One of the biggest comeback stories of 2015 may be over. Reports confirm that Sting suffered a severe injury at WWE Night of Champions that has put the future of Sting inside of a wrestling ring in serious jeopardy.
The WWE, along with Sting’s official Facebook fan page confirmed the injury on Monday. The injury came in Sting’s match at Night of Champions against Seth Rollins. The injury occurred when Seth Rollins gave Sting a powerbomb into the turnbuckle. Sting collapsed following the move and is reported to have suffered a serious injury as a result of the move.
[adinserter block=”1″]The following message was posted on Monday on Sting’s official Facebook page.
“As many of you may already know, Sting is undergoing treatment for the injuries he sustained in last night’s match with Seth Rollins. Doctors will continue to evaluate his condition, but he is a man of remarkable health and resiliency, especially at his age and with all he’s endured throughout his stellar career. Therefore, we are optimistic he will have a speedy recovery and return to full health soon. Sting has kept his body in excellent shape, due largely to the guidance he’s received from his personal trainer Jeff Cavaliere (ATHLEAN-X), and we trust this will prove beneficial to the recovery process. As a side note, we later learned 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.” -Steve Martinez
The prognosis is not good. Dave Meltzer speculated on a F4WOnline.com podcast that Sting’s career as an in-ring wrestler is likely over. At 56-years old, Sting will not likely take the risk to get back in the ring and put himself at risk of re-injury. Needless to say, this is a sad way to end a 30-year pro wrestling career.
It has been a bad year for injuries in the WWE. Sting joins Tyson Kidd and Daniel Bryan on the disabled list. All three have suffered career threatening injuries and while most expect Kidd and Bryan to come back at some point, neither has to this point. I can’t recall another time where the WWE had three stars suffer career-threatening and likely career-ending injuries in one year.
[adinserter block=”2″]I saw Sting ridiculed quite a bit on Twitter during Night of Champions, being the brunt of bald and old jokes. All I can say is that the guy looked fantastic recently and if I could be in that kind of shape at 56 or even 46 I’d be a happy guy. In the ring, Sting looked real good, certainly not looking like a 56-year old semi-retired wrestler. He obviously put a lot of work into this run, some may even say more than he did during his biggest run in 1997 with Hulk Hogan. Seeing his career end due to no fault of his own is unfortunate.