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Sting Reportedly Wrestling In Saudi Arabia, NXT Star Injured

Sting Reportedly Wrestling In Saudi Arabia

Sting Wrestling Saudi Arabia
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Whenever WWE heads to Saudi Arabia, they usually bring in some big names. We have seen Tyson Fury, Undertaker, Goldberg and many other familiar faces. For the upcoming show on February 27 [1], it looks like Sting could be involved.

PWInsider [2] noted that over the last 24 hours, several sources have claimed the WWE Hall of Famer is talking with WWE. They continued that a potential match for Sting could take place.

Sting is considered one of the greatest babyfaces in pro wrestling. He is best known for being the face of WCW before being purchased by WWE. He wold then work for Impact Wrestling between 2003 and 2014 being one of, if not, their biggest attraction.

Eventually, WWE convinced Sting to join their promotion. He debuted at Survivor Series 2014, helping defeat The Authority. This would lead to Sting coming up short against Triple H at WrestleMania 31.

After less than a year in WWE, he challenged World Heavyweight Champion Seth Rollins at Night of Champions. During the match, Sting suffered a legitimate neck injury [3] and the finish was rushed. He was diagnosed with cervical spinal stenosis, which typically ends one’s career.

Fast-forward a few months and Sting would enter the 2016 WWE Hall of Fame Class. There, he officially announced his retirement due to injury.

According to PWInsider, if Sting does gets cleared to compete for the February 27 Saudi Arabia show, the Undertaker’s name was not mentioned.


NXT Star Injured

The women’s division in NXT is changing with a new champion [5] and plenty of names getting more TV time thanks to the USA Network deal. But, NXT will be short a wrestler as Io Shirai is injured. Shirai posted the following on Twitter.

WWE mentioned on their weekly injury report that Shirai tweaked her knee during Wednesday’s match with Toni Storm. Although, those reports should be taken lightly as WWE often uses that time to further angles. 

During the Wrestling Observer Radio [11], they noted how Shirai is legitimately hurt. While she is listed as day to day, the belief is she will miss at least two months of action.

The timing means Shirai will not get to compete in the Royal Rumble Match, Takeover Portland and maybe WrestleMania 36. Before the injury, there were reports that Shirai might leave WWE [16] and return to Japan. There is plenty of interest and with Shirai missing her family, she could be persuaded to leave WWE.