Sting Opens Up About Retirement Plans, Shoots Down All In Reports

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Considering it was believed that Sting would never wrestle again after suffering a serious neck injury in 2015, the star defies the odds every time he steps in the ring.

Although his matches are few and far between these days — unsurprising given he’s 64 — he continues to wow fans and is clearly still having the time of his life.

His latest outing came at AEW x NJPW Forbidden Door where he teamed with Darby Allin and Tetsuya Naito to defeat Chris Jericho, Sammy Guevara, and Minoru Suzuki. Incredibly, the match saw Sting driven through a table by Guevara.

Speaking at the post-show media scrum, The Icon was asked about comments he made earlier in the year when he revealed 2023 would be his last in the ring. The veteran explained that he’s not chosen a retirement date, but it won’t be Wembley Stadium for All In.

“I have not decided on a date for sure,” he said. “A lot of people have actually wondered if I was gonna retire in Wembley. That would be kinda cool, but I don’t see that happening. I think I’m gonna continue on. Tony’s kinda been in my ear a little bit here and there, saying, ‘Steve, you can stay as long as you want!’ So I’m not sure how long that’ll be. But like I said a few months ago, ‘Showtime is just about over with,’ and it truly is.”

When Did Sting Start Wrestling?

While he had no interest in wrestling as a child and fell into the industry almost by accident after attending a wrestling show, Sting transitioned from bodybuilding into the ring in 1985. The star spent his early years teaming with the Ultimate Warrior before later starring with Jim Crockett Promotions and WCW.

After WCW fell apart, Sting found himself in TNA, turning down multiple chances to join WWE, before finally signing with the sports entertainment giant in 2014.

Sting wrestled sparingly, and suffered a serious neck injury at Night of Champions in a match against Seth Rollins, and was inducted into the WWE Hall of Fame in 2016. The former World Champion signed with AEW in December 2020 and made a surprise return to action in 2021.

H/t to 411 Mania