At WWE’s Night Of Champions, WCW legend Sting took a nasty “buckle bomb” and collapsed during his WWE World Heavyweight Championship match with Seth Rollins. His manager issued a statement shortly thereafter, but aside from that — and circulating rumors that his injuries could be career-ending — we haven’t gotten a definitive update.
In an interview with WWE.com posted on Wednesday afternoon, the Stinger finally explained what happened, and spoke at length about his injuries.
“I was out in the hospital — out like a light. They had a neck brace on me, and they were pumping me with [medication] to get me out of pain. I had to do a CT scan and an MRI. They ended up talking to my wife, and I have some details from my wife, but I have to talk to the doctors. They mentioned cervical spinal stenosis, but that’s only part of what I heard. I don’t know if there’s anything else. The doctor did tell my wife, ‘He’s going to have to get this dealt with. He’s lucky he walked out of there.’
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.
When asked whether or not the match with Rollins would be the last in his 30-year career, Sting couldn’t answer.
WWE.COM: Well, where does that leave Sting? Was this your last match?
STING: I hate it when I’m asked that question because the answer truly is a question mark, and the question mark is as bold as it could ever be at this point.
WWE.COM: Wait and see?
STING: Yeah, for now.
Let’s hope it wasn’t his last. But let’s also maybe hope that was his last buckle bomb. Get well soon, Stinger.