WWE was able to pull off something huge in 2014 when they signed the man they call Sting to a WWE contract. He was set to be part-time, and it made total sense. A man in his mid-50s should not be a full-time wrestler. Sting was in great shape for most of his career, and he remained that way in WWE, which was great to see from the Stinger. However, sometimes it does not matter what kind of shape you’re in. Accidents happen, and things can end a career in an instant. Ask Magnum T.A. for information there.
Sting is set to enter the WWE Hall of Fame next month as he leads the 2016 class into the ceremony the night before WrestleMania 32. Of course, Sting has been the subject of many rumors since his match with Seth Rollins back at WWE Night of Champions last year. He was hurt in the match, and many believed the neck injury he suffered could threaten his career. TMZ then made sure to report on the fact that Sting is pretty much done.
They claimed that Sting was going to make everything official during his Hall of Fame speech, but Sting himself told TMZ that he was not officially retired this weekend. Sting made sure to expand on this when talking to WWE.com today, where they asked him a lot about his possible retirement.
He said this in regards to being diagnosed with spinal stenosis.
“I am not saying that is inaccurate. I’m agreeing there probably is spinal stenosis or cervical spinal stenosis. I have had certain doctors tell me, ‘You know, so many athletes of all ages, they’ve got this. They deal with it to some degree or another.’ I had one doctor here tell me, “You’re fine, you’re okay — you don’t have anything to worry about.” And then wrestlers say, ‘I’d see this doctor.’ ‘No, I’d see this one over there.’ I’m telling you, it’s just craziness. So I’m thinking, as long as I’m feeling good, why am I going to do anything? And the one thing everyone has said is don’t go under the knife unless you absolutely have to.”
They then asked if this injury is what kept him out of WrestleMania this year and that he would have had a match had he not gotten hurt.
“Oh no, it’s an easy one to answer: Yes. If I had my way, yes, of course. I would have loved to have done one more WrestleMania and I would have called it quits at that point. The Undertaker match — that’s what I wanted to do,” Sting said.
They then asked if there were any discussions on what his role would be at WrestleMania and if the Undertaker match was possible.
“Yes, it was in my mind, of course, but everyone knew that I definitely wanted to have that one match. And, of course, WrestleMania would have been the place to do it. But, I got hurt and the rest is history,” Sting explained.
The big thing to take away from his conversation with the WWE is that WWE’s doctor seems to think he is fine. Also, spinal stenosis is no joke. You don’t play around with it and just say, “Well everyone my age who has wrestled has some version of it.” That may be true in some ways. However, most people with a diagnosed case do not perform anymore. Edge alone had his career ended after officially being diagnosed with cervical spinal stenosis.
If WWE and most doctors would not let Edge perform again out of his safety, clearly Sting should not wrestle anymore if he was officially told he had it. Obviously, if Sting gets checked out and passes all exams and feels good, then everything is good to go. However, this is the only way he should remain an active performer. It is uncertain if we will ever see Sting wrestle again with WWE, but the chances are high if he stays this focused on letting us know he’s not retired yet.
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