This could’ve been the worst year for the WWE in the injury column. It’s much different in pro wrestling than it is in every other sport in the world. When a star player on a team gets hurt, that injured start would get immediately replaced. It’s not the fault of the star, but the season goes on as planned. When a WWE superstar goes down, then plans change for the foreseeable future. Cesaro and Seth Rollins immediately come to mind.
Before Rollins went on the shelf with his gruesome knee injury, he was still set to hold the WWE World Heavyweight championship for another month or so. Rollins was on the roll of a lifetime. At a house show overseas, Rollins hurt his knee against Kane and was told he’d be out for 6-9 months. Then it was Cesaro to catch the “injury bug.”
— RSN – WWE News (@RingsideNews) December 10, 2015
He finally suffered a shoulder surgery after months of dealing with it. Cesaro will rehab for about 4-6 months. Not to mention, Randy Orton will miss at least a year and a half with shoulder and neck operations. Cesaro’s is the worst, as he was the most over he’s ever been and apparently set up for a big WWE championship run.
Another notable injury that isn’t talked about is Sting. The wrestling legend came in at Survivor Series in 2014 and immediately made an impact. Sting went on to wrestle Triple H at WrestleMania 31. Triple H was the victor, but that wasn’t the last time we saw Sting. He wrestled Seth Rollins, but sustained an injury. In a recent report by SEScoops.com, Sting’s injury will cause him to get surgery.
“Yeah, MRI’s and neurologists have been looking at it, Dr. Maroon out of Pittsburgh, he’s looked at it. He’s telling me that I’ll have to have a surgery. The dust only in the last couple weeks has kind of started to settle a little bit for me, just trying to get so much done in life but now it’s time to go get this thing taken care of. No, I’m hoping (they don’t have to do a fusion surgery). I know that’s one of the techniques that they use and I’m not sure if Dr. Maroon will have to do that or not. I’ve got two spots in my neck that are troublesome. I guess it’s called cervical spinal stenosis. That’s what it is.
— WWE (@WWE) December 10, 2015
I have two areas in my neck where the spinal canal, which holds the spinal cord, it’s kind of choked off in two different locations. Lucky that a catastrophe didn’t happen that night, long story short. I’ve gotta go get it fixed. I guess John Cena had something very similar, he had his fixed, and Dr. Maroon has done several of the WWE guys up there and all with great success.”
With all due respect to Sting, it may be time to hang up the boots one last time. His legacy is already written, even though he never won a match at WrestleMania. Last year was the perfect time to have Sting face-off against the Undertaker. Vince McMahon decided he wanted do run with other matches, so the history books were re-written.
Now, WWE fans may not see Sting wrestle again. At his age, a neck fusion surgery isn’t something to mess around with. One bad move could cripple the former-WCW Heavyweight champion for life. There’s no clue when Sting will return to the WWE, but whatever was initially thought, add at least six months to that.
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