"When a man's heart is full of deceit, it burns up, dies, and a dark shadow falls over his soul. From the ashes of a once great man has risen a curse, a wrong that must be righted. We look to the skies for a vindicator, someone to strike fear into the black hearts of the same men who created him. The battle between good and evil has begun. Against an army of shadows comes a dark warrior. The purveyor of good, with a voice of silence and a mission of justice. THIS. IS. STING.
—voiceover from WCW Starrcade 1997
"...IT'S SHOWTIME, FOLKS! OWWWWWWW!!!"
—Sting, August 1999-Steve Borden
(born March 20, 1959) is better known to wrestling fans as "the man called" Sting
. Working as a professional wrestler since 1985, the majority of Sting's career saw him working in WCW
, where he became one of the company's biggest stars during the 1990s
. Starting off as a bleached-blonde surfer dude-type
, he eventually transitioned into the Crow-inspired
look (which he's retained to this day) while feuding with the New World Order
. Sting stayed a member of the WCW roster up until the company's demise in 2001; he wrestled in its last match (where he defeated longtime foe Ric Flair
Prior to 2014, Sting had never worked for WWE
in any capacity since WCW's demise. (WWE's "Superstars" page for Sting counts the main event of the last episode of Nitro
on 26 March 2001 as "the first and only time Sting had appeared on a WWE-produced broadcast"
). Choosing instead to have control over his career and his gimmick, Sting worked the independent circuit until around 2006, when he became an on-again/off-again member of the TNA
roster, with multiple title reigns. He left TNA in early 2014, taking several months off until April, appearing on a WWE
special following the death of his good friend and former tag team partner the Ultimate Warrior
. He has since appeared in other retrospectives on Warrior's legacy and rumors that he will perform on WWE television, a constant theme over the last decade, have reached new highs, though neither Sting nor WWE proper have made any comment on the matter. On the July 14, 2014 episode of Raw
, Sting appeared in a spot for the WWE 2K15
video game as a pre-order bonus character. Sting made his official WWE debut at Survivor Series
2014 attacking The Authority and ruining their match against Team Cena. note
Among his in-ring achievements, he is a former 2x NWA World Heavyweight Champion
, a former 7x WCW World Heavyweight Champion
, a former 2x WCW United States Heavyweight Champion
, a former NWA World Television Champion
, a former 3x WCW World Tag Team Champion
, a former 4x TNA World Heavyweight Champion
and a former TNA World Tag Team Champion
As usual, That Other Wiki
has a nice, long article on his career.
Do not confuse with the trope
, the musician
(Gordon Sumner), the film
, the dagger used by Frodo and his Uncle
, or the painful infliction of the same name.
"IT'S TROPETIME FOLKS! OWWWWWWWWWWWWW!!!!"