Sting is known for his time spent as the public face of two major professional wrestling promotions: the now-defunct World Championship Wrestling (WCW), which displaced the World Wrestling Federation (WWF, now WWE) as the leading professional wrestling organization in the United States from 1995 to 1998, having cultivated a legacy over a career spanning more than three decades in which he held 15 world championships.Sting's 14-year tenure with WCW and its predecessor, Jim Crockett Promotions (JCP), began in 1987.SUE BORDEN: I knew he was so close to being successful. We’d go to the matches, and I could see their response to him. He became popular on the world championship wrestling circuit, but his career shot through the roof in 1997 when Sting wrestled Hulk Hogan on Pay-Per-View. ROSS (reporting): Steve was desperate for a change.Although things were great for them financially, Steve’s constant traveling put a strain on the marriage. ROSS (reporting): Steve coped with his struggles by turning to pills and alcohol. About 30 days went by, and things really started to go downhill. For years his brother had been telling him about God’s love for him. One August evening in 1998, he gave up running and turned to God for help. I need You to come save my life, save my marriage, because it’s out of control.' And I invited Him to come and live in me.His last ever bout at Night of Champions in September 2015, marked his sole WWE pay-per-view main event and WWE World Heavyweight Championship contest for the organization.Sting headlined the WWE Hall of Fame class of 2016 on April 2, where he announced his retirement.Steve Borden (born March 20, 1959), better known by the ring name Sting, is an American retired professional wrestler, actor, author and former bodybuilder.He is currently signed with WWE under a Legends contract.
It wasn’t the miracle that he experienced, the overnight, but I’ve had a slow and steady growth and it’s been just unbelievable for our marriage, for our children. STEVE BORDEN: Vince bought our company, and wrestling ended for me like that. Even though millions know who Sting is, some people still confuse him with a certain famous rock star. They tried to recruit for a couple of weeks, couldn’t come up with anybody, and finally said, 'What about you?STEVE BORDEN (professional wrestler "Sting"): First of all, I want to get this out of the way – I love your [the rock star Sting] music. ' ROSS (reporting): Steve said yes, and after ten punishing weeks at training camp, he hit the wrestling circuit.[to Scott] Did you enjoy the years that I was with the Police, or do you like me better solo? BORDEN: My original character when I first started was 'Flash Borden.' ROSS: Flash Borden? (laughs) ROSS (reporting): Steve also married his longtime girlfriend, Sue, at the start of his career.It was tough for the young couple, but despite years of travel and measly paychecks with no big breaks, Sue believed it was just a matter of time before her husband hit it big. ROSS (reporting): Then in 1988, Sue’s faith in Steve paid off. In his first big match, Sting wrestled Rick Flair live on television.