We've had a few weeks to move on from WWE's last pay-per-view (PPV), where the story became as much about the health of Night of Champions' 56 year old main eventer than what happened in the ring.
In an interview released yesterday, Sam Roberts spoke to WWE champ Seth Rollins, the man who was in the ring with Sting when he was injured, and who delivered the buckle bomb that most post-match analysis has focused on as the move that lead to questions about the health of Steve Borden's neck & spine.
After talking about what an honor it was to work with one of his childhood heroes, Rollins discussed the move and how both he and Sting reacted:
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.
Despite the Vine that made the rounds after the show where you could make out Seth saying something to his opponent, Rollins says that Sting gave him no indication that he was injured in the moment. That doesn't mean that it wasn't scary, or that the champ wasn't worried:
I feel terrible. I was definitely concerned about his health, still am, but after tests and everything, he seems to be okay, so it's all good...he's going to make a good recovery.
After having his previous finisher removed from his arsenal, Rollins defending the buckle bomb as a safe spot...and said that you couldn't rule out Sting's age as a factor in the "bad timing":
I mean nothing against Sting - he's in phenomenal condition, but he's also a 56 year old man. I have taken the bucklebomb myself many times. It's just one of those things. It's a freak accident.
Check out the whole podcast for more with Seth and Dolph Ziggler, and thanks to Wrestling, Inc. for the transcription.
Does this change your mind at all about the match, or the use of older stars in main events?