If you watched WWE Night Of Champions, then you probably saw Sting collapse in the middle of the ring during his match with Seth Rollins, with many speculating that this was the result of the buckle bomb (that you can see below) that Rollins gave him earlier in the match.
Since Sunday, nobody has really known the status of Sting and whether he was OK or if he would ever wrestle again, but he provided WWE.com with an interview yesterday and here’s what he had to say:
I was out in the hospital – out like a light. They had a neck brace on me, and they were pumping me with [medication] to get me out of pain. I had to do a CT scan and an MRI.
They ended up talking to my wife, and I have some details from my wife, but I have to talk to the doctors. They mentioned cervical spinal stenosis, but that’s only part of what I heard.
I don’t know if there’s anything else. The doctor did tell my wife, ‘He’s going to have to get this dealt with. He’s lucky he walked out of there.
Bottom line, I had tingling, numbness down both arms, all the way to my fingertips.
And then, later in the match, I just fell wrong, whatever it was, and this time [the tingling and numbness] went down both arms and into my legs, and I couldn’t feel my legs too well. They just felt like rubber. I don’t know how to describe it.
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I had to go down on all fours there for a minute, get my composure. I was a little … I was worried.
Long term, well, I’m just going to take care of the short term first and see how the long term might play out.
WWE.COM: Well, where does that leave Sting? Was this your last match?
STING: I hate it when I’m asked that question because the answer truly is a question mark, and the question mark is as bold as it could ever be at this point.
WWE.COM: Wait and see?
STING: Yeah, for now.
Well, that doesn’t sound too good for the Stinger does it, although you know what these guys are like – they always come back – so hopefully we’ll see him again. We all know that wrestlers should go out on their backs though, so maybe this is the end for Sting? It does seem kind of stupid for him to come to WWE and lose the two PPV matches he actually competed in though given he’s one of the biggest wrestlers in history.
Here’s hoping that whatever Sting’s decision though, he stays healthy and doesn’t do anything stupid. He’s a 56 year old man you know, should he really be getting the crap beaten out of him like this all the time?
For more brutal wrestling matches, check out these pictures from Mankind and Undertaker’s epic 1998 hell in a cell match.