Give Sting, the legendary WWE star, credit for something else besides his induction into the WWE Hall of Fame. He has impeccable timing.
The first to be inducted into the Hall’s 2016 class Saturday night, Sting, also known as Steve Borden, announced that his wrestling career is over.
“On this very night, at this very moment, I’m going to finish my career under the WWE umbrella and I’m so proud of that,” he told the audience in Dallas’s American Airlines Center, on the eve of WrestleMania 32. “I am officially going to retire tonight.”
Sting’s retirement wasn’t entirely unexpected after reports that he was suffering from the same kind of neck injury that forced Edge to retire in 2011, but the crowd chanted “one more match” as it gave him a standing ovation. Sting, 57, had a 30-year career that spanned several wrestling organizations.
“I want you to know this isn’t goodbye,” he said, “this is a ‘see you later.’ ”
On Friday, Sting had denied a TMZ report of his impending retirement, saying that he hoped to face the Undertaker. He admitted, though, that he could retire without that match and, on Saturday, he did just that.