Arn Anderson in one of the episodes of ARN talked about his former desire to return to WCW, considering that WWE had a brutal schedule at the time. He was willing to get in the ring with the infamous Ding-Dongs just to get back.
“You know what. I would have done a two out of three falls every TV show for a month to get to go back to WCW. Two out of three falls, every week. Would have been just fine”. - he said, as quoted by pwmania.com Many at that time used drugs, and alcohol, given the brutal schedule.
However, he did not want to use anything. “Mentally, physically, everything. I was completely drained. That’s a hard place to work, man. You hear about guys smoking dope, and drinking, taking pills and shit. I never was a pill head, because I had no tolerance for any of that stuff.
I bet I could take a five milligram Valium and sleep two days. I didn’t have the threshold for it. So I didn’t take it. But I could see why guys had to do some stuff”.
At that time, he did not sleep much, considering that he did not even have time for it.
“Here’s one of the things that you may not think it’s a big deal. Try it for three months. When you’re on towards the end of the show, especially if you’re on last, and you’ve gotta go back to the hotel… you’re not going to get back to your hotel until probably 12:30.
Every morning we had a six A.M. flight. That’s a four o’clock wakeup, IF you stay around the airport area. Do the math. You’re in your room at 12:30, probably one-thirty getting to sleep. Up at three-thirty, four o’clock, because you had to be there at 5:15 for a six o’clock flight. All the guys were checking in; you had to go through security”.