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Wrestling icon Sting reportedly set to retire due to injury

By Wade Sheridan   |   March 17, 2016 at 3:00 PM

DALLAS, March 17 (UPI) -- Legendary professional wrestler Sting is reportedly set to retire due to a serious neck injury.

According to TMZ Sports, sources close to Sting have stated several doctors have advised the soon-to-be 57-year-old to not compete anymore inside the squared-circle.

Sting was formally diagnosed with cervical spinal stenosis back in September after his grueling match with then WWE World Heavyweight Champion Seth Rollins at Night of Champions. Multi-time World Champion Edge was also forced to retire back in 2011 after suffering from the same condition which can result in extreme pain and discomfort.

Sources noted to TMZ that Sting may formally announce his retirement on April 2 when Sting enters into the WWE Hall of Fame during a ceremony at the American Airlines Center in Dallas during WrestleMania week. Sting's longtime rival and friend, Ric Flair is set to induct him.

Sting could potentially continue to appear on WWE programming as an on-screen character in a non-physical role as other superstars have done before him.

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