On this date in history: Sting is born

Happy birthday to the Stinger!

In Omaha, Nebraska, a full 55 years ago on this date in history, a man named Steve Borden was born. Some 26 years later, he would make his professional wrestling debut in the Continental Wrestling Association (CWA) under the ring name "Flash". He would hook up with Jim Hellwig, who would come to be known as Ultimate Warrior (and later literally change his name to "Warrior" legally), and they formed a tag team known as the Blade Runners, at which point he changed his name to Sting.

It didn't take long for him to make his way to the National Wrestling Alliance (NWA) where he would become a star for World Championship Wrestling (WCW) due in large part to memorable matches with a wrestler who would come to be a longtime nemesis, Ric Flair.

During his initial run with the company, Sting rocked a blonde flattop with colorful face paint. Successful as this way, he never reached the heights he would when he underwent a drastic character change to a dark, tortured soul who hung out in rafters and rarely spoke. He switched to wearing all black and white with face paint to match with scorpion symbols all over his gear.

It was a ripoff of the Eric Craven character made famous by Brandon Lee in the film The Crow released in May of 1994, as suggested to him by Scott Hall. His doing so led to such commercial success in 1997 that WCW executives briefly thought they would put WWE out of business.

Sting had a lot to do with that.

Eventually, though, WCW would spiral out of control in large part due to those same executives and go out of business in 2001, sold for pennies to Vince McMahon. Instead of going to work for McMahon and WWE, Sting took some time off until resurfacing in TNA, where he added many years to his career, though in relative obscurity.

Now, he's rumored to have finally signed with WWE and will likely have at least one match before retiring. It's been one hell of a run and it all started on this date 55 years ago when he came into the world.

Here's a cool tribute video of his WCW years:

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