In England, the Premier League soccer season runs from August-May. In the US, the NFL season runs from September-February. Both acknowledge the need for their athletes to spend time away from the sports, recuperating with their families. So why does WWE operate all year-round and not allow it’s performers to spend time recovering from the inevitable strain that their profession puts on their body, as well as their personal lives?
Well in a recent interview with TalkSport Reigns, who has just announced his return to WWE following a battle with leukaemia, suggested that Vince McMahon could possibly introduce an ‘off-season’ to grant his superstars some much needed and much deserved time to recover.
On the issue, Roman said ”we do it the way we do it, and I’m never opposed to trying something new”. He would go on to add that ”this formula has worked and Sports Entertainment is a ‘what have you done for me lately’ industry. Unfortunately, we don’t have an off-season like most sports or other kinds of forms of entertainment or competition.”
Roman spoke of the various ways in which WWE superstars would reap the benefits of having an off-season, and said ”It would definitely give our performers another couple of months if not a full quarter to rest and recover, not only just from a physical standpoint, but creatively.” He also added that the break would benefit not only WWE’s talent but also their ”fans as well”.
Reigns went into more detail and said, “When you go year-round, we’re always trying to evolve, trying to grow as far as our stories and our character goes and when you’re doing it over and over and over it can be tough. I think that’s what makes WWE and its superstars so tough and it’s an accomplishment to get to where we are. Only we can handle this and we’ve proved it, so it’s just a part of the gig. I don’t think it’s something that shouldn’t be looked into, but if the schedule stays the same I’m gonna be the guy that’ll run it.”
Many within the wrestling scene have campaigned for an ”off-season”, but WWE has never explored the option. Ultimately, WWE will be concerned that a lot of their superstars are getting injured, and at an increasing rate given the faster-paced style that their performers are working now. However, they would be more concerned with the financial losses that they would be forced to deal with if the company did not operate 52 weeks a year. This makes the chances of WWE trying an ”off-season”, or a system with a similar premise, rather unlikely.