I will start off this piece by thanking Mr. Matt Hardy. He recently did an interview with The Poughkeepsie Journal where he discussed various topics, one of which was the need for World Wrestling Entertainment to give wrestlers and divas time off. He suggested the workers get 6-8 weeks off a year as plenty of top stars such as Cena, Edge, Orton, etc are working nicked up.
I admit that I am not the biggest fan of Matt Hardy. However, I could not AGREE with Hardy more. The tough, arduous WWE schedule has been a topic amongst various wrestling writers for quite awhile. I admit that the current full time schedule is not as tough as it used to be many years ago, workers still do not get time off from the road. They still do not get any vacation time.
I think this has to change. Wrestling is a tough, physical job. The wrestler also has to do a lot of traveling, and has to make sure he/she eats right and stays in shape, much like an NFL star or a star in any of the major sports leagues. The human body needs rest and recuperation. The human body is not supposed to be banged around 4 days a week for 52 weeks with NO BREAK. The body needs a vacation. The difference between Tom Brady and Edge is that Brady gets something called an off season. Brady is not taking hits 52 weeks a year, while Edge is getting banged up 4 days a week on TV and on house shows.
I think WWE should give all the talent 8 weeks off. WWE can do this by rotating people in and out. They have a creative team, and I feel that they can write people in and out of story lines. I think it does two things. One, the talent gets time off to heal up, and be with their families. Two, other talents may get a chance to step up and the product is fresher.
Giving wrestlers time off would really be beneficial for them. It hurts me as a fan knowing a few of my favorites are working hurt. Vince works these guys and gals to death and I don't think that is right. He wonders why these people wind up with major injuries. In my opinion, the reason they do, it is because they are working hurt with small, nagging ones, and they don't take time off because they are concerned with losing their spots.
I am sure this is going to fall on deaf ears, but I think this had to be said.