TMZ Sports is reporting that the legendary wrestling career of Sting has come to an end, as he has officially decided to retire from the ring.
The report states that Sting has formally been diagnosed with cervical spinal stenosis, which is a condition that affects the nerves and can result in extreme pain and discomfort. It is also the same condition that forced WWE Hall of Famer Edge into retirement back in 2011.
Sting’s condition stems from his match against Seth Rollins back in September of 2015, in which he suffered damage to his neck from a powerbomb into the turnbuckles that he was never able to fully recover from. Sting has not competed in a single match since that time, and will also have to undergo neck surgery.
The latest word is that Sting will likely officially announce his retirement when he is inducted into the WWE Hall of Fame the night before WrestleMania 32 in Dallas, Texas; however, as of right now, the deal appears to be sealed. The report further states that Sting is open to a “non-physical” role with WWE; however, no offer has yet been made.
The Wrestling Observer is reporting that WWE is apparently looking at inducting Snoop Dogg into the celebrity wing of the WWE Hall of Fame as part of the 2016 induction ceremony the night before WrestleMania 32 in Dallas, Texas. Initial reports stated that this was a rumor at first, but it now looks like WWE is indeed working on finalizing plans for the induction to take place. Snoop Dogg, who is the first cousin of WWE Diva Sasha Banks, has made numerous appearances on WWE programming over the years. It had been previously reported that Regis Philbin was being considered as this year’s celebrity inductee; however, there currently is no word on why this may no longer be happening.
Furthermore, The Wrestling Observer is also reporting that WWE is looking at presenting former longtime “Good Morning America” anchor Joan Lunden with the Warrior Award as part of the 2016 WWE Hall of Fame induction ceremony. Lunden partnered with WWE and the Susan G. Komen Foundation in 2014 for WWE’s breast cancer awareness efforts, as Lunden herself is a breast cancer survivor, having previously battled the triple negative form of the disease.