possible to prevent Hardy from injuring anyone. That being said, the Hardy situation was so asinine that Sting didn't hesitate to agree with a fan that it was complete ''bullshit'' while he was still on camera.
27th Dec '15 2:00:50 AM thecarolinabull01
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* ActionDad: Has two sons and one daugther from his first marriage.
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