WWE has long struggled to create new stars, an issue that helped lead to Sting, a 56-year-old man, wrestling in the main event of the last night's Night of Champions pay-per-view (PPV) at the Toyota Center in Houston, Texas. He gave it his all, too, doing everything asked of him to make the match as good as possible. That included a few bad bumps, like one through the Spanish announce desk and this:
Dave says Sting may have a career threatening neck injury sustained off the buckle bomb. pic.twitter.com/fN1yVpKziA— DTAM (@DeathToAllMarks) September 21, 2015
It's been confirmed by WWE that Sting suffered an injury but the exact details have yet to be released. There's already speculation that it's bad enough to end his career.
On the very same night this happened, WWE announced that Undertaker, a 50-year-old man with a long history of injuries, will wrestle Brock Lesnar in a Hell in a Cell match next month in Los Angeles. While Rollins did break John Cena's nose earlier this year, he does not have a reputation as an unsafe worker (though some fans are seemingly changing their mind today thanks to Sting, but that's not exactly fair). The same can be said for Lesnar, who works stiff but not necessarily unsafe.
Still, Undertaker suffered a bad concussion in a singles match with Brock at WrestleMania 30, bad enough that he collapsed when he got backstage and led to the same speculation we're seeing today about the possibility it would end his career. And while Hell in a Cell matches aren't what they used to be from a brutality standpoint, it's still concerning that WWE is relying on men who have been alive for over half a century to headline its biggest shows.
All this comes, mind you, while the company is getting hit left and right with lawsuits related to concussions.
The struggle to build new stars is a problem not only because wrestlers like Kane (himself 48-years-old and apparently headed for a program and match with Rollins) are stale in 2015 but because they shouldn't need to risk the health and safety of older performers.