WWE fan favorite Sting was just forced to tap out — the legendary pro wrestler is retiring from the game due to a bad neck injury.
The cervical spinal stenosis diagnosis stemmed from September’s “WWE Night of Champions” pay-per-view match against Seth Rollins. The condition affects the nerves and can result in extreme pain and discomfort.
If it sounds familiar, that’s the same one that forced fellow WWE Superstar Edge to hang up his own leotard five years ago.
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According to TMZ Sports, several doctors declared that it would just be too risky for Sting to go on with his dangerous career choice. The official announcement is set for the WWE Hall of Fame ceremony next month in Texas, when Sting will be among the inductees.
The gossip website added that the 56-year-old Sting is personally up for a non-physical role within the publicly traded company, but there are currently no offers on the table.
Before his instant impact was made in the WWE, Sting was the face of competitor league WCW.
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The WWE did not immediately return TheWrap‘s request for comment. Sting has been customarily silent on social media these days.