American professional wrestler and former bodybuilder Steve Borden (born March 20, 1959), better known by his ring name Sting, is currently signed to All Elite Wrestling (AEW) as the mentor of Darby Allin. A career spanning five decades has helped him earn a place among the sport’s all-time greats. Fifteen world titles his throughout his career.
Sting gained notoriety as the face of two major American professional wrestling promotions during his career. World Championship Wrestling which acquired by the World Wrestling Federation in 2001. Total Nonstop Action Wrestling. Sting did not sign with the WWF after they bought WCW because he felt. It was not the right fit for him. He competed in the NWA, UWF, and Mid South before joining WCW.
After his contract with AOL Time Warner, which owns WCW, ended in March 2002. Borden considered signing with the World Wrestling Federation (WWF). But ultimately decided against it. Instead, he went on an international tour with the World Wrestling All-Stars, where he won the WWA World Heavyweight Championship. Then in 2003 he joined the fledgling TNA promotion.
Over the next decade and a half. He repeated as NWA Heavyweight Champion once more. As TNA Heavyweight Champion four times. The result was that he became the first and only wrestler in history to hold all three major wrestling organizations’ world championships (NWA, WCW, and TNA). In 2012, he became the first person ever to be inducted into the TNA Hall of Fame. Sting won a grand total of 26 titles during his career. Including 21 in both WCW and TNA. Sting entered the Hall of Fame for the Wrestling Observer Newsletter in 2016.
Steve Borden Early life
Borden raised in the Los Angeles area after moving there as a child from Omaha, Nebraska. After participating in football and basketball in high school, he pursued a career in bodybuilding and was even a co-owner of a Gold’s Gym. Borden taken to a “incredible” World Wrestling Federation (WWF) event in Los Angeles, where he saw Hulk Hogan, The Iron Sheik, The British Bulldogs, and André the Giant, among others, perform. This swayed Borden to pursue a career in professional wrestling, despite his initial disinterest in the sport and the lack of television access to it in his hometown.
Steve Borden Wrestling Career
Borden, who was known as Flash in the ring, joined forces with Jim “Justice” Hellwig (later known as The Ultimate Warrior in the WWF). To form Power Team USA in the independent promotion All-California Championship Wrestling. Rick Bassman managed the four-person team known as Power Team USA, which also included Garland “Glory” Donahoe and Mark “Commando” Miller. After a while, Hellwig and Borden joined the Continental Wrestling Association (CWA).
A wrestling promotion based in Memphis, Tennessee, where they given the name Freedom Fighters by the company’s fans. The team’s “coach,” Buddy Wayne, and soon after, manager, Dutch Mantel, turned heel. Because the fans uninterested in the lumbering hulks. After an uneventful run. The Freedom Fighters finally parted ways with the CWA. After an angle in which they broke the leg of veteran wrestler Phil Hickerson.
Steve Borden Rises to Stardom
Dusty Rhodes put Sting on display in the opening match of Starrcade. Crockett’s first foray into pay-per-view, sometime after Sting’s arrival to the NWA in July 1987. Six men, including Sting and partners Michael P.S. Hayes and Jimmy Garvin, wrestled against Gilbert, Steiner, and Larry Zbyszko, and the match went to a 15-minute time-limit draw.
Sting was one of the few UWF alums to be pushed by the NWA after establishing himself as a rising star. For the NWA World Heavyweight Title, Sting faced Ric Flair at Clash of the Champions I in March 1988. After 45 minutes, the ringside judges were unable to determine a victor, so the fight ended in a draw. After the Clash, Sting had several untelevised rematches with Flair.
All of which Flair won, and later that year, Sting faced off against other members of Flair’s stable, the Four Horsemen. At The Great American Bash in July 1988. Sting teamed up with Koloff to challenge Horsemen Tully Blanchard and Arn Anderson for the NWA World Tag Team Championship. The match went to a 20-minute time limit draw, and Blanchard and Anderson retained their titles.
Steve Borden Retirement
Sting inducted into the WWE Hall of Fame as the first member of the 2016 Class on the January 11, 2016 episode of Raw. Sting ultimately decided against undergoing surgery for his cervical spinal stenosis, stating on March 22, 2016, that he felt completely normal and experienced no symptoms. Sting announced his retirement from professional wrestling on April 2.
For the first time since 2016, Sting returned to WWE television on the February 25, 2019. Episode of Raw to help celebrate Ric Flair’s 70th birthday. Unfortunately, Batista interrupted the festivities by attacking Flair before he could enter the ring. With the exception of interviews recorded for WWE Network. This would be Sting’s last live appearance for the company. It reported in May of 2020 that Sting had left WWE. Sting merchandise and his page in WWE Shop discontinued in October 2020.
Steve Borden Net worth
It estimated that Steven Borden’s net worth is $8 million. Sting won 15 world heavyweight titles, which contributed to his wealth. Borden, then known by his ring name Flash, wrestled for the Continental Wrestling Association in Memphis before he became a legend. Ultimate Warrior was a teammate. Throughout his career, he won 25 titles and was named “Most Popular Wrestler of the Year” by Pro Wrestling Illustrated on four separate occasions.
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