While pro wrestling legend Sting became a television staple during his World Championship Wrestling tenure and is now a member of the All Elite Wrestling roster, Steve Borden almost became an actor rather than a professional wrestler.
In fact, Sting was up for the role of Ogre in Revenge of the Nerds, the villainous, dumb, and very entertaining jock. Despite getting down to the final two for the role, it wasn’t meant to be as the producers didn’t think his look was quite right and Donald Gibb would play the character instead.
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“Some friends had convinced me to go to a few auditions around Hollywood, and I had actually just got down to the final two for a goofy part in this little movie,” Sting revealed in an excellent article for The Players’ Tribune. “Unfortunately, it didn’t work out. The producers said my look wasn’t quite right, and they went with the other guy. (The little movie turned out to be Revenge of the Nerds. The goofy part was for Ogre.)”
Everything worked out on both ends as Gibb gave an iconic performance in Revenge of the Nerds and Sting has found a long-lasting career in the squared circle. He’s currently a staple on AEW Dynamite and regularly appears with Darby Allin.