The Blade Runners

It was in California during 1985, when talent agent Rick Bassman, started out in the wrestling business. Bassman came up with the idea of Power team USA. Bassman recruited bodybuilders Jim Hellwig, Stephen Borden, Mark Miller and Garland Donoh, to be trained as professional wrestlers. The goal was to get the four of them signed by the WWF as A team. Wrestling legend Red Bastien, was hired to train the four bodybuilders. Bastein was suffering from several injuries, which led to local wrestler Billy Anderson, physically training the bodybuilders, under Bastein’s supervision. After a few months it became obvious to hellwig and Borden, that Bassman would not be able to get them into the WWF, no matter how much he wanted to. The two split off from Power team USA. Red Bastein told them he could get them booked in Calgary for Stu Hart, for 15 percent of everything they earned for the next five years. Hellwig and Bordon, instead sent photos and packages to Jerry Jarrett in Memphis.

In late 1985 Jarret  called Borden and Hellwig and invited them to his house. After asking the duo a some questions, and having them lockup a few times, Jarrett decided that they knew enough, and decide to hire them, as wrestlers for his company.The Freedom Fighters debuted on Memphis TV as good guys, beating The Spoiler(Frank Morell)and Tom Branch. The Freedom fighters continued beating the Spoiler and Branch on A house show tour. The new team also beat The Memphis Vice, Johnathan Boyd and Tony Faulk, and The Spoiler and The Raider(Ken Timbs) on house shows. 

After a few weeks The Freedom Fighters turned on Phil Hickerson on TV, turning them into face paint wearing bad guys, known as the Blade Runners. After turning bad the Blade Runners beat David Johnson and Jim Jamison on TV. They also teamed with their new manager Buddy Wayne, to beat Hickerson, The Spoiler and Billy Travis on a house show. The young team faced legends such as The Fabulous Ones, The Fantastics and Jerry Lawyer and Austin Idol on house shows, losing most of the matches by DQ, and dropping a few by pinball. After their run ended in Memphis, Jarrett called Bill Watts, and got the Blade Runners booked in Oklahoma.

Sting and Rock were managed by Eddie Gilbert, in Watts recently rebranded UWF, and they came into the promotion with a huge push. On  UWF TV the Blade Runners won many matches against underneath talent. On the house shows they beat Rob Rechsteiner(Rick Steiner)and Ricky Gibson, Tracey Smothers and Brett Sawyer, Dave Peterson and Steve Williams, and Chavo Guerrero and Terry Taylor. After being built up as monsters, the Blade Runners started losing to Ted DiBiase and Steve Williams, and The Freebirds on house shows. Soon after being moved up the card, Rock had a falling out with owner Bill Watts , before leaving the company. Sting decided to stay with the UWF, and did not leave with Rock. For the next few years the former tag team partners careers were mirror images of each other. 

After Rock left the UWF, he went to WCCW and become the evil Dingo Warrior. After entering WCCW as A bad guy, the fans started getting  behind The Dingo Warrior, and the company  turned him good.  The popular Dingo Warrior won the Texas heavyweight title, and the Texas tag team titles with lance von Erich . Former WWF booker George Scott, briefly worked for WCCW ,which led to the Warrior being signed by the WWF, as the Ultimate Warrior in 1987. After Warrior left the UWF, Sting won the company’s tag team titles three times. Like his former partner, Sting turned good when the fans started cheering him. Sting joined Jim Crockett Promotions, when Bill Watts sold his company to Crockett in 1987. Over the next couple of years, the Ultimate Warrior twice won the WWF intercontinental title, and twice Captained his teams to victories at The Survivor Series .Sting won the WCW TV title, the Crockett cup with Lex Luger and The Iron Man series at Starcade.

In 1990 the two biggest wrestling companies in the world were in transition. The WWF and WCW were both looking for young wrestlers to replace their longtime world champions.  In April of 1990 The Ultimate Warrior beat Hulk Hogan for The  WWF world title at 6. Just three months later Sting beat Ric Flair for the WCW world title in July. Sting and The Ultimate were not transition world champions. They were both picked to lead their companies into the 90’s. Both former Bladerunners experienced massive popularity before becoming world champions, but after they won their world titles, business was down for both companies. On January 11th 1991, Sting lost the WCW world title back to Ric Flair on a house show, and The Ultimate Warrior lost the WWF world title to Sgt Slaughter eight days later at the Royal Rumble. Two months later Hogan regained his title, when he beat Slaughter at Wrestlemania 7.

In late 1991, the two wrestlers finally took different career paths. For the next seven years, Sting continued to wrestle full time for WCW. The Ultimate Warrior  was in and out of the WWF, before once again,crossing paths with Sting, during his WCW run in 1998. On October 12th 1998,The Warrior and Sting teamed up, to beat Hulk Hogan and Brett Hart by DQ on WCW Nitro. Their past history together was never mentioned on TV by WCW.

After leaving WCW in late 1998, Warrior wrestled one last match, when he beat Orlando Jordan in Spain in 2008. The Warrior returned to The WWE on April 5th, 2014. Two nights later, the Warrior returned to WWE Raw, to say goodbye to his fans, on April 7th. Warrior died of A heart attack on April 8th, 2014. The night after his emotional Raw appearance. Sting wrestled for WCW, until the company closed in 2001. After wrestling for TNA for over a decade, Sting finally appeared at Wrestlemania, losing to Tripple H in 2015. Sting wrestled his last match, when he teamed with Darby Allin, to beat The Young Bucks , for The AEW tag team titles, in the main event of AEW revolution 2024.