The WWE Universe was shocked on Saturday night when Sting's Hall of Fame acceptance speech took an unforeseen turn.
The wrestling legend used his chance of speaking to millions of fans and peers alike to reveal that he was firmly retiring from wrestling and in-ring competition.
Now, Sting has gone a bit more into detail on his decision to retire, the injury that caused all this to happen, and why he still wanted to fight again despite being in his 50's and having suffered a serious injury.
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Still Wanting One More Match
Stinger spoke to former WWE personality and ESPN anchor Jonathan Coachman during WrestleMania weekend, and said that the decision to hang up his boots wasn't an easy one.
"It was a difficult moment for me, because you have the crowd chanting 'One more match' and I wanted that one more match. It is time, for several different reasons, but it was hard to do after 30 years," Sting said.
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The former WCW superstar and regular nemesis of Hollywood Hulk Hogan went into detail about the injury he suffered against Seth Rollins in a match for the WWE World Heavyweight Championship.
It turns out that Sting got hurt not once, but twice, with the second impact causing serious damage.
"At Night of Champions against Seth Rollins, there was like a whiplash that happened twice in the match."
"The first one was shock and numbness down the fingers, and I've had that before, but this was pretty severe. The second time it happened I lost control of my legs. Long story short, I have spinal cervical stenosis in two areas of my neck," Sting said.
No wonder the 57-year-old is retiring. When you get up to that age and suffer an injury as severe spinal stenosis you have to start taking precautions. Cervical spinal stenosis can cause paralysis and needs severe surgery if it gets too bad, so it's no wonder he is retiring.
The former WCW and TNA Champion has had an amazing and storied career that has spanned generations and seen him win millions of fans.
Hopefully we see Sting in the future like he said during his HOF speech, but for now it will still be a very bittersweet goodbye to one of wrestling's greats.
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