USA Today’s “For the Win” blog conducted an interview with Triple H back in February. In it, he spoke on a number of topics including preparing for his upcoming match against Sting at Wrestlemania 31.
Hunter had some interesting comments in regards to wrestlers getting time off.
Below is an excerpt:
I got in the ring for the first time the other day and fell down for the first time and it felt like my body exploded when I landed. It takes a little bit. You can train, but its one of those things where ‘experts’ of our business that have never done it will say ‘oh if they gave guys time off it would be better for them’ or whatever, but it’s honestly, having done this for 20 plus years — time off is your worst enemy. It really is, it makes it so much harder to do this.
When you’re doing it all the time it’s like a callus, you’re doing it and it doesn’t bother you. You’re functioning and you can do it every night. When you haven’t done it, getting in there and doing the simplest thing, you’re like ‘oh my God, why am I doing this again?’ You’ve got to get yourself back in the process of getting back in the ring, and the hardest [part] of doing that is… it’s easy to go through that stuff when you’ve got 80,000 people screaming at you, it’s not so easy when you’re in a warehouse with a ring set up all by yourself. It hurts a whole lot more.
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Triple H’s comments are in direct opposition to those that suggest WWE should have an offseason like there is in professional sports to allow talent to get time off to recover.
Richard Reacts: Is there a contradiction here? Brock Lesnar has only worked 10 matches for WWE since re-signing in April 2012. I completely understand Triple H’s point -- that time off causes one to get out of shape and accumulate ring rust. But Brock Lesnar has as much time off as anyone, yet he's the guy that gets the strap.