Sting got the three-count and was announced as the winner, but a replay showed Muta's shoulder was up at the count of two. In a series of unusual loyalty tests over the next months, Sting would confront a WCW wrestler in the ring and shove the wrestler several times with his bat until the wrestler was provoked enough to advance on him. Sting will step into the ring at AEW's February PPV, the company confirmed Thursday. However, Patrick did not do his part properly and instead counted the pin at normal speed, which added an unintentional level of controversy to the finish.[3]. Near the end of Sting's battles with the Dangerous Alliance, the seeds were sown for what became arguably one of the most famous feuds of Sting's career. [194][195], On the other hand, Pro Wrestling Torch editor Wade Keller wrote that Sting was a "valuable player during Nitro's peak years", but not a "consistent draw for WCW". Related pages 69 Year Old #5. Sometime after Sting's arrival to the NWA in July 1987, Dusty Rhodes used the opening bout of Crockett's first foray into pay-per-view, Starrcade '87, to showcase the young superstar. And what else did I see? [148] However, the match would never happen as despite Sting pitching the idea for a cinematic match with Undertaker, it was never approved, and Undertaker himself officially retired in 2020. In October 1995, Flair convinced Sting to team with him in a match against Anderson and Brian Pillman at Halloween Havoc. [97] On October 16 at Bound for Glory, Sting defeated Hogan to bring Dixie Carter back to power. Sting, however, did not accept any of the contracts, often tearing them up in Dillon's face. In the fall of 1988, Sting was attacked by Hawk and Animal of The Road Warriors after a televised match. "Roxanne 97," which was a Puff Daddy remix of the original Police hit, went to 17 in the U.K. in 1997 and was featured on that year's compilation The Very Best of Sting & The Police . He traced back his addiction’s origin to a bee sting he sustained playing with his sibling when he was eight years old. A confused Dillon then asked Sting who he wanted on one edition of Nitro, and Sting went out to ringside, picked up a fan's sign, and pointed out one name on it: Hogan. Sting teamed with his old friend Luger, who had returned to WCW from WWF in September 1995, despite Luger's standing as a heel. This is exactly the play I wanted to put on. Clad in "street clothes" and without face paint Borden returned on March 12 at Destination X, saving Christian Cage and Rhino as they were attacked by Jarrett's Army. "), Writing songs about wide-ranging themes, which have included political, social and environmental subjects, He has six children, two from his first wife, He was the bass player and lead singer for the influential '70s-'80s new wave group. There's no pussyfooting in our group. To me the essence of music is surprise. After Flair got the victory, he was attacked by Funk's stablemate, Muta. [168] At Night of Champions 2013, WWE organized a viewer poll to determine the greatest United States Champion of all time: Sting, a two-time champion, beat out the other four contenders – all WWE Hall of Famers – in a landslide victory with 53% of the overall vote. As part of this, Sting and Luger went up to rivals and Four Horsemen members Ric Flair and Arn Anderson some time after Bash at the Beach and asked them to team with him, saying that they needed to put aside their differences for the good of WCW. Sting defeated Luger to claim the WWA World Heavyweight Championship in Zurich, Switzerland, on December 13. Sting defeated Flair on the July 19 edition of Nitro to become the on-screen president of WCW. When Luger was close to winning Sting was attacked by Ole Anderson. “Biography of Sting”, Oxford, UK, www.biographyonline.net, Published 12th Feb. 2012. He is a former son-in-law of actor-writer. Sting defeated Flair again at the World War 3 pay-per-view. [211] Borden married his second wife Sabine in 2015. [86], Over the next few weeks, Sting displayed a more maniacal character similar in look and style to Heath Ledger's portrayal of the Joker from the 2008 film The Dark Knight. At Spring Stampede the following week, Sting advanced to the finals of the United States Championship tournament by defeating Booker T and Vampiro in the first two rounds. [3], Sting embarked on a second tour with WWA in May 2003, successfully defending his championship against Rick Steiner, Shane Douglas, and Disco Inferno. Spotlights then illuminated the ring, revealing a chair bearing Sting's signature trench coat, boots, and a black baseball bat in the center of the ring. Sting was 33 years old at the point. [201] The company's onerous live schedule[17] and the content of its programming[1] were also factors. [54][55][56][57] At Lockdown, Sting lost the TNA World Heavyweight Championship to Mick Foley inside the Six Sides of Steel, ending his reign at 189 days (his longest world title reign for any organization). After the match, Sting sounded his disdain of the result and issued an open challenge for later tonight. DDP pinned Nash, allowing DDP to win the title without directly beating Sting. Sting is keeping next April 5 open on his calendar, even if he is unlikely to fill it with the date he has in mind. Along with his wife Trudie and a Brazilian Indian, he started the Rainforest Foundation in 1989 to help save rainforests. Wallsend , England. [81][82] Sting was later heard agreeing with a fan's claim that the match was "bullshit". Days after the infamous promo, he was booked for shows in New Japan Pro Wrestling, to take part in the Japan/U.S. [100][101], During the first months of 2012, Sting feuded with the TNA World Heavyweight Champion Bobby Roode. At this stage in his remarkable passage, the 35-year-old Sting is demanding a dramatic new independence in which to realize his wide-ranging ambitions. However, at WCW Uncensored in March 1997, as the nWo celebrated a victory in the main event battle royal which guaranteed them title shots whenever they desired with their newest recruit, Chicago Bulls NBA star Dennis Rodman, Sting rappelled from the roof of the arena on a vertical zip-line. On the October 21, 1996, edition of Nitro, Sting returned for the first time since the night after Fall Brawl. [193] Discussing Sting's entry into WWE in 2014, Kevin Nash said that he is "so valuable to the company as a trademark". Sting returned on the August 24 episode of Raw and challenged the WWE World Heavyweight Champion Seth Rollins at Night of Champions. Hart cost Sting and Nash the Tag titles by interfering in their match with Hall and The Giant on the July 20 Nitro. Sting was born Gordon Matthew Sumner on 2 October, 1951 in Wallsend, North Tyneside, Tyne and Wear, England, the eldest of four children of Audrey (Cowell), a hairdresser, and Ernest Matthew Sumner, an engineer and milkman. [173] Prominent adversary Big Van Vader felt that Sting had unsurpassed athletic prowess within the business, and "ranks right up at the top" as an in-ring performer. Sting fended off his opponents until Flair emerged. Once in the ring, Sting immediately took out all four members of the nWo. WCW had been purchased by the World Wrestling Federation (WWF), and the final match in WCW history pitted Sting against his longtime rival Flair; the two had also competed on the very first edition of Nitro on September 4, 1995. AEW has plans for the 61 year old Sting to eventually step in the ring, but this does not mean that he will wrestle weekly on Dynamite. [11], Sting's 14-year association with WCW and its predecessor, Jim Crockett Promotions (JCP), began in 1987. When I got to Atlanta, I tuned in the TV to Nitro. He first became famous as a member of the band, The Police. Nash and Savage officially split from the original nWo on May 4, forming the face group nWo Wolfpac, while Hogan's heel faction became identified as nWo Hollywood. When Luger was temporarily unavailable for WCW Uncensored in March, Harlem Heat member Booker T teamed up with Sting to successfully prevent the title from changing hands. [197] Dave Scherer of PWInsider wrote that Sting "didn't draw huge", but is nevertheless an "all-time great". [217] After the 2015 NFL Draft, Steven was invited by the Kansas City Chiefs to try out for the team at their rookie mini-camp, but did not receive a contract offer.[218]. Similar to the Starrcade result, two different referees declared the two different men as the winner. Later that year, Sting was tabbed to win the UWF Television Championship, then held by Gilbert, until Jim Crockett of the National Wrestling Alliance (NWA) bought the company from Watts. On March 24, 2004, Borden was interviewed once again by Mike Tenay as part of the promotion for his direct-to-video biographical film, Sting: Moment of Truth, and on March 31, he returned to the company for one night only as the special guest enforcer for the main-event, a four-way match between Abyss, A.J. At the end of 1993, Sting was one of the first people to congratulate Flair, who had just returned from the World Wrestling Federation, after his WCW World Heavyweight Title victory over Vader at Starrcade. Borden changed his ring name from Flash to Sting, while Hellwig became known as Rock. I don't have a problem with God. It was scheduled to start September 14, 2001, but was canceled when terrorists attacked the United States on September 11th. Sting told Luger that he did not attack him, but Luger refused to believe him. "Moon Over Bourbon Street" was inspired by Interview with the Vampire. He entered the ring and, with his back turned to the camera side of the audience, launched into an angry tirade about what had transpired over the last week: I want a chance to explain something that happened last Monday night at Nitro. Soon afterward, Flair defeated Sting in a title unification match at Clash of the Champions XXVII, turning heel in the final moments of the match when Sensuous Sherri turned on Sting and took Flair's side. Read Full Biography. At the September pay-per-view, Luger brought a baseball bat to the ring and Sting used it to beat Hogan for his sixth and final WCW World Heavyweight Championship, turning heel for the first time in WCW. At Clash of the Champions I in March 1988, Sting challenged Ric Flair for the NWA World Heavyweight Championship. He played cruise ships, backing strippers in cabarets, and developed a love for the bass guitar. [125] In the following weeks, Sting would recruit Kurt Angle, Samoa Joe, Magnus, and Rampage Jackson as members of the New Main Event Mafia. Steve Borden (born March 20, 1959), better known by the ring name Sting, is an American professional wrestler, actor, author, and former bodybuilder signed with All Elite Wrestling (AEW). 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