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Sting says he was almost paralyzed, still needs neck surgery



Sting is the guest on this week's "WOOOOO! Nation" podcast with Ric Flair. Flair did not waste any time and he asked what his health status was and if things are fine with his health:

Sting answered, "Yes and no. Obviously that night I had some problems. Both buckle bombs were not Seth's fault. I have no idea what I did. My neck whiplashed on both of them. 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 and I'm thinking 'ok Steve, tuck your chin and do what you know what to do.' I wasn't worried at all even though on the first one I had a shock going down the left and right thigh down to the finger tips. You can see me in the ring trying to get feeling back in my hand. The second time, for whatever reason, I clicked out or checked out. I don't know what happened and I did the same thing and this time it affected my leg. There was no strength and the power in my legs was kind of going away. I felt like I didn't have control. I had temporary paralysis and for a few minutes I thought 'I don't think I can continue.'"

Sting said that there was a brief moment where he wondered if he could continue on with the match, but the stakes were so high and his body came around enough that he was able to do another minute or two and finish the match. He said that Dr. Joseph Maroon told him that he will need to get surgery. Flair asked if he needs to get neck fusion surgery but Sting said that he is not sure but he hopes not. Sting also said that there are two spots in his neck that are troublesome and he has cervical spinal stenosis. Basically, two areas in his neck that hold the spinal cord are choked off in two different locations so he is lucky that a catastrophe didn't happen during the match with Rollins.

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Thankfully, his injury is not affecting Sting's day-to-day life and he is able to go out to make appearances. He said that he feels normal except for when he is sitting down for a long time or on occasion when he is trying to sleep.

Sting reiterated that what happened was his own fault and Rollins did not do anything to injure him.

Click here to listen to the podcast.