WWE Statistics Show Its Stars Are Being Overworked, Especially On SmackDown
January 17, 2018 - WWE
WWE is positively ensuring that a superstars don’t have many downtime, quite those who are on SmackDown.
The Jan 8th book of the Wrestling Observer Newsletter published compare statistics for all WWE superstars in 2017, and dual things unequivocally stranded out. One, a boatload of superstars worked a ton of matches final year, and two, a tip 5 superstars with a many matches are now on a blue brand. Here is a demeanour during a 10 (well, 11 given dual are tied) superstars who had a many matches in 2017:
- Jinder Mahal (185)
- Baron Corbin (181)
- AJ Styles (179)
- Sami Zayn (178)
- Charlotte Flair (173)
- Cesaro (172)
- Shinsuke Nakamura (170)
- Sheamus and Dean Ambrose (tied during 169)
- Jason Jordan (166)
- Natalya (161)
What’s important here is that 8 of a 11 superstars mentioned spent a immeasurable infancy of 2017 on SmackDown, and in fact, usually dual of those superstars (Sheamus and Cesaro) didn’t work on a blue code during all. To put those compare totals into perspective, a Observer also reported a following compare totals for some of New Japan Pro-Wrestling’s tip stars: Tetsuya Naito (155) , Kazuchika Okada (141), Hiroshi Tanahashi (132) and Kenny Omega (fewer than 100). The site also remarkable that a 40-year-old Styles wrestled a whopping 139 singles matches in 2017, compared to usually 18 for both Okada and Naito.
That positively lends faith to a long-running evidence that WWE superstars are overworked, doesn’t it?
After all, usually dual superstars on a list above (Styles and Ambrose) arrange among WWE’s tip 10 top paid stars, according to FORBES, demonstrating that operative some-more and/or harder doesn’t indispensably safeguard that a star will be paid accordingly. Most of those superstars mentioned work roughly one compare each dual days, a problem that was usually worsened when WWE recently done a preference to run SmackDown live events on Mondays conflicting live TV tapings of Monday Night Raw.
And here’s a hapless reality: That problem will expected usually get worse.
According to WWE Corporate, a association ran a whopping 96 live events in Q3 2017, adult from 82 in Q3 2016 and 85 in Q3 2017, and some-more events could eventually outcome in some-more matches, generally for a many featured superstars. What’s more, WWE usually began airing a Mixed Match Challenge and has recently even used Goldust (who’s clearly not a Cruiserweight) on 205 Live, so it’s protected to assume that with a Cruiserweights integrating with a categorical register and a MMC holding place, many superstars will supplement even some-more matches to their already high compare totals in 2018 and maybe even beyond.
The biggest emanate here is that a perfect volume of matches WWE superstars are carrying is a recipe for injury, that is why a WWE offseason creates so many sense even yet a chances of that function in any way, figure or form are slim to none. WWE, however, has to comprehend that overworking a superstars is probably guaranteed to outcome in an increasing damage rate, and there have positively been some important superstars whose new vital injuries were expected a approach outcome of their eager schedules. Let’s take a look:
- WWE.com recently reported that Ambrose would be out for 9 months after recently undergoing triceps surgery. Ambrose wrestled some-more matches, a whopping 206, than any other luminary in 2016, and between Mar 2012 and Dec 2017, he reportedly wrestled 1,054 matches, creation him a usually luminary in a association to strech a 1,000 compare symbol during that span.
- In 2014, Cesaro led a WWE with 218 matches, and by late 2015, he found himself on a shelf after undergoing shoulder medicine to correct a ripped rotator cuff.
- In 2013, Daniel Bryan wrestled a many matches for WWE, a absurd 232 matches, and in Feb 2016, he was forced to retire due to medical issues stemming from steady concussions. He hasn’t wrestled given Apr 2015.
- Sheamus wrestled a many matches in 2012 with 220. He’s currently pang from spinal stenosis, a same damage that forced both Edge and “Stone Cold” Steve Austin into early retirement.
- Other important injuries in 2017 embody Jinder Mahal (shoulder injury), Big Cass (torn ACL), Seth Rollins (MCL tear), Samoa Joe (torn meniscus and other injures, and a recent feet injury), Braun Strowman (elbow surgery), Rusev (shoulder injury), Jeff Hardy (multiple surgeries, including ripped labrum), The Revival (Scott Dawson tore his bicep and Dash Wilder pennyless his jaw), Bayley (shoulder injury) and Xavier Woods (knee injury).
- Of course, there’s also a hapless box of Paige, whose in-ring career is apparently over after pang another harmful neck injury. Meanwhile, Jason Jordan was also recently private from new live events after wrestling 166 matches final year, and Kevin Owens, who wrestled 157 matches final year, is also operative by an injury.
Yes, it’s pro wrestling. Yes, injuries will happen.