The Undertaker is an American professional wrestler signed to WWE. He is the company's most tenured performer, and he's also the only remaining active competitor from the very first episode of WWE Raw in 1993. Calaway began his wrestling career with World Class Championship Wrestling (WCCW) in 1984. In 1990, Calaway signed with the World Wrestling Federation and The Undertaker was born. The rest, as they say, was history!
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Sting To Announce His Official Retirement?
TMZ reports that 2016 WWE Hall of Famer Sting has decided to retire from in-ring action.
Sting was reportedly evaluated by several doctors that agree it’s too risky for him to get back into the ring after suffering the neck injury against Seth Rollins at WWE Night of Champions last September.
Sting was reportedly diagnosed with cervical spinal stenosis, which affects the nerves and can result in extreme pain and discomfort.
TMZ adds that Sting may make the official announcement at the Hall of Fame ceremony on April 2nd. Sting is said to be open to a non-physical role with the company but no offer had been made at last word.
If true, it’s bittersweet if there’s any sweetness to it. On one hand, the future WWE HO’er’s had a hell of a run. Longevity is so rare in this industry and to those who have it, it’s a legendary accomplishment in itself and Sting’s one of those few to have that. He’s faced nearly every big name of his generation. He’s competed in WWE. On the other hand, his WWE run, while good enough for what it was, can be summed up as “if only it happened earlier….”, no one will get the dream match of dream matches pitting him against Taker. You can really thank Vince Mcmahon for that. He didn’t want it so he robbed the rest of the world of it. He could have had it at WM31. Yes I understand Taker’s status was in question. But it doesn’t mean they had to go with Sting vs HHH and shift the build in the WWE vs WVW direction that they took it in. I would have even preferred Bray Wyatt or Kane to go against Sting. Sting/Wyatt, the promos they’d cut on each other. Sting vs Kane is a match I wanted to see. Had they used Fastlane or the night Taker accepted Wyatt’s challenge to build to a Taker vs Sting match, we would have gotten that. But they rushed into Sting/HHH and Taker/Wyatt and it left me with a “they finalized Sting and Taker plans for WM31 early with good intentions, but if only they waited just a little bit longer…” feeling. Taker vs Sting…..a fantasy destroyed by reality. Oh what could have been.
While I’m a little upset Sting’s great career ended due to injury or the aftereffects of it as opposed to on his own terms, I’m still glad his career included all the things he’s done. I’m most happy that he still has his health intact.
Sidenote: this retirement closes the door on the fantasy that sees him be involved in Taker vs Shane at WM32.
- Frank P. on March 18th, 2016 says:
If the rumor is true, Sting had one hell of a run. What I find disappointing is WWE never booking the Undertaker/Sting match for WM32. If you ask me, that would have drew more money and got the fans attention. Taker facing Shane doesn’t make one ounce of sense, but is interesting. I guess we will see what happens. From the looks of Taker, he can still do it and is not ready to hang it up yet, nor ready for a hall of fame induction. Thank God, because the product is starting to collapse since the top guys are all out (Rollins, Orton, and Cena).
- Anan on March 18th, 2016 says:
@Taker’s #1 fan:
I don’t think handling has much if at all to do with it. Many within the industry think he was handle well and I agree. The problem is the matches he was put in. Sting vs HHH? They could have held Sting’s debut off till Fastlane where he challenges Taker to WM31. If they were gonna have it at WM32 this year, then WM31 vs HHH should have been the only match for him last year. I’m glad he got a WWE Title shot. But he didn’t really need one to validate his career.
The other thing is had he signed on earlier, the match would have had a better shot at happening. He had his reasons for not doing so and I respect that. Earlier doesn’t mean Attitude Era. The things that happened there went against his faith. He had some good times in TNA. I won’t deny that. But he stayed longer than he needed to and in the end it’s a waste because TNA wasted the boost they got from the signing of Sting and Kurt Angle and where are they now? Worse then they were before they signed on. If Sting signed even in 2013 or 2014, WM29 or WM30 may have seen the match. Yes it means The Streak would still be standing at zero losses right now if the match happened at WM30. But more importantly than that, an earlier signing means it would have happened by now probably.
@Venezuelantaker and JDilone84:
TMZ’s record is pretty good when it comes to breaking news about wrestling. What does Sting have to gain from further competition? Why further risk his health by having another match when he clearly doesn’t need to compete anymore? He’s had a great long run. I read Road Warrior Animal saying Sting’s not an icon till he gets to WWE. BS. He was a beloved icon before he got there. I’d love to see more Sting matches, but not at the expense of his health. It’s a miracle that an over 50 year wrestler is in the shape he is in now after the injuries he suffered because it could have been a lot worse.
WWE are damn lucky Taker’s still active. But one day he won’t be. WWE better start caring, making the fans care and push talent who’ll be around when Taker hangs em up and that reality is drawing closer each passing year. If WWE don’t push anyone, then what will happen should these string of injuries happen when Taker’s not actively wrestling?
- Frank P. on March 18th, 2016 says:
What will happen is that WWE will start pushing more NXT talent. Or give some of the low card guys a shot. A great example would be Samoa Joe. Great talent that should be pushed so he could face AJ Styles because the whole AJ Styles and Y2J segment is starting to get stupid. First they’re enemies, then best friends, and now they’re back to being enemies again. That’s showing you that the writing team is bouncing ideas back and forth not making up their minds. I would like to see Samoa Joe/Styles in a cage match.
Back to Undertaker. I don’t think he is going to hang it up anytime soon. I will bet and say three more years hopefully no injuries or physical roadblocks get into his way.
- Anan on March 18th, 2016 says:
I agree with some of what you said. AJ/Joe is old. Yes TNA’s a different company. But it doesn’t change the fact that they’ve had their feud and the best days of their feud are over. Time to move on to fresh challenges that present them in WWE and there’s a ton of talent that would be good for them to compete with. I kind of agree with AJ/Jericho. But there’s no denying the matches, if they have anymore will deliver so I don’t mind the direction their seemingly ongoing feud has gone in. I believe they’ll meet again at WM. Seems to be heading there.
WWE aren’t pushing NXT. HHH, who is only a part of WWE is. But till he takes over, Vince is the one who has the final word. Vince is out of touch. That’s normal for people his age. They like to stick to their old ways instead of moving on into the resent ways of doing things. He’s still into the big muscle guys, not the smaller types. He only went with Bryan in the WM30 main event after the fans demand, but originally he wasn’t in the main event plans. Although he’s come through for fans here and there, most of the time it’s seemingly a “Vince cares about Vince and will do what Vince wants” product. Ziggler, Cesaro, like Christian was are held back and underutilized talents because they don’t fit Vince’s vision. I mean let’s face it. The WWE was suffering in ratings because it took Vince a long time to realize the cartoonish early 90’s stuff wasn’t working anymore. It took him till late 96 to begin a change with the rebellious Austin that eventually culminated into The Attitude Era beginning late 97-early 98 (it’s debatable as to when exactly it began as everyone has their own opinion on it.) A small bit of the cartoonish days still exist right now. The Goldust/Truth comedy, the squashes, Vince calling for Looney Tunes lines to be incorporated into Roman Reigns’ promos, which hasn’t been done lately, but was last year or so at some point(s.) This isn’t a rant, merely stating facts.
Taker….I won’t speculate on how long he has left. I used to, but stopped. You just never know what’ll happen. It’s not just about injuries anymore. I don’t believe so anyway. Anything’s possible. It’s possible one day he’ll just tell himself he’s done all there is to do and a whole lot more, wants to get out and live a normal life with family before he’s crippled in a wheelchair like Dynamite Kid unfortunately is. DOn’t know how long TDK competed for, but the fact that Taker’s in the shape he’s in after all his years, wars and punishment is phenomenal and Im happy about that. Maybe he’ll be talked into retiring by someone in the industry or a friend or family. I have gone with the conclusion that in recent years, he’s taking it one match at a time and still evaluates himself after each match by asking those in the back about his performance. I believe he’s praised for that ad rightfully so and I think that’s been a factor in his continuation as a wrestler. I’m often asked when do I think he’ll retire. My answer is when Taker can no longer live up to the standards he has set for himself. It’s possible Taker himself doesn’t know when he’s gonna retire and will when his body tells him enough. There’s nothing more important than health, life and family…nothing at all.
Sidenote: I’m glad WWE are finally acknowledging on TV the importance and how instrumental Taker was to the survival of WWE. X-Pac stated in the Foundations of War episode of the Monday Night Wars that focused on Taker and Sting that Taker was the one they depended on to carry the company. But on RAW (forgot which one) Michael Cole acknowledged it saying Taker’s the reason WWE’s still around or something to that effect. They always bring up Austin, Rock, DX for the Attitude Era and Hogan. But Taker was busting his ass while destructively kicking others after Hogan left (and his numerous returns and exits), and before Austin, Rock or HHH even came to WWE. Taker was certainly a fixture of the Attitude Era, but often gets snubbed when the company talks about that era.
- yousif on March 19th, 2016 says:
Good bye sting..
Actually it wasn’t the time for taker vs sting .
So it’s good it didn’t happen .
There was a time when sting was at his peak ..
And taker was younger . Plus it was too difficult to set the end of the match .
Taker can never loose to sting in his ring .
And It’s not good for sting to keep Loosing in wwe.
Outside interference for such a match which is considered to be classic will be worst scenario .
Honestly I think sting wasted a big part of his career in TNA .
if he joined WWE during this period things were so much different for him.
- Anan on March 19th, 2016 says:
“it was too difficult to set the end of the match .
Taker can never loose to sting in his ring .”
“sting wasted a big part of his career in TNA .
if he joined WWE during this period things were so much different for him.”
Those two lines are from your comment. I disagree with both. If he joined WWE sooner, the only benefit I see is Taker vs Sting. How do you know he’d be used better? Are you aware of WWE’s track record with treating WCW talent? It’s not good. It’s one reason why he didn’t come to WWE sooner. The other reason probably being his faith. WWE was too edgy for him. I understand that and I also understand his mistrust in Vince’s handling of him.
Too difficult to set up Taker vs Sting? Taker can’t lose to Sting? Wouldn’t be good for Sting to loosing in WWE? What a big load of BS that is. No it wouldn’t be difficult. The anticipation sells the match better than any build up would. Do you think Taker cares about losing? Do you think Sting cares about losing? They don’t care. Winning/losing is more important in the minds of fans who won’t accept the fact that whole pro wrestling business is a work than it is in reality.
- Mike b on March 19th, 2016 says:
If sting is retiring then that doesn’t mean the end, just begins new road if iffy Vince and hosted directors can actually talk with sting and make bunch of new stuff for sting to do. Like revamp smack down and sting can be Gm.. Something or during power struggle sting can come out make some sort out come. Special referee or he can has story help new talent out like help guide push them.. There’s so so much sting can do..
- yousif on March 20th, 2016 says:
I really love like any discussion with you brother specially when we disagree
To make the things I said clearer. .
What I ment by difficulty of taker loosing. Is now at this stage as a classic match between 2 icons of WCW and wwe . Before the retirement of both.
Not before if sting would have joined WWE.
It’s not the undertaker who has a problem with loosing now.
Wwe will never let him loose against sting now.
Whenever it’s matter of WCW and wwe . Wwe should be superior because this is wwe .
Chek sting vs triple h . When nwo and dx were involved .they let hhh win even as a heel.
Go back you will find plenty of examples. Like that.
Second . What I mean by sting wasted being in TNA is being minor level. As a legend in very important period of time in his career.
He is a legend and once he was just like taker or even more as a name and fame around the world.
And about wwe treating WCW stars bad .
I will disagree with you .
Benoit eddie booker made history . Goldberg never looked bad in wwe even stainer got big matches ..etc but Still if this is the case after all these years sting is still treated bad in match results not giving him a single win in the ring. So what’s new? And why? If he joined before he would gain many things other than hall of fame ring.
- Thy Serpent on March 21st, 2016 says:
If this is true, then it is very sad. Especially since WWE had the chance to give us Sting vs ‘Taker, but chose otherwise. If Triple H vs Sting happened because Triple H wanted it, I don’t blame him. Who wouldn’t want to face Sting? But at least after that, they could have built a ‘Taker vs Sting match. Anyway, what’s happened has happened. Just glad Sting was finally able to make it to WWE and gave us a great match against Triple H. Didn’t watch the one against Seth Rollins, so can’t comment.
- Frank P. on March 21st, 2016 says:
Something just doesn’t seem right. Why out of all people Shane McMahon? Here’s what I think would happen. Taker wins, Shane hands Taker the Vincent J McMahon Legacy Award, then guess who crashes the party… Sting interrupts, huge pop … The two of them looking at the WM sign and making it a one year build WM 33 Taker vs. Sting.
Sting has been out since last year’s WM because of his neck. But……… What if he is resting up for Taker? Who knows right? Lol