Maybe it’s just me speaking as a fan but I feel like professional wrestling has a career span shorter than anyone could think of. It’s difficult to argue the point, since many men and women work at constant paces in order to make the most money that they can. Injuries and physical wear can grow, though, and it may not be much longer until they have to retire. Many of these people struggle but I believe the right kind of retirement advice could have a great impact.
It seems like wrestlers naturally cling onto this way of life because it grants so much in the way of comfort. Yes, taking continuous bumps and attacks certainly wanes on a body but this way of life has been great in the way of making a profit. For instance, the poster child of World Wrestling Entertainment, John Cena, makes around $1,743,000 per year. With salaries such as these, it’s tough for any wrestler to leave despite how old they become.
What about the wrestlers who had to say goodbye to the business when others around believed that it wasn’t his time to do so? This was the case of Adam Copeland, though wrestling fans all over may know him better as Edge. He had to leave the wrestling business recently after a year of problems stemming from his neck. Doctors simply would not allow him to compete unless he wanted to risk paralysis, or perhaps death. Copeland found success outside of wrestling, though, but that cannot be said for all others.
Perhaps one of the saddest wrestling stories is the one of Ric Flair. You may not imagine that a man in his 60’s would still be in professional wrestling but this is the case with the man known as the Nature Boy. It’s tough to say it but I think this man may need retirement advice more than any other. It’s not like he would be alone, either, since retirement authorities like S2I exist in order to help people get a firm understanding of how to live comfortably in their golden years. Flair, perhaps than any other, needs it.
I feel like all of us have to be responsible for what we do in life but it’s hard to not feel badly for those dedicated to wrestling. Some people cannot help their own retirements and they have every ounce of sympathy from me. It’s good that so many people are able to plan for the future, examples of college-educated wrestlers being Chris Jericho and Glen Jacobs, the latter better known as Kane. In professional wrestling, planning for the inevitable comes with the territory.
Author: Rob SutterThis author has published 53 articles so far.