It’s been a little over a week since wrestling legend Sting suffered a spinal injury during his match with WWE World Heavyweight Champion Seth Rollins at Night of Champions, and while Sting gave a brief update on his condition in an interview with WWE.com last week, we still don’t know exactly what his injury was.
What we do know, however, is that Sting is suffering from spinal stenosis, which has ended the careers of multiple wrestlers, most notably Edge and “Stone Cold” Steve Austin.
While we still don’t know the exact details of Sting’s injury, it appears to have been pretty severe, as WrestlingNews.co is reporting that Sting was told by doctors after the match that he was lucky to be able to walk out of the ring. It’s also worth mentioning that, at this moment, Sting is not wearing any kind of brace on his neck, which could mean that he didn’t suffer any kind of fracture.
However, on the flip-side, Sting did mention in the WWE.com piece that he needs to get his neck taken care of, which obviously means that he needs surgery, and, if he gets neck surgery at this point in his life, his career will likely be over.
Before Sting’s injury at Night of Champions, WWE was planning on having him get involved in the Dean Ambrose and Roman Reigns vs. The Wyatt Family feud. The plan was for Sting to join forces with Ambrose and Reigns, and then Sting and Bray Wyatt would start a singles feud that would lead to a match at WrestleMania 32. But now with Sting’s future in question, WWE is likely changing their plans for Wyatt.
As for what WWE is planning for Wyatt, well, no one knows. Sting could very well end up wrestling Bray at WrestleMania 32 if his spinal injury isn’t as bad as everyone thinks, or, if it is really bad, then WWE could have Sting get involved in whatever WrestleMania angle Wyatt is involved in, but in a non-wrestling role.
If Sting cannot wrestle again, it seems to be a given that he’ll be inducted into the WWE Hall of Fame at some point, possibly as early as next year. As for who inducts him, well, that’ll probably be Ric Flair, as Flair was instrumental in making Sting the legend that he is today.
Of course, before Sting hangs it up for good, WWE fans would like to see him take on The Undertaker. But, once again, with Sting’s wrestling future in doubt, it’s unlikely that the match will ever happen. On top of that, WWE has never had Sting vs. Undertaker in their plans, as they’re apparently not big on having two guys who are north of 50-years-old wrestle each other.
So, even if Sting is able to wrestle again, he probably won’t end up taking on Undertaker at any point. But, that doesn’t mean that WWE won’t plan some kind of segment on WWE television that involves them being in the ring at the same time, possibly something where the two of them destroy a mid-card tag-team together the night after WrestleMania 32.
At this point, it does seem unlikely that we’ll be seeing Sting do anything physical in a WWE ring in the near, or distant, future. But, there is a possibility that the neck injury he suffered at Night of Champions wasn’t as serious as it seemed. However, even if it’s not, due to him suffering from spinal stenosis, it’s unlikely that WWE will ever allow “The Icon” to lace up a pair of boots again.
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