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2016 is already shaping up to be a rough one for pro wrestling, especially for the WWE. Now that Daniel Bryan officially declared himself retired, another legend of the square circle is hanging up his boots — the man they call Sting.

According to TMZ, the neck injury suffered by Sting following the turnbuckle powerbomb at Night of Champions 2015 ended up causing the same spinal diagnosis that forced Edge to early retirement in 2011.

Sources connected to Sting tell us he was evaluated by several doctors who all agree — it’s just too risky for the wrestler to get back in the squared circle … so, he’s decided to hang up his singlet. We’re told the 56-year-old was formally diagnosed with cervical spinal stenosis — a condition affecting the nerves that can result in extreme pain and discomfort.

What does it mean? Well, for starters it means arguably the most visible aspect of my childhood from a WCW perspective is officially gone. His official record in the WWE may have been a measly 1-2 but what he accomplished there isn’t all that significant. What is significant is that Sting was the cornerstone of WCW, a 6-time WCW Champion and the purest babyface around. It also means the dream match we all wanted between he & The Undertaker will officially never take place which is a shame because Undertaker at 50 is putting almost every healthy person on Earth to shame.

Sting’s set to be inducted into the WWE Hall of Fame next month in Dallas and his inductee is none other than Ric Flair. Which is pretty poetic if you realize how star-crossed the two are. The two wrestled for Sting’s first World Title at the Great American Bash in 1990. They wrestled on the debut episode of Monday Nitro & the final episode of Monday Nitro.

Now the last time we get to see Sting in a WWE capacity … is with his most mortal of enemies in Flair.

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