In the world of professional wrestling mainly WWE and TNA, there isn’t an offseason. Wrestlers spend around 300 days away from their homes. This has become a growing concern as many people are blaming the hectic schedule as one of the many reasons why professional wrestlers abuse drugs along with steroids. Athletes including wrestlers are responsible for what goes into their body. Last week, the wrestling world lost another with Umaga (Eki Fatu) adding the long list of professional wrestlers who lost their lives before the age of 50. This has been a growing trend in the business.
In 2006, WWE introduced a steroid policy to the company. While I don’t believe in the way the policy is arranged, I am glad they have it. The first offense is a 30 day suspension, second is a 60 day and the third violation is termination. In the three and a half years that this policy has been in effect, there have been many suspensions with some of the wrestlers being main eventers. The media as usual has questioned whether or not the policy is as effective as WWE says it is.
From the reports that we fans get, the testing is just as strong, if not stronger than the testing of the NFL. Many wrestlers have spoke out to say that they are watched during urine tests. John Cena was on record saying that he was tested at least six times in a span of eight or nine months time in 2006.
The point I am trying to come across is that wrestling needs an offseason of some sort. I am pointing the finger mainly at Vince McMahon and WWE. Vince needs to take another look at this and realize that these wrestlers are people too and not just a character that makes him the billionaire that he is today. He should at least give back to these entertainers. I am not saying the schedule is the only reason why the wrestlers take steroids and other medications to keep them going, but it’s a top factor. It doesn’t have to be an offseason like the NFL in which teams get anywhere from four to six months off but an offseason nothenless.
An offseason can help a great deal. First reason being, the writers and management can have more than a week to think of new story lines to freshen up the product. Second and most important, the wrestlers can finally have a break to rest. The perfect time for this offseason could occur after WrestleMania. Usually, WrestleMania takes place on the last Sunday in March or the first Sunday in April. Since most fans probably believe that the pay-per-view in April “Backlash” is a waste of time and money, this would be the ideal time for a break.
The fans are burnt out from the circus that is WrestleMania and so are the wrestlers and managment. April could be the off month and the storylines could resume in May along with the draft leading up to SummerSlam in August. Anybody else feel the same way?