Seth Rollins vs Sting at Night of Champions was supposed to be an epic match that saw one of the rising stars of WWE face off against a veteran of the wrestling business.
Unfortunately, although the two Superstars did go head-to-head in the ring, the WWE Universe was deprived of a full-length fight as a serious injury to Sting mid-way through the fight forced an early finish.
Now, speaking about the dramatic night for the first time, Rollins has described how the "freak accident" has in no way diminished his respect for one of the all-time greats.
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"It was an amazing experience for me to get to step into the ring with somebody I dressed up [as for] Halloween," Rollins said during an appearance on the Sam Roberts Wrestling Podcast.
"I mean, I was Sting two years in a row when I was like 13, 14, so it was pretty rad to be in there with a legend like that."
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Addressing Sting's injury during the match - a neck issue caused by whiplash from a botched bucklebomb - the former Shield member described how Sting remained professional despite the "scary" situation:
"Ironically enough, Sting got a 'stinger'. It happens to all of us, but it was just bad timing in his situation...We got through it and he's a professional."
An age thing?
The Night of Champions title match was only the second of Sting's WWE career, but, to many, it proved that the WCW legend may be best served calling time on his career.
And, although Rollins didn't say as much, he did note that the injury may not have happened to a younger wrestler.
"I mean nothing against Sting - he's in phenomenal condition, but he's also a 56 year old man." he said.
"I have taken the bucklebomb myself many times. It's just one of those things. It's a freak accident."
Fortunately, after initial fears that the neck injury could impact Sting outside the ring, it looks like the veteran is making a good recovery. And, even if he didn't manage to wrestle the title from Rollins, he certainly left an impression on the younger wrestler.
WWE fans: Should Sting retire before he gets hurt again, or can he come back for WrestleMania? Have your say in the comments below...
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