The news does not come as a surprise but Sting has made it official—he is retiring from wrestling. He will make the announcement when he is formally inducted into the WWE Hall of Fame the Saturday before Wrestlemania 32 by no other than Ric Flair.
According to an article that appeared in Wrestling Rumors, the former NWA and TNA world heavyweight champion suffered cervical spinal stenosis. Sting, whose real name is Steve Borden, Jr. had his debut in a WWE ring at Wrestlemania 31 against Triple H.
He suffered the injury during his match with Seth Rollins for the WWE World Heavyweight Championship at Night of Champions. That match would go down as the last of his career.
“The Franchise,” as he is fondly called in the wrestling world has reportedly has seen many doctors since last September when the injury occurred. All the doctors were in agreement that his neck was too much of a risk to his overall health if he steps back into the ring.
The condition is similar to what forced Edge to retire in 2011. After the recent events with Daniel Bryan, Sting decided that it was best to hang up his boots rather than go through long term recovery and fight the decision.
But unlike Daniel Bryan, “The Icon” is already in his mid-fifties. As he was able to step into a WWE ring, his wrestling career is one of the happiest.
As a wrestler, Sting was considered as the face of the two major wrestling companies that he had been a part of—world Championship Wrestling (WCW) and Total Nonstop Action Wrestling (TNA). He won titles in WCW, TNA, and NWA. He was the inaugural inductee into the TNA Hall of Fame in 2012. Originally described as the greatest wrestler that has never set foot in a WWE ring, Sting was able to join the company in 2014, making his first appearance at Survivor Series and debuting at Wrestlemania 31.
Sting was named “Most Popular Wrestler of the Year,” by Sports Illustrated four times, a record he shares with John Cena.
Too bad, wrestling fans will no longer see a Sting vs The Undertaker match.
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