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From Scorpion Death Lock to spiritual life

Dove Canyon Films has released a direct-to-DVD production called “Sting: Moment of Truth”—the story of the spiritual transformation of a world champion wrestling super star (Steve Borden, a.k.a. Sting). In this 96-minute dramatic reenactment of Bordens life, the role of Sting is played by Steve Borden himself. Special appearances are made by Hulk Hogan, Ric Flair, Jeff Jarrett, Randy Savage, Kevin Nash, Scott Hall, and Lex Luger.

Life was all one big act for Sting, who held the World title ten times in World Championship Wrestling including two wins over the wrestling superstar, Hulk Hogan. He created the most outrageous and bizarre personas he could imagine for his career in the ring. The first was marked by fluorescent face paint and buzz-cut blond hair.

In a later phase, he was a black-and-white Sting who descended on the ring from rafters hundreds of feet overhead. He once entered the ring by dropping from a helicopter. His trademark wrestling moves included the Stinger Splash and the Scorpion Death Lock. Stings ingenious re-invention of his character in the ring took him to the peak of the pro wrestling world.

On the home front, however, his marriage faltered on the brink of failure while he took the fast track in his wrestling careerand to a radical entertainer lifestyle. This eventually led to an addiction to prescription drugs. Because he often saw his wife, Sue, for only a day or two a month his world began crashing down.

Frustrated and confused, Sue confronted her husband. They had everything the world had to offer, and they were building their dream house. But their family life was in shambles. Whats happened to us? Sue asked. Whats wrong with you? I dont know you any more. Steve, are you taking drugs or something?

I couldnt lie to her, Steve answered. He admitted he was taking muscle relaxants and pain killers regularly. And he was drinking every day. That confession was the beginning of a process that brought the prideful, self-sufficient wrestling champion to his knees. It was to be the greatest wrestling match of his life and God was taking him to the mat.

God had been planting seeds in Bordens life from the time he entered professional wrestlinghis brothers conversion and witness, his sisters conversion, his familys prayers, the witness of wrestler Ted Dibiasi, and the peace and joy he saw in the lives of others who had been transformed by Christ.

Steve Borden today

Now, the confrontation by his wife he didn’t want to lose, plus the fear of life without Garrett and Steven, his two young sons, made his fame and fortune worthless. He was humbled to the point of godly remorse, the kind of remorse reflected in 2 Corinthians 7:10Godly sorrow brings repentance that leads to salvation (NIV).

That was in August 1998. Sting became a new man in Christ and his marriage was restored. Today, he drops Scriptures into conversation as easily and naturally as he once dropped opponents in the ring. He still loves a challenge. But where he once relied on a fluorescent face and shocking stunts, he now tackles each challenge with a firm faith in Christ alone.

Read our review of “STING: Moment of Truth”. To view a trailer of the movie or to order the DVD or videocassette, see: