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How Is Sting Doing?

You'll remember a few weeks back at Night of Champions, Sting was making his first-ever challenge for the WWE World Heavyweight Championship against Seth Rollins, when he bumped wrong twice for the Champion's trademark turnbuckle bomb.

"Bottom line, I had tingling, numbness down both arms, all the way to my fingertips," he told afterwards. "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. 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."

That incident led to a quick ending for the match, as Rollins quickly rolled Sting up for the pin moments afterwards with the 56-year-old WCW legend getting rushed to the hospital for examination shortly thereafter.

It was clear at that point that major examination needed to be done, with some scary medical conditions being considered.

"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 still have [further evaluation ahead]." Sting muses. "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.'"

At a recent Q&A in Scotland, where Sting is joining other WWE Superstars on a European tour, he offered a short update about his injury.

"I feel great, I feel normal, however the MRI's are showing things and the Doctors I'm speaking to are telling me I'm not great," Sting answered, in response to a question on his status. "Basically it's my neck and I'll have to get it dealt with."

So things still seem to be up in the air as far as The Icon's future in pro wrestling is concerned. But fortunately, he had high praise for Seth Rollins, and doesn't hold any resentment towards him for possibly ending his career. 

Recounts a Redditor who got to ask Sting about what happened moments after the pay-per-view, he was in the back of an ambulance and said Seth came running, mortified that he had hurt Sting. Sting told him not to worry about it. Seth reportedly told him he had dressed as Sting for Halloween as a kid and had been watching him since he was 12, and how honored he was to have worked with him. 

"After 30 years and working with some of the best and some of the greatest, [Rollins] is, I’m telling you, he’s got to be the best I’ve ever worked with. I mean, this guy has it. And I think he’s just scratching the surface on what he will do. I’ve never seen somebody as talented," said Sting, regarding how he felt about the reigning WWE kingpin. "He’s working two [matches] on RAW, two [matches] on the pay-per-view, he’s involved in every other segment and it’s physical. He’s got guys coming from every angle. There’s a lot on his plate. He’s carrying a lot, and he’s handling it. He’s proven he can do it. I’m just glad I had a chance to work with him. He’s the kind of guy who could be in there with a broomstick and make something very interesting happen, a match that people would love somehow."

Wonderful words coming from a man who was legendary for his career long rivalry with Ric Flair. He mentioned as well how one of the biggest things he had to manage Rollins' horror at having injured him in the ring. 

Let's hope that this doesn't spell the end of Sting's three-decade wrestling career. But we can't help that feel that perhaps the wrestling gods may have written out this script as some sort of dark justice for Sting as a man who never gave an opponent a major injury in the ring, but was sadly involved in the bump that gave "Ravishing" Rick Rude the broken neck that ended his career. 

From over here at the Smark Henry offices, our prayers go out to the Stinger, and hope that he recovers fully. 

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