Sting didn't see his wrestling career end the way he wanted, but won't return to the ring despite feeling good.
The WCW and TNA legend was forced out of the ring in 2015 after a Buckle Bomb from Seth Rollins did him in during a main event match on pay-per-view. Sting revealed this week in an interview with Lilian Garcia on Chasing Glory that the injury doesn't bother him at all physically now, but he's still not coming back to wrestle.
“Yeah, I’m really done. I mean my neck doesn’t bother me at all. For the first couple of months after the match, I had an ache that would go down to the left side of my neck and down into my left trap. It was like a dull ache that was just there all the time and it was hard to sleep. I don’t have any side effects, any trouble so all I know is the neurosurgeon said, “You are so lucky there wasn’t a catastrophe that happened.”
I got to be careful and it’s sad too because even at my age I feel like I could still go, I could still have a real good Undertaker match for example. We could tell an incredible story with both the chemics and the mystique of both of them. I’ve had these ideas for 20 years, some of the ideas I have in my head. It would be something that people would talk about for a long time, but I’m satisfied. I’m happy with the way things turned out. I did have my WWE run, it was short, but I had one. I did WrestleMania, I wrestled Seth Rollins, I wrestled for the WWE World Title, so I can’t complain.”
Sting has since went into the WWE Hall of Fame, and hasn't wrestled since that Night of Champions 2015 match with Rollins. As recently as his 2016 appearance on Legends with JBL, Sting noted he hadn't underwent surgery and was still holding out for a match with the Undertaker.
You can hear the full interview and podcast at this link.