The former face of WCW may be well on his way to retiring after only his third match inside of the WWE ring, Yahoo Sports is reporting. Sting, who suffered a neck injury against former WWE World Heavyweight Champion Seth Rollins at Night of Champions in September, may require career-ending surgery.
Sting has been out of action since the match, resulting from two poorly performed turnbuckle powerbombs, he says.
“Both buckle bombs, not Seth’s fault, completely mine, I have no idea what I did, I have no idea, but my neck whiplashed on both of them,” Sting said on Ric Flair’s podcast recently. “On the second one, he picked me up and I’m having a casual conversation in my own mind as I’m hoisted up on his shoulders thinking ‘okay, Steve, tuck your chin. Do what you know how to do. This is ridiculous.’ I wasn’t worried at all, even though the first one I had a shock going down the left and right thigh down both down to the fingertips.”
According to Sting, the second of the buckle bombs gave him “temporary paralysis” in his legs. It’s apparent in the brief video embedded above he had trouble walking.
Ringside officials were prompted to check on Sting while the match was ongoing. The match ended shortly after they allowed the two to continue, with Rollins retaining the title.
Sting first made his debut in 1985, gaining most of his popularity while under the WCW banner. At 56 years old, he was the oldest active wrestler on the WWE roster.