On the night before WrestleMania 32, the icon known as Sting made an announcement that many knew was coming but that everyone feared: he was retiring. He is doing his own thing, but fans want to know so much from the wrestling legend. Now, Sting has revealed some things about his future plans and also his true feelings on losing to Triple H at WrestleMania 31, his first ever match in WWE.
Many wrestling fans feel that Sting's time in WWE was completely and totally wasted. Not because he got injured and had to retire, but in the way he was used during his time with the promotion. He made his debut at Survivor Series in 2014 and wrestled his first-ever WWE match at WrestleMania 31 months later, which he ended up losing to Triple H in the center of the ring.
Fans believe that things should have turned out much differently in that match and that Sting should have gone over Triple H. They're angry about it and believe it was the wrong way for the match to go. But what about Sting?
The icon spoke with Sports Illustrated about it and revealed what he really thinks. Believe it or not, he really isn't bitter about it.
"People took the loss personally, but in this business, you have to learn real quick not to take anything that personally. For me, it was a memory just being in Levi Stadium in California, my home state, with that crowd there."
He was just happy to be at the event. Sting was just thrilled to be a part of the spectacle that is WrestleMania and have it as a part of his career. Even though he lost the match, it's good that he was on it or it may have never happened.
In September of last year, Sting had his first and only shot at the WWE World Heavyweight Title when he faced Seth Rollins at Night of Champions. During the match, Sting suffered a neck injury that put him on the shelf for months and essentially led to his retirement coming about sooner than he or anyone probably had thought or hoped.
Now, he is indeed retired from professional wrestling and moving on to other things, but is he getting away from that world? It sure doesn't seem like it. Just this past week, Sting appeared at an event for Big Time Wrestling and ended up signing over 1,000 autographs for fans.
Believe it or not, many of the fans who approached him and asked him for his autograph did it with photos of his time in WWE.
"There was so much nostalgia with having DX and the NWO all together at WrestleMania. I can't tell you how many pictures I've signed of all of us in the ring. Fans talked about that and loved it."
While appearing at events to sign autographs and take pictures with fans is one thing, many wonder if he's going to do other work within the wrestling world. Sting was asked if he would start showing up at independent shows and what his full retirement plans are.
"I'm going to kick back. I'll pick and choose some events, but I won't be traveling as much. These grassroots shows remind me of my humble beginnings–even the smell of the building reminds me when I started. It's an honor to still be in front of the fans."
Many say that retirement in professional wrestling is something that always includes the statement "never say never." With some, though, injuries have forced them into retirement and coming back simply isn't possible. That's how it is with Sting.
Sting really doesn't appear to have any hard feelings toward WWE and is grateful that he had the chance to finally appear in the ring for the company. He's in the Hall of Fame and now has had to retire through no one's fault at all. He's not bitter at Triple H, performed at WrestleMania, and now can live his life and enjoy it out of the ring.
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