One thing that I’ve discussed and debated with a few friends and kicked around from time-to-time over the last several years have been the idea of giving main-eventers time off for they won’t burn out. Pro football, pro baseball, and other sports here in the United States all have months when they’re off of television and their athletes are able to recuperate from months of beatings that their bodies take for our entertainment. So my thought pattern has been, “Why can’t professional wrestlers have time off from entertaining us?”
[adinserter name=”366 left”]Look at Chris Jericho the last few years: he’s been here and gone and he’s been on top of his game and produced some of the best material of his career whenever he’s in the wrestling spotlight. His heel run in the WWE from 2008 to 2010 produced great matches like his summer feud with Shawn Michaels (2008) and teaming up with the Big Show and starting a re-building phase for the tag division (2009-2010) has to be some of the best thing he’s done in the company and in his career.
Granted many people didn’t like it when the Rock or Brock Lesnar originally left the company in 2003 or 2004 (respectfully) but since they’ve been back in the last year or so, they’ve put on some of the most memorable matches and feuds while being back. The Rock’s matches with John Cena and CM Punk has to be some dream matches that internet and long-time fans been wanting to see and having Brock Lesnar grapple John Cena in an Extreme Rules match had to be an adult males dream seeing Cena get his after being “Super-Cena” for many of years.
Triple H has been pulling away more and more every year since he’s taking more responsibility in the office, but making time to have at least a few matches makes me respect him a little more to still have the desire to entertain the WWE Universe. His match with Brock Lesnar from WWE SummerSlam 2011 has to be one of the better matches of the year and one of his better matches since he stopped being a full-time competitor.
What I guess I’m trying to point out is, with the talent I mentioned in previous paragraphs, I feel that they produced some of their best programming for their fans has been when they’re taking periods away from the wrestling industry. If it’s like Jericho’s last run, taking several months off, or even taking a few years off and coming back for several more years, or wrestling roughly three pay-per-views like Brock Lesnar, I feel those guys can extend their careers that way.
Guys like John Cena and CM Punk may need to stay around full time but once they’re finishing the peak of their careers, taking a few months off every year could extend their career like we’re seeing with Chris Jericho.
Taking six weeks off during the summer and the rest of the year after Survivor Series could give a couple of main eventers a rest but could give the mid-carders a chance to step up when those several main eventers are resting their bodies.
Granted I can see several objections being raised, why have the WWE Champion or World Heavyweight Champion take a month or six weeks off at a time? Shouldn’t full-timers only carry the top titles of the WWE?
With holding the WWE title for 434 days and having a rematch with the Rock at the Elimination Chamber pay-per-view, I believe CM Punk deserves some time off after WrestleMania and why shouldn’t he? Granted there’s been a lot of an opinion that his title reign didn’t do much for business but with a period of professional wrestling where year-long title runs never happen anymore, I’m sure we’ll look back and remember this time in history that may never happen again.
I agree that CM Punk shouldn’t hold the WWE title when he’s taking time off. The Rock isn’t missing that many television appearances as WWE Champion. The Big Show put over the World Heavyweight Championship by putting on some of his best matches forth as Champion. After losing the title, the former champion should take a little time off, simply because he deserves it, and freshens up the title picture.
Look at Jack Swagger, he’s been gone for what, at least six months, and comes back and is in the World Heavyweight title picture by adding his name into the number one contenders Elimination Chamber. Leaving as a jobber and coming back refreshed can only help his career. If it helped Swagger, it can only help the main eventers we pay our hard earned money to see close the show week-in-and-week-out.
[adinserter name=”366 right”]To conclude, I believe that most main-eventers shouldn’t be like the Undertaker, Triple H, Brock Lesnar, or Chris Jericho and wrestling once a year, three times a year, or gone for months (if not years) on end, but deserve some time off every once in a while. What’s the perfect time? How long should their vacations be? There’s no perfect equation out there but if us, normal, hard-working individuals earn personal time off, why shouldn’t the ones we turn our TVs on every week?
Eric Darsie is known as a ‘common-man’ among his peers, at least he thinks so. He works hard with his hands in the heart of Minnesota and on his free time, he thugs and a bugs with his family and friends. Whenever he doesn’t do that, he’s found to be writing. Now more of a rare thing, he’s gems could be found here. If you would like to see more of Eric’s work outside of the professional world, check him out at http://vintagedarsie.wordpress.com/, http://www.writerscafe.org/Darsie/writing/, and on Twitter @IAmDarsie.
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