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Sting to enter WWE Hall of Fame

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Sting to enter WWE Hall of Fame

Sting is to be inducted into the WWE Hall of Fame.

The iconic wrestler - real name Steve Borden - is to be recognised for his astonishing in-ring career and is the first confirmed inductee of the Class of 2016.

The news was released on and Triple H - part-time Superstar and WWE Executive Vice President - released a statement praising Sting for his contribution to the sports entertainment business.

Triple H said: "We are truly honoured to have Sting take his rightful place in the WWE Hall of Fame. His contributions to our industry are unprecedented, and we look forward to celebrating his incredible career with fans all over the world."

Despite Sting's career spanning for decades, he only joined WWE (World Wrestling Entertainment) in 2014 and competed in a match against Triple H at 'WrestleMania 31' in March 2015.

The multi-time world champion instead made his name in rival company WCW - the now-defunct World Championship Wrestling promotion - helping the organisation's TV show 'Monday Nitro' beat WWE's flagship programme 'RAW' in the ratings for 84 consecutive weeks in the mid-90s.

After WCW was purchased by WWE Chairman Vince McMahon in 2001, Sting entered negotiations to finally join the promotion but ultimately did not sign.

He then competed for TNA Wrestling on-and-off for 11 years before finally making the jump to WWE that fans had dreamed about for over a decade.

Sting, 56, took to Twitter to share his excitement about his Hall of Fame induction with his fans.

He tweeted: "Well it's official - I have accepted the invitation to be inducted into the WWE HOF! HONORED!!!! (sic)"

Sting and this year's other inductees will take their place amongst wrestling's elite competitors at the WWE Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony held on Saturday April 2 the night before 'WrestleMania 32' takes place at the AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas on April 3.

Sting has previously admitted he would like to be inducted by his long-time friend and one of his most famous foes 'The Nature Boy' Ric Flair.

He said: "I've been asked that question so many times over the years, 'Who would you want to induct you into WWE Hall of Fame?' I've always said, 'Ric would have to be the one.' I mean, that's my first choice."