Variety recently interviewed WWE CEO Vince McMahon to talk about the very rough travel schedule that the company imposes on its wrestlers. They also spoke about the success of the company on Wall Street. The WWE will be making around $465 million an year with their new deals with FOX and NBCUniversal.
That wasn’t really the best part of the interview though. Vince actually spoke about the WWE’s travel schedule in an effort to shake off the recent wave of criticism due to it. "Anybody who wants time off can get time off.
That's easy," McMahon said. "In addition to that, it's easy to weave a talent in and out of a storyline. If they get injured, you're not expecting that. Or if they have a family matter. Our characters are real people with real problems”.
"It's a revolving situation where this talent will work these dates, that talent will work those dates." Jim Ross was also part of the story and he said: "Any company that is a 52-week-a-year operation should be evaluating the number of dates that their talent works," Ross said.
"You can give them the time off they need without closing down. One of the charms of buying that brand is that it's never a repeat. It's always first run. And it's live. If you take away those elements, it loses a little bit of its luster."