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Sting's pro wrestling career is over, neck injury too severe

TMZ reported today what has been pretty well known for some time, that Sting is retired as a pro wrestler due to the neck injuries suffered in the Night of Champions match with Seth Rollins.

Sting was diagnosed with spinal stenosis and told that he needed surgery, which is it believed he has not yet gotten.  According to the story, Steve Borden has seen several doctors who all agreed that he shouldn't return to the ring.

Sting was injured twice in the match with Rollins in September, both times taking power bombs into the turnbuckles.  He went limp briefly the second time but was able to finish the match.

The story said Sting may officially announce his retirement at the Hall of Fame ceremony on 4/2 in Dallas, where he is the main event inductee.

Due to the injury, Sting vs. Undertaker was never under consideration for this year's WrestleMania nor was he ever talked about after September for a spot on the show.

The story at www.tmz.com stated Sting would be open to a non-physical role with the company.

Borden, who turns 57 later this month, started wrestling in 1985 after being discovered by Rick Bassman working at a Gold's Gym.  He began his career in Tennessee working for Jerry Jarrett as a tag team with Jim Hellwig, who became the Ultimate Warrior.  The pair were then hired by Bill Watts, where they split up when Hellwig wasn't happy with the company.  Sting remained and became part of Eddie Gilbert's Hot Stuff International heel group, often teaming with Rick Steiner.

Gilbert turned him babyface just as the UWF was being purchased by Jim Crockett, and Sting came over in the purchase but wasn't used well until a 45 minute draw on the first Clash of the Champions with Ric Flair.  The last 15 minutes of the match peaked with a 7.8 quarter hour, and the match itself did a 7.1 rating, both records for post-1983 TBS wrestling that were never broken, and Sting remained one of the top stars in wrestling since that time.