Movie Review: STING Moment Of TruthIndependent
2004
NR

The biographical tale of Steve Borden, known to pro wrestling fans everywhere as Sting, which follows his early years as a body builder and independent wrestler to his salad days in the pro wrestling circuit, his rise in popularity in the WCW and, ultimately, his acceptance of Jesus Christ as his Lord and Saviour…

Being something of a closet pro wrasslin’ junkie, there’s two figures that I’ll always be a fan of: The Undertaker, and Sting. Okay, Kane comes up a very close third.

See? Even the dark and morbid colors my favoritism with what my close friend and mad scientist enthusiast Nex calls my “stories”…

With Sting, there was just something about him. He was dark. Brooding. Had that Crow-esque makeup thing going on. The very epitome of the anti-hero in wrestling storylines.

Let you in on a little secret: My “NecRoSarX” persona was greatly influenced by Borden’s Sting character. No joke.

The reason being that I found out he was a Born Again Christian in an issue of HM Magazine, with an interview with then-WCW wrestler Chris Jericho, who mentioned that he had Bible studies with Sting and other wrestlers in the franchise (he also liked listening to Bride, as I recall). I thought, “Cool. He has this dark anti-hero persona while also being a Christian.” He didn’t seem to have any conflict playing a dark role. Inspiring, to say the very least…

As the movie goes, it’s definitely low-budget, which is to be expected. It’s a fairly entertaining look at Borden’s early days in the field of wrestling, interspersed with wrestling clips I’m assuming were taken from either his stint in WWA or TNA (I don’t have cable). The career re-enactments touch on his early days in WCW in his shiny “California Sting” mode, to his darker turn and how he got to do the famous repel act. His marriage to his wife is featured as well, with his downward spiral as an on-road wrestler and his final acceptance of Jesus into his life (preceded by a rather trippy nightmare sequence that’s pretty cool).

Hardcore fans of Sting will enjoy this, as well as youth group leaders who want something to show the group. Not too bad…

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