When I heard the news about Seth Rollins going down to injury after Samoa Joe surprise attacked him on WWE Monday Night Raw the night after the WWE Royal Rumble 2017, I was bummed because I was looking forward to the possible WrestleMania match between Rollins and Triple H. More I thought about Rollins going down to injury the second time under two years, more I thought about the schedules that Chris Jericho, John Cena, Triple H, Brock Lesnar, and Shawn Michaels had.
Seth Rollins has been a highlight for me whenever I get a chance to tune into Raw and the Raw pay-per-views since his return last year. I enjoyed his WWE title run in 2015 and felt like he carried the company to the day he went down due to injury when the WWE was touring Europe in November 2015. There was a hole left when he went down due to injury, so much so teaming Sheamus with Triple H and Vince McMahon, which wasn’t enough to turn Roman Reigns full babyface with the fans.
Whenever I mention main event wrestlers should go on a part time schedule to my friends, I tend to get a sour reaction from them because there aren’t that many legit superstars in the WWE nowadays. Besides that, my buddies tell me that the ratings would take a hit when guys like AJ Styles or a Dean Ambrose or a Kevin Owens would take an extended leave from their respected brand.
So I started to think and thinking hard is what I did because I appreciate what every single wrestler does for my entertainment in the WWE and every other wrestling company out there. Shawn Michaels and Chris Jericho are my wrestling heroes since I became a wrestling fan in the early-to-mid 90s. When I consider Jericho’s wrestling schedule the last few years and what Shawn Michaels had the few years before he retired in 2010 – and that’s coming around when they had something for them to do.
Granted towards the end of Michaels’ run, he didn’t have to do the house show circuit, due to his status as main eventer and not wanting to beat his body down as much as he did coming up in the business.
When it comes to Chris Jericho, he comes around whenever he has a opening in his schedule between other projects he works on and WWE had the right feud for him to come back for. His 2016-2017 run has been one of his longest runs since he originally left for a sabbatical in 2005.
So, how can current main eventers schedule be like Shawn Michaels or Chris Jericho? Why not give guys a week or two break every couple of months? Why not give them a month break from doing the house show scene and only make their television appearances and their pay-per-view match? Why not after a title loss, like AJ Styles did at the Royal Rumble, why not give him some time off for a month or even six weeks, giving his body a rest and giving the fans a break from those superstars?
Besides the main event stars getting those breaks, I feel like the younger wrestlers should get a break too. Maybe not as long as the veterans would get but a break nethertheless.
I want each wrestler to last as long as possible in the ring for they can make as much money as they can, as well as having their bodies hold up as long as possible too. If it wasn’t for the sabbatical Chris Jericho had in 2005, I’m sure he wouldn’t have lasted to 2017. It goes to the Undertaker, Triple H, and even John Cena. If it means letting them go out and work on some “outside the WWE” projects, that way they have a potential career outside of professional wrestling once their career inside the squared circle ends, let them go and do it.
I don’t want to see any more wrestlers go down to injury in the build-up to one of the biggest feuds of their career and I surely don’t want to see anyone go down on the Road to WrestleMania. I’m an advocate towards time off, getting mentally and physically rested, able to be the best possible employee one can be. Hopefully someday something like this could be implemented.
Eric Darsie can be found over at WhenItWasCool.com hosting Wrestling With the Dawg podcast, covering a single match and talking the history of that feud, the backstory of the show, and why that match or wrestlers were/are cool for Eric or his guests. Darsie can also be found over at MainEventStatus.com co-hosting Main Event Status Radio podcast, covering old school wrestling and the current product. Follow him on Twitter @DirtyDawgMES or @IAmDarsie.