Sting is retiring as an in-ring performer, according to TMZ. Sting will officially make the announcement when he is inducted into the WWE Hall of Fame on April 2nd, in Dallas, Texas.
Sting was injured in his match with Seth Rollins at the 2015 Night of Champions pay-per-view when he took a powerbomb into the turnbuckles. After being hurt on the first powerbomb, he agreed to take the second one, and he had no control of his body on that one.
Sting has not wrestled since that match and needs neck surgery after being diagnosis with spinal stenosis.
Sting commented on his neck issues in an interview with WWE.com last December.
“Yeah, MRI’s and neurologists have been looking at it, Dr. Maroon out of Pittsburgh, he’s looked at it. He’s telling me that I’ll have to have a surgery. The dust only in the last couple weeks has kind of started to settle a little bit for me, just trying to get so much done in life but now it’s time to go get this thing taken care of. No, I’m hoping (they don’t have to do a fusion surgery). I know that’s one of the techniques that they use, and I’m not sure if Dr. Maroon will have to do that or not. I’ve got two spots in my neck that are troublesome. I guess it’s called cervical spinal stenosis. That’s what it is. I have two areas in my neck where the spinal canal, which holds the spinal cord, it’s kind of choked off in two different locations. Lucky that a catastrophe didn’t happen that night long story short. I’ve gotta go get it fixed. I guess John Cena had something very similar, he had his fixed, and Dr. Maroon has done several of the WWE guys up there and all with great success.”