- The legendary wrestler will make his last appearance in the sport next year
- Sting, real name Steve Borden, has announced his retirement from wrestling
- The 64-year-old has been a professional wrestler since making his debut in 1985
Legendary wrestler Sting has announced his definitive retirement from the sport after setting an end date for his career to be closed.
The AEW star took to the ring in Texas on Wednesday evening where he outlined his plans to retire in front of an emotional crowd who encouraged him to continue.
However, despite previously retiring in 2016 when he was a star on the WWE roster, Sting confirmed he will make his final appearance in the sport next year.
The wrestler, who’s real name is Steve Borden, has been professionally involved in the sport since 1985 when he made his television debut alongside The Ultimate Warrior on the Continental Wrestling Association.
Originally identifying as, Flash, Borden quickly became a household name and has featured in the ring for Universal Wrestling Federation, World Championship Wrestling, Total Nonstop Action Wrestling and WWE before eventually joining AEW in 2020.
Sting (left) has announced his retirement from wrestling after first debuting in 1985
Sting announced he will make his final AEW appearance at Revolution 2024
Revealing his plans to quit wrestling at AEW Dynamite Wednesday, the 64-year-old explained his final professional appearance would take place at AEW Revolution next year.
‘We used to wonder what makes these guys want to come back year after year, decade after decade, what more do they have to prove? I have to tell you, here I am all these years later. I understand why they hung on,’ said Sting.
‘I know some of you are thinking “he retired once already”, yeh I said the word retire, but I have to tell you that retirement in 2015 didn’t sit right with me.
‘My very first match with AEW was Revoluton 2021 and my very last match will be Revolution 2024.
‘One key thing you need to know is the only thing you know for sure about Sting is my retirement at Revolution 2024 is for sure,’ he finished.
No current date has been set for next year’s event but it is traditionally held in March.