Sad news today for all you Little Stingers, or for anyone who was hoping that Sting vs. Undertaker match was happening one day. According to a report from TMZ, WCW legend and 2016 WWE Hall of Fame inductee Sting is expected to formally retire from wrestling due to the severity of his neck injury. The announcement is said to be happening as part of Sting’s induction speech the night before WrestleMania.
Sting was injured during his WWE World Heavyweight Championship match with Seth Rollins at the Night of Champions event in 2015. He was shaken up after a buckle bomb and could barely finish the match, and in December we found out he’d require neck surgery. The diagnosis was “cervical spinal stenosis,” and sadly at age 56, there’s no coming back from that.
Sources connected to Sting tell us he was evaluated by several doctors who all agree — it’s just too risky for the wrestler to get back in the squared circle … so, he’s decided to hang up his singlet.
As far as Sting’s future — it’s up in the air. We’re told Sting is open to a non-physical role with the company … but we’re told no formal offer has been made.
Maybe it’s all a swerve, and Ric Flair’s introduction will end with the Four Horsemen turning on Sting one final time.
In all seriousness, we’re disheartened to know Sting won’t be back. From the bottom of our — well, at least my — Little Stinger hearts, we send our love and appreciation for one of the greatest and most dynamic careers in wrestling history.