WCW Icon Defends WWE Despite Feeling Like Retiring During His Short-Lived Tenure at Vince McMahon’s Company

Published 01/19/2023, 2:30 PM EST
Vince McMahon, former chairman of WWE

Sting, the former WCW star who is currently signed with All Elite Wrestling, recently spoke to the new D Magazine. There, he talked about his professional wrestling career and his wrestling attire. Sting also remembered the time when he felt pressurized by WWE for his retirement. However, he mentioned that “nobody made him do it.” Right now, Sting is doing an amazing job in AEW teaming up with Darby Allin. He first stepped inside AEW on December 2, 2020. Since then, he has been nailing his work, even after being 63 years old. 

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But, being a part of AEW after announcing his retirement during WWE was never easy for him. In his interview with the D Magzine, Sting mentioned that he never wanted to retire. But when WWE decided to induce him to be a Hall of Famer in 2016, he felt that Vincent Kennedy McMahon wanted him to retire. During the interview, he said,

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“I just felt like everything was……pointing toward, ‘You just need to retire. Just get it over with.’ … I finally relented and said, ‘Alright. Let’s just do it.’”

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Sting and his WWE career

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Sting first appeared inside the WWE ring on 23rd November 2014, during the main event of the Survivor Series pay-per-view. Just with his inception, he feuded with the Authority by attacking Triple H with a Scorpion death drop. Since then, he kept on appearing in several WWE segments until he got his big match against Triple H at WrestleMania 31. However, he failed to win that match because of interference from the New World Order and D-Generation X. 

Later, on the August 24 episode of Raw, Sting challenged Seth Rollins for the WWE World Heavyweight Championship at the Night of Champions pay-per-view. But again, he lost the big match. During the match, Sting also suffered a neck injury resulting from the turnbuckle power bomb. 

During the January 11, 2016 episode of Raw, WWE announced Sting as the first member of the WWE hall of Fame class of 2016. This shook fans as they hadn’t had enough of Sting inside the ring yet. Moreover, during his Hall of Fame induction speech, Sting announced his retirement from professional wrestling. 

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However, Sting expressed his feelings about competing against The Undertaker in a WrestleMania match on the WWE Network show “Legends with JBL”. In May 2020, WWE officially released Sting, and the company even stopped selling Sting merchandise from the WWE shop. 

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Manjot Kaur

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Manjot is a WWE writer at EssentiallySports. Being a Martial Artist herself, she is a huge WWE fan since high school. She completed her bachelors from Chandigarh University in computer science but writing gave her joy rather than programming.

Edited By: Debmallya Chakraborty

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