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With less than 24 hours to go for WrestleMania 32, WWE rolled out with its annual WWE Hall of Fame ceremony. Various superstars, legends and members of the WWE Universe were in attendance to witness the enshrining of WWE legends and a celebrity, who were inducted into the WWE Hall of Fame. This year’s headliner was none other than “The Icon” Sting.

Ric Flair inducted his good friend and formidable foe, and talked at length about watching the rise of the Stinger from the late 80s to early 90s in WCW, when Sting became the face of the company. Sting defeated Flair to win his first World Championship, and the two have shared a long and fruitful journey, and when the Stinger made his way out, everyone in the arena got up on their feet and gave Sting a deserved standing ovation.

After telling the fans how much they mean to him, and recalling his career and the brotherhood and camaraderie he shared with the other superstars, Sting talked about his match with Seth Rollins at the Night of Champions PPV last year for the WWE World Heavyweight Championship, during which he suffered a career threatening injury. Sting talked about Seth being worried, as the fans started “One more match” and “Undertaker” chants.

“The Vigilante” then said that the one thing that was certain about Sting was that nothing was for certain… until now. Sting then proceeded to announce his retirement from WWE effective immediately, bringing down the curtains on one of the greatest professional wrestling careers in the history of this business. While the fans were initially taken aback, they then started a “Thank You Sting” chant, as the multiple time WCW Champion promised the fans that it wouldn’t be the last time they would see the Stinger on WWE programming.

Leading up to WrestleMania 32, rumors started floating around about the Stinger considering his retirement from WWE. Sting suffered a serious neck injury during his WWE World Heavyweight Championship match with Seth Rollins last year, and was diagnosed with cervical spinal stenosis. WWE legends “Stone Cold” Steve Austin and Edge were also diagnosed with cervical spinal steonsis, which led to their retirement from the business. Sting was then told by the doctors that he needed to undergo a neck surgery, and was also advised by the doctors not to step foot inside a WWE ring again.

However, Sting remained optimistic about his future, and during numerous interviews leading up to WrestleMania, he told reporters that he still wanted the dream match with The Undertaker that the WWE Universe has been clamoring about. The professional wrestling fans, for the past decade and a half have been waiting for the ultimate dream match in the business between The Undertaker and Sting.

While Sting personified WCW, The Undertaker represented WWE and everything the company stood for. Both the superstars have been synonymous with their respective organizations, and have been two of the most loyal employees. The Undertaker and Sting are two of the most respected and revered veterans in this business, and the fans have often wondered what would happen if both of them ever stepped inside a wrestling ring.

In 2014, when Sting finally signed with WWE, the fans believed that they could finally see the dream match that they’ve been wishing for. While Sting faced Triple H last year, the fans wanted to see him take on The Undertaker at this year’s WrestleMania. However, with Sting getting injured, those plans were nixed, while the fans remained optimistic. Unfortunately, the WWE Universe will never get to see both the legends square off at the biggest stage, but that isn’t as important as the safety and well being of the Stinger.

On behalf of the entire WWE Universe and fans around the world, we would like to say, thank you Sting. Thank you for the memories and numerous amazing bouts, and for always putting the business first. We wish you a speedy recovery, and hopefully see you soon again on WWE programming.

 

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