Former WWE superstar Damien Sandow left WWE a few years ago, but he still has the time spent in the company fresh in his word. Sandow spoke with Giancarlo Aulino recently and spilled the beans on what a WWE superstar’s average work-week looks like.
Sandow said that WWE stars only get one and a half days off in a week, and are on the road rest of the time, due to house shows and weekly tapings.
He also added that superstars have the option of taking a leave during the holiday season, but the ones who stay get to make extra moolah. The former MITB holder revealed that he never got any special treatment, and used to always work the holiday week.
“You have a day-and-a-half at home. Your plane lands at 11:30 [am] on a Wednesday. You know, you’ve been up since 5 am, you catch your flight, you do your laundry. Then Friday, you get up six in the morning, catching a flight, three house shows, then you do two TVs [tapings], then you do it again. Yeah, it was no time at home. It’s funny cause I hear now how the schedule is and I’m like, ‘Oh my God’ …well this is pre-pandemic too… yeah, like that schedule is nothing [laughs]. You know, for what they did and what they expected from us.”
“Day after Christmas we’d leave and we’d get home for New Year’s, which was a very lucrative loop which was cool. And people getting time off like, ‘Oh, I need some time off.’ We would never think about doing that… ever think about doing that. I think you know what with some guys, I think they’re just for some reason they’re more lenient, but I never ever, ever got any special treatment from the office or anything like that. Like I never… nobody ever made an exception in my case and they would with some guys, but that’s what they do and it’s like that in any business.”
“This isn’t just, ‘Oh, evil WWE.’ No, it’s just sometimes some people get breaks, sometimes other people don’t, that’s it. They compensated me for it and life goes on.”
Currently known as Aron Stevens, he turned down the notion that WWE is evil. He said that the business is designed in such a way, and they were properly compensated for the same.
WWE’s travel schedule has drastically changed in the past year due to the COVID-19 pandemic and it remains to be seen if they move back to the previous hectic schedule once things normalize.