It is being reported today that Sting’s long and illustrious pro wrestling career is now over. Nicknamed “The Icon” during his career, the wrestler suffered a devastating neck injury in September 2015 during a match against Seth Rollins at WWE’s “Night of Champions” and was unable to fully recover. According to TMZ, the 56-year-old was diagnosed with cervical spinal stenosis and doctors told him that continuing his career would be extremely risky.

The diagnosis is the same condition that forced former WWE star Edge to call it quits back in 2011. Sources say that Sting, real name Steve Borden, is likely to formally announce his retirement at next month’s WWE Hall of Fame ceremony. With that said, he is still open to participating in future programs in a non-physical capacity.

Long regarded as one of the greatest professional wrestlers of all time, Sting made his debut in the late 1980’s in the now defunct WCW, where he spent most of his career. At the turn of the new millennium, Sting was cited as the only major wrestler to never compete in the WWE. He made his long awaited debut for the company in 2014 after stint with Total Nonstop Action. Much respect to Sting on a phenomenal career.

From the rafters.