Sting and Daniel Bryan Might Be Finished With WWE Careers Due to Injury
A legend of the past and a legend of the present may be finished with WWE due to injury.
First up, Sting has finally gone into detail about the injury he suffered in a match against Seth Rollins at WWE Night of Champions back in September. On Ric Flair’s podcast, Sting revealed he will require neck surgery, which is about in line with the expected severity of Sting’s injury, according to reports released in the aftermath of the match. Sting went on to explain that his neck whiplashed when being powerbombed into the turnbuckles by Rollins, noting that he suffered shock in his left and right thighs as well as his fingertips following the first powerbomb, and lost all strength in his legs after the second powerbomb. The legend would go on to describe it as “temporary paralysis”, which is somewhat evident in the match, as Sting is clearly out of it after the second powerbomb, collapsing to the ground on an Irish Whip when his legs give out partway through. Sting admitted he wasn’t sure if he would be able to continue the match, but he was able to gut it out, going straight to the finish, in which Rollins reversed an attempted Scorpion Deathlock into a small package for the win.
Sting would go on to state that his condition is cervical spinal stenosis. And while I suppose Sting could wrestle again after he recovers, he’ll need roughly 18 months to recover (according to Dave Meltzer of the Wrestling Observer). By then, he’ll be pushing 60, and it’s hard to imagine WWE would clear him to compete, especially considering how close we came to tragedy at Night of Champions. This could effectively be the end of his WWE career, if not his wrestling career altogether. But Sting is remaining positive, as he’ll be treated by Pittsburgh’s Dr. Joseph Maroon, the Medical Director for WWE.
“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 [in Pittsburgh] and all with great success.”
We wish Sting a full recovery, and hope a Hall of Fame induction is in his future. He certainly deserves one. And he’s hardly the only WWE legend near the end of his career who would deserve a Hall of Fame induction.
Apparently, Daniel Bryan has revealed that he just might be done as an in-ring performer in WWE.
In an interview with The New Paper in Singapore, Bryan addressed his WWE status. In short, while he’s been cleared to return by other doctors, WWE doctors have yet to clear him. And due to the possibility of his family suing the company later on if anything should happen to him in the ring, particularly considering the concussion lawsuit that’s plagued WWE this year, it seems WWE is hesitant to clear him.
But while Bryan feels it could be the end of his in-ring career in WWE, he doesn’t plan on this being the end of his career altogether.
“I think it could be the end of my career in WWE, but I don’t think it will be the end of my career,” Bryan stated. “I could find another passion, but it would just be sad because this is what I have been most passionate about since I was five.”
It would be a big shame to lose him, particularly since he was finally starting to get the recognition he deserved as a main event following Wrestlemania 30, and as an elder statesman following Wrestlemania 31. I can see why WWE doesn’t want to clear him, since it’s better to be safe than sorry. And Bryan has shown that he’s not particularly willing to tone down his style in order to prevent these sorts of injuries from happening, since he went every bit as hard after coming back from injury this past January, only to find himself back on the shelf by April. I would love to see Bryan back in a WWE ring, but I’d rather see him healthy and able to have a long life. Regardless, I hope he’s able to find happiness in whatever he ends up doing. He’ll always be one of my all-time favorites.
For more on Sting and his injury, read our report on Sting’s injury and the initial, chaotic aftermath!