Profile:
  • Name: AJ Styles
  • Real Name: Allen Jones
  • Date of Birth: June 2, 1977
  • Hometown: Gainesville, Georgia, United States of America
  • Height: 5'11
  • Weight: 215 pounds
  • TNA Debut: June 19, 2002
  • Nicknames: "The Phenomenal", "The Phenomenal One", "Lone Wolf", "Mr. TNA"
  • Finishers: Styles Clash, Calf Killer, Spiral Tap
  • Career Highlights: 2-time TNA World Heavyweight Champion, 3-time NWA World Heavyweight Champion, 6-time TNA X Division Champion, 2-time TNA Television Champion, 2-time TNA World Tag Team Champion (1-time with Tomko, 1-time with Kurt Angle), 4-time NWA World Tag Team Champion (1-time with Jerry Lynn, 1-time with Abyss, 2-time with Christopher Daniels), 2013 Bound for Glory Series Winner, 1st Triple Crown Champion, 1st Grand Slam Champion
  • Pro Wrestling Illustrated (PWI) Wins: Tag Team of the Year Award with Christopher Daniels (2006), PWI #1 Wrestler (2010)
Biography:
AJ Styles is perhaps the most decorated and most popular wrestler in the history of Total Nonstop Action Wrestling (TNA). He is one of the few wrestlers who have competed at TNA's first pay-per-view and are still in the company. The Phenomenal One is known for his high-flying acrobatic maneuvers as well as his destructive Styles Clash. His impressive competitive style initially established himself as an X-Division standout and he quickly rose to become one of the top wrestlers in TNA history. Styles has been part of groups like SEX, Christian's Coalition, Angle Alliance, TNA Frontline and Fortune and helped pioneering the X Division from standard cruiserweights to main eventers and important elements of the company with high-profile Ultimate X, King of the Mountain and Six Sides of Steel matches to name a few. He has excelled in every division within TNA whether it is tag team division, X Division or main event competition.

AJ Styles has been a part of major rivalries and storylines within the company. The Phenomenal One has a huge fanbase of his own and his hard work has enabled him to become the top wrestler of the company and one of the greatest and most popular professional wrestlers of the world.

Total Nonstop Action Wrestling (2002 - present)
While competing for NWA Wildside and Ring of Honor (ROH), AJ Styles signed a contract with the upstart promotion Total Nonstop Action Wrestling (TNA) in 2002. At TNA's first weekly pay-per-view on June 19, Styles debuted in TNA as a babyface and competed in the first match of TNA, teaming with Jerry Lynn and Low Ki against Flying Elvises in a losing effort. At June 26 (taped June 19) pay-per-view,
Styles defeated Jerry Lynn, Low Ki and Psicosis in a Four-Way Double Elimination match for the newly created NWA X Championship, thus becoming the first-ever NWA X Champion and winning his first championship in the company.

At July 3 pay-per-view, Styles successfully defended the NWA-TNA X Championship against David Young. Later that night, Styles and Jerry Lynn replaced America's Most Wanted to defeat Rainbow Express in the final round of the NWA World Tag Team Championship Tournament for the vacated NWA World Tag Team Championship, thus winning the championship and becoming the first tag team champions in TNA. Styles became a double champion. The following week, at July 10 pay-per-view, Styles and Jerry Lynn successfully defended the championship against Tempest and Storm. After the match, Lynn attacked Styles as both men were involved in a X Division rivalry and tensions erupted between the team.

Styles successfully defended the NWA X Championship against Low Ki at July 17 pay-per-view
. At July 24 pay-per-view, Styles and Jerry Lynn successfully defended the NWA World Tag Team Championship against Flying Elvises. At July 31 pay-per-view, Styles successfully defended the NWA X Championship against Elix Skipper. At August 7 pay-per-view, Styles defended the NWA-TNA X Championship against Jerry Lynn and Low Ki in a 3-Way Dance. Ki won the championship. Styles' reign ended at 49 days.

At August 14 pay-per-view, Styles and Jerry Lynn defended the NWA World Tag Team Championship against Ron Killings and Jeff Jarrett. The match ended in a double pinfall. As a result, the championships were vacated. Styles and Lynn's reign ended at 42 days. At August 21 pay-per-view, Styles competed against Lynn in a Best of 3 Series to determine the #1 contender for the NWA-TNA X Championship. Styles lost to Lynn in a Falls Count Anywhere match, the first match of the series. Styles defeated Lynn in a
No Disqualification match, the second match of the series. Styles fought Lynn to a 10-minute time limit draw in an Ironman match, the third match in the series with both men scoring 3 falls. As a result, both men were made contenders for the championship.

At August 21 pay-per-view, Styles competed against Low Ki and Jerry Lynn in a 3-Way Ladder match for the NWA-TNA X Championship. Lynn won the championship. At September 18 pay-per-view, Styles defeated Kid Kash. Styles defeated Low Ki in a Two out of Three Falls match to become the #1 contender for the NWA-TNA X Championship
at September 25 pay-per-view. At October 2 pay-per-view, Styles turned heel by attacking Jerry Lynn while Lynn tried to rescue Flying Elvises from Sonny Siaki. Later that night, Styles defeated Lynn to win the NWA-TNA X Championship after a distraction by Siaki, but Bob Armstrong reversed the decision and Lynn retained the championship.

At October 9 pay-per-view, Styles competed against Low Ki, Kid Kash, Tony Mamaluke, Ace Steel, Joel Maximo, Jose Maximo
and Syxx-Pac in a Ladder match for the vacated NWA-TNA X Championship. Syxx-Pac won the championship. At October 16 pay-per-view, Styles appointed Mortimer Plumtree as his manager and competed against Syxx-Pac for the championship. Syxx-Pac retained the championship through intentional disqualification by shoving the referee. At October 23 pay-per-view, Styles defeated Syxx-Pac in a No Disqualification match to win his second NWA-TNA X Championship after Brian Lawler attacked Syxx-Pac in the face with a can. Styles successfully defended the championship against Amazing Red at October 30 pay-per-view.

At November 6 pay-per-view, Styles lost the NWA-TNA X Championship to Jerry Lynn. Styles' reign ended at 14 days. The following week, at November 13 pay-per-view, Styles competed against Jerry Lynn and Kid Kash in a 3-Way Dance for the NWA-TNA X Championship. Lynn retained the championship. At November 20 pay-per-view, Styles defeated Jorge Estrada and Crimson Dragon
in a 3-Way Dance. Styles unsuccessfully challenged Jerry Lynn for the NWA-TNA X Championship at November 27 pay-per-view.

At December 4 pay-per-view, Styles was scheduled to compete against Amazing Red, Kid Kash and EZ Money in a Four-Way Double Elimination match. However, Styles attacked Red before the match and was replaced by Joel Maximo. Styles was eliminated by Maximo. Money won the match. As a result of attacking Amazing Red, Styles began a rivalry with Red, which culminated in a match between the two at December 11 pay-per-view, which Red won. Later that night, Styles rescued Vince Russo from Jeff Jarrett by attacking Jarrett. At December 18 pay-per-view, Styles revealed his allegiance to Russo's faction Sports Entertainment Xtreme (S.E.X.).

Entering 2003, Styles defeated Ron Killings at January 15 pay-per-view to become the #1 contender for the NWA World Heavyweight Championship after David Flair attacked Killings. Styles began a rivalry with Larry Zbyszko. At
January 22 pay-per-view, Styles defeated Zbyszko. The following week, at January 29 pay-per-view, Styles competed against Zbyszko in a Two out of Three Falls match, with the stipulation that Styles must replace Mortimer Plumtree with Zbyszko as his manager if Styles failed to defeat Zbyszko twice within ten minutes. Styles failed to do so. As a result, Styles was forced to choose Zbyszko as his manager.

After establishing himself as the top star of the X Division in 2002, Styles elevated his status as a main event competitor as he received his first world heavyweight championship opportunity for the NWA World Heavyweight Championship at February 19 pay-per-view. Styles unsuccessfully challenged Jeff Jarrett for the championship after Styles was distracted by attacking SEX members for interfering in his match as he did not want to win the championship with their help but on his own power. As a result, Styles turned babyface and left SEX, thus began feuding with members of SEX.

The following week, at February 26 pay-per-view, Styles defeated Sandman in a No Disqualification match
after Raven hit Sandman with a chair. As a result, Styles began a rivalry with Raven. At March 12 pay-per-view, Styles competed against Raven to a draw. The following week, at March 19 pay-per-view, Styles competed against Raven in a Ladder match to determine the #1 contender for the NWA World Heavyweight Championship. Raven won after Glenn Gilbertti delivered a Powerbomb to Styles from the top rope through a table. As a result, Styles began his next rivalry with Gilbertti. Styles defeated Gilbertti at April 9 pay-per-view. At April 16 pay-per-view, Styles lost to Gilbertti in a Street Fight to end the rivalry.

At April 23 pay-per-view, Styles teamed with D'Lo Brown to defeat SEX members Glenn Gilbertti and Mike Sanders by disqualification when Triple X interfered in the match. As a result, Styles and Brown began feuding with SEX members and formed a tag team. The following week, at April 30 pay-per-view, Styles and Brown defeated SEX members Sonny Siaki and David Young. At May 7 pay-per-view, Styles and D'Lo Brown defeated Triple X to qualify for the Anarchy Battle Royal. Later that night, Styles participated in the Anarchy Gauntlet for the Gold as the #15 entrant. The two winners of the match would compete in a match to determine the #1 contender for the NWA World Heavyweight Championship. Styles was eliminated by eventual winner Glenn Gilbertti.

Styles and D'Lo Brown unsuccessfully challenged Triple X members Christopher Daniels and Elix Skipper for the NWA World Tag Team Championship at May 14 pay-per-view after Glenn Gilbertti delivered a Stunner to Styles. At May 21 pay-per-view, Styles and D'Lo Brown competed against America's Most Wanted in a losing effort in a NWA Asylum qualification match after interference by Triple X caused a chaos, allowing AMW to take advantage and defeat Styles and Brown for the victory. At May 28 pay-per-view, Styles and Brown defeated local competitors Jason Cross and CM Punk, in what turned out to be their final match as a team. Both men disbanded their team after the match to pursue the NWA World Tag Team Championship.

Styles defeated former tag team partner D'Lo Brown to become the #1 contender for the NWA World Heavyweight Championship after Raven attacked Brown with a chair at June 4 pay-per-view. At June 11 pay-per-view, Styles defeated Jeff Jarrett and Raven in a Three-Way match to win the NWA World Heavyweight Championship after Vince Russo attacked Jarrett with a guitar. As a result, Styles turned heel by aligning himself with Russo but the X Division standout competitor realized his dream of becoming a world heavyweight champion by capturing NWA's top prize and establishing himself as one of the top and most popular TNA wrestlers within the span of a year. Styles formed an alliance with Vince Russo and Sonny Siaki.

At TNA 1st Anniversary Show, Styles and Syxx-Pac lost to Jeff Jarrett and Sting. At June 25 pay-per-view, Styles lost D'Lo Brown in a Steel Cage match by disqualification after interference by Vince Russo.
Styles successfully defended the NWA World Heavyweight Championship against Frankie Kazarian after distraction by Chris Sabin at July 2 pay-per-view and D'Lo Brown after Sonny Siaki delivered a Siakalypse to Brown at July 9 pay-per-view. As a result, Styles began a rivalry with Brown.

At July 23 pay-per-view, Styles defended the NWA World Heavyweight Championship against D'Lo Brown in a Best of 3 Series. Styles defeated Brown in a Pinfall Only match, the first match in the series after Sonny Siaki delivered a Siakalypse to Brown. Styles lost to Brown in a Submission Only match, the second match in the series. Styles fought Brown to a no contest in a Ladder match, the final match in the series after both men retrieved the championship belt above the ladder. As a result, Styles retained the championship. At August 6 pay-per-view, Styles defeated Brown in a Steel Cage match to retain the championship and end the rivalry after Erik Watts rammed Vince Russo in the cage, causing Brown to fall due to the vibration.

Styles successfully defended the NWA World Heavyweight Championship against Low Ki through cheating by hitting Ki with a baseball bat at August 13 pay-per-view and Raven after Shane Douglas delivered a Low Kick to Raven at August 27 pay-per-view
. At September 3 pay-per-view, Styles was the captain of Team Styles, consisting of Christopher Daniels, Shane Douglas, Simon Diamond and Johnny Swinger against Jeff Jarrett's Team Jarrett, consisting of Raven, D'Lo Brown and America's Most Wanted in a WarGames match. Team Jarrett won.

Styles defeated longtime rival Jerry Lynn to retain the NWA World Heavyweight Championship at September 17 pay-per-view after Trinity attacked the referee. Styles began a new rivalry with Dusty Rhodes. At September 24 pay-per-view, Styles fought Rhodes to a no contest in a Bunkhouse Brawl after their fight spilled the entire arena. The following week, at October 1 pay-per-view, Styles and Vince Russo lost to Dusty Rhodes and Jeff Jarrett.
At October 8 pay-per-view, Styles defeated Dusty Rhodes to retain the NWA World Heavyweight Championship. Styles lost the championship back to Jeff Jarrett at October 22 pay-per-view. Styles' reign ended at 133 days.

Styles turned babyface due to his conflict with Vince Russo and allies as well as Jeff Jarrett's cocky ways of winning the NWA World Heavyweight Championship from Styles earned Styles, fan respect. As a result, Styles began feuding with Jarrett and Russo. At November 12 pay-per-view, Styles and Sting defeated Jeff Jarrett and Lex Luger. The following week, at November 19 pay-per-view, Styles defeated Abyss. At December 3 pay-per-view, Styles unsuccessfully challenged Jeff Jarrett for the NWA World Heavyweight Championship after distraction by Kid Kash.


At December 10 pay-per-view, Styles and D'Lo Brown defeated Jeff Jarrett and Kid Kash after Roddy Piper hit Kash with a flag pole. At December 17 pay-per-view, Styles and Brown lost to Simon Diamond and Johnny Swinger in a match, with the winner earning a match of his choice after Jeff Jarrett attacked Styles.
Entering 2004, Styles and America's Most Wanted lost to Abyss and Red Shirt Security after Jarrett attacked Styles with the NWA World Heavyweight Championship belt at January 7 pay-per-view.

The following week, at January 14 pay-per-view, Styles and TNA Director of Authority Erik Watts defeated Jeff Jarrett and Abyss in a tag team match after Goldylocks delivered a Low Blow to Abyss, with the match stipulating that Watts would be fired if Jarrett and Abyss won and Styles would earn an opportunity for the NWA World Heavyweight Championship if Styles and Watts won. As a result, Styles became the #1 contender for the championship. At February 4 pay-per-view, Styles and Abyss were scheduled to compete against Red Shirt Security for the NWA World Tag Team Championship. However, Abyss abandoned Styles, causing Styles to defeat Red Shirt Security to win the championship by himself after Chris Harris distracted Kevin Northcutt.

After winning the NWA World Tag Team Championship, Styles and Abyss began a rivalry with each other. At February 18 pay-per-view, Styles defeated Abyss by disqualification after Jeff Jarrett delivered a Stroke to Styles, with the stipulation that the winner would be able to claim both championship belts and choose a partner of his choice.
The following week, at February 25 pay-per-view, Styles lost to Abyss in a Four Corners Tables match to determine the sole holder of the championship after Lex Luger delivered a Gorilla Press Slam to Styles. At March 3 pay-per-view, Styles and Abyss were stripped off the championship by the TNA Director of Authority Vince Russo for failing to defend the championship within 30 days. Styles and Abyss' reign ended at 28 days. Later that night, Styles fought Abyss to a no contest in a Falls Count Anywhere match after three referees were knocked out and security had to stop the match. At March 17 pay-per-view, Styles lost to Abyss in a Ladder match to determine the #1 contender for the NWA World Heavyweight Championship after Raven distracted Styles.

At March 31 pay-per-view, Styles
competed against Ron Killings, Raven and Abyss in a
4-Way match to determine the #1 contender for the NWA World Heavyweight Championship, with Sting as the special guest enforcer. Raven won after distraction by Jeff Jarrett. At April 21 pay-per-view, Styles substituted for an injured Chris Harris and defeated Jeff Jarrett in a Steel Cage match to win his second NWA World Heavyweight Championship. Styles reunited with Vince Russo as Russo had chosen Styles to replace Harris for the championship match. Styles successfully defended the championship against Ron Killings at April 28 pay-per-view, Raven at May 5 pay-per-view after La Parka delivered a DDT to Raven, and Chris Harris at May 12 pay-per-view. At May 19 pay-per-view, Styles defended the championship against Ron Killings, Raven and Chris Harris in a Four-Way match after Jeff Jarrett attacked Styles with his guitar. Styles' reign ended at 28 days.

At June 2 pay-per-view, Styles competed against Jeff Jarrett, Ron Killings, Raven and Chris Harris in the first-ever King of the Mountain match for the NWA World Heavyweight Championship. Jarrett won the championship. On the first-ever edition of Impact! on June 4, Styles returned to X Division after competing as a main event competitor throughout the past year. Styles defeated Chris Sabin, Michael Shane and Elix Skipper in a 4-Way match to become the #1 contender for the TNA X Division Championship. At June 9 pay-per-view, Styles defeated Frankie Kazarian to win his record-setting third TNA X Division Championship.
After winning the championship, Styles began a rivalry with Kid Kash and Dallas. At June 16 pay-per-view, Styles defeated Dallas.

At TNA 2nd Anniversary Show, Styles defended the TNA X Division Championship against his surprise opponent, the debuting Jeff Hardy. The match ended in a no contest when Kid Kash and Dallas attacked Styles. As a result, Styles retained the championship. At June 30 pay-per-view, Styles successfully defended the championship against Amazing Red, Chris Sabin, Michael Shane, Frankie Kazarian and Christopher Daniels in a 6-Way match. At July 14 pay-per-view, Styles lost a match to Shane. Later that night, Styles competed in a second match, losing to Kazarian after distraction by Shane and Traci Brooks.

At July 28 pay-per-view, Styles lost the TNA X Division Championship to both Michael Shane and Frankie Kazarian simultaneously in an Ultimate X match after Kid Kash attacked Styles with his crutch and Shane and Kazarian retrieved the championship belt simultaneously. Styles' reign ended at 49 days. The following week, at August 4 pay-per-view, Styles defeated Kash. At August 11 pay-per-view, Styles participated in a Gauntlet for the Gold for the TNA X Division Championship as the #9 entrant. Petey Williams won the championship. At August 18 pay-per-view, Styles defeated Kid Kash in a Street Fight.

At August 25 pay-per-view, Styles, Ron Killings and Jeff Hardy defeated Kid Kash, Dallas and Monty Brown in a six-man tag team match. At September 1 pay-per-view, Styles and Killings defeated Kash and Dallas in a Street Fight.
The following week, at TNA's last weekly pay-per-view on September 8, Styles defeated Kash in a Two Tables match to end the rivalry that was considered the top rivalry of the X Division in 2004. Styles began his next rivalry with Team Canada. On October 1 edition of Impact!, Styles defeated Chris Sabin, Frankie Kazarian, Amazing Red, Kid Kash and Alex Shelley in a 6-Way to become the #1 contender for the TNA X Division Championship at Victory Road.

Styles unsuccessfully challenged Petey Williams for the TNA X Division Championship at TNA's first monthly pay-per-view Victory Road
after interference by Scott D'Amore. Later that night, Styles attacked Jeff Jarrett, Kevin Nash and Scott Hall after Nash and Hall helped Jarrett in retaining the NWA World Heavyweight Championship. At Turning Point, Styles, Jeff Hardy and Randy Savage defeated Kings of Wrestling. Entering 2005, Styles defeated Petey Williams and Chris Sabin in an Ultimate X match to win his record-setting fourth TNA X Division Championship. It was an exciting match as Styles used his athletic ability to win the championship. Styles successfully defended the championship against Christopher Daniels in an Ironman match at Against All Odds. As a result, Styles began a rivalry with Daniels over the championship.

Styles defended the TNA X Division Championship against Ron Killings, Christopher Daniels and Elix Skipper in an Ultimate X
Challenge at Destination X. The first fall was a tag team match pitting Styles and Skipper against Killings and Daniels, which resulted in Skipper pinning Killings to eliminate him. The second fall was a Triple Threat match pitting Styles, Daniels and Skipper. Skipper was eliminated. The third fall was an Ultimate X match between Styles and Daniels. Daniels won the championship. Styles' reign ended at 56 days.

After losing the TNA X Division Championship, Styles began a rivalry with Abyss, which culminated in a Six Sides of Steel match between the two at Lockdown, which Styles won to become the #1 contender for the NWA World Heavyweight Championship at Hard Justice. At Hard Justice, Styles defeated Jeff Jarrett to win his third NWA World Heavyweight Championship after special guest enforcer Tito Ortiz punched Jarrett after a confrontation. Styles defended the championship against R
aven, Abyss, Monty Brown and Sean Waltman in the 2005 King of the Mountain match. Raven won the championship. Styles' reign ended at 35 days.

Styles began a rivalry with Sean Waltman, which culminated in a match between the two at No Surrender, which Styles won, with Jerry Lynn as the special guest referee after Lynn prevented Waltman from attacking Styles with a chair. Styles participated in the 2005 Super X Cup Tournament to determine the #1 contender for the TNA X Division Championship at Unbreakable. Styles defeated Matt Bentley in the quarter-final round on July 22 edition of Impact!, after James Storm delivered a Last Call to Bentley, and Petey Williams in the semi-final round on August 12 edition of Impact!. Styles lost to Samoa Joe in the final round at Sacrifice after Christopher Daniels delivered a STO to Styles. As a result of Daniels' interference, Styles was also made the contender for the championship.

At Unbreakable, Styles defeated Christopher Daniels and Samoa Joe in a 3-Way Dance to win his record-setting fifth TNA X Division Championship.
Styles successfully defended the championship against Daniels in an Ironman match at Bound for Glory, and Petey Williams at Genesis. At Turning Point, Styles lost the championship to Joe after confronting Joe on breaking the unwritten code of X Division for brutally attacking and injuring Christopher Daniels. Styles' reign ended at 91 days. Styles began an alliance with Christopher Daniels and began feuding with Samoa Joe.

Entering 2006, Styles defeated Hiroshi Tanahashi at Final Resolution. Later that night, Styles saved Christopher Daniels from being assaulted by Samoa Joe during a match by throwing in the towel on Daniels' behalf to stop Joe from attacking Daniels.
Styles competed against Samoa Joe and Christopher Daniels in a 3-Way Dance for the TNA X Division Championship at Against All Odds. Joe retained the championship. Styles competed against Samoa Joe and Christopher Daniels in an Ultimate X match for the TNA X Division Championship at Destination X. Daniels won the championship.

At Lockdown, Styles was on Sting
's Warriors, consisting of Ron Killings and Rhino against Jeff Jarrett's Jarrett's Army, consisting of Scott Steiner and America's Most Wanted in a Lethal Lockdown match. Sting's Warriors won the match. Styles ended his lengthy rivalry with Christopher Daniels that catapulted them as the top wrestlers of the X Division and they had competed in historic and show-stealing matches during the rivalry. The two former rivals formed a tag team due to their feud with Samoa Joe and entered the tag team division, thus beginning a rivalry with America's Most Wanted for the NWA World Tag Team Championship.

Styles and Christopher Daniels unsuccessfully challenged America's Most Wanted for the NWA World Tag Team Championship at Sacrifice after interference by AMW's valet Gail Kim. At Sacrifice, Styles and Daniels defeated AMW to win the NWA World Tag Team Championship. Styles and Daniels introduced their new valet Sirelda during the match to counter Kim's interference. At Victory Road, AJ Styles, Christopher Daniels and Sirelda defeated Gail Kim and America's Most Wanted in a mixed tag team match with Styles and Daniels' NWA World Tag Team Championship on the line to end the rivalry with AMW.

Styles and Christopher Daniels began their next rivalry with Latin American Xchange (LAX) after offering a stack of contracts to all the tag teams of TNA to sign for the next championship match, with LAX becoming the first team to sign and attack Styles and Daniels. Styles and Daniels successfully defended the NWA World Tag Team Championship against LAX at Hard Justice. On August 24 (taped August 21) edition of Impact!, Styles and Daniels lost the championship to LAX in a Border Brawl match after Konnan delivered a Flapjack to Daniels. Styles and Daniels' reign ended at 64 days.

AJ Styles and Christopher Daniels defeated Latin American Xchange in an Ultimate X match to win their second NWA World Tag Team Championship at No Surrender. At Bound for Glory, Styles and Daniels lost the championship back to LAX in a Six Sides of Steel match after Konnan choked Daniels' head with a coat hanger. Styles and Daniels' reign ended at 28 days. On October 26 edition of Impact!, Styles participated in the 2006 Fight for the Right Tournament to determine the #1 contender for the NWA World Heavyweight Championship at Genesis. He participated in the first-ever Reverse Battle Royal, the Stage 1 of the Tournament
. Styles advanced to the Traditional Battle Royal as one of the last seven wrestlers. He was eliminated by eventual winner Abyss.

On November 2 (taped October 24) edition of Impact!, Styles defeated Chris Sabin to win his record-setting sixth TNA X Division Championship in the first round of a single-elimination tournament, the Stage 2 of the 2006 Fight for the Right Tournament
. On November 9 edition of Impact!, Styles defeated Ron Killings and Robert Roode in the second round to advance to the Stage 3, the final round of the tournament. Later that night, Styles lost to Abyss after Chris Sabin delivered an Enzuigiri to Styles. On November 16 (taped November 6) edition of Impact!, Styles defended the TNA X Division Championship against Christopher Daniels and Chris Sabin in a 3-Way Dance. Daniels won the championship. Styles' reign ended at 13 days.

Styles lost to Christian Cage at Genesis after Christopher Daniels stopped Styles from using the steel chair on Cage. After the match, Styles confronted Daniels for costing him the match and the two began an argument with each other, leading to Rhino trying to create a reconciliation between the two but Styles turned heel by walking off. Rhino tried to reunite Styles and Daniels again but Styles walked off again, thus ending his tag team with Daniels.

Styles began a rivalry with Rhino for sticking his nose into his matter. At Turning Point, Styles faked an injury to defeat Rhino. Entering 2007, Styles intentionally lose to Rhino in a Last Man Standing match
at Final Resolution after watching Rhino setting up a table and laying down to lose to avoid being driven through the table. At Against All Odds, Styles defeated Rhino in a Motor City Chain match. On February 15 edition of Impact!, Styles participated in a Gauntlet for the Gold as the #2 entrant to determine the #1 contender for the NWA World Heavyweight Championship at Genesis. He was eliminated by Tomko. Samoa Joe won the Gauntlet for the Gold. Rhino defeated Styles in an Elevation X match at Destination X to end the rivalry.

At Lockdown, Styles was on Christian Cage's Team Cage, consisting of Abyss, Scott Steiner and Tomko against Kurt Angle's Team Angle, consisting of Sting, Jeff Jarrett, Rhino and Samoa Joe in a Lethal Lockdown match. Team Angle won. On May 31 edition of Imapct!, Styles defeated Tomko in a King of the Mountain qualification match after a distraction by Christian Cage. As a result, Styles joined Christian's Coalition with Cage and Tomko. At Slammiversary, Styles competed against
Kurt Angle, Christian Cage, Samoa Joe and Chris Harris in the 2007 King of the Mountain match for the newly created TNA World Heavyweight Championship. Angle won the championship.

Styles formed a tag team with his Christian's Coalition teammate Tomko and their primary objective was to assist Christian Cage in his matches. Styles and Tomko lost to Sting and Abyss at Victory Road. Christian's Coalition began a rivalry with Sting, Abyss and Andrew Martin, which culminated in a Doomsday Chamber of Blood match between the two teams at Hard Justice, which Sting, Abyss and Martin won.
At No Surrender, AJ Styles participated in a Tag Team Gauntlet for the Gold as the #1 entrant to determine the #1 contenders for the TNA World Tag Team Championship at Bound for Glory. Styles was paired with Tomko. Styles and Alex Shelley won the Battle Royal. As a result, Styles and Tomko defeat Motor City Machine Guns to win the Gauntlet for the Gold and become the #1 contenders for the championship.

At Bound for Glory,
Styles and Tomko defeated Team Pacman to win the TNA World Tag Team Championship. Styles and Tomko successfully defended the championship against Steiner Brothers at Genesis. Later that night, Styles and Tomko interfered in Christian Cage's Ladder match against Kaz, despite Cage having warned them not to interfere in the match. Their interference distracted Cage, allowing Kaz to win the match. Styles and Tomko helped Kurt Angle in retaining the TNA World Heavyweight Championship in the main event by attacking Angle's opponents Sting and Booker T. Styles and Tomko became members of Angle's newly formed group Angle Alliance while retaining their status in Christian's Coalition. Styles and Tomko assisted Angle because Styles was seduced by Kurt Angle's wife Karen Angle.

At Turning Point,
Angle Alliance lost to Samoa Joe, Eric Young and Kevin Nash. Christian's Coalition and Angle Alliance began dissolving after Angle Alliance apparently agreed to accept Christian Cage as the leader before turning on him. AJ Styles and Tomko were mainly involved in the rivalry, in which each man was forced to choose one side. At Final Resolution in January, Styles and Tomko defeated Samoa Joe and Kevin Nash to retain the TNA World Tag Team Championship. Later that night, Styles interfered in Kurt Angle and Christian Cage's match, during which Styles turned on Cage and helped Angle in retaining the TNA World Heavyweight Championship. As a result, Styles left Christian's Coalition and officially joined Angle Alliance to pursue the affections of Kurt Angle's wife Karen Angle.

Styles was nicknamed "Prince" upon joining Angle Alliance. On January 17 edition of Impact!, Styles competed against Christian Cage and Samoa Joe in a 3-Way Dance to determine the #1 contender for the TNA World Heavyweight Championship at Against All Odds. Cage won the match. At Against All Odds, Styles and Tomko successfully defended the TNA World Tag Team Championship against B.G. James and Bob Armstrong. Later that night, Styles tried to interfere in Kurt Angle and Christian Cage's TNA World Heavyweight Championship match to help Angle in retaining the championship but the special guest enforcer Samoa Joe chased Styles away.


Styles was accidentally married to Karen Angle during Kurt Angle's renewal of wedding vows with Karen due to Samoa Joe and Kevin Nash attacking Kurt, resulting in the groggy minister pronouncing Styles and Karen as man and wife. Styles and Karen had a date, during which Karen was smitten by Styles' boyish charm. Angle Alliance began a rivalry with Unlikely Alliance, which culminated in a match between the two at Destination X, which Unlikely Alliance won.

At Lockdown, Styles was on Tomko's Team Tomko, consisting of James Storm and Team 3D against Christian Cage's Team Cage, consisting of Sting, Rhino, Kevin Nash and Matt Morgan in a Lethal Lockdown match. Team Cage won. On April 17
(taped April 15) edition of Impact!, Styles and Tomko defended the TNA World Tag Team Championship against Latin American Exchange and Eric Young and Kaz in a 3-Way Dance. Young was replaced by Super Eric as Kaz's tag team partner, which resulted in Eric and Kaz winning the championship. Styles and Tomko protested to the TNA Management Director Jim Cornette that Eric Young and Super Eric were different people and Super Eric refused to admit that he and Young were the same person, resulting in Cornette vacating the championship.

Tomko went on a trip to Japan and Styles was paired with Super Eric to defeat Rock n' Rave Infection
in a qualification match for Deuces Wild Tag Team Tournament. At Sacrifice, Styles and Super Eric participated in the Deuces Wild Tournament for the vacated TNA World Tag Team Championship, defeating B.G. James and Awesome Kong in the quarter-final round and losing to eventual winners Latin American Xchange in the semi-final round after Hector Guerrero reversed Styles' pinfall attempt. Styles' association with Kurt Angle suffered because Angle accused Styles of a romantic link with Kurt's wife Karen Angle but Styles and Karen denied anything beyond friendship. Styles turned babyface by leaving Angle Alliance.

On May 29 edition of Impact!, Styles lost to Booker T in a qualification match for the King of the Mountain
match after Tomko prevented Styles from attempting a springboard move. As a result, Angle Alliance turned on Styles and Styles' tag team with Tomko ended. Styles began a rivalry with Angle Alliance leader Kurt Angle. Styles defeated Angle at Slammiversary after a distraction by Karen Angle. On June 12 edition of Impact!, Styles lost to Angle in a Lumberjack match after Brother Ray distracted the referee. At Victory Road, Styles, Christian Cage and Rhino lost to Kurt Angle and Team 3D in a Full Metal Mayhem match after Frank Trigg attacked Styles with a kendo stick. This resulted in Styles beginning a rivalry with Trigg while feuding with Angle.

On July 24 edition of Impact!, Styles
teamed with Christian Cage and Rhino to compete against Kurt Angle and Team 3D in an Elimination Tables match. Angle and Team 3D won to end the rivalry. On August 7 edition of Impact!, Styles teamed with Samoa Joe, B.G. James and Matt Morgan to compete against Kurt Angle, Tomko, Kip James and Booker T in a Weapons Gauntlet match. Styles participated as the #2 entrant. He was eliminated by Booker. Joe survived the match.

At Hard Justice, Styles defeated Kurt Angle in a Last Man Standing match. Styles defeated Angle in a Gold Medal Challenge to win Angle's Olympic gold medals on August 14 edition of Impact!, after the lights went out and Styles got Jeff Jarrett's guitar in his hands when the lights came back and Styles hit Angle with the guitar. The following week, on August 21 edition of Impact!,
Styles defeated Angle in a Ladder match to retain Angle's gold medals to end the rivalry after Styles got Jarrett's guitar once again in his hands.

On September 4 edition of Impact!, Styles lost to Christian Cage in a qualification match for Four Ways to Glory after Frank Trigg attacked Styles with a kendo stick. At No Surrender, Styles competed against Trigg in a Mixed Martial Arts match. The match ended in a no contest when Styles accidentally kicked Trigg in the groin. Styles competed against Christian Cage and Booker T in a Three-way match at Bound for Glory IV, which Booker won. The veteran wrestlers of TNA formed a group called Main Event Mafia to take over the company and teach the younger wrestlers a lesson while Styles lead the young lions and original wrestlers of TNA to form a group called TNA Frontline. Styles became the leader of the group.

Styles unsuccessfully challenged MEM member Sting for the TNA World Heavyweight Championship at Turning Point after a distraction by MEM leader Kurt Angle and Booker T. At Final Resolution in December, Styles, Samoa Joe and Team 3D represented TNA Frontline against Main Event Mafia, consisting of Sting, Booker T, Kevin Nash and Scott Steiner in an eight-man tag team match, with Sting's TNA World Heavyweight Championship on the line. Sting pinned Joe to retain the championship.

Entering 2009, Mick Foley and TNA Frontline members AJ Styles and Brother Devon were scheduled to compete against Main Event Mafia members Booker T, Kevin Nash and Scott Steiner at Genesis, but Nash suffered a staph infection and was replaced by Cute Kip. Foley and Frontline defeated Kip and MEM in a Hardcore match.
Styles began his next rivalry with MEM member Booker T, which culminated in a match between the two for Booker's TNA Legends Championship at Destination X. Styles defeated Booker to win the TNA Legends Championship and make it an official sanctioned TNA championship.

On March 26 edition of Impact!, Styles participated in a Gauntlet Cage match as the #1 entrant, with the final two competitors becoming the captains of their respective teams at Lethal Lockdown. Styles was eliminated by Booker T. Samoa Joe won the Gauntlet. At Lockdown, Styles was on Jeff Jarrett's Team Jarrett, consisting of Samoa Joe and Christopher Daniels against Kurt Angle's Team Angle, consisting of Booker T, Scott Steiner and Kevin Nash in a Lethal Lockdown match. Team Jarrett won.


Styles successfully defended the TNA X Division Championship against Booker T in an "I Quit" match at Sacrifice after Jenna Morasca threw the towel on Booker's behalf. Styles defeated Christopher Daniels in a King of the Mountain qualification match on May 28 edition of Impact!. At Slammiversary, Styles competed against Kurt Angle, Mick Foley, Jeff Jarrett and Samoa Joe in the 2009 King of the Mountain match for the TNA World Heavyweight Championship. Angle won the championship after Joe helped Angle in winning the championship. At Victory Road, Styles lost the TNA Legends Championship to Kevin Nash. Styles' reign ended at 126 days.

After losing the TNA Legends Championship, Styles competed against Matt Morgan in a Best of Three Series to determine the #1 contender for the TNA World Heavyweight Championship at Hard Justice.
Styles defeated Morgan in the first match on July 30 edition of Impact!, but lost the next two matches to Morgan on August 6 and August 13 editions of Impact!. After repeated failures, Styles announced his retirement but Sting convinced him to resume his career.

On September 1 edition of Impact!, Styles participated in a No Surrender Title Shot Tournament to determine the #1 contender for the TNA World Heavyweight Championship at No Surrender, defeating Chris Sabin in the first round and Doug Williams in the second round to win the tournament and become the #1 contender for the championship, along with Sting. At No Surrender, Styles defeated Kurt Angle, Sting, Matt Morgan and Hernandez in a Five-way match to win the TNA World Heavyweight Championship and reclaim his glory as a world heavyweight champion for the first time in four years.

Styles successfully defended the TNA World Heavyweight Championship against Sting at Bound for Glory and Daniels and Samoa Joe in a Three-Way match at Turning Point, and Daniels at Final Resolution. Styles' friendship with Daniels ended during this time because Daniels had attacked Styles on numerous occasions to injure him and get the championship. Entering 2010, Styles cheated to defeat Kurt Angle in a Last Man Standing match to retain the TNA World Heavyweight Championship at Genesis
after Ric Flair handed Styles, the championship belt and Styles hit Angle with the belt. As a result, Styles turned heel and formed an alliance with Flair.

Ric Flair nicknamed Styles as the "new Nature Boy". Styles successfully defended the TNA World Heavyweight Championship against Samoa Joe at
Against All Odds, with Eric Bischoff as the special guest referee, after Ric Flair distracted Bischoff. At Destination X, Styles defended the championship against Abyss. The match ended in a no contest when the referee rang the bell after distractions by Hulk Hogan, Eric Bischoff and Ric Flair. At Lockdown, Styles defeated D'Angelo Dinero in a Steel Cage match to retain the championship.

The following night, on April 19 edition of Impact!,
Styles lost the TNA World Heavyweight Championship to Rob Van Dam. Styles' reign ended at 211 days. Styles unsuccessfully challenged RVD for the championship at Sacrifice. Styles began a rivalry with Jay Lethal over Lethal feuding with Styles' mentor Ric Flair. Styles competed against Lethal in a losing effort at Slammiversary VIII. At Victory Road, Styles and Kazarian defeated Rob Terry and Samoa Joe, after a distraction by Desmond Wolfe, to earn the right to become members of Ric Flair's group Fortune, the new incarnation of Flair's famous faction Four Horsemen. Fortune included Styles, Kazarian, Matt Morgan, Desmond Wolfe and Beer Money Inc.

On July 22 (taped July 13) edition of Impact!, Styles defeated Rob Terry to win his second TNA Global Championship, the former TNA Legends Championship, after Kazarian held Terry's foot. After winning the championship, Styles renamed it as TNA Television Championship and promised to defend the championship on television and pay-per-view events.
Fortune began a rivalry with EV 2.0, a group of former Extreme Championship Wrestling (ECW) wrestlers. On September 2 edition of Impact!, Styles was the leader of Fortune, consisting of Kazarian and Beer Money Inc., against Tommy Dreamer's EV 2.0, consisting of Rhino, Sabu and Brian Kendrick in an Elimination match. Fortune won. Styles survived the match.

Styles began a rivalry with EV 2.0 leader Tommy Dreamer, which culminated in a match between the two at No Surrender, which Styles won.
On October 7 edition of Impact!, Styles participated in a $100,000 Gauntlet Battle Royal as the #4 entrant. He was eliminated by Abyss. Kurt Angle won the Battle Royal. At Bound for Glory, Styles was the leader of Fortune, consisting of Kazarian, Matt Morgan and Beer Money Inc., against Tommy Dreamer's EV 2.0, consisting of Raven, Rhino, Sabu and Stevie Richards in a Lethal Lockdown match. EV 2.0 won.

In October 2010, Fortune formed an alliance with Hulk Hogan and Eric Bischoff's new faction Immortal and the two groups took over TNA.
At Turning Point, Fortune, consisting of AJ Styles, Kazarian, Douglas Williams and Beer Money Inc., defeated EV 2.0, consisting of Raven, Rhino, Sabu, Stevie Richards and Brian Kendrick
, with the match stipulating that Ric Flair would earn the right to fire one member of EV 2.0 if EV 2.0 lost. As a result, Sabu was fired by Flair. At Final Resolution, Styles lost the TNA Television Championship to Douglas Williams. Styles' reign ended at 145 days. Entering 2011, Styles was scheduled to compete against Williams for the championship but suffered a hip injury and was replaced by Abyss. Styles interfered in the match and attacked Williams with the championship belt, thus helping Abyss in capturing the championship.

Fortune turned babyfaces by ending their alliance with Immortal as Styles cost Jeff Hardy, a title shot for the TNA World Heavyweight Championship by delivering a Styles Clash to Hardy. The group were sick and tired of being held back by Immortal and began feuding with Immortal. Ric Flair turned on Fortune to join Immortal
, resulting in Styles becoming the leader of Fortune. Styles began a rivalry with Immortal's newest member Matt Hardy, which culminated in a match between the two at Victory Road, which Styles won.

Styles suffered an injury after Bully Ray delivered a Powerbomb to Styles through a table. As a result, Styles was out of action for one month. Styles returned to TNA television at Lockdown, helping Christopher Daniels and Fortune in defeating Immortal in a Lethal Lockdown match. After the event, Styles added Daniels into Fortune. On May 12 edition of Impact!, Styles participated in a Battle Royal to determine the #1 contender for the TNA World Heavyweight Championship. Styles was eliminated by Tommy Dreamer. Mr. Anderson won the Battle Royal.

Styles began a rivalry with Tommy Dreamer for attacking him during a match, which culminated in a No Disqualification match between the two at Sacrifice, which Dreamer won after Bully Ray attacked Styles with a chain.
As a result, Styles began his next rivalry with Ray, which culminated in a Last Man Standing match between the two at Slammiversary IX, which Ray won.

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Profile:
  • Name: Sting
  • Real Name: Steve Borden
  • Date of Birth: March 20, 1959
  • Hometown: Venice Beach, California, United States of America
  • Height: 6'2
  • Weight: 250 pounds
  • TNA Debut: January 15, 2006
  • Nicknames: "The Stinger", "The Icon", "Insane Icon"
  • Finishers: Scorpion Death Drop, Scorpion Death Lock
  • Career Highlights: 4-time TNA World Heavyweight Champion, 1-time NWA World Heavyweight Champion, 1-time TNA World Tag Team Champion (with Kurt Angle), 2012 TNA Hall of Fame Inductee
  • Pro Wrestling Illustrated (PWI) Wins: Comeback of the Year Award (2006), Comeback of the Year Award (2011)
Biography:
Sting has proven himself to be one of the top stars in TNA. He has competed against the best in TNA history and has gained the same success and reputation which he had earned in WCW. Sting has become 5-time world heavyweight champion in TNA and has built a reputation of his own in the company. He has received the same fanbase and still continues to impress the audiences with his darker gimmick.

Total Nonstop Action Wrestling (2003 - 2004)
After competing in the Australian promotion World Wrestling All-Stars (WWA), Sting returned to United States to appear in Total Nonstop Action Wrestling (TNA). He made his first appearance in TNA as a babyface at June 18, 2003 pay-per-view in a tag team match with Jeff Jarrett against AJ Styles and Syxx-Pac. Jarrett and Sting won. Sting gave sit-down interviews with TNA play-by-play announcer Mike Tenay over the next few weeks.

Sting returned to TNA at November 5 pay-per-view. He received his world heavyweight championship opportunity. He competed against Jeff Jarrett for the NWA World Heavyweight Championship. Jarrett retained the championship through intentional disqualification. At November 12 pay-per-view, Sting and AJ Styles defeated Jeff Jarrett and Lex Luger. At December 17 pay-per-view, Sting wrestled his last TNA match, in which he defeated Jeff Jarrett. Sting returned to TNA at March 31, 2004 pay-per-view in which he served as the special guest enforcer for a 4-Way match between AJ Styles, Abyss, Raven and Ron Killings. It was Sting's last appearance in TNA.

Total Nonstop Action Wrestling (2006 - present)
In late 2005, Sting signed a contract with TNA. At Turning Point, Sting's scorpion appeared on the screen and the arena lights went out after Jeff Jarrett's match against Rhino. As the lights were on again, Sting's trench coat, boots and baseball bat were placed on a chair in the ring. He scared Jarrett with his actions. On December 31 edition of Impact!, Sting was announced as TNA's newest member.

In 2006, Sting officially debuted in TNA at Final Resolution, marking his return to the company in two years. He competed in his first TNA match in two years, teaming with Christian Cage against Jeff Jarrett and Monty Brown. Sting and Cage won the match. On January 28 edition of Impact!, Sting announced his retirement from the industry but Jeff Jarrett hired Alex Shelley to spy on Sting and record his activities. However, Sting caught Shelley and returned to confront Jarrett at Destination X, but was attacked by Scott Steiner. As a result, Sting began feuding with Jarrett.

At Lockdown, Sting was the captain of Sting's Warriors, consisting of AJ Styles, Rhino and Ron Killings, against Jeff Jarrett's Jarrett's Army, consisting of Scott Steiner and America's Most Wanted in a Lethal Lockdown match. Sting's Warriors won the match. At Sacrifice, Samoa Joe and Sting defeated Jeff Jarrett and Scott Steiner in a tag team match. On June 8 edition of Impact!, Sting defeated Steiner by disqualification in a King of the Mountain qualification match when Jeff Jarrett attacked Sting.

At Slammiversary, Sting competed against Christian Cage, Jeff Jarrett, Ron Killings and Abyss in a King of the Mountain match for the NWA World Heavyweight Championship. Jarrett won after Earl Hebner shoved the ladder on which Cage and Sting were fighting to retrieve the championship. At Victory Road, Sting defeated Christian Cage, Samoa Joe and Scott Steiner in a Road to Victory match to become the #1 contender for the NWA World Heavyweight Championship. At Hard Justice, Sting unsuccessfully challenged Jeff Jarrett for the championship after Cage turned on Sting by attacking him with a guitar.

Sting started training for his next championship match because his career was on the line in the match and was out of action for two months. At Bound for Glory, Sting returned to TNA television and defeated Jeff Jarrett in a Title vs. Career match to win the NWA World Heavyweight Championship with Kurt Angle as the special enforcer. As a result, Sting ended his rivalry with Jarrett and won his first championship in TNA, thus regaining his glory as a world heavyweight champion after seven years.

At Genesis, Sting lost the NWA World Heavyweight Championship to Abyss by disqualification. Sting's reign ended at 28 days. The match stipulated that the championship could change hands on a disqualification. At Turning Point, Sting competed against Abyss and Christian Cage in a 3-Way Dance for the championship. Abyss retained the championship. Entering 2007, Sting defeated Abyss and Christian Cage in a Nighstick on a Pole match on January 4 edition of Impact!. At Final Resolution, Sting competed against Abyss and Christian Cage in a Three Way Elimination match for the NWA World Heavyweight Championship. Cage won the championship.

Sting began a rivalry with Abyss, revealing a secret regarding Abyss that he was in prison for three years for stabbing his father in the back. At Against All Odds, Sting defeated Abyss in a Prison Yard match. On February 15 edition of Impact!, Sting participated in a Gauntlet for the Gold as the #1 entrant, with the winner becoming the #1 contender for the NWA World Heavyweight Championship. Sting was eliminated by Robert Roode. Samoa Joe won the Gauntlet for the Gold. At Destination X, Sting defeated Abyss in a Last Rites match to end the rivalry.

At Lockdown, Sting was on Kurt Angle's Team Angle, consisting of Jeff Jarrett, Rhino and Samoa Joe against Christian Cage's Team Cage, consisting of AJ Styles, Abyss, Scott Steiner and Tomko in a Lethal Lockdown match. Team Angle won. At Sacrifice, Sting competed against Christian Cage and Kurt Angle in a Three Way match for the World Heavyweight Championship. Angle controversially won the championship. As a result, it was vacated and replaced with the new TNA World Heavyweight Championship.

On May 24 edition of Impact!, Sting lost to Samoa Joe in a King of the Mountain qualifying match after Christopher Daniels attacked Sting with a bat. As a result, Sting began a rivalry with Daniels, which culminated in a match between the two at Slammiversary, which Sting won. At Victory Road, Sting and Abyss defeated AJ Styles and Tomko. Sting and Abyss formed an alliance with Andrew Martin and began feuding with Christian's Coalition, which culminated in a Doomsday Chamber of Blood match between the two teams at Hard Justice, which Sting, Abyss and Martin won.

On August 30 (taped August 27) edition of Impact!, Sting defeated Christian Cage, AJ Styles and Samoa Joe in a Four Way match to win the one half of TNA World Tag Team Championship and become the championship partner of Kurt Angle. At No Surrender, Angle and Sting lost the championship to Team Pacman when Angle turned on Sting by delivering an Angle Slam after Karen Angle faked an injury and claimed that Sting slapped her. Angle and Sting's reign ended at 15 days. As a result, Sting began feuding with Angle.

At Bound for Glory, Sting defeated Kurt Angle to win the TNA World Heavyweight Championship. On October 25 (taped October 16) edition of Impact!, Sting lost the championship back to Angle. Sting's reign ended at 2 days. At Genesis, Sting and the debuting Booker T lost to Kurt Angle and Kevin Nash in a tag team match for Angle's TNA World Heavyweight Championship. After failing to recapture the championship, Sting disappeared from TNA television.

On March 27, 2008 edition of Impact!, Sting returned to TNA to rescue Christian Cage, Rhino and Kevin Nash from AJ Styles, Tomko and Team 3D. At Lockdown, Sting, as a part of Christian Cage's Team Cage, consisting of Rhino, Kevin Nash and Matt Morgan, competed against Tomko's Team Tomko, consisting of AJ Styles, James Storm and Team 3D in a Lethal Lockdown match. Team Cage won. At Sacrifice, Sting was randomly paired with James Storm in a Deuces Wild Tournament for the vacated TNA World Tag Team Championship. Sting and James Storm lost to Team 3D in the quarter-final round when Sting turned on Storm.

At Victory Road, Sting tried to stop Samoa Joe from brutally assaulting Booker T, on which Joe flipped Sting causing Sting to attack Joe with a baseball bat. As a result, Sting turned heel. At Hard Justice, Sting applied Scorpion Death Hold on AJ Styles when Styles continued to attack Kurt Angle after their match. Sting finally explained his actions that the younger generation was disrespecting the veterans of the professional wrestling industry and he needed to teach the young wrestlers a lesson.

At Bound for Glory IV, Sting defeated Samoa Joe to win his second TNA World Heavyweight Championship after Kevin Nash attacked Joe with a bat. On October 23 edition of Impact!, Kurt Angle formed a new faction Main Event Mafia, consisting of veteran wrestlers Booker T, Kevin Nash and Scott Steiner. Sting also became a member of the group and the group's purpose was to battle TNA's younger wrestlers and teach them a lesson. The group began feuding with TNA Frontline composing of TNA's younger wrestlers.

At Turning Point, Sting successfully defended the TNA World Heavyweight Championship against AJ Styles after Booker T and Kevin Nash distracted Styles. At Final Resolution in December, Sting, Booker T, Kevin Nash and Scott Steiner represented Main Event Mafia against AJ Styles, Samoa Joe and Team 3D of TNA Frontline in an eight-man tag team match with Sting's TNA World Heavyweight Championship on the line. MEM won the match. As a result, Sting retained the championship.

Entering 2009, Sting successfully defended the TNA World Heavyweight Championship against Rhino at Genesis. At Against All Odds, Sting successfully defended the championship against Kurt Angle, Brother Ray and Brother Devon in a 4-Way match. At Destination X, Sting defeated Angle to retain the championship with Jeff Jarrett as the special guest referee and Mick Foley as the special outside enforcer. At Lockdown, Sting lost the championship to Mick Foley in a Six Sides of Steel Cage match. Sting's reign ended at 189 days.

Sting started developing hatred with Kurt Angle. At Sacrifice, Sting competed against Mick Foley, Kurt Angle and Jeff Jarrett in a Four Way Ultimate Sacrifice match with Foley defending the TNA World Heavyweight Championship, Sting defending his career, Angle defending his leadership of Main Event Mafia and Jarrett defending his shares in TNA. Sting pinned Angle to become the new Godfather of MEM. Sting started earning positive fan reaction and turned babyface.

On June 11 edition of Impact!, Sting lost to Kurt Angle in a King of the Mountain qualifying match after Matt Morgan distracted Sting. As a result, Sting began a rivalry with Morgan, which culminated in a match between the two at Slammiversary, which Sting won. On June 25 edition of Impact!, Sting was attacked by the members of MEM because they disapproved of his leadership. He was kicked out of the group and Kurt Angle regained the status as the Godfather of MEM.

Sting began a rivalry with Samoa Joe, which culminated in a match between the two at Victory Road, which Joe won when Joe's secret adviser Taz debuted in TNA and distracted Sting. At Hard Justice, Sting competed against Kurt Angle and Matt Morgan in a 3-Way match for the TNA World Heavyweight Championship. Angle retained the championship.

On September 3 edition of Impact!, Sting participated in a No Surrender Title Shot Tournament to determine the #1 contender for the TNA World Heavyweight Championship. He defeated Rhino in the first round and Hernandez by disqualification in the second round after Eric Young attacked Sting with a weapon. As a result, Sting won the tournament with AJ Styles. At No Surrender, Sting competed against Kurt Angle, AJ Styles, Matt Morgan and Homicide in a Five-Way match for the TNA World Heavyweight Championship. Sting helped Styles in winning the championship. At Bound for Glory, Sting unsuccessfully challenged Styles for the championship. After the match, Sting disappeared from TNA television for three months.

On January 4, 2010 edition of Impact!, Sting returned to TNA and disappeared again. Sting made his full return to TNA television on March 8 edition of Impact! and turned heel by attacking Hulk Hogan and Abyss and forming an alliance with Ric Flair. At Lockdown, Sting was the captain of Team Flair, consisting of Desmond Wolfe and Beer Money, Inc., against Abyss' Team Hogan, consisting of Jeff Jarrett, Rob Van Dam and Jeff Hardy in a Lethal Lockdown match. Team Hogan won.

At Sacrifice, Sting brutally attacked Jeff Jarrett before their match and easily defeated Jarrett. Following the event, Sting was ranked the #1 contender for the TNA World Heavyweight Championship by the TNA Championship Committee. At Slammiversary VIII, Sting unsuccessfully challenged Rob Van Dam for the championship after Jeff Jarrett attacked Sting with his baseball bat. Sting was suspended by Dixie Carter on July 1 edition of Impact! because he was considered to be a cancer that was destroying TNA.

On August 5 edition of Impact!, Sting returned to TNA television and formed an alliance with Kevin Nash to feud with Hulk Hogan, Jeff Jarrett and Eric Bischoff because they considered Hogan, Jarrett and Bischoff to be conspiring against TNA. Sting and Nash began a rivalry with Jarrett and Samoa Joe. At No Surrender, Sting and Kevin Nash lost to Jeff Jarrett and Samoa Joe in a tag team match. On October 7 edition of Impact!, Sting participated in a $100,000 Invitational Gauntlet Battle Royal as the #14 entrant. He was eliminated by Abyss. Kurt Angle won the Battle Royal.

At Bound for Glory, Sting, Kevin Nash and D'Angelo Dinero defeated Jeff Jarrett and Samoa Joe in a Handicap match after Jarrett betrayed Joe. Later that night, it was revealed that Sting and Nash were right about Hulk Hogan and Eric Bischoff as they formed the heel group Immortal with Jeff Hardy, Jeff Jarrett and Abyss. Sting and Nash walked out on TNA because Dixie Carter did not believe on them and Sting was never a bad guy in the first place.

Entering 2011, On March 3 (taped February 24) edition of Impact!, Sting made a surprise returned to TNA television and turned babyface. He was revealed to be a surprise opponent of Jeff Hardy and defeated Hardy to win his third TNA World Heavyweight Championship. At Victory Road, Sting successfully defended the championship against Hardy in a No Disqualification match. At Lockdown, Sting successfully defended the championship against Rob Van Dam and Mr. Anderson in a Three Way Steel Cage match. At Sacrifice, Sting defeated RVD to retain the championship.

At Slammiversary IX, Sting lost the TNA World Heavyweight Championship to Mr. Anderson after Eric Bischoff distracted Sting. Sting's reign ended at 108 days. On July 14 (taped July 11) edition of Impact Wrestling, Sting defeated Anderson in a rematch to win his fourth TNA World Heavyweight Championship after Kurt Angle and Fortune prevented Immortal from interfering in the match. Sting began showing maniacal characteristics and was referred to as "Insane Icon". He continued to embarrass and humiliate Immortal members.

At Hardcore Justice, Sting lost the TNA World Heavyweight Championship to Kurt Angle after assistance by Hulk Hogan. Sting's reign ended at 27 days. On September 1 edition of Impact Wrestling, Sting unsuccessfully challenged Angle for the championship after interference by Immortal. At No Surrender, Sting competed against Kurt Angle and Mr. Anderson in a Three Way match for the TNA World Heavyweight Championship. Angle retained the championship after Hulk Hogan sprayed Sting's eyes.

At Bound for Glory, Sting defeated Hulk Hogan to give the control of TNA to Dixie Carter. The match stipulated that if Sting lost, he must leave TNA and Immortal would gain control over TNA. On October 20 edition of Impact Wrestling, Dixie Carter appointed Sting as the General Manager of TNA. Entering 2012, Sting served as the special guest enforcer for a Four-Way match between Bobby Roode, James Storm and Bully Ray for the TNA World Heavyweight Championship. Sting began a rivalry with Roode, which culminated in a No Holds Barred match between the two at Victory Road, which Roode won. On March 22 edition of Impact Wrestling, Sting resigned from the General Manager position and appointed Hulk Hogan with the position.

Sting returned to TNA television on May 24 edition of Impact Wrestling. At Slammiversary, Sting unsuccessfully challenged Bobby Roode for the TNA World Heavyweight Championship. On June 14 edition of Impact Wrestling, Sting was attacked by some masked men and was put out of action for one month. Sting returned to TNA on July 12 edition of Impact Wrestling but he and Hulk Hogan were attacked by the same masked men known as Aces and Eights. Two weeks later, on July 26 edition of Impact Wrestling, Sting became the General Manager of TNA.

At Bound for Glory, Sting became the first wrestler to be inducted into the TNA Hall of Fame. Later that night, Sting and Bully Ray lost to two masked members of Aces and Eights after a third member sent Ray through a table. The third member was unmasked and revealed to be Devon. Sting began a rivalry with Aces and Eights. Sting was injured by Aces and Eights member DOC and was out of action for two months. Entering 2013, Sting returned to TNA television on January 3 edition of Impact Wrestling and attacked Aces and Eights members upon his return. He unmasked one member and revealed him to be Mike Knox.

Sting avenged his injury from Aces and Eights member DOC and began a rivalry with DOC, which culminated in a match between the two at Genesis, which Sting won. At Lockdown, Sting was on Team TNA, consisting of Samoa Joe, James Storm, Eric Young and Magnus competed against Aces and Eights, consisting of Devon, Mr. Anderson, Garett Bischoff, DOC and Knox in a Lethal Lockdown match. Team TNA won. Sting began a rivalry with Bully Ray, which culminated in a No Holds Barred match between the two for Ray's TNA World Heavyweight Championship at Slammiversary XI. Ray retained the championship after Aces and Eights interfered in the match. The match stipulated that Sting would never get another opportunity for the championship.


Sting's failure in capturing the TNA World Heavyweight Championship due to Bully Ray resulted in Sting forming New Main Event Mafia with Kurt Angle, Samoa Joe, Magnus and Rampage Jackson to feud with Aces and Eights. At the August 22 Impact Wrestling: Hardcore Justice, New Main Event Mafia were scheduled to compete against Aces and Eights but Kurt Angle was injured and was replaced by AJ Styles. AJ Styles and MEM defeated Aces and Eights in a Loser of the Fall Must Leave TNA match. Styles pinned Devon. As a result, Devon was forced to leave TNA, thus ending MEM's rivalry with Aces and Eights.

New Main Event Mafia began their next rivalry against Extraordinary Gentleman's Organization.
During this rivalry, Sting began feuding with his teammate Magnus, which culminated in a match between the two at Bound for Glory, which Magnus won. On October 31 edition of Impact Wrestling, Dixie Carter lifted Sting's ban on receiving a world heavyweight championship opportunity. Later that night, Sting participated in a Gauntlet match as the #1 entrant to determine the eighth participant in the TNA World Heavyweight Championship Tournament for the vacated TNA World Heavyweight Championship. Sting was eliminated by Magnus for the win.

The following night, at TNA Tournament of Champions, Sting participated in a tournament pitting former TNA World Heavyweight Champions to determine the greatest champion of all time.
He lost to eventual winner Bobby Roode in the quarter-final round. New Main Event Mafia disbanded after the group achieved its mission of beating Aces and Eights and all the members went their separate ways.

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