The WrestleMania Hangover

It’s been nearly two weeks since WrestleMania, and as the saying goes, the show must go on. But… what if WWE took an off season? What if they gave their ‘superstars’ a chance to get healthy? Would that be such a bad thing?

Most fans that watched every event that took place WrestleMania weekend were probably tired of wrestling by the end of the women’s main event. Or for those fans that were in New York and New Jersey that weekend, it was a near week long party, that I’m sure has some thinking… I’m done! I can’t possibly watch one more segment or go to one more event.

Then it’s Monday morning, and for most that means getting up early and dragging their tired bodies to work. If you’re lucky, you have co workers that are wrestling fans and the day probably flew by talking about all the wrestling from the weekend. But for those who couldn’t discuss it, they are probably wondering, why did I stay up so late? Why is there more wrestling on tonight? It’s called the Wrestlemania hangover.

The WrestleMania hangover is a real thing for me. I don’t know if it’s the fact that it’s a four day event now or if I’m just getting older. It’s no secret the older you get the more sleep you need, but at the same time, five, ten fifteen years ago, WrestleMania was maybe a three hour event. Unfortunately, the WWE has made WrestleMania so long anymore that parties are obsolete.

Friends don’t get together to watch it anymore because they won’t get home until well after midnight, especially if you’re living in the eastern time zone. There’s no question that WWE wants to try to get every wrestler on the roster on the show. And that’s fine, except their roster keeps getting bigger and bigger. So what’s the solution? How do does the WWE make WrestleMania a little more realistic for fans to sit and watch? And what about the roster, do they need a break?

Let’s discuss the break first. With a roster as big as the WWE has, it’s really not necessary for a company wide break. But for top tier wrestlers, a break is probably needed. Wrestlers like AJ Styles, The Miz, Randy Orton and Kofi Kingston have been going nearly non stop for over a decade, maybe even close to two decades. I’m sure they are probably in need of a break, but time off is most likely going to hurt their status on the roster.

Daniel Bryan hasn’t been seen since WrestleMania, most likely due to injury and Ronda Rousey hasn’t been seen either, but she is probably done for a while, maybe even for good. The wrestlers would probably like a break, but from a career standpoint, it wouldn’t make sense. It’s a risk for sure, but if they get burnt out, it will show in their performance. Hopefully most wrestlers listen to their bodies and take a break when it is needed, regardless of roster status.

So for the fan, how do we handle that WrestleMania hangover? I can remember my first WrestleMania hangover, it happened in 2001. That was WrestleMania seventeen and that was the night Stone Cold turned on the fans and joined forces with longtime rival, Vince McMahon. Not to mention one of the best builds to a WrestleMania main event ever in Stone Cold vs The Rock.

The event was not long, maybe three hours, but the shock of Stone Cold turning was what had me not getting much sleep. I remember scheduled for work the next morning at seven. I was exhausted, but spent most of the eight hour day wondering if turning Stone Cold heel was the right thing to do? At eighteen years old not getting much sleep was no big deal and the anticipation for RAW kept me going.

I then took a few year break from buying the sixty dollar pay per view for a few years. But since 2005, I have watched every WrestleMania live and for the first time since then I was wondering if I should take a break from wrestling? I did watch RAW and Smackdown after mania but I mostly fast forward through it. For the first time that I could remember I was burnt out on wrestling. And like everything else, when your burnt out on something, it’s time for a break.

I was able to get into the Superstar shake up this past week, but honestly fast forward through most of the matches and just wanted to see who was moving. I’m still a little tired of it, and if I’m being honest, I’ve started watching wrestling from the attitude era on the WWE network. Man, was it so much more entertaining. Let’s hope that AEW can bring as much vigor to the industry as the Monday night wars did. As for the hangover, just take a break. The nice thing about pro wrestling, especially WWE, if you miss a couple weeks , you can catch up pretty quick in a matter of a three hour RAW.

Thanks for reading the blog today, I know I haven’t posted in a while, but like I said I needed a break. Thanks for checking out, the people’s wrestling blog!


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