Should WWE Start Offering a Rotating Schedule to Their Superstars?

The Doctor Chris MuellerFeatured ColumnistOctober 18, 2012

DURBAN, SOUTH AFRICA - JULY 08:  Christian during the WWE Smackdown Live Tour at Westridge Park Tennis Stadium on July 08, 2011 in Durban, South Africa.  (Photo by Steve Haag/Gallo Images/Getty Images)
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The WWE schedule is one that takes a toll on every single person who travels with the company, and it is often the subject of discussion when talking about the arduous lives of pro wrestlers.

These men and women circle the globe all year round to entertain the fans, and they sacrifice time at home with their spouses, children and friends to do it.

While many of the top stars have the luxury of a tour bus to bring their families along when they want, it is not a comfort available to everyone; it also does not offer a permanent solution.

Kids go to school and the spouses of wrestlers may have their own careers to tend to, which makes it difficult for any of wrestlers to live a so-called normal life.

Some may enjoy the heavy travel schedule, but many have stated that being overworked was a major reason for them leaving the company or burning out.

Plenty of people who have gone to TNA have stated that the lighter schedule is preferable to the larger paychecks offered by WWE, most notably Kurt Angle.

When a wrestler is featured heavily, it increases their chances of injury. It is almost guaranteed that at any moment there is someone out on injury leave.

Right now we have Mark Henry, Alex Riley, Christian, Evan Bourne, Ezekiel Jackson and John Cena out on injury leave for various reasons.

You can see how injuries can really stack up, and take out valuable talent at the same time.

While having seasons like most pro sports is out of the question for WWE, it would not be out of the question to offer them a small amount of time off every year.

Wrestlers are free to request time off if they choose, but doing so might lead to them not being pushed upon return, and that is an unfortunate truth to the business.

If those leaves of absence were on a schedule then not only would it help wrestlers maintain themselves better, but it would allow them to step back and examine their own character for a bit.

There are two possible setups that would allow for a much easier schedule for WWE superstars that might actually be feasible.

For the first example, we will say that every WWE superstar is offered a month off every year.

This length of time is not enough for fans to forget that those people work for the company, but it is long enough for minor injuries to be properly treated, and it would let these men and women refresh themselves and come back with more vigor.

These little vacations do not necessarily have to be part of storylines. They could easily just tell people the truth about a wrestler taking some much-needed time off.

Clearly a person who holds a title would not take off for a month randomly, but it is rare that anyone holds a title for an entire year, so there would be plenty of time to offer them a break.

It might be harder to justify a move like this for top superstars like Cena, who are major draws every week for viewers.

There are obviously downsides to this kind of proposal, but there are also solutions for those downsides.

The second example would be superstars having one to two months off from house shows while still appearing on television.

This way, they would still have five to six days a week for a period of time to rest at home while only travelling one day a week.

WWE would get their ratings draws on television while letting up on the insane schedule a little bit so their talents can be as productive as possible.

The funny thing about WWE is that many talents will be at almost every show but go unused on a regular basis, which makes no sense from a business standpoint.

WWE likes to have people on hand just in case things change or they have a situation come up where they need someone else to step up and fill a spot, but a proper schedule could go a long way towards cutting costs and making the lives of wrestlers easier.

Scheduling is hard enough as it is for a roster the size of WWE's, but there is always a way to make it so everyone gets their fair share of time to rest.

Another option would be for WWE to do some analytics and figure out which months have the lowest turnout for tours.

By having one month where the only thing any wrestlers have to do is TV tapings, there could be a significant increase in employee satisfaction.

WWE might take a bit of a hit in revenue, but the long-term benefits could outweigh that loss quite a bit.

Keeping their performers happy should be a huge priority for WWE because even though there are not many places for them to go and make a living on wrestling there is still a chance of them being burnt out and leaving anyways.

Giving some kind of rotating schedule could go a long way to keeping wrestlers healthy and happy for a lot longer than would be possible right now.

What do you think?

Would anyone benefit from some sort of rotating schedule from WWE?


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