Since he was injured last year at Night of Champions, many members of the WWE Universe have questioned if wrestling legend Sting would ever return for a match in the ring again.
After picking up a neck injury during a WWE World Heavyweight Championship match against Seth Rollins last September at the pay-per-view, his future in wrestling has been in doubt.
On the December 9 edition of Ric Flair's WOOOOO! Nation podcast, Sting mentioned that he required surgery to correct cervical spinal stenosis - a condition which affects the nerves in the neck - which could put an end to his wrestling career.
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An article today by TMZ Sports has reported his time in the ring is now over. The report says: "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."
The report also says that The Icon is expected to announce his retirement from the ring during his induction into the WWE Hall of Fame, the night before WrestleMania 32. They also said he could be given a non-physical role with the WWE still, but no official offer by the company has been made as of yet.
This is the same condition which caused Edge to retire from in-ring competition back in 2011. However, at the age of 56, Sting can be very happy with what he has managed to achieve in the squared circle across a 31-year career.
The Stinger has achieved so much in his wrestling career, winning so many different awards and championships across several different promotions, and he will go down as one of the greatest wrestlers the world has ever seen.
The only regret he may have is that he has never won the WWE World Heavyweight Championship. It is the only major title he has never won from the promotions he has wrestled for, as he has held the top championship during his time in TNA and WCW.
The Vigilante has only ever won one match in the WWE, a tag team match alongside John Cena on Raw back in September last year against Rollins and Big Show. He has never won a singles match, as he has lost to Rollins at Night of Champions, and Triple H at WrestleMania 31.
If he chooses not to retire, he will become only the second active WWE wrestler to be inducted into the Hall of Fame, behind the man that will be inducting him in and long time rival, Ric Flair.
If Sting does decide to retire during the WWE Hall of Fame ceremony, he will go down as one of the greatest wrestlers of all time.
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