An icon in the industry of professional wrestling, Sting suffered his second singles loss in as many tries as a WWE Superstar at Night of Champions Sunday.
What’s more, the 56-year-old legend suffered “serious” neck injury during his match for the WWE World Heavyweight Championship against Seth Rollins, according to Wrestling Observer Radio (h/t WrestlingInc). Just his second singles match since January 2014, Sting took a few relatively heavy bumps in his title bid Sunday.
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The match would have gone on several minutes longer had Sting not suffered the injury, sources told WrestlingNews.co.
As seen on-screen, the match was momentarily paused as a ringside physician came to check in on the seemingly injured Sting. Rollins and Sting were allowed to continue, but the match ended shortly after that.
Trainers reportedly assisted Sting backstage off camera, WrestlingNews.co reported.
Having put his body on the line for the better part of the last 20 years, Sting first made a name for himself under the now-defunct WCW banner throughout much of the 1990s. He was widely considered one of the most popular wrestlers to keep his talents away from Vince McMahon, until he made his WWE debut November 2014 when he attacked Triple H at Survivor Series.