It’s a moment over a decade in the making, but Sting will finally take his place among the immortals the night before WrestleMania 32. The nine-time world champion and arguably the greatest superstar in WCW history will be the first inductee in the 2016 class of the WWE Hall of Fame.
“We are truly honored to have Sting take his rightful place in the WWE Hall of Fame,” said WWE’s Executive Vice President of Talent, Live Events and Creative, Paul “Triple H” Levesque. “His contributions to our industry are unprecedented, and we look forward to celebrating his incredible career with fans all over the world.”
Sting has competed in promotions all over the world since 1985, but never was his star any bigger than when he was in WCW. One of the company’s only homegrown stars, Stinger is a six-time WCW champion and holds the distinction of competing in the company’s final match against Ric Flair on the final episode of WCW Monday Nitro.
After a stint in TNA, Sting finally joined WWE after 14 years when he appeared at the Survivor Series in 2014. Sting emerged to help Dolph Ziggler defeat The Authority, which began a feud with Triple H. The incident led to Sting’s first appearance at WrestleMania at Levi’s Stadium, where he took on The Game in a match that saw D-Generation X and the nWo collide but ended up with Triple H on top.
Sting’s final match was against former WWE World Heavyweight Champion, Seth Rollins, where he suffered a career-threatening injury at the 2015 Night of Champions. The official announcement of Sting’s enshrinement will take place on tonight’s episode of Monday Night RAW.
The 2016 WWE Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony takes place on Saturday, April 2, the night before WrestleMania 32, at the American Airlines Center in Dallas at 6:30 p.m. local time.
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