Originally posted by Tenken347 Except they're still going to lose out on their cut of the gate and (the big one) merch sales. Do you think somebody like Cena or Mysterio is going to be happy about the amount of money they'd lose by just working television?
The WWE had a show in Winnipeg a while back, and Cena wasn't there. I'll be damned if over 1/2 the kids there weren't wearing his gear anyways. As far as we could see, Cena's stuff sold out at the same rate as Rey's (who was there).
From reading twitter comments, there's plenty of wrestlers that don't go to every house show. None of them seem at all concerned and are usually "Loving being on the beach! " at the time. It's probably the top few guys that are required to be at every single show, and these are the guys who are not hurting for money.
Maybe a system could work where guys could request a 2 week break from the house shows, and the WWE could then decide who was off for which 2 weeks and rotate the time based on that.
Your suggestion makes more sense, because up to this point we've really been talking about longer amount of time and a lot of house shows. Absolutely, I don't think anyone would mind sitting home for a week or two, but what about a month? How many shows is that? I know the house show gates are smaller, but eventually they add up. Two weeks, though? Everybody else with a job gets at least that, and I don't see why wrestlers shouldn't too, even if it's unpaid. I can definitely see a better argument for that.