WWE fans worldwide got an excellent match at last night’s Night of Champions pay-per-view when six-time WCW Champion Sting faced off against Seth Rollins and his WWE World Heavyweight Championship, but the strong performance may have come at a great cost.
TMZ is reporting that Sting’s future in the industry may be in jeopardy after suffering what is being called a career threatening neck injury on a turnbuckle powerbomb late in the match. Sting could barely move afterward and needed to be tended to by trainers, and Rollins won the match on a rollup shortly afterward. Sting, 56, was also allegedly injured multiple times during the match before the powerbomb.
CAT scans done Sunday after the match showed no fractures, thankfully, but Sting, whose real name is Steve Borden, was kept overnight and released earlier this afternoon. He is able to walk, but is in a lot of pain despite that. His manager offered more.
“The greatest damage to his body took place before the match was over, but being the true professional he is and among the hardest workers to ever step foot in the ring, he insisted to see the match through to the end.”
This could immediately put a damper on a match that fans had hoped to see at Wrestlemania 32 in Dallas: Sting vs. The Undertaker. Though that event is 6 months away, neck injuries are not to be taken lightly under any circumstances and Sting should take his time coming back, if he does at all.
Nothing has been said about his imminent retirement and I, as both a writer and a fan, won’t believe anything on that subject unless it comes from Sting itself.
But the fact of the matter is that he’s 56 years old and has little to nothing left to prove anymore. On top of winning the WCW World Heavyweight Championship six times, the NWA World Heavyweight Championship once and the TNA World Heavyweight Championship four times, Sting finally had his Wrestlemania moment back in March and looked great despite falling to Triple H. A week ago on Monday Night Raw, he got Rollins to tap out to the Scorpion Deathlock. Last night, he finally got to headline a WWE pay-per-view. At his age, there aren’t many opportunities left.
Campus Sports will update Sting’s recovery and future if any new information becomes available, but the reality of it all is that it’s looking like the Icon’s time in the squared circle could be just about done.