Back in September, at WWE’s Night of Champions show, Sting was seemingly badly injured at the hands of the current WWE World Heavyweight Champion, Seth Rollins, after the 56 year-old took a bump through the announcer’s table and not one but two buckle-bombs.
Since Night of Champions, Sting’s wrestling future has been very much up in the air. He did an interview on WWE’s website shortly after the event, and he said that he would be willing to wrestle again under the right circumstances. He also revealed that he had some pretty serious neck issues, including spinal stenosis, which is the same thing that ended the career of WWE Hall of Famer Edge.
It’s worth noting that there are different stages of spinal stenosis, but if Sting’s neck is anywhere near as bad as Edge’s was and is, WWE won’t allow him to wrestle again.
Several weeks ago on Wrestling Observer Radio, Dave Meltzer reported that Sting isn’t in pain and that he’s fine for everyday life. Metlzer also noted that he doesn’t know if Sting is healthy enough to wrestle any time soon, as that information has been kept private.
At last month’s Hell in a Cell, following the Undertaker vs. Brock Lesnar match, Bray Wyatt and his crew attacked “The Deadman,” and carried his unconscious body to the back of the arena. They did the same thing to Undertaker’s brother Kane the next night on RAW, which made WWE’s direction for Undertaker, Kane, the Wyatt Family, and Survivor Series very clear.
As of right now, the scheduled match for Survivor Series is a four-on-two handicap match, with Bray Wyatt, Luke Harper, Braun Strowman, and Erick Rowan taking on Undertaker and Kane. However, this week’s Wrestling Observer Newsletter noted that those plans could be changed if Sting is healthy enough to wrestle later this month.
Sting vs. Undertaker has been a dream match that WWE fans have been wanting to see for well-over a decade now. But, at this point in their career’s and lives, with both men being north of 50 and pretty banged up, WWE, and Vince McMahon in particular aren’t interested in making that match, especially if it’s going to be at a show as big as WrestleMania, because then the two of them would need to have a fifteen to twenty minute match at the very least.
So, according to the Wrestling Observer, WWE is looking to give the fans the next best thing if Sting is healthy, which would be to pair him up with Undertaker, so that the fans can see the two legends in the same ring, at the same time.
Adding Sting to the match would still leave the teams uneven, so WWE would likely look to add a fourth man to the team, which could be someone like Dean Ambrose, who has had a long history with the Wyatt Family.
Sting appearing at Survivor Series all depends on whether or not he can pass all of WWE’s physical tests. So, if Sting is healthy enough to wrestle, he’ll wrestle on the show. If he isn’t, then he’ll be held off the show.
Before Sting’s injury, WWE was planning on doing Sting vs. Bray Wyatt at WrestleMania 32, so that match could still be on the table if Sting is able to wrestle later this month. It also could still be on the table even if Sting isn’t able to wrestle until WrestleMania 32, as the show won’t be taking place until April of next year.
If Sting is going to be joining Undertaker and Kane at Survivor Series, expect WWE to announce it sooner rather than later.
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