Weight: 252 lbs
Real Name: Steve Borden
Hometown: Venice Beach, California
Other Names: Flash (CA Independent)
Wrestler Since: 1985
Finishing Maneuvers: Scorpion Deathlock, Scorpion Deathdrop, Stinger Splash, Flying Bodypress
Previous PWI 500 Rankings: #21(2011), #60(2010), #9(2009), #84(2008), #19(2007), #26(2006), #26(2000), #12(1999), #12(1998), #3(1996), #2(1995), #8(1994), #4(1993), #1(1992), #5(1991)
Official Website: http://therealsting.com/
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History: (Last Edited: 6/09/06)
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Weight: 252 lbs
Real Name: Steve Borden
Hometown: Venice Beach, California
Other Names: Flash (CA Independent)
Wrestler Since: 1985
Finishing Maneuvers: Scorpion Deathlock, Scorpion Deathdrop, Stinger Splash, Flying Bodypress
Previous PWI 500 Rankings: #21(2011), #60(2010), #9(2009), #84(2008), #19(2007), #26(2006), #26(2000), #12(1999), #12(1998), #3(1996), #2(1995), #8(1994), #4(1993), #1(1992), #5(1991)
Official Website: http://therealsting.com/
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History: (Last Edited: 6/09/06)
Steve Borden is one of those wrestlers that will be remembered long after he's gone. From his long run in the NWA and WCW to his time spent today in NWA-TNA, the Stinger is definitely a wrestling icon, to fans and wrestlers alike.
Borden began his wrestling career in California along with Jim Hellwig (who later became the Ultimate Warrior). He was on various teams with Hellwig, including Power Team USA (along with Mark Miller, and Garland Donoho) and the Freedom Fighters. Borden and Hellwig's most famous venture was as the heel tag-team, the Blade Runners, Flash(Borden) and Rock(Hellwig). It was in this team that Borden began to find his future identity, wearing face paint and learning the wrestling craft. Later on, the decision was made to change Borden's name from Blade Runner Flash to Blade Runner Sting. When the team broke up soon afterwards, Borden kept the "Sting" label, beginning the start of his character's run in pro wrestling.
Sting soon moved on to the Universal Wrestling Federation, where he won the Tag Team Titles along with Eddie Gilbert in 1986, defeating the Fantastics. The belts were held up a few months later, but Sting & Gilbert came right back to gain them back, again defeating the Fantastics, with whom they feuded for most of '86. The Fantastics got the last laugh, winning the titles in September. Sting then broke up with Gilbert, becoming more of a face. He later joined with Rick Steiner to win the belts for a third time, defeating Terry Taylor & Chris Adams. They held the belts for one month before losing them to the Lightning Express. Soon after, the UWF was bought by the NWA, the predecessor to WCW.
At the time, the NWA was one of the more popular organizations, with wrestlers such as Ric Flair, Lex Luger, Larry Zbysko, and the beginnings of the IV Horsemen, led by J.J. Dillon. This is where Sting's feud with Flair and the IV Horsemen really began, as Sting, teaming occassionally with Luger, battled against Flair, Arn Anderson, Tully Blanchard, and others. Sting's first major confrontation with Flair took place at Clash of the Champions I, where he and Flair fought to a wild 45-minute draw. Sting also had short feuds with wrestlers like the Road Warriors, Butch Reed, and the Varsity Club over the next few months. His battles with the Varsity Club earned him a title, when he defeated Mike Rotundo to get the NWA Television Title. Sting defended the belt against many challengers for four months, including a terrific feud with the Great Muta. The two painted-faced wrestlers battled at the '89 Great American Bash, where Sting was given the win after a pinfall. The tape showed that the Great Muta had gotten a shoulder up, though, and the Television Title was vacated. Muta later got the title.
Through Muta, Sting started teaming with his old nemesis, Flair, against Muta & Terry Funk. They met up in a "Thunderdome" match at Halloween Havoc '89, with Bruno Sammartino as the special guest referee. Each team had a wrestler in their corner holding a towel, to decide who would win. After Sting & Flair took complete control, dominating Funk near the end, Ole Anderson, who was in the corner of Sting/Flair, knocked out Gary Hart (Funk's man), making him drop the towel, which gave the win to Sting & Flair. Sting then began a small feud with his old partner, Lex Luger, with Flair and Muta still involved. The four fought in an Iron Man tournament at Starrcade '89, where all four had to fight the other three wrestlers. Sting was defeated by Luger in the first round, but took down the Great Muta and Flair, winning the tournament.
Sting was then offered a spot in the IV Horsemen, and he accepted, joining Flair, Ole Anderson, & Arn Anderson. This team-up only lasted for a short time, as Sting's victory in the Iron Man Tournament made him the #1 Contender to Flair's World Title. When Sting wouldn't give up the title shot, Flair and the rest of the Horsemen attacked him, turning their backs on the Stinger. Sting came to get revenge soon after, but injured his knee while climbing a steel cage (the official story was that the IV Horsemen had done the damage earlier). Sting was out of wrestling for nearly 6 months, rehabbing the injury and swearing revenge on the IV Horsemen.
Sting reappeared in June '90, coming out at Clash of the Champions XI to confront Flair. This reopened their feud, with Sting getting the fans firmly behind him as he went against Flair and the IV Horsemen. Although the odds always seemed to be against him, Sting seemed destined to be the one to take down Flair. It all was leading up to the '90 Great American Bash, where Sting reversed Flair's Figure Four and rolled him up, winning the match and the World Title for the first time. Sting continued to feud with Flair over the next few months, while also battling it out with new dangers in Sid Vicious and a masked man known as the Black Scorpion, who said he was from Sting's past.
Sting faced the Black Scorpion at Clash of the Champions XII, with Sting apparently getting the clean victory over him. However, after the match, another Black Scorpion appeared on the ramp, saying that he was actually the true Scorpion. At Halloween Havoc '90, Sting took on the monster, Vicious, with the Four Horsemen doing their best to aid Vicious. In one of the most infamous moments in WCW history, Sting fought to the back with Vicious, then 'reappeared', only to come to the ring and get pinned by Vicious. However, the real Sting then ran back out, after fighting free of the IV Horsemen in the back, and showed that the 'Sting' in the ring was actually Barry Windham! The match restarted, with the champion getting the Stinger Splash on Vicious to get the victory, retaining the title. Sting then went on to Starrcade '90 to face the "true" Black Scorpion in a Cage match. During the fight, four other 'Scorpions' appeared at ringside. Sting managed to win the match, keeping the belt, but then was attacked by the Scorpions. During the melee, the head Scorpion was unmasked, revealing it to be Ric Flair and the rest of the Horsemen. This reintensified the feud between Sting and Flair, continuing to be the major driving force in the company.
In January '91, Sting had a major match with Flair, with the Dirtiest Player in the Game using the ropes to get the pinfall victory, taking away Sting's World Title. Sting moved on from the Horsemen feud for a while, battling against such foes as Nikoli Volkoff and Doom. In August '91, after Luger won the World Title, Sting entered into the United States Heavyweight Title Tournament. Sting came through once again, beating Arn Anderson, the Diamond Studd (Scott Hall), and Steve Austin to gain the strap. After a brief feud with Johnny B. Badd, Sting then began fighting it out with two new WCW wrestlers, Abdullah the Butcher and Cactus Jack (now better known as Mick Foley). With the help of the Steiner Brothers and El Gigante, Sting defeated Abdullah, Cactus Jack, the Diamond Studd & Vader at Halloween Havoc '91.
Sting next matched up against "Ravishing" Rick Rude, who had come over from the WWF to challenge him for the United States Heavyweight strap. However, before Sting was going to defend against Rude at Clash of the Champions XVII, Sting was assaulted by his old friend Luger, injuring his knee. Sting was taken to the hospital, but valiantly returned before he could be counted out, meeting Rude in the match. Sting fought hard in the bout, but was at an obvious disadvantage due to his knee injury. In the end, Rude won out, departing with Sting's belt. Sting got a brief amount of revenge at Starrcade '91, though, winning the Battle Bowl final round by eliminating both Rude and Luger, giving him momentum going into the next year.
It was announced at Clash of the Champions XVIII that Sting would be facing Luger for the WCW World Title at the next PPV. During the night, Sting continued his feud with Rick Rude and the rest of the Dangerous Alliance, teaming with Ricky "The Dragon" Steamboat to beat Rude & Steve Austin, with Sting pinning Austin after a flying bodypress. Sting continued to feud with Luger's allies going into Superbrawl II, where Sting took on Luger for the WCW World Championship. It was a competitive match, with Luger's manager, Harley Race, trying to interfere. But Sting won out, landing the Flying Bodypress to become a two-time WCW World Champion (it was previously known as the NWA World Title).
Sting's feud with the Dangerous Alliance continued after gaining the title, as he teamed with Steamboat, Nikita Koloff, Dustin Rhodes, & Barry Windham in a "War Games" Match against Rude, Austin, Arn Anderson, Larry Zbyszko, & Bobby Eaton at Wrestlewar '92. Sting proved to be the strongest factor on his team, making Zbyszko accidentally hit Eaton with a pipe, then forcing Eaton to tap out to an Arm Bar Submission. Sting then moved on to new feuds against wrestlers like Cactus Jack, who had turned on the fans. Sting defeated Cactus Jack at Beach Blast '92 in a "Falls Count Anywhere" Match, landing a massive Flying Clothesline on the ramp to get the win.
Sting next had to deal with Big Van Vader, a massive wrestler who seemed to shake off most of what Sting could throw at him. Vader won the title away from him at the '92 Great American Bash, smashing Sting down with a Powerbomb. When Sting began preparing to get a rematch with Vader, though, he found himself instead engaged in a wild feud with Jake "The Snake" Roberts, who had come into WCW and attacked Sting on his first night there. Meanwhile, Ron Simmons, who was chosen to replace Sting in the match, won the WCW World Title from Vader, changing the balance of power. At Clash of the Champions XX, Sting joined with Nikita Koloff & the Steiner Brothers to fight in an "Elimination" Match against Roberts, Vader, Rick Rude, & the Super Invader. Koloff went first, being pinned by Roberts. Sting evened things up by beating the Super Invader, but then found himself all alone when Scott Steiner was DQ'ed and Rick Steiner was counted out. Sting fought on, but when Vader was DQ'ed for his violence against Sting, Roberts was soon able to get the win, pinning the Stinger.
Sting faced off against Roberts in a "Coal Miner's Glove" Match at Halloween Havoc '92, with each intent on ending the feud in the most violent way possible. Roberts seemed to have an ace up his sleeve, as Cactus Jack had brought Robert's cobra to the ring. But it backfired on Roberts, as the snake bit him instead, allowing Sting to get the glove and knock Roberts out, winning the match. After Sting finished his feud with Roberts, he started on his way back up the ladder, entering into the King of Cable Tournament. The semi-finals of the tournament were held at Clash of the Champions XXI, with Sting facing off against his long-time foe, Rick Rude. It was a stunning match that ended in a 20-minute draw, forcing the three judges (Larry Zbyszko, Ole Anderson, & Hiro Matsuda) to vote on the winner. Sting won 2-1, moving on in the tournament. At Starrcade '92, Sting faced off against Vader in the finals of the tournament. Sting's power was shown in this match, as he caught Vader in mid-air and powerslammed him to get the victory, winning the tournament. That same night, Sting competed in the Battle Bowl Match, but his feud with Vader took precedence, as both men eliminated each other. The Great Muta won the match, eliminating Barry Windham at the end.
Sting continued his feud with Vader into the next year, especially after Vader regained the WCW World Title from Simmons. At Clash of the Champions XXII, Sting was set to team with Simmons, Dustin Rhodes, & Van Hammer against Vader, Rick Rude, Barry Windham, & the Barbarian in a "Thundercage" Match. However, Van Hammer was injured before the show, and Simmons was taken out by Vader. Rude was also injured, leading to Paul Orndorff taking his place, and the Barbarian was also taken out by Vader, leading to a 3-on-2 match, with Sting & Rhodes at the disadvantage. However, thanks to Cactus Jack getting involved (by cutting his way into the match), momentum turned in favor of the faces, and Cactus pinned Orndorff for the victory.
Sting faced off against Vader at Superbrawl III. The bout, a "White Castle of Fear Leather Strap" Match, was Non-Sactioned, and, thus, not for the WCW World Title. It was very bloody for both individuals, but Vader once again managed to come out on top, touching all four corners. Sting and Vader continued to meet regularly over the next few months, and in surprising twist, Sting defeated Vader for the WCW World Title in March '93, during a tour overseas. Only a few days later, Vader regained the belt, and the title change was barely acknowledged by fans in the US. Sting continued to feud with Vader after the title change, while also battling the Prisoner (formerly known as Nailz in the WWF) at Slamboree '93, getting the win after a Crossbody Block.
For the next few months, Sting, teaming some with the British Bulldog, fought against Vader and his ally, Sid Vicious. Things continued to grow personal between Sting and Vicious, especially after Vicious got Sting counted out when Sting was challenging Ric Flair for the WCW World Title on a WCW Saturday Night taping. Soon, Sting, the Bulldog, Dustin Rhodes, & the Shockmaster joined together to take on Vader, Vicious, & Harlem Heat in a "War Games" Match at Fall Brawl '93, with Sting's team coming out successful. Things continued to brew between Sting and Vicious, though, and the two met up at Halloween Havoc '93, where Sting got the decisive victory, thanks in part to Colonel Robert Parker, Vicious's manager, hitting the wrong man. Sting next spent a few months battling against the tag champions, the Nasty Boys, with different partners. At Starrcade '93, Sting teamed with Road Warrior Hawk against the Nasty Boys, with the odds seemingly in Sting & Hawk's favor. But the Nasty Boys ended the match via DQ, saving their titles.
Sting entered the new year once again intent on Rick Rude and Vader, going to war with them several times, while also occassionally allying with his old foe, Ric Flair. At Superbrawl '94, Sting joined with Dustin Rhodes & Brian Pillman in a "Thundercage" Match against Rude, Steve Austin, & Paul Orndorff. Sting's team got the victory, earning Sting more in his battles against Rude. In March '94, The European Cup Tournament was held in England by WCW. Sting managed to defeat Harlem Heat member Kane (now better known as Booker T), Ron Simmons, Steve Austin, and his other major rival, Vader, to win the tournament and the cup. Sting then continued his feud with "Ravishing" Rick Rude, demanding a WCW International title shot. Rude refused, so Sting tricked him, sending out a female 'fan' to get Rude to give his autograph. It turned out to be a contract, giving Sting his shot at the belt at Spring Stampede '94. Sting's old foe Vader tried to interfere, but accidentally hit Rude with a chair by mistake. Sting took advantage, getting the pin and the title. A month later, Sting lost a rematch to Rude, apparently losing the belt back to him. But Rude injured his neck severely in the match, and was forced to vacate (he later retired from wrestling). Sting refused to have the belt handed to him, though, and went on to defeat Vader at Slamboree '94 to win the vacated International Title for the second time.
Sting held the title for another month, until WCW proclaimed that they wanted to unify the International and World belts. This had Sting facing off against his old foe, "The Nature Boy" Ric Flair. After Sherri Martel (who was painted like Sting) turned on him, Flair got the victory, taking both belts. Sting came back for a rematch later on, but got his eyes raked by Sherri, putting him on the shelf for the next month. When he returned, he was put into a #1 Contenders match at Fall Brawl '94 against Vader and the Guardian Angel (Big Boss Man). After a masked man attacked Sting, though, Vader managed the victory, leaving Sting temporarily out of the World Title picture. Sting went on to join Hulk Hogan, who had recently come to WCW, against the Dungeon of Doom, a major stable led by Kevin Sullivan.
At Clash of the Champions XXIX, Sting teamed with Hogan and Sullivan's brother, Dave (known as Evad due to his being mentally retarded), beating the team of Avalanche (known as the Earthquake in the WWF), the Butcher (known as Brutus Beefcake in the WWF), & Sullivan. The special referee in the match was Mr. T, who was clearly partial to Sting & Hogan's team. Sting faced off against Avalanche at Starrcade '94, with Sting actually managing to bodyslam the massive wrestler. Sting then put Avalanche in the Scorpion Deathlock, but Kevin Sullivan then ran down and interfered. Hogan made the save for Sting, as the ref DQ'ed Avalanche, giving Sting the win. Later that night, Hogan defeated the Butcher, with "Macho Man" Randy Savage making his first appearance, joining Sting & the Hulkster in their battles against the Dungeon of Doom.
Sting continued to go after Avalanche going into the new year, finally getting the clean win over him at Clash of the Champions XXX by making him submit to the Scorpion Deathlock. Sting worked together with "Macho Man" Randy Savage a few weeks later, with the two teaming up to win over Avalanche & Big Bubba Rogers at Superbrawl V. Sting continued to feud heavily with Rogers over the next few PPVs, losing via cheating tactics to Rogers at Uncensored '95, then getting revenge on Rogers at Slamboree '95, forcing the big man to tap out.
In June '95, Sting entered into the vacated United States Heavyweight Title Tournament. Just like before, Sting stormed up the brackets, defeating Arn Anderson and "Mr. Wonderful" Paul Orndorff to get to the finals at the '95 Great American Bash, where he defeated Dungeon of Doom member Meng to become the United States champion for the second time. For the next three months, Sting would match up against Meng many times, winning a rematch over him at Bash At The Beach '95. Sting also had several confrontations with the Dungeon, always coming out with the US Title intact. However, in November, Sting was defeated by Kensuke Sasaki, a wrestler from NJPW who had recently come to WCW. Sasaki won the title, and Sting moved back up into the main event picture. Sting's former adversary, Ric Flair, was having an apparent battle with his Horsemen brothers, and asked Sting for help. Sting was reluctant, but went along with helping Flair. The two groups faced off at Halloween Havoc '95, with Flair having been attacked before the match by the Horsemen. Sting fought on in a "Handicap" Match, until Flair came out, apparently for the tag. But Flair proved it was all a hoax, attacking the Stinger. A few weeks later, Sting returned, locking Flair into the Scorpion Deathlock. He refused to let go, and it took his old friend Luger (recently returned from the WWF) to finally get him to break the hold.
Sting got his revenge on Flair at World War III '95, in a brutal match between the two men. After nearly 15 minutes of beating on each other, Sting came out on top with the Scorpion Deathlock. Though hurting, Sting went on to try the World War III 60-man Battle Royale, which was the very next match. Sting gave it his all, since the vacated World Title was on the line, but just didn't have enough left, eventually being tossed out. Randy Savage went on to win the Rumble, and the title. Sting then continued his feud with Flair, which then brought Luger back into things. The three men fought in a Triangle match at Starrcade '95. In a surprise ending, Flair won via countout when both Sting and Luger stayed on the outside. Although Sting tried to get into the ring, Luger held him back, keeping the match from continuing. This was never fully explained, as Luger and Sting stayed a team afterwards.
At the beginning of '96, Sting and Luger showed how strong their bond was, defeating Harlem Heat to win the WCW World Tag-Team Championships. The duo fought again against Harlem Heat at Superbrawl VI, with Sting & Luger once again coming out on top. Later that night, Sting & Luger answered the challenger of the Road Warriors, fighting them to a Double Disqualification. By this point, Sting & Luger were beginning to have problems, due to Luger's arrogant attitude. At Uncensored '96, Sting & Luger were scheduled to defend the titles against the Road Warriors, but Luger claimed to be injured, causing Booker T of Harlem Heat (who had been feuding with the Road Warriors as well) joining with Sting for one night only against their mutual foes. Late in the wild match, Road Warrior Animal and Booker T fought to the back, where Luger was seen posing in front of a mirror. Luger did help Harlem Heat subdue Animal, handcuffing him in the back, which allowed Stevie Ray to help Booker T take out Hawk, with Sting & Booker T getting the win.
In May '96, Sting began feuding with the new WCW World Champion, the Giant (more well-known as the Big Show in WWE). The two faced off at Slamboree '96, with Sting having to deal with Jimmy Hart at ringside as well. Luger came down to even the odds, but tried to cheat, getting Hart's megaphone to use on the Giant. But the Giant reversed a maneuver, sending Sting into the megaphone instead, allowing the Giant to get Sting with the Chokeslam and win the match due to Luger's interference. The various issues between Sting and Luger later led them to lose the WCW World Tag Titles to Harlem Heat in June '96, ending their long reign as the champs. But Sting and Luger patched up their differences soon after, as the threat of the Outsiders, Scott Hall & Kevin Nash, became known to WCW. The two men had come from the WWF and supposedly did not have contracts with WCW, instead invading the organization. This was soon the start of one of the darkest times in Sting's career.
Sting, Luger, & Randy Savage met up with the two Outsiders at Bash at the Beach '96, with a third mystery partner who apparently did not show up. During the fight, Luger was injured and taken backstage, leaving Sting & Savage against Hall & Nash. Near the end of the fight, Hulk Hogan surprisingly came down, seemingly to aid Sting & Savage defeat the interlopers. Instead, Hogan betrayed them, attacking Savage while the Outsiders double-teamed Sting. This was the formation of the new World order, one of Sting's greatest adversaries. Sting, Luger, Savage, Ric Flair, and other WCW stars banded together against the nWo threat, eventually scheduling a War Games match with them at the next Pay-Per-View. But Hogan pulled out a psychological weapon, bringing in a fake "Sting" to attack Luger and side with the nWo. Soon, all of WCW believed that Sting had betrayed them, not listening when he told them it wasn't him. At Fall Brawl '96, Luger, Flair, & Arn Anderson fought against Hogan, Hall, Nash, & the nWo "Sting". During the fight, the real Sting came out and went to the cage, entering and dismantling the nWo. He then showed his anger to Luger and the rest, telling them to finish things themselves, then departed. The WCW faction, outnumbered again, fell to the nWo soon after. The next Nitro, Sting declared himself a "free agent", not part of either WCW or the nWo.
Sting soon began appearing in the rafters, looking down upon what was happening during the WCW/nWo war. He became more of a "Crow" character, a dark angel who would descend and attack when necessary. Both friends and foes took shots, as Sting dealt with both those who accused him of betrayal, and those who had caused it. Sting became the most feared enemy of the nWo, as his massive attacks sometimes took out every single member of the stable. Soon after, Sting began pointing towards Hogan, obviously wanting a shot at the WCW/nWo World Title around his waist. This continued throughout the majority of 1997. Sting was offered various contracts by the people in charge of WCW at the time, but since none involved Hogan, Sting turned them down in his own fashion. Eventually, though, it was finally signed for Starrcade '97. Sting got his shot against "Hollywood" Hulk Hogan. After various confusing items during the match, including a fast count by the referee, which was later 'overturned' by Bret Hart, Sting got the victory and the World Title for the fourth time.
Unfortunately, due to the way Sting won the match, the belt was vacated near the beginning of '98, with a rematch set up between Hogan and Sting at the next major PPV. In the meantime, Sting and Hogan continued to interact, with Sting defeating Hogan in a "Steel Cage" Match at Boston Brawl (an Internet-based event). At Superbrawl VIII, with the World Title hanging in the balance, Sting and Hogan again went at it, with the nWo trying anything it could to win out. However, after being aided by Randy Savage, who had left the nWo for a time at this point, Sting again got the victory, getting the World Title once more.
Sting next had a one-month feud with Scott Hall, who had earned a title shot by winning World War III the previous November, Sting defeated Hall at Uncensored '98, then tried to aid Randy Savage in his Cage match against Hogan that night. Savage, however, turned on Sting, getting a piledriver. This started a war between the two men, which included Savage apparently injuring his knee at one point. Sting also battled with Savage's ally, Kevin Nash, on consecutive Monday Night Nitro's, with Hogan usually interfering. The bizarre feud ended up at Spring Stampede '98 between Savage and Sting for the World Title. First Hogan appeared, trying to make Savage lose. Then Nash interfered, Powerbombing Sting to help Savage make the pin and take away the belt. Nash then joined with Savage and others in forming nWo Wolfpac, a separate faction from the nWo (which was still run by Hogan).
Sting, not caring about allegiances, teamed up with the Giant to take on the Outsiders, Nash & Hall, who held the Tag-Team Titles. During the month, though, the Giant suddenly turned nWo, joining Hogan's faction and leaving Sting with an unsure partner. At Slamboree '98, though, the teamwork issue was on the other side, as Hall betrayed Nash, knocking him out so that the Giant could make the pin and get the belts for himself and Sting. The Giant and Hall then asked Sting to join the nWo with them, since he was part of the tag-team champions. Nash, along with the rest of the Wolfpac, got into it as well, trying to recruit Sting to their cause. Sting's old friend Luger surprisingly joined up with the Wolfpac, and pleaded for his comrade to join them. A week later, Luger & Nash took on the Giant & Hogan in a tag-team match. During the fight, Sting came down from the rafters wearing an nWo black 'n' white shirt. It looked like he had joined Hogan. But as Hogan and the Giant celebrated, Sting tore off the shirt, showing a Wolfpac shirt underneath. He then attacked the two nWo members, showing that he was now officially with the Wolfpac.
The Giant tried to declare a new partner, Bryan Adams, as the co-tag-team-champion, but that was struck down by the WCW officials. The Giant and Sting then feuded, with Sting now wearing red face paint to complete his alligance with the Wolfpac. The two battled at the '98 Great American Bash, where Sting was able to come out on top, defeating his former tag-team partner. With the victory, he was allowed to choose a new partner to hold the belts. He selected Kevin Nash, the leader of the Wolfpac. He also teamed some with Lex Luger, when Nash was out with a back injury.
In July '98, Sting & Nash lost the belts to Scott Hall and the Giant, after Sting was distracted by Bret Hart. Hart claimed to be Sting's friend, even though he was mainly allied with Hollywood Hogan and the nWo. Hart claimed that Sting and he should be friends, since their moves were so similar, especially their finisher (the Sharpshooter and the Scorpion Deathlock). The feud got very complex, as Hart stopped Hogan at one point from whipping Sting with his belt. A small break-up occurred between Hart and Hogan, with Sting stepping in on Hart's side. During a September '98 Nitro, Hogan challenged both Hart and Sting. Hart accepted the match and came out to fight, but soon was in horrible pain due to his bad knee. Sting then appeared, taking Hart's place in the match. However, it all turned out to be a swerve, as Hart came back to the ring and attacked Sting with Hogan, putting Sting in the Sharpshooter.
Sting returned the next week in a very foul mood, and he and Hart brawled throughout the backstage area, with Sting 'winning' in the end when he left Hart lying after the Scorpion Deathlock had been applied. Hart and Sting later met up at Halloween Havoc '98, in what was expected to be a very technical match. It turned into a complete brawl, and after the referee was taken out, Hart used Sting's own bat on him, knocking him out, which allowed him to apply the Sharpshooter and get the win. Sting was carried out on a stretcher, and didn't appear again for several months.
Although Sting did appear in January '99 to attack Hart, he didn't return to wrestling, again disappearing from WCW. In April '99, Sting reappeared in the rafters at a few WCW events, pointing down at the World Champ, Ric Flair. He was no longer a member of the nWo Wolfpac, since Hogan had taken it over along with Nash and Luger. Sting came to the ring during a Nitro, with "Macho Man" Randy Savage (who would be the special referee) telling the audience that Sting would be involved in the 4-Way Title Match at Spring Stampede '99. Sting was unable to win the title, though, after a great fight, as Diamond Dallas Page won out after a Diamond Cutter on Flair. Sting then continued to return to the ring, besting Ric Flair in a great singles match on a Nitro, then getting a match against Page. Sting defeated Page to become the World Champ, but lost the title back to Page the same night in a 4-Corners Match with DDP, Nash, and Goldberg, when Randy Savage interfered to help DDP win back the strap. Due to the title changes, though, a match was set up that night: Sting vs. Goldberg! The two met at Slamboree '99. Unfortunately, the two were attacked during the match by Bret Hart and the Steiner Brothers, putting the match to a No-Contest.
Sting then began feuding with both Steiner brothers, particularly Rick, the TV champion at the time. He fought against Rick multiple times in June '99, usually with the matches being thrown out. Sting also was betrayed by Tank Abbott, who, while being a ref during a cage match between the two, helped out Rick and left the ring. Sting and Rick Steiner met at the '99 Great American Bash for the Television Title, but the match was ruled a No Contest when Abbott, Scott Steiner, and doberman pinchers became involved. Sting recovered from the attack quickly, though, appearing at the next Nitro to throw Rick Steiner through an RV's wall. He later carried Steiner backstage.
Sting soon became involved in the Kevin Nash-Randy Savage-Sid (Vicious) angle, aiding his former Wolfpac partner when needed. But Nash was unsure about Sting's motives, since there was a rumor that Sting was the hummer driver that had badly injured Nash a few weeks before. The two still teamed together against Savage and Sid at the '99 Bash at the Beach, where Savage pinned Nash to get the win and the World Title, despite Sting's best efforts against Sid. At the next Nitro, Sting faced off against "President" Ric Flair in a match for the Presidency of WCW. Sting first took care of Flair's referee, then fought off Arn Anderson and Sid Vicious to win the match, when Eric Bischoff came out and proclaimed him the winner. Sting was now the President of WCW, not a bad position for the heart of the federation. However, Sting did not hold onto the Presidency for long. A few weeks later, after the lawyers had straightened things out, Sting handed the Presidency back to WCW.
Sting soon became allied again with Hollywood Hogan, who claimed to have been reborn as a face. Hogan defeated Savage for the World Title thanks in part to Kevin Nash, who later challenged Hogan to a match at the next Pay-Per-View. Nash then became entangled, surprisingly, with Sid Vicious and Rick Steiner. The threesome attacked Hogan, but Sting came to his aid, along with Bill Goldberg. The six wrestlers formed their alliances against one another, and chose their sparring partners for the next PPV. Sting drew Sid Vicious, a very dangerous opponent. At Road Wild '99, Sting threw all he had and more against the insane big man, but it just wasn't enough that night, as Sid defeated Sting with a Choke Slam. This started a chain of events which led to a shocking change in the Stinger. On a Nitro in late August, Sting was given a World Title shot against Hulk Hogan, his "friend". The two fought well, with interference from Sid and Steiner ending it. Hogan then vowed to give Sting another title shot at the next PPV.
During the upcoming weeks to the PPV, the reappearance of Lex Luger, and his accusations towards Hollywood Hogan as the driver of the mysterious hummer, left many fans wondering what was going to happen. During one show, Sting, Luger, Hogan, and Bret Hart were all arguing in a dressing room when the lights went out. When they came back on, Sting was facedown on the floor, not moving. There was no clue which wrestler had attacked him. The uncertainty went into the Fall Brawl '99 match between Sting and Hogan for the World Title. Shockingly, the fans, and Hogan, were betrayed, as Sting, after interference from Diamond Dallas Page and Luger, hit Hogan with the baseball bat to become the WCW Heavyweight Champion for the 7th time. Sting officially became a heel that night, which was only shown out more the next night when he and Luger assaulted Ric Flair. This was Sting's first real heel turn in WCW.
Sting continued to team with Luger and DDP, fighting against Flair, Hulk Hogan, Bret Hart, and other WCW superstars. He attacked Hogan on many occassions, trying to injure him, to keep his main challenger for the World Title down. They were scheduled to meet at Halloween Havoc '99, but in a strange twist, Hogan came out in street clothes and let Sting pin him. This was really never explained by WCW. Later in the night, Sting came back out, saying that he wanted an actual fight, not just someone laying down to him. He sent out a challenge to anyone in the back. The challenge was answered by Goldberg, who promptly defeated the World Champion. After the match, an infuriated Stinger beat up the referee.
On the next Nitro, Sting came out and laid a protest down to J.J. Dillon, saying that the match with Goldberg wasn't a World Title match. Dillon agreed, saying that Goldberg wasn't the champ. However, because Sting attacked the referee, Sting wasn't, either. The belt had been vacated. Sting promptly attacked Dillon, until Goldberg made the save. A tournament was set up for the World Title, which Sting made sure to be in. Sting also began to feud with his former partner Luger, who turned on him and sprayed mace into his eyes. Luger's valet, the lovely Elizabeth, seemed to be in the middle of the two. In the WCW World Heavyweight Title Tournament, Sting defeated Brian Knobs, Meng, and Luger to get to the semi-finals, which were held at WCW Mayhem '99. Sting fought against Bret Hart, in a match that was marred by interference from Luger. Luger attacked Sting with a baseball bat, but then was put in the Sharpshooter by Hart. The referee tried to declare Hart the winner via DQ, but Hart restarted the match, giving Sting another chance. However, Hart was able to reverse the Scorpion Deathlock into the Sharpshooter, and got the win, eventually moving on in the tournament to win the World Title.
Sting and Luger continued to feud, with Miss Elizabeth being the unknown factor. Sting saved Elizabeth on numerous occassions, as she was being forced to wrestle by Luger against men like Meng. After a confrontation between the two, where Sting asked Elizabeth who she really was with, Elizabeth signed on as his manager. Elizabeth then helped Sting win matches in the next few weeks, macing some of his opponents. Luger, meanwhile, began dressing like Sting, and at one point attacked Diamond Dallas Page, causing Page to think Sting had done it. Sting and Luger finally met up at Starrcade '99, where they had a spirited match. Unfortunately, Sting's trust was betrayed, as Elizabeth turned on him, hitting him with a bat. Sting won via DQ, but that didn't stop Luger and Elizabeth from mercilessly beating him. At the next Nitro, Luger, still dressed as Sting, mocked the man he had ruthlessly beaten. However, the lights went out during his speech, and flashes of 'lightning' filled the arena. When the lights came back up, the ring was full of black roses.
This intimidation continued for the next month, as Sting's Crow persona came back. At one point, Luger was heading towards the back, when he noticed a black crow standing on the Nitro set. At Superbrawl X, Hulk Hogan, who was also feuding with Luger, managed to defeat him. Hogan was then attacked by Ric Flair, who had joined with Luger. As the two men ganged up on Hogan, Sting reappeared, coming to Hogan's aid. Sting appeared for the next few weeks, always going after Luger, whether Flair was with him or not. The two wrestlers met again at Uncensored '00, in a "Lumberjacks With Casts" match. This was made because of Luger's attacks on various wrestlers, leaving their arms in casts. During the match, Elizabeth again interfered, using the baseball bat on Sting. But Sting was aided by Vampiro, another face-painted wrestler, who took the bat and hit Luger with it, breaking up his Torture Rack. Sting then got the Scorpion Deathdrop and the pin, winning the match.
Over the next month, Sting and Vampiro routinely teamed up to take on the force of Team Package (Luger & Flair). It seemed like a great alliance, but it was destined not to last. In April '00, Eric Bischoff and Vince Russo returned to WCW, taking over the reins of power. They then created a new stable, the New Blood, a group of the younger wrestlers, saying that the Millionaire's Club, the older, more experienced ones, were holding them back. All the titles were vacated, and Sting was one of four men put in a #1 Contenders Tournament to decide who would face Jeff Jarrett for the gold at the next PPV. Sting managed to defeat Sid Vicious, after the Wall put Vicious through a table. This put Sting in the Finals against Diamond Dallas Page. During the match, while Page was distracted by Buff Bagwell, Sting was surprisingly attacked by his ally Vampiro, who got the Nail in the Coffin on the Stinger. This allowed Page to get the easy pinfall, costing Sting the title shot.
At the next Thunder, a furious Sting was given a chance to get into the vacated United States Title Tournament at the next PPV. To do it, he had to pin all three Villanos. Sting quickly got rid of two of them, but the third one turned out to be Jarrett wearing a mask. However, DDP came down and dropped Jarrett with the Diamond Cutter, enabling Sting to get the pin and get into the tournament. At Spring Stampede '00, the Stinger first faced Booker T in a truly great match. After reversing a suplex into the Scorpion Deathdrop, Sting got the victory. Sting and Booker T shook hands afterwards, showing their respect for each other. In the next round, Sting fought Vampiro, his former ally. With the Scorpion Deathlock, Sting moved on to the finals against Scott Steiner. As the two fought, a hole suddenly appeared in the ring. Vampiro came out, grabbing Sting and pulling him into the hole. A minute later, Sting came back out, badly bloodied, and easy pickings for Steiner.
Sting's feud with Vampiro grew as the weeks went by, with the two men basically trying to kill one another. They fought in a "First Blood" Match on one Nitro, where Vampiro had blood dropped from the ceiling onto Sting. The rest of the New Blood then attacked the Stinger, ending the match. Sting appeared at the next card still covered in the same 'blood', defeating the Wall, then fighting with Vampiro again. At another point, Vampiro and Sting met in a cemetary, where Sting was thrown into an empty grave, with a tombstone thrown on top. As Vampiro laughed and left, a hand was seen coming out of the grave. Sting attacked Vampiro again later in the show. At Slamboree '00, the two wrestlers battled it out, with many weapons utilized by both. In the end, Sting landed two Scorpion Deathdrops and got the pinfall. Unsatisfied, though, Sting continued the attack after the match was over.
Sting and Vampiro weren't through yet, as Vampiro again appeared during a Sting match by coming through the ring. He later gave an interview where he threatened to bite the head off of a crow, but Sting then appeared, assaulting him. During one Nitro, the two met in a House of Pain Cage match, where, to win, you had to handcuff your opponent to the cage. Sting won out, using the handcuffs, but after the match, the lights went out. When they came back up, Vampiro was gone from the ring. Later on, Sting's car was show ablaze, as Vampiro had burned it. Vampiro later challenged Sting to an Inferno match at the next PPV, which Sting eventually accepted. Vampiro began coming out with a can of gasoline, trying to burn other wrestlers. Sting usually made the save. Another memorable event during this time was when Sting faced off against the World Champion Jeff Jarrett. Sting got a small package to earn the victory, but Eric Bischoff came out and declared that the World Title wasn't on the line. Sting, in a rage, continued to attack Jarrett for some time afterwards.
Sting and Vampiro fought a vicious Inferno fight at the '00 Great American Bash, with gasoline and other weapons used early on. The fight eventually went back to the large screen, where both wrestlers climbed up. In the end, Vampiro set Sting on fire, then sent him (or rather, a stunt man) off the edge, falling all the way down to the stage below. Sting would then be out of WCW for a month, supposedly recovering from his serious burns. It kept being announced, though, that Sting would return for revenge on Vampiro. Over the next few weeks, men wearing Sting masks occassionally appeared, sometimes as many as a dozen, during Vampiro's matches.
At the next PPV, Bash at the Beach '00, Vampiro defeated the Demon in a Graveyard match. He then came to the ring later, bragging about his victories over both Sting and the Demon. Before he could finish, though, "Sting" druids (wearing Sting masks) came out, bringing a casket with them. Supposedly the Demon was in the casket. Instead, though, a man wearing a ski mask and goggles popped out, attacking Vampiro. This was Sting, who wore a mask for the next few cards due to his 'burns'. At the next Nitro, Vampiro came out with the Demon, who apparently was now under his control. Sting then reappeared, going after both men. They continued to feud, with the Great Muta, another face-painted wrestler, becoming involved against the Stinger.
Sting also made his way back into the main event picture for a week, when, after a WCW.com poll took place, was named the #1 Contender for the World Title, around the waist of Booker T. Sting was attacked by Goldberg before the match, however, and did not make it to the ring. The next week, Sting got a 'rematch' with Booker T. But during the fight, he was dragged under the ring by the Demon, who was then joined by Vampiro and Muta. The three men put Sting into a coffin and set it on fire. Sting came back the next week with bat attacks on each wrestler. During this time, Sting also had quick feuds with the Steiner brothers and Jeff Jarrett.
At New Blood Rising, Sting fought the Demon in a very short match, where Sting quickly dominated and got the Scorpion Deathdrop for the victory in less than a minute. After the match, Sting was attacked by the Great Muta and Vampiro, but Kronik made the save. The feud continued to grow, with the Demon turning on Muta and Vampiro on a Nitro. Sting still had to fight the Dark Carnival, though, which consisted of Vampiro, Muta, and the Insane Clown Posse. Sting also continued to have problems with Jeff Jarrett, facing him the week before the next PPV in a 2 out of 3 falls #1 Contender match. Both men got a pinfall, then the referee was knocked out. Sting got on the Scorpion Deathlock, and Jarrett tapped, but no referee was there to end the match. Sting, however, took the victory.
Sting was scheduled to meet Muta and Vampiro in a Three-Way dance at Fall Brawl '00. Before the fight, Sting was brutally attacked by Jarrett backstage. However, he still made it out for his scheduled fight, although obviously not at 100 percent. However, when the two heels started disagreeing with each other, they left an opening for Sting, who got a Scorpion Deathdrop on Muta for the victory. Vampiro and his group then tried to beat on Muta, only to have Sting come to his rescue. Later in the night, Sting earned some revenge on Jarrett, helping Mike Awesome defeat him in a Bunkhouse Brawl. The next Nitro, Sting faced off against Booker T for the World Title, having 'won' his Contendership match the week before. At the end, Sting took advantage with the Scorpion Deathlock, but an attack from Jarrett and Scott Steiner caused the match to be ruled a No-Contest. This started a major main-event feud between Booker T/Sting and Jarrett/Steiner.
Sting soon centered on Jarrett, who began coming to the ring dressed as Sting used to look, with blond, short hair and face paint. Jarrett also got in multiple shots with his guitar over the next few weeks. At Halloween Havoc '00, Jarrett and Sting faced off, in a competitive match. During the fight, men dressed up as Sting's former guises came out and attacked him. Sting managed to fight them all off, but this left him open for a guitar shot from Jarrett, who then scored the pin. Sting continued his feud with Jarrett and Steiner for the next couple of weeks, eventually getting put into the Lethal Lottery Tournament, where teams were drawn from a hat. Sting was paired with Steiner, and despite their differences, the duo managed to get past Mike Awesome & Bam Bam Bigelow, then Kronik, to win the Lottery. After the match, Steiner attacked Sting, but Booker T made the save - then hit Sting with a chair himself.
Due to winning the Lottery, Sting and Steiner faced off on the next Thunder to determine who would get a World Title shot after Mayhem '00. It was a very good match, with Sting surprisingly getting the victory after a Scorpion Deathdrop. After the match, though, Steiner beat on Sting, putting him in a straight jacket and snapping on his submission hold, the Steiner Recliner. Sting, then supposedly injured, vanished from the wrestling world for the next four months.
In March '01, when it was announced that WCW had been bought by Vince McMahon and the WWF, Monday Nitro had a Season Finale to end their run on TNT. At the beginning of the night, Ric Flair came out and gave a stirring speech, talking about the history of WCW. He then said that if WCW was going out, he wanted it to go out on top, challenging his decades-old foe, Sting, to one final bout. Sting then returned, saying that he wouldn't have missed the "Night of Champions" for anything. He accepted Flair's challenge, telling him that they'd tear it down one more time for WCW. The two men met in the main event of Nitro, battling as they always have before, fighting nearly evenly. Flair got the Figure-Four at one point, but Sting powered his way out of it, getting the Scorpion Deathlock on Flair for the victory. After the match, in a very moving moment, the two long-time adversaries hugged in the middle of the ring, showing the emotion running through them at the end of the Turner-run WCW.
Sting sat on the sidelines for the next year, refusing to join the WCW/ECW Invasion of WWE. Instead, Sting relaxed at home, with his family. He returned to wrestling in late '02, joing the World Wrestling All-Stars in their tour of Europe. At WWA Retribution in December '02, Sting took on Luger for the vacated WWA World Heavyweight Championship. While Sting looked strong in that match, an old adversary proved his downfall, as interference from Jeff Jarrett helped Luger get the win. This was only a short set-back, though, as Sting faced Luger in a rematch only a week later, this time cleanly beating Luger to become the WWA World Heavyweight Champion.
Sting continued to be the main face of the World Wrestling All-Stars in the new year, defending the WWA World Title against several former WCW competitors, including Rick Steiner, Shane Douglas, and the Disco Inferno. However, the WWA was soon going downhill, causing Sting to face Jeff Jarrett at the last WWA show, The Reckoning, in a WWA/NWA World Title Unification Match. Due to Rick Steiner's interference, Jarrett got the win, unifying the two titles and ending Sting's run with the company.
Soon after the collapse of the WWA, Sting signed a brief contract with NWA - Total Nonstop Action, appearing at the 1st Anniversary Show of the company. Surprisingly, Sting teamed with his most recent rival, Jarrett (who was a face at the time) to face off against AJ Styles & Syxx Pac (Sean Waltman). Sting & Jarrett got the victory, then parted ways, as Sting did not wrestle again in NWA-TNA for some time. He did, however, appear in several interview segments, talking about his career and his religious faith (which had become stronger over the years). In November '03, Sting returned to the promotion, this time set to challenge Jarrett (who was again a heel) for his NWA World Heavyweight Title. A lot of people expected Sting to beat Jarrett for the gold, and Sting was definitely dominant in the ring. But Jarrett found a way to keep his title, hitting Sting with a chair out of desperation to get himself DQ'ed. A week later, Sting joined AJ Styles in a Tag-Team Match against Jarrett & Lex Luger, with Sting's team emerging triumphant. Sting got one more crack at Jarrett during the year, beating him in a "Non-Title" Match, before departing the company once again, fading from the lime-light for almost two years.
At TNA's Turning Point '05, Jarrett, as the NWA World Heavyweight Champion, defeated Rhino, thanks in part to a slew of interference from Jarrett's allies. As Jarrett celebrated the win, though, the lights in the arena went out, followed by a scorpion symbol appearing on the big screen. When the lights came back up, a chair was sitting in the ring, with a trench coat, boots, & a black baseball bat positioned around it. For the next few weeks, the coming of Sting to TNA was teased, although Sting's name was not being mentioned due to 'contractual obligations'. In the meantime, the face wrestlers (Christian Cage, Rhino, & Team 3-D) fought the battles against Jarrett, America's Most Wanted, Team Canada, Monty Brown, & Abyss. Fans were soon told to be watching for a special announcement starting immediately in the new year.
On a special TNA Impact on New Year's Day, airing at 12:01am, Mike Tenay officially announced that Sting was coming to TNA. Christian Cage also had an announcement, saying that he & Sting were going to take on Jarrett & Brown at the next PPV! Sting did not appear on the next few episodes of Impact, although his voice was heard on the final one before the PPV, taunting Jarrett & Brown and letting them know that he was on his way. At Final Resolution '06, it was teased that Sting might not be showing up. Jarrett & Brown added to the intrigue, saying that Sting was washed-up, plus adding that he couldn't trust Cage, who had betrayed many wrestlers while being in WWE. But Sting did show up, and he & Cage fought hard against Jarrett & Brown. In the end, Sting blocked Jarrett's attempt at a guitar shot with his baseball bat, then nailed Jarrett with the Scorpion Deathdrop, getting a huge victory in front of the estatic TNA fans.
However, after the PPV, problems seemed to be developing, as Sting failed to show at the next Impact show. Larry Zbyszko quickly announced, though, that Sting would be at the next Impact, and he did show up, thanking the fans for the moment that they had given him. He talked about how upset he had been about the way he had gone out (in WCW), and that the match at Final Resolution had given him a chance to "say goodbye". Sting then announced that he was retiring again, leaving the ring with the crowd chanting "Please don't go!" Sting shook many hands on his way out of the building, including Cage, who tried to get Sting not to leave. Sting told Cage that he loved him like a brother, then left, leaving TNA behind (this was actually an angle, so that Sting could get back into wrestling shape). Over the next few weeks, Jarrett bragged about Sting's departure, taking credit for 'scaring' Sting away. However, one of Jarrett's associates, "Showtime" Eric Young, continued to say that Sting wasn't gone, and that he'd be back.
A frustrated Jarrett soon sent Alex Shelley to secretly tape Sting, in order to show Young and the rest of the TNA fans that Sting wasn't returning. Shelley recorded Sting with his kids, at his house, and going into Gold's Gym. The last part of the video caused Young to say that Sting was obviously getting into shape to come back, and even got Young to tell everyone not to call him "Showtime" anymore, since that was Sting's catchphrase! Jarrett angrily told Shelley that he had to go back and get proof that Sting was not going to return. The show ended with Young looking back at the camera and announcing that this was the worst idea yet, and that Sting WOULD be back. Young was proved somewhat prophetic the next week on Impact, as Shelley brought back another video, this time with Sting catching him following him and threatening him. Sting also said that "Steve Borden" (his real name) would be showing up at the next PPV, and that Jarrett had better have eyes in the back of his head.
Jarrett & crew seemed worried about Borden's return, but Jarrett also seemed to have a plan in place, calling someone on his speed-dial to be ready to help out. On the Impact before the PPV, Jarrett announced that he would have an ally from Sting's past there to help him, while stating that the wrestler had been a World Champion all over, but had never been in TNA. At Destination X '06, Jarrett had his men looking out for Borden, but when he didn't appear after Jarrett's team won their 8-Man Match, Jarrett counted to 10, then called Borden officially a quitter. Later in the night, Jarrett & crew attacked the NWA World Champion, Christian Cage, after his victory over Monty Brown. Borden then finally appeared, clearing the ring of Jarrett's supporters (including Eric Young running away), then putting Jarrett in the Scorpion Deathlock and refusing to release it! However, Borden was then attacked from behind, surprisingly, by Scott Steiner, making his TNA debut! Jarrett hit Borden with a guitar shot to end the show, leaving Borden with more reasons to return to wrestling and seek revenge.
Jarrett, Steiner, and the rest of Jarrett's crew bragged about Borden's beatdown on the next Impact, with Jarrett saying that he had sent Borden out of wrestling this time, instead of him leaving on his own. Sting himself didn't appear on the show, although he did sent an invitation to Mike Tenay to come down for an interview the next week. In the interview, Borden talked about his return to TNA, and how Jarrett had ruined his perfect memories. Borden then said that he was being reinstated to TNA, in order to compete in a "Wargames" style match at the next PPV, with him choosing a team to take on Jarrett's team. He also said that he wouldn't be returning as Steve Borden this time. He would be back in the facepaint of Sting.
Jarrett soon answered Sting's challenge, choosing his teammates for the match: Scott Steiner & America's Most Wanted. Jarrett then wanted to find out Sting's teammates, demanding an answer. The foursome eventually came to the ring on the next Impact, only to find themselves surrounded, as three different face groups appeared around the ring, consisting of Rhino, the James Gang, Ron Killings, Norman Smiley, Chase Stevens, Shark Boy, AJ Styles, Chris Sabin, Jay Lethal, and Sonjay Dutt! Each group proclaimed that they were tired of Jarrett's actions in TNA. Jarrett called all of them out, but the lights went out again, with Sting appearing in the ring behing them! Sting beat down several of the heels with his bat, wanting a piece of Jarrett. When Team Canada came to the ring to help out, it seemed that Jarrett's group might still get the upper hand. But the faces ran in, clearing Jarrett and his minions out and leaving Sting standing tall in the ring, with plenty of choices for his team.
On the next Impact, Jarrett, Steiner, & America's Most Wanted got a little revenge, attacking Norman Smiley & Shark Boy before their scheduled match, causing Smiley to have to be carried out on a stretcher. Later on, Sting made his way out for an interview, calling Jarrett stupid for revealing his team so early. Sting didn't plan on making the same mistake. Sting also called out Jarrett for a match on the next week's Impact, which would be the first one taking place in the new Thursday night timeslot. Jarrett & his team soon appeared, surrounding Sting in the ring. But the faces again came out to help, clearing the ring of Sting's enemies.
On the first Impact on Thursday nights, Sting had challenged Jarrett to a match inside the squared circle. However, although Jarrett said that he never backed down from a challenge, he used Sting's catchphrase ("It's Showtime, Folks!") to twist Sting's challenge, sending "Showtime" Eric Young in instead. Despite help from Scott D'Amore and Alex Shelley, Young fell to Sting's Scorpion Deathdrop, Sting's first match on free television in over 5 years. Sting put Shelley in the Scorpion Deathlock after the match, with Jarrett coming down to try to get in the cheap shot with his guitar. Sting saw him in time, though, ducking the swing. After a short fight between the two, Jarrett tried the guitar again, but Sting blocked it with his bat, shattering it! Jarrett's team then showed up to help Jarrett out, but Sting's team (Styles, Killings, & Rhino) ran out as well, once more sending the heels running for it. Sting confirmed that the men in the ring were his allies for the "Wargames" Match, giving Sting three different partners that had held the NWA World Heavyweight Title at least once.
After a match between Jarrett & AMW and Team 3-D & Brother Runt the Impact before the PPV, Jarrett's squad continued the assault afterwards, with Sting's team, including Sting, coming down to make the save. At Lockdown '06, Jarrett won the toss, allowing his team the first entrant in the "Lethal Lockdown" match. Things were looking bad for Team Sting, as Jarrett, Steiner, & AMW were controlling Styles, Killings, & Rhino. This all changed, though, when Sting came down, giving his team the momentum. In the end, Jarrett gave the Stroke to Killings, bouncing him off of a chair. Jarrett then got taken out, though, by a Gore from Rhino. Steiner then put the Steiner Recliner on Rhino, only to fall to Sting's Scorpion Deathdrop. Sting then got put in the Scorpion Deathlock by Harris, but Sting countered it into his own Deathlock, forcing Harris to tap out and winning the match for Team Sting.
Jarrett & Steiner didn't back down on the next Impact, saying that, now that they had wrestled Sting's style of match, they wanted their own at the next PPV: a tag-team match. Jarrett & Steiner would team against Sting & a teammate of his own choosing. That night, Sting called Jarrett & Steiner to the ring, to supposedly announce his partner for the PPV. However, Sting made it into a 'game-show' format, telling Jarrett that he had to choose either Tunnel #1 or Tunnel #2 to select Sting's ally. Although Steiner seemed to have a tunnel preference, Jarrett refused to play, voiding Sting's choices. Sting, with Christy Hemme's help, then read off a card certain facts about the two unknown men, revealing the wrestler in Tunnel #1 to be Buff Bagwell, while the man in Tunnel #2 was Lex Luger! Jarrett & Steiner, outside the ring, seemed mystified by the two possible partners they had turned down for Sting.
Jarrett had another chance to choose his opponent the next week, as Sting once again came out in 'game-show' format, this time only offering Jarrett one choice. Either choose Tunnel #1 or again void the partner. Scott Steiner wanted Jarrett to take the tunnel, but Jarrett again turned it down, not wanting to be part of Sting's game. Sting then revealed that the man in the tunnel (again introduced by Christy Hemme) was Steiner's own brother, "The Dog-Faced Gremlin" Rick Steiner! Jarrett & Scott seemed to be beside themselves as Sting stood with Rick in the ring, especially after Rick gave his trademark statements. Sting also announced that, since Jarrett hadn't chosen the last two weeks, the ball was now in Sting's court to choose.
On the Impact before the next PPV, Sting opted to give Jarrett one last chance to choose his partner. Jarrett, thinking he had Sting, 'called his bluff', choosing the tunnel. Sting, acting dejected, then started reading information about his new partner off of a card, everything from his participating in the opening of the '84 Olympics to his being the Samoan Submission Machine, Samoa Joe! Joe walked out to the cheers of the crowd, as Jarrett & Steiner looked on in shock. At Sacrifice '06, Jarrett & Steiner tried to get some bad blood flowing, as they told Sting that he couldn't trust Samoa Joe. However, Joe was interested only in doing the job, not in making friends. Early on in the match, after Sting did well against both opponents, he tagged in Joe, who went nose-to-nose with Steiner. Steiner tried to intimidate him with a flex, but Joe just slapped him, then took control. Jarrett kneed Joe later on from the outside, though, allowing Jarrett's team to take control. But Joe came back, taking out Jarrett with the St. Joe, then tagging Sting back in. Sting got the Scorpion Deathlock on Steiner at one point, but Jarrett broke it up, leading to a double-team. Sting, though, eventually managed to tag Joe back in, who cleaned house, eventually landing the Muscle Buster on Jarrett for the win!
After the match, Joe reluctantly shook hands with Sting, then walked away. Sting, meanwhile, was nailed by a chair shot from an enraged Steiner! As Steiner & Jarrett continued the punishment on Sting, Samoa Joe turned around, watched for a second, then continued to walk away, his job complete. Instead, several TNA wrestlers, such as Christopher Daniels, Chris Sabin, Rhino, & the James Gang, made the save. On the next Impact, Jarrett & Steiner were among the wrestlers who answered Cage's challenge towards being in the King of the Mountain Match for the NWA World Title at the next PPV. Sting also appeared, near the top of the arena, to both announce that Joe had made himself an enemy and to put himself in the running for the PPV match. Larry Zbyszko then appeared on the big screen to announce that the 8 wrestlers would fight in Qualifying Matches to decide the 4 who would face Cage. Sting wasn't involved in the match that night, as Abyss earned the first spot by beating Rhino.
The next week, Sting was ready to fight again, saying that he wouldn't stop until Jarrett and his poison were removed from TNA. Again, though, Sting wasn't chosen, as Ron Killings defeated Monte Brown for the second spot. This left four men: Sting, Jarrett, Steiner, & Raven. On the next Impact, Jarrett & Steiner, frustrated, came out to confront the announcers and find out who was fighting that night. When they went to take out Don West, Sting made the save, taking on Steiner while Jarrett fled the ring. But Jarrett didn't get far, as Raven appeared as well to attack him. The faces won out, sending the heels from the ring. Later on, Sting watched from the back, as Jarrett managed to get past Raven to become the third entrant in the KOTM Match. This meant that, the next week, Sting and Steiner would finally go at it in a singles match.
The next week, Sting and Steiner went at it for the final spot in the match. When the ref was knocked down at one point, Jarrett tried to get the win for Steiner, running down and delivering the Stroke to Sting. But Sting was able to kick out, then come back to land the Scorpion Deathdrop on Steiner, causing Jarrett to have to pull a 2nd ref out of the ring to prevent the loss. Jarrett then came into the ring to attack Sting again, but this time the 1st ref saw it, calling for the DQ! This meant that Sting would be one of the participants in the KOTM Match, infuriating Jarrett. Afterwards, Jarrett & Steiner attacked Sting again, trying to put him out, only to have Ron Killings, and later Christian Cage, run down to make the save, despite the appearance of Abyss.
Pay-Per-View/Show Summary: (115 - 72, 4 Draws, 3 DDQs, 4 NCs)
- Southern Tag-Team Title Tournament (January '86) = The Blade Runners (Sting & Jim Hellwig) beat Phil Mickerson & the Spoiler, then fell to the Fantastics, who later won the tournament.
- UWF Title Tournament (May '86) = Blade Runner Sting lost to Kamala.
- NWA Mid-South Superdome Extravaganza (June '86) = The Bladerunners lost to Terry Gordy & Buddy Roberts.
- NWA Mid-South UWF/PWI Tournament (October '86) = Sting lost to Steve Williams, who eventually won the tournament.
- NWA Mid-South Superdome Extravaganza (November '86) = Sting lost, via DQ, to Chavo Guerrero.
- UWF Tag-Team Title Tournament (February '87) = Sting and Rick Steiner defeated Chavo Guerrero and the Missing Link and Sam Houston and Terry Taylor. They lost in the Finals against Taylor and Chris Adams.
- NWA Mid-South Superblast at the Superdome (April '87) = Sting & Rick Steiner were defeated by the UWF Tag-Team Champions Terry Taylor & Chris Adams.
- NWA Mid-South Superdome Extravaganza (June '87) = Sting & Rick Steiner lost to the UWF Tag Champs, the Lightning Express.
- Western States Title Tournament (June '87) = Sting lost to Black Bart.
- WCW Great American Bash '87 = Sting managed to pin Thunderfoot #1.
- NWA Mid-South Superdome Extravaganza (August '87) = Sting defeated the Enforcer.
- WCW Starrcade '87 = Sting, Jimmy Garvin, and Michael Hayes fought to a draw with Larry Zbyzsko, Rick Steiner, and Eddie Gilbert.
- WCW Bunkhouse Stampede (January '88) = Sting and Jimmy Garvin won, via DQ, over the Sheepherders in a dark match.
- WCW Clash of the Champions I (March '88) = Sting fought NWA World Champ Ric Flair to a draw.
- WCW Clash of the Champions II (June '88) = Sting and Dusty Rhodes fought to a Double Disqualification with Arn Anderson and Tully Blanchard, who retained their NWA Tag Belts.
- WCW Great American Bash '88 = Sting and Nikita Koloff fought to a draw with NWA Tag-Team Champions Arn Anderson and Tully Blanchard.
- WCW Clash of the Champions III (September '88) = Sting won, via DQ, over the NWA United States Champion Barry Windham.
- WCW Starrcade '88 = Sting and Dusty Rhodes won via DQ over the NWA Tag Champs The Road Warriors.
- WCW Chi-Town Rumble (February '89) = Sting defeated Butch Reed.
- WCW Clash of the Champions VI (April '89) = Sting stayed the NWA Television Champ, beating Rip Morgan.
- WCW WrestleWar '89 = Sting retained the NWA TV Title by pinning the Iron Sheik.
- AJPW Budokan Hall (June '89) = Sting lost to Dan Spivey.
- WCW Clash of the Champions VII (June '89) = Sting retained the NWA TV Title, defeating Bill Irwin.
- WCW Great American Bash '89 = Sting retained the WCW TV Title by defeating the Great Muta.
- WCW Clash of the Champions VIII (September '89) = Sting and Ric Flair won, via DQ, over Dick Slater and the Great Muta.
- WCW Halloween Havoc '89 = Sting and Ric Flair (with Ole Anderson) won over The Great Muta and Terry Funk (with Gary Hart) in a "Thunderdome" Match. Bruno Sammartino was the special referee.
- WCW Starrcade '89 = Sting was pinned by Lex Luger. Later, Sting pinned the Great Muta, then defeated Ric Flair to win the Iron Man tournament.
- WCW Great American Bash '90 = Sting defeated Ric Flair to win the NWA World Title.
- WCW Clash of the Champions XII (September '90) = Sting retained the NWA World Belt by pinning the Black Scorpion.
- WCW Halloween Havoc '90 = Sting defended the NWA World Title by defeating Sid Vicious.
- WCW Starrcade '90 = Sting held onto the NWA World Title by winning a "Steel Cage" Match over the Black Scorpion. Dick the Bruiser was the special referee.
- WCW Clash of the Champions XIV (January '91) = Sting and Lex Luger won, via DQ, over the WCW Tag Champs Doom.
- WCW WrestleWar '91 = Sting, Flyin' Brian Pillman and the Steiner Brothers lost a "Wargames" Match to the IV Horsemen (Ric Flair, Barry Windham, Sid Vicious and Larry Zbysko).
- NJPW Tokyo Dome '91 (Starrcade in Egg Dome) = Sting was defeated by the Great Muta.
- WCW Superbrawl I ('91) = Sting and Lex Luger lost to the Steiner Brothers, who held on to their WCW Tag-Team belts.
- WCW Clash of the Champions XV (June '91) = Sting defeated Nikita Koloff.
- WCW Great American Bash '91 = Sting lost to Nikita Koloff in a "Russian Chain" Match.
- WCW Clash of the Champions XVI (September '91) = Sting retained the WCW United States belt by beating Johnny B. Badd.
- WCW Halloween Havoc '91 = Sting, with El Gigante and the Steiner Brothers, won a "Chamber of Horrors" Match over Abdullah the Butcher, the Diamond Studd, Big Van Vader, and Cactus Jack.
- WCW Clash of the Champions XVII (November '91) = Sting lost the WCW US Title to "Ravishing" Rick Rude.
- WCW Starrcade '91 = Sting and Abdullah the Butcher defeated Brian Pillman and Bobby Eaton. Later in the night, Sting won the Battle Bowl.
- NJPW Tokyo Dome '92 (Starrcade in Egg Dome) = Sting and Keiji Mutoh defeated the Steiner Brothers.
- WCW Clash of the Champions XVIII (January '92) = Sting and Ricky "The Dragon" Steamboat defeated Steve Austin and "Ravishing" Rick Rude.
- WCW Superbrawl II ('92) = Sting defeated his former partner Luger to win the WCW World Heavyweight Title for the 2nd time.
- WCW WrestleWar '92 = Sting, Nikita Koloff, Ricky "The Dragon" Steamboat, Barry Windham and Dustin Rhodes won a "WarGames" Match over Arn Anderson, Larry Zbysko, Steve Austin, "Ravishing" Rick Rude and Bobby Eaton.
- WCW Beach Blast '92 (June '92) = Sting won a "Falls Count Anywhere" Match over Cactus Jack.
- WCW Great American Bash '92 = Sting lost his WCW World Title to Big Van Vader.
- WCW Clash of the Champions XX (September '92) = Sting, Nikita Koloff and the Steiner Brothers fought in an "Elimination" Match against "Ravishing" Rick Rude, Big Van Vader, Jake "The Snake" Roberts and Super Invader. Sting was pinned by Roberts, who "survived" along with Rude.
- WCW Halloween Havoc '92 = Sting won a "Coal Miner's Glove" Match over Jake Roberts.
- WCW Clash of the Champions XXI (November '92) = Sting and "Ravishing" Rick Rude fought to a Draw.
- NJPW Sumo Hall (November 22, '92) = Sting was beaten by the IWGP Champion, Keiji Mutoh.
- WCW Starrcade '92 = Sting and Steve Williams defeated Jushin Liger and Erik Watts. Later in the night, Sting pinned Big Van Vader to win the "King of Cable" tournament. He also competed in the Battle Bowl, which was won by the Great Muta.
- NJPW Tokyo Dome '93 (Fantastic Story) = Sting defeated Hiro Hase.
- WCW Clash of the Champions XXII (January '93) = Sting, Dustin Rhodes and Cactus Jack won a "Steel Cage" Match over Big Van Vader, Barry Windham and "Mr. Wonderful" Paul Orndorff.
- WCW Superbrawl III ('93) = Sting lost a "leather straps" match with Big Van Vader.
- NJPW Wrestling Dontaku '93 = Sting fought to a Double Disqualification with Scott "Flash" Norton.
- WCW Slamboree '93 = Sting defeated the Prisoner.
- WCW Clash of the Champions XXIII (June '93) = Sting, Dustin Rhodes and Davey Boy Smith lost to Big Van Vader, "Ravishing" Rick Rude and Sid Vicious.
- WCW Beach Blast '93 (July '93) = Sting and Davey Boy Smith defeated Big Van Vader and Sid Vicious.
- WCW Clash of the Champions XXIV (August '93) = Sting and Ric Flair defeated Awesome and King Kong.
- WCW Fall Brawl '93 = Sting, teamed with Davey Smith, Dustin Rhodes, and The Shockmaster, defeated Vader, Sid Vicious and Harlem Heat in a War Games Match.
- WCW Halloween Havoc '93 = Sting defeated Sid Vicious.
- WCW Clash of the Champions XXV (November 10, '93) = Sting and Davey Boy Smith lost to the Nasty Boys.
- WCW Battlebowl (November 20, '93) = Sting and Jerry Sags won over Keith Cole and Ron Simmons. Later in the night, Sting was in the Battlebowl, which was won by Vader.
- WCW Starrcade '93 = Sting and Hawk (of the Road Warriors) won via DQ over the WCW Tag Champs the Nasty Boys.
- WCW Clash of the Champions XXVI (January '94) = Sting and Ric Flair fought in an "Elimination" Match against "Ravishing" Rick Rude and Vader. Sting was the sole "survivor".
- WCW Superbrawl IV ('94) = Sting teamed with Brian Pillman and Dustin Rhodes to beat Steve Austin, "Mr. Wonderful" Paul Orndorff and "Ravishing" Rick Rude in a "Thundercage" match.
- WCW Spring Stampede '94 = Sting defeated "Ravishing" Rick Rude for the WCW International World Title.
- NJPW Wrestling Dontaku '94 = Sting lost the rematch, and the International World Title, to Rude (decision later reversed due to Rude's injury).
- WCW Slamboree '94 = Sting pinned Vader to win the vacated WCW International World Title.
- WCW Clash of the Champions XXVII (June '94) = Sting lost the WCW International World Title to WCW World Champ Ric Flair, who unified the World Belts.
- WCW Fall Brawl '94 = Sting lost a triangle match to Vader, with the Guardian Angel as the other participant.
- WCW Clash of the Champions XXIX (November '94) = Sting, Hulk Hogan and Dave Sullivan defeated the Butcher, Avalanche and Kevin Sullivan. Mr. T was the special referee.
- WCW Starrcade '94 = Sting won via DQ over the Avalanche.
- NJPW Tokyo Dome '95 (Battle Seven) = Sting beat Tony Palmore, but lost to Antonio Inoki, who won the BVD Martial Arts Tournament.
- WCW Clash of the Champions XXX (January '95) = Sting forced Avalanche to submit.
- WCW Superbrawl V ('95) = Sting and "Macho Man" Randy Savage defeated Avalanche and Big Bubba Rogers.
- WCW Uncensored '95 = Sting lost to Big Bubba Rogers.
- WCW Slamboree '95 = Sting forced Big Bubba Rogers to submit.
- WCW Great American Bash '95 = Sting defeated Meng to win the vacated WCW United States Title.
- WCW Bash At The Beach '95 = Sting retained the US Title by beating Meng.
- WCW Clash of the Champions XXXI (August '95) = Sting and Hawk of the Road Warriors won over Meng and Kurasawa.
- WCW Fall Brawl '95 = Sting, teamed with Lex Luger, Hulk Hogan, and "Macho Man" Randy Savage, won a War Games Match over Kamala, Zodiac, Shark, and Meng.
- WCW Halloween Havoc '95 = Sting and Ric Flair won via DQ over Arn Anderson and Brian Pillman.
- WCW World War III '95 = Sting forced Ric Flair to submit. Later in the night, Sting competed in the "3 Ring Battle Royal", which was won by "Macho Man" Randy Savage.
- WCW Starrcade '95 = Sting defeated Kensuke Sasaki. Later in the night, Sting lost a "Triangle" Match to Ric Flair, with Lex Luger the other participant.
- WCW Clash of the Champions XXXII (January '96) = Sting and Lex Luger stayed the WCW Tag-Team Champions by beating Steven Regal and Bobby Eaton.
- WCW Superbrawl VI ('96) = Sting and Lex Luger retained their WCW Tag belts by defeating Harlem Heat. Later in the night, Sting and Luger DDQ'ed with the Road Warriors.
- WCW Uncensored '96 = Sting and Booker T. defeated the Road Warriors in a "Chicago" Street Fight.
- WCW Slamboree '96 = Sting was defeated by then-WCW World Champ The Giant.
- World Wrestling Peace Festival '96 (June '96) = Sting lost to the Giant.
- WCW Great American Bash '96 = Sting forced Steven Regal to submit.
- WCW Bash At The Beach '96 = Sting, Lex Luger, and "Macho Man" Randy Savage fought to a No-Contest with Kevin Nash, Scott Hall, and Hulk Hogan.
- WCW Hogg Wild '96 = Sting and Lex Luger lost to the Outsiders.
- WCW Clash of the Champions XXXIII (August '96) = Sting and Lex Luger fought to a No-Contest with the Steiner Brothers and the WCW Tag Champs Harlem Heat in a "Triangle Tag" Match.
- WCW Fall Brawl '96 = Sting was involved in a War Games Match with Lex Luger, Ric Flair, and Arn Anderson against Hollywood Hogan, Kevin Nash, Scott Hall, and the nWo Sting. The match was eventually won by the nWo.
- NJPW Japan/US All-Star Tournament (September 19-23, '96) = Sting beat Masa Chono, but lost to Shiro Koshinaka. Kensuke Sasaki won the Tournament.
- WCW Starrcade '97 = Sting forced Hollywood Hogan to submit, winning the WCW World Title (later vacated).
- WCW Boston Brawl (January '98) = Sting defeated Hollywood Hogan in a "Steel Cage" Match.
- WCW Superbrawl VIII ('98) = Sting pinned Hollywood Hogan to claim the vacated WCW World Heavyweight Title for his 5th reign as World Champion.
- WCW Uncensored '98 = Sting retained the WCW World Title by defeating Scott Hall.
- WCW Spring Stampede '98 = Sting lost the WCW World Title to "Macho Man" Randy Savage.
- WCW Slamboree '98 = Sting and The Giant defeated The Outsiders for the WCW World Tag-Team Titles when Scott Hall betrayed Kevin Nash.
- WCW Great American Bash '98 = Sting defeated the Giant to earn the right to select his own partner to hold the WCW Tag-Team Belts.
- WCW Road Wild '98 = Sting was involved in a Battle Royal with The Giant, Scott Hall, Curt Henning, Scott Norton, Bill Goldberg, Lex Luger, Kevin Nash, and Konnan. Goldberg was the winner.
- WCW Fall Brawl '98 = Sting was involved in the War Games match along with Kevin Nash, Lex Luger, Hollywood Hogan, Bret Hart, Stevie Ray, Diamond Dallas Page, "Rowdy" Roddy Piper, and the Warrior. DDP was the winner.
- WCW Halloween Havoc '98 = Sting was defeated by Bret Hart, who retained the WCW United States Title.
- WCW Spring Stampede '99 = Sting, Ric Flair, Diamond Dallas Page and Hollywood Hogan fought in a 4-Way World Title match, with "Macho Man" Randy Savage as the special referee. DDP won the title.
- WCW Slamboree '99 = Sting and Bill Goldberg fought to a No-Contest, when the Steiner Brothers and Bret Hart attacked them both.
- WCW Great American Bash '99 = Sting and Rick Steiner fought to a No Contest, after Scott Steiner unleased doberman pinchers on Sting.
- WCW Bash at the Beach '99 = Sting and Kevin Nash lost to Randy Savage and Sid Vicious in a tag-team HW Title match. Savage got the pin on Nash to win the World Title.
- WCW Road Wild '99 = Sting lost cleanly to Sid Vicious.
- WCW Fall Brawl '99 = After interference from Page and Luger, Sting defeated Hollywood Hulk Hogan to become the WCW Heavyweight Champion.
- WCW Halloween Havoc '99 = Sting quickly pinned Hulk Hogan, retaining the World Title. Later in the night, Sting lost the World Title to Goldberg.
- WCW Mayhem '99 = Sting was forced to submit to Bret Hart.
- WCW Starrcade '99 Sting won, via DQ, over Lex Luger.
- WCW Uncensored '00 = Sting won out over Lex Luger in a "Lumberjack With Casts" Match.
- WCW Spring Stampede '00 = Sting defeated Booker T & Vampiro, but lost to Scott Steiner in the Finals of the vacated US Title Tournament.
- WCW Slamboree '00 = Sting took down Vampiro.
- WCW Great American Bash '00 = In an Inferno match, Sting lost to Vampiro.
- WCW New Blood Rising (August '00) = Sting easily defeated the Demon.
- WCW Fall Brawl '00 = Sting defeated Vampiro and the Great Muta in a Triangle match.
- WCW Halloween Havoc '00 = Sting was beaten by Jeff Jarrett.
- WCW Millenium Final (November '00) = Sting defended the European Cup, forcing Kevin Nash to submit.
- WWA Retribution (December 6, '02) = Sting was beaten by Lex Luger, who won the vacated WWA World Heavyweight Title.
- WWA "The Reckoning" (May 25, '03) = Sting lost a "WWA Heavyweight/NWA World Unification" Match to Jeff Jarrett.
- NWA-TNA PPV (Show #49, June 18, '03) = Sting & Jeff Jarrett defeated AJ Styles & Syxx-Pac.
- NWA-TNA PPV (Show #68, November 5, '03) = Sting won, via DQ, over the NWA World Champion, Jeff Jarrett.
- NWA-TNA PPV (Show #69, November 12, '03) = Sting & AJ Styles beat Jeff Jarrett & Lex Luger.
- NWA-TNA PPV (Show #74, December 17, '03) = Sting took down Jeff Jarrett.
- TNA Final Resolution '06 (January 15) = Sting & Christian Cage defeated Jeff Jarrett & Monty Brown.
- TNA Lockdown '06 (April 23) = Team Sting (Sting, Ron Killings, AJ Styles, & Rhino) won a "Lethal Lockdown" Match over Team Jarrett (Jeff Jarrett, Scott Steiner, & America's Most Wanted).
- TNA Sacrifice '06 (May 14) = Sting & Samoa Joe beat Jeff Jarrett & Scott Steiner.
- TNA Slammiversary '06 (June 18) = Sting lost a "King of the Mountain" Match to Jeff Jarrett, who won the NWA World Heavyweight Title (the belt was vacated after the match). Christian Cage, Ron Killings, and Abyss were the other participants.
- TNA Victory Road '06 (July 16) = Sting won the "Four-Way #1 Contenders" Match over Christian Cage, Samoa Joe, and Scott Steiner.
- TNA Hard Justice '06 (August 13) = Sting lost to the NWA World Heavyweight Champion, Jeff Jarrett.
- TNA Bound For Glory '06 (October 22) = Sting won the NWA World Heavyweight Title, winning a "Career Vs. Title" Match over Jeff Jarrett. Kurt Angle was the special referee.
- TNA Genesis '06 (November 19) = Sting lost the NWA World Heavyweight Championship, via DQ, to Abyss.
- TNA Turning Point '06 (December 10) = Sting lost a "Triple Threat" Match to the NWA World Heavyweight Champion, Abyss. Christian Cage was the other participant.
- TNA Final Resolution '07 (January 14) = Sting lost a "Three-Way Elimination" Match to Christian Cage, who won the NWA World Heavyweight Title. Abyss was the other participant.
- TNA Against All Odds '07 (February 11) = Sting won a "Prison Yard Brawl" Match over Abyss.
- TNA Destination X '07 (March 11) = Sting won a "Last Rites" Match over Abyss.
- TNA Lockdown '07 (April 15) = Team Angle (Sting, Kurt Angle, Jeff Jarrett, Rhino, & Samoa Joe) won a "Lethal Lockdown" Match over Team Cage (Christian Cage, Scott Steiner, AJ Styles, Tyson Tomko, & Abyss). Since Sting got the pinfall, he became #1 Contender to Cage's NWA World Title.
- TNA Sacrifice '07 (May 13) = Sting lost a "Triple Threat" Match to Kurt Angle, who became the NWA World Heavyweight Champion. Christian Cage was the other participant.
- TNA Slammiversary '07 (June 17) = Sting defeated Christopher Daniels.
- TNA Victory Road '07 (July 15) = Sting & Abyss took down AJ Styles & Tomko.
- TNA Hard Justice '07 (August 12) = Sting, Abyss, & Andrew Martin won a "Doomsday Chamber of Blood #1 Contenders" Match over Christian Cage, AJ Styles, & Tomko. Abyss became the #1 Contender to the TNA World Title, due to getting the pinfall.
- TNA No Surrender '07 (September 9) = Sting & Kurt Angle lost the TNA World Tag-Team Titles to Team Pacman.
- TNA Bound For Glory '07 (October 14) = Sting won the TNA World Heavyweight Title, defeating Kurt Angle.
- TNA Genesis '07 (November 11) = Sting & Booker T fell to Kurt Angle & Kevin Nash. Angle's TNA World Heavyweight Title was on the line in the match.
- TNA Lockdown '08 (April 13) = Team Cage (Sting, Christian Cage, Matt Morgan, Kevin Nash, & Rhino) won a "Lethal Lockdown" Match over Team Tomko (Tomko, James Storm, AJ Styles, & Team 3-D).
- TNA Sacrifice '08 (May 11) = Sting & James Storm fell to Team 3-D in the quarter-finals of the Deuces Wild Tag-Team Titles Tournament. The Latin American Xchange won the tournament.
- TNA Bound For Glory '08 (October 12) = Sting won the TNA World Heavyweight Title, beating Samoa Joe.
- TNA Turning Point '08 (November 9) = Sting retained the TNA World Heavyweight Title, pinning AJ Styles.
- TNA Final Resolution '08 (#2) (December 7, '08) = The Main Event Mafia (Sting, Booker T, Kevin Nash, & Scott Steiner) won over the Front Line (Samoa Joe, AJ Styles, & Team 3D). Sting's TNA World Title was on the line in the match.
- TNA Genesis '09 (January 11) = Sting stayed the TNA World Heavyweight Champion, pinning Rhino.
- TNA Against All Odds '09 (February 8) = Sting kept the TNA World Heavyweight Strap, winning a "Fatal Fourway" Match over Kurt Angle, Brother Ray, and Brother Devon.
- TNA Destination X '09 (March 15) = Sting defended the TNA World Heavyweight Title, beating Kurt Angle. Mick Foley and Jeff Jarrett were co-referees.
- TNA Lockdown '09 (April 19) = Sting lost the TNA World Heavyweight Title, losing a "Steel Cage" Match to Mick Foley.
- TNA Sacrifice '09 (May 24) = Sting won the Four Way Ultimate Sacrifice" Match over Kurt Angle, Mick Foley, and Jeff Jarrett. Since Sting pinned Angle, Sting won Angle's leadership of the Main Event Mafia. The other items on the line were Sting's career, Foley's TNA World Heavyweight Title, and Jarrett's TNA shares.
- TNA Slammiversary '09 (June 21) = Sting took down Matt Morgan.
- TNA Victory Road '09 (July 19) = Sting fell to Samoa Joe.
- TNA Hard Justice '09 (August 16) = Sting lost a "Three Way" Match to the TNA World Heavyweight Champion, Kurt Angle. Matt Morgan was the other participant.
- TNA No Surrender '09 (September 20) = Sting lost a "Five Way" Match to AJ Styles, who won the TNA World Heavyweight Title. Kurt Angle, Matt Morgan, and Hernandez were the other participants.
- TNA Bound For Glory '09 (October 18) = Sting lost to the TNA World Heavyweight Champion, AJ Styles.
- TNA Lockdown '10 (April 19) = Team Flair (Sting, Desmond Wolfe, & Beer Money) lost a "Lethal Lockdown" Match to Team Hogan (Jeff Hardy, Jeff Jarrett, Rob Van Dam, & Abyss).
- TNA Sacrifice '10 (May 16) = Sting took down Jeff Jarrett.
- TNA Slammiversary VIII (June 13, '10) = Sting lost to the TNA World Champion, Rob Van Dam.
- TNA No Surrender '10 (September 5) = Sting & Kevin Nash were beaten by Jeff Jarrett & Samoa Joe.
- TNA Bound For Glory '10 (October 10) = Sting, Kevin Nash, & Pope D'Angelo Dinero won a "Handicap" Match over Jeff Jarrett & Samoa Joe.
- TNA Victory Road ’11 (March 13) = Sting retained the TNA World Heavyweight Title, beating Jeff Hardy.
- TNA Lockdown ’11 (April 17) = Sting stayed the TNA World Heavyweight Champion, winning a "Three Way Steel Cage" Match over Rob Van Dam and Mr. Anderson.
- TNA Sacrifice ’11 (May 15) = Sting kept the TNA World Heavyweight strap, defeating Rob Van Dam.
- TNA Slammiversary IX (June 12, ’11) = Sting lost the TNA World Heavyweight Title to Mr. Anderson.
- TNA Hardcore Justice ’11 (August 7) = Sting lost the TNA World Heavyweight Title to Kurt Angle.
- TNA No Surrender ’11 (September 11) = Sting lost a "Three-Way" Match to the TNA World Heavyweight Champion, Kurt Angle. Mr. Anderson was the other participant.
- TNA Bound For Glory ’11 (October 16) = Sting took down Hulk Hogan.
- TNA Victory Road '12 (March 18) = Sting lost a "No Holds Barred" Match to the TNA World Heavyweight Champion, Bobby Roode.
- TNA Slammiversary '12 (June 10) = Sting lost to the TNA World Heavyweight Champion, Bobby Roode.
- TNA Bound For Glory '12 (October 14) = - TNA Turning Point '12 (November 11) = Sting & Bully Ray lost a "No Disqualification" Match to Aces & Eights (Luke Gallows[masked] & Mike Knox[masked]).
- TNA Genesis '13 (January 13) = Sting defeated DOC.
- TNA Lockdown '13 (March 10) = Team TNA (Sting, Samoa Joe, James Storm, Eric Young, & Magnus) won a "Lethal Lockdown" Match over Aces & Eights (Mr Anderson, Garett Bischoff, Devon, DOC, & Knux).
- UWF World Tag-Team Champion w/ Eddie Gilbert (7/20/1986 - 8/17/1986)
- UWF World Tag-Team Champion(2) w/ Eddie Gilbert (8/31/1986 - 9/27/1986)
- UWF World Tag-Team Champion(3) w/ Rick Steiner (4/12/1987 - 5/17/1987)
- NWA/WCW World Television Champion (3/31/1989 - 7/23/1989)
- NWA/WCW World Heavyweight Champion (7/07/1990 - 1/11/1991)
- WCW United States Heavyweight Champion (8/25/1991 - 11/19/1991)
- WCW World Heavyweight Champion(2) (2/29/1992 - 7/12/1992)
- WCW World Heavyweight Champion(3) (3/11/1993 - 3/17/1993)
- WCW "International" Heavyweight Champion (4/17/1994 - 5/01/1994)
- WCW "International" Heavyweight Champion(2) (5/22/1994 - 6/23/1994)
- WCW United States Heavyweight Champion(2) (6/18/1995 - 11/13/1995)
- WCW World Tag-Team Champion w/ Lex Luger (1/22/1996 - 6/24/1996)
- WCW World Heavyweight Champion(4) (12/28/1997 - 1/08/1998)
- WCW World Heavyweight Champion(5) (2/22/1998 - 4/19/1998)
- WCW World Tag-Team Champion(2) w/ The Giant (5/17/1998 - 6/04/1998)
- WCW World Tag-Team Champion(3) w/ Kevin Nash (6/15/1998 - 7/20/1998)
- WCW World Heavyweight Champion(6) (4/26/1999)
- WCW World Heavyweight Champion(7) (9/12/1999 - 10/24/1999)
- WWA World Heavyweight Champion (12/13/2002 - 5/25/2003)
- NWA World Heavyweight Champion(2) (10/22/2006 - 11/19/2006)
- TNA World Tag-Team Champion w/ Kurt Angle (8/27/2007 - 9/09/2007)
- TNA World Heavyweight Champion (10/14/2007 - 10/16/2007)
- TNA World Heavyweight Champion(2) (10/12/2008 - 4/19/2009)
- TNA World Heavyweight Champion(3) (2/24/2011 - 6/12/2011)
- TNA World Heavyweight Champion(4) (7/11/2011 - 8/07/2011)
PWI Achievement Awards: (10 wins, 7 1st RUs, 10 2nd RUs, 5 3rd RUs)
- 1986 Rookie of the Year, 2nd Runner-Up
- 1987 Most Improved Wrestler, 3rd Runner-Up
- 1988 Most Improved Wrestler
- 1988 Most Popular Wrestler, 2nd Runner-Up
- 1988 Match of the Year, 1st Runner-Up (Sting vs. Ric Flair)
- 1989 Most Popular Wrestler, 2nd Runner-Up
- 1990 Most Inspirational Wrestler
- 1990 Most Popular Wrestler, 1st Runner-Up
- 1990 Match of the Year, 1st Runner-Up (Sting vs. Ric Flair)
- 1990 Wrestler of the Year
- 1991 Most Popular Wrestler
- 1991 Feud of the Year, 2nd Runner-Up (Sting vs. Cactus Jack & Abdullah the Butcher)
- 1991 Match of the Year (Sting & Lex Luger vs. the Steiner Brothers)
- 1991 Wrestler of the Year, 3rd Runner-Up
- 1992 Most Popular Wrestler
- 1993 Most Popular Wrestler, 1st Runner-Up
- 1994 Most Popular Wrestler
- 1995 Most Popular Wrestler, 1st Runner-Up
- 1995 Wrestler of the Year, 2nd Runner-Up
- 1996 Match of the Year, 3rd Runner-Up (War Games)
- 1997 Most Popular Wrestler
- 1998 Comeback of the Year, 1st Runner-Up
- 1998 Feud of the Year, 1st Runner-Up (nWo Wolfpack vs. nWo Hollywood)
- 1999 Wrestler of the Year, 2nd Runner-Up
- 2006 Feud of the Year, 2nd Runner-Up (Sting vs. Jeff Jarrett)
- 2006 Most Popular Wrestler, 3rd Runner-Up
- 2006 Comeback of the Year
- 2007 Most Popular Wrestler, 2nd Runner-Up
- 2007 Most Inspirational Wrestler, 3rd Runner-Up
- 2009 Feud of the Year, 2nd Runner-Up (The Main Event Mafia vs. The Front Line)
- 2009 Most Popular Wrestler, 2nd Runner-Up
- 2009 Most Inspirational Wrestler, 2nd Runner-Up
- 2011 Most Popular Wrestler, 2nd Runner-Up
- 2011 Comeback of the Year