TMZ SPORTS is reporting today that due to an severe neck injury suffered back in September in a match against Seth Rollins at Night of Champions, Sting’s wrestling career is officially over as he’s failed to recover from the serious injur

According to TMZ, sources connected to Sting say he was evaluated by several doctors who all agree — it’s just too risky for the wrestler to get back in the squared circle … so, he’s decided to hang up his boots. Sting, 56, was formally diagnosed with cervical spinal stenosis — a condition affecting the nerves that can result in extreme pain and discomfort. It’s the same condition that forced fellow WWE superstar Edge to retire in 2011.

Sting is expected to make his official announcement next month at the WWE Hall of Fame ceremony in Texas.

As far as Sting’s future? The report mentioned Sting is open to a non-physical role with the WWE … but we’re told no formal offer has been made.

If this report is true, and I have every reason to believe it is, I personally wish Sting the absolute best as he goes on with life after wrestling. In my 25 years in the business, one of the truest gentleman I have ever had the privilege of knowing and calling a friend.

UPDATE: TMZ cameras recently caught up with Steve Borden and this is what he had to say about his retirement:

“My neck is okay. I’m not officially retired. There’s a lot of rumors out there, but I’m not officially retired.”