Sting Injury: Updates on WWE Star's Neck and Return

Scott Polacek@@ScottPolacekFeatured Columnist

IMAGE DISTRIBUTED FOR WWE - WWE Superstar Sting makes his first ever WrestleMania appearance at Levi’s Stadium on Sunday, March 29, 2015 in Santa Clara, CA. WrestleMania broke the Levi’s Stadium attendance record at 76,976 fans from all 50 states and 40 countries. (Don Feria/AP Images for WWE)
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Seth Rollins defeated Sting on Sunday to retain his WWE World Heavyweight Championship at Night of Champions, and the loss came at a cost for Sting, who suffered a neck injury.

He was taken to the hospital in a neck brace after the match. 

Continue for updates.


Sting Comments on Injury Diagnosis, How He Felt During Rollins Match

Wednesday, Sept. 23

Sting opened up about his injury, saying "I’m a little banged up, but otherwise, I feel good. Pretty standard after wrestling a match like that," per Greg Adkins of WWE.com. Sting went into further detail:

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

He went on to say he was in a neck brace and "out like a light" at the hospital after the match. Sting said doctors "mentioned" cervical spinal stenosis, but that's "only part" of what he heard. Sting paraphrased what the doctor who checked him out told his wife, per Adkins: “He’s going to have to get this dealt with. He’s lucky he walked out of there."


Sting's Manager Speaks Out; Long-Term Prognosis Unknown

Tuesday, Sept. 22

Sting's manager, Steve Martinez, released a statement on Sting's official Facebook page discussing Sting's health:

According to Marc Middleton of WrestlingInc.com, via F4WOnline: "Dave Meltzer of Wrestling Observer Radio provided an update and speculated that the neck injury could be a career injury. It was noted that Sting hurt his neck and that it's a pretty significant injury. Meltzer said, 'It was serious and to his neck.'"

TMZ Sports later reported Sting is recovering at home and doctors are unable to give him a long-term diagnosis:

Our wrestling sources tell us, doctors did a CAT scan at the hospital Sunday and thankfully there were no fractures. Sting was released Monday afternoon and is on his way home.  He's able to walk but is in significant pain.

Sting's manager says the wrestler is in "remarkable health and resiliency," especially for his age...56.

Tony Gerdeman of The-Ozone.net could tell Sting was in serious pain:

It's probably hard for Sting not to experience back problems at the age of 56 when he takes hits like this, per WWE:

Sting is one of the most prominent wrestlers to enter the ring in recent memory, but his age showed on Sept. 20 against the 29-year-old Rollins despite a valiant effort. 

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