Former multi-time WCW World Heavyweight Champion Sting is set to go into the WWE Hall of Fame on April 2, the night before WrestleMania 32. At his age (57), and with his neck in the condition it’s in, it’s pretty safe to assume that WWE will never allow “The Icon” to wrestle again, which is probably why they’ve decided to put him into the their Hall of Fame this year.
Spinal stenosis, which is the condition that Sting is suffering from, has forced quite a few wrestlers to cut their career short early, most notably Edge and “Stone Cold” Steve Austin.
There have been rumors that Sting is going to officially announce his retirement from wrestling during his Hall of Fame speech, but the former WCW and TNA Champ has denied those rumors, as he told TMZ that his neck is fine and that he’s not officially retired.
It’s clear that Sting won’t be wrestling at WrestleMania 32, but he still does believe that he has one more match left in him, and it’s a match that is too big to take place at any event other than WrestleMania.
Crave Online recently caught up with Sting, and they asked him how he wants his professional wrestling career to end. “The Icon” made it clear that he still wants a match with The Undertaker before he officially hangs up his boots.
“I want that dream match with Undertaker. I’ve been outspoken about that. The whole world knows that I’ve always wanted to do that so it would be kind of cool to go out like that.”
Sting has been very outspoken about wanting a match with Undertaker since before he made his WWE debut. But it’s clear that Vince McMahon isn’t a fan of that match, because if he was, the match would have happened already.
Next Sunday’s Undertaker vs. Shane McMahon match has two interesting stipulations, and one of them is that, if Undertaker loses, then he can never compete at WrestleMania again. It’s hard to predict how that match is going to go, but even if Undertaker ends up losing, WWE could end up not upholding that stipulation, and “The Deadman” could be back in the ring at WrestleMania 33, and his opponent may end up being Sting.
Of course, Sting would have to end up getting cleared by the WWE medical staff before he could return to in-ring action. So, if his neck is in fact fine, then he should have no problem getting the WWE doctors to give him the green light to get back in the ring.
After his match with Seth Rollins at Night of Champions, which is where he was originally injured, Sting told WWE.com that he needed to have his neck “taken care of,” which led many to believe that “The Icon” was suggesting that he needed neck surgery. But if he says his neck is fine now, then it looks like he may not need to be operated on at this moment.
As of this writing, Sting doesn’t have a role at next Sunday’s WrestleMania 32 other than appearing on the stage when this year’s Hall of Fame class is brought out to wave to the crowd.
Could Sting end up having a larger role? Sure. But that’ll be dependent on whether or not he’s cleared to wrestle, because if he gets involved in any of the matches, then the fans will expect him to wrestle at least one more time. But for now, it just looks like he’ll just be at AT&T Stadium to wave to the 100,000 fans in attendance when WWE brings the Hall of Fame Class of 2016, out on the stage.
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