Mark Henry, Wade Barrett, Injuries, and a WWE Offseason: WWE Overhaul Part 2

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Mark Henry, Wade Barrett, Injuries, and a WWE Offseason: WWE Overhaul Part 2
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It's a fact of the business.

Injuries are going to happen.

So are suspensions (and due respect to WWE for taking them seriously).

You can't eliminate them, but you can take steps to prevent them—and you can prepare for them.

You know, like not letting your tag-team division get so sparse that a single suspension exposes the whole thing for the farce that it is.

Anyway, I'm already off topic.

In this edition of WWE: Overhaul, we're going to look at the extreme stress and strain placed on WWE's touring talent, some of the effects, and ways to mitigate those effects—and possibly even improve the product at the same time.

As it stands today, RAW and SmackDown air every week of the year without fail. This is very important to WWE and they take immense pride in trumpeting the fact.

For some reason, NXT also airs every week. (Well, "airs" is a strong word).

Actually, NXT and the "lesser" shows could stand to take a week or two off here or there, though WWE brass probably couldn't stand for it.

On top of the tapings, there are house shows, appearances and travel—not to mention working out and training and all the normal personal upkeep.

And since everything is on a weekly schedule, even if there weren't house shows, a wrestler could be in the ring every week without a solid week of rest.

Because WWE shows are all traveling affairs rather than centrally located, talent would at minimum need to travel two days a week as well.

This continual work is a physical and mental drain on the performers. It increases the risk of injury, which can prompt the abuse of medication—leading to suspensions—or cause them to quit.

Some performers, like Wade Barrett, are injured in freak occurrences and their suddenness forces the company to adjust its plans.

Other wrestlers, like Mark Henry, are called upon (or choose to) work while injured, preventing healing and risking worse injury.

Wrestlers only get a break when they're too injured to work, and then they rush back barely healed.

Meanwhile, every professional sport has an offseason, ranging between two and six months, depending on the physical demands of the sport.

Even if athletes spend that time preparing for the following season, they can do so in a single location, allowing them to recuperate and spend time with their families.

Looking at it from the other side, most TV shows have seasons, with long breaks between when re-runs or other shows air.

Some shows can't even successfully air a full season without a break, but are still successful when they do return.

Some shows that are "year-round" rather than scripted by seasons, like The Daily Show and The Colbert Report, still take holidays of up to a few weeks.

But is this something that can work in the WWE?

Read on and find out.

Or head back to the home of WWE: Overhaul.

Part 1: Revamping the Wrestling Shows

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