Two weeks before his induction into the WWE Hall of Fame, Sting is retiring from wrestling. TMZ is reporting that the celebrated wrestler, who's real name is Steve Borden, will announce his retirement either before or at his Hall of Fame induction ceremony on April 2. Sting suffered a neck injury suffered last September in a match against Seth Rollins at WWE's Night of Champions PPV event and was later diagnosed with cervical spinal stenosis, a nerve condition that causes extreme pain. Edge, another WWE Hall of Famer, previously retired in 2011 due to the same condition.
Known for his colorful facepaint, Sting rose to fame in the late 1980s as the face of the WCW, a rival promotion to what was then known as the WWF. Winning the WCW Heavyweight Championship six times, Sting was known as "The Franchise" due to his popularity and importance to the WCW. When WCW folded in 2002, Sting joined TNA over the WWF and stayed with TNA for eleven years. Sting finally joined the WWE in 2014, appearing as a surprise member of John Cena's team in the 2014 Survivor Series main event and later facing Triple H in a cameo-filled match at Wrestlemania 31.
Sting joins former WWE World Heavyweight Champion Daniel Bryan as the second wrestler to retire in 2016. Bryan retired last month, citing issues caused from a string of concussions suffered during his career.