[24] Hellwig and Borden later moved to the Continental Wrestling Association (CWA), a wrestling company based in Memphis, Tennessee, and became known as the Freedom Fighters. Sting discovered Shelley filming, then walked up to Shelley's car and told him that he was going to show up at Destination X and confront Jeff Jarrett as Steve Borden. Sting, with the help of Jeff Jarrett, pinned Abyss to win the match for his team and end their bitter rivalry.[38]. I am a gambler and I think I've always been rewarded for my risk-taking. [156], Sting is widely regarded as the greatest performer in WCW history. He left Newcastle in 1976 and within 3 years his band, 'The Police' had a major hit with 'Roxanne' followed by numerous other hits including 5 number ones. Maybe he was right. Sting agreed to put his career on the line in the match in exchange for Flair promising to deliver him his long-awaited match with Hogan, should he be able to defeat him. 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. [211] Borden married his second wife Sabine in 2015. Styles to become the number one contender for the TNA World Heavyweight Championship.[44]. The next night on Nitro, Sting came out unannounced during the middle of the show with no music or entrance pyrotechnics. [190] Another of the company's bookers, Mike Graham, asserted that Sting was a television ratings success during the Monday Night Wars;[191] he was highly profitable in 1997, being WCW's top merchandise seller (second only to the WWF's Steve Austin overall)[192] and, versus Hollywood Hogan, headlining the biggest-grossing pay-per-view event in the company's history at Starrcade 1997. Once he was there a man dressed as Sting, played by Jeff Farmer, attacked him and the crowd at home was led to believe that Sting had joined up with the nWo and would be their fourth man against what was now a three-man WCW team. Sting finished out the year by winning a four-man round-robin Iron Man tournament at Starrcade '89. Following physicality between the two, Sting pointed to the WrestleMania 31 sign with his baseball bat, issuing a challenge for the event that was accepted by Triple H.[143] On the March 16 episode of Raw, Sting made a surprise appearance and helped Randy Orton fight off the Authority. [89][90] He would go on to lose the title to Kurt Angle on August 7 at Hardcore Justice, after Angle hit him with a chair brought to the ring by Hulk Hogan. Four teams were already in the Sacrifice finals, while Cornette named eight wrestlers as the "Egotistical 8". Sting began to question Hogan's trustworthiness and credibility in the weeks leading up to Fall Brawl. Often imitated, but never duplicated though! [14] Sting went on to join the nWo Wolfpac stable, which dominated WCW's merchandise sales at events in mid 1998. I would rather listen to hogs screwing. Luger opted to save the already injured Sting and ended up losing the match by count-out while assisting his friend. Sting was stripped of the title the next night for attacking the official. [87][88] On the July 14 edition of Impact Wrestling, Sting, now dubbed as the "Insane Icon", regained the TNA World Heavyweight Championship from Mr. Anderson, after Fortune and Kurt Angle, disguised as his clown minions, attacked each member of Immortal, preventing them from interfering in the match. On July 16 at Victory Road, Sting won a four-way to win a title shot for Jarrett's NWA World Heavyweight Championship. In September 2007, he was at the Amstel Hotel in Amsterdam, The Netherlands, for two shows in the Amsterdam Arena. [3], After the WWF did not buy out Sting's contract with AOL Time Warner, he rejected a buyout offer of 50 cents on the dollar from AOL Time Warner, instead waiting until his contract expired in March 2002[18][33] (he announced a short-lived retirement in February of that year). Well that didn't take long, did it? Says that seeing Jimi Hendrix at Newcastle City Hall made him want to be a rock star. A new lawsuit accuses British musician Sting of sexually assaulting a 15-year-old girl in a Tempe hotel where he was staying while on tour with The Police in 1979. Borden changed his ring name from Flash to Sting, while Hellwig became known as Rock. [19] He was also the inaugural inductee into the TNA Hall of Fame in 2012. At Clash of the Champions I in March 1988, Sting challenged Ric Flair for the NWA World Heavyweight Championship. [199] Sting often wrestled Steve Austin in WCW; he had positive negotiations with WWE in 2003, with his proposed debut angle being a confrontation with Austin at the conclusion of WrestleMania XIX. While this was a successful period for him it was also the most unhappiest with his marriage falling apart. [Rolling Stone, February 1981]. 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Sting takes in an average of $2,000 per day in royalties for this now twenty-year-old song, "Every Breath You Take." [76] On the following edition of Impact!, Sting and Nash refused to join Hogan, Bischoff and their new group, Immortal. That's right, doubted the Stinger! Sting refused to have the title handed to him and instead defeated Vader for the vacant WCW International World Heavyweight Championship at Slamboree. The match was booked with a classic, controversial Dusty finish even though Rhodes (the namesake of the technique) had been fired months earlier. [1] Over the following 11 years, he won the NWA World Heavyweight Championship on one further occasion and the TNA World Heavyweight Championship four times. Sting, however, was not at that edition of Nitro and showed up at Fall Brawl just as his teammates declared that they would face the nWo by themselves. The song is officially the most requested radio song of all time. [71], After assaulting Jarrett from behind on the June 24 edition of Impact!, TNA president Dixie Carter (storyline) suspended Sting for 30 days. [53] After the PPV, Sting with Kurt Angle, Booker T, Kevin Nash and Scott Steiner created The Main Event Mafia, a stable formed by veterans and former World Champions and feuded with younger wrestlers, called TNA Frontline. The following year and into 2008, Sting reunited with Summers and Copeland for the highly successful Police Reunion Tour. After the match, Sting sounded his disdain of the result and issued an open challenge for later tonight. [98] On the following edition of Impact Wrestling, Carter placed Sting in charge of the program. Lex Luger was chosen to challenge Flair at WrestleWar. Sting disbanded The Main Event Mafia after Aces & Eights disbanded, and while other members began to chase their TNA World Heavyweight Championship dreams, Sting started a feud against Ethan Carter III and Dixie Carter after they began humiliating TNA Legends, like Curry Man and Earl Hebner by Carter. Citation: Pettinger, Tejvan. [62] On September 20 at No Surrender, Sting lost a five-way match for the TNA World Heavyweight Championship that also included A.J. 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. He is best known for his singing … [196] Fin Martin of Power Slam also felt that Sting's box office successes in WCW were sporadic. By this time, the nWo storyline had faded, and Sting was not aligned with any of its factions. Two wrestlers, on different sides of the same coin, from two completely different eras. [92] On the September 1 edition of Impact Wrestling, Sting received a rematch against Angle for the TNA World Heavyweight Championship, but was defeated following interference from special enforcer Hulk Hogan and the rest of Immortal. Also, Abyss and Sting were placed in different team in the Lethal Lockdown match at Lockdown. He attended St. Cuthbert's Catholic High School in Newcastle although, at the time he went, it was a Catholic grammar school. If anyone described me as a genius I would laugh. However, during the match Jarrett made his return and cost Sting the title. The team often retained the championship as a result of Luger's cheating tactics, to which Sting remained oblivious. As a result, he became the only wrestler to have won the NWA, WCW, and TNA world championships in a career. For the next few weeks, the two were seen in the rafters together and coming to the ring together. Official Sites, Literary references in his songs. His pre-WWE career included "dream" matches against former WWF stars Hulk Hogan and Bret Hart in WCW,[202][203] as well as bouts opposite names such as Ric Flair, Randy Savage, Kurt Angle and Mick Foley. Sting appeared in Threepenny Opera in Washington, D.C., in the 1980s. He has a very masculine but skinny body, with muscles all through out. Sting recovered and defended his title on July 12 against Vader at The Great American Bash, dropping the belt to Big Van Vader after missing a Stinger Splash, hitting his head on the ring post, and receiving a powerbomb. ", "The Ultimate Dusty Finish, A Few Corrections, and Just How Great WAS Sting? YouTube view counts pre-VEVO: 1,794,143. Sting returned to Nitro in March 1999, sporting the black and white Crow-inspired attire he debuted in 1996 and began to participate in more mic work. 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