To give you an idea of the travel day(s):
To Australia. Left Toronto on 1st July (cause I had a show there and 5 other shows the previous week in Canada). Flew to Los Angeles to get a 16 hour flight to Melbourne Australia. And because of the time change I touched down in Melbourne at 8am on the 3rd of July. So yeah i lost a day somewhere. Is that like time traveling? ;-)
To South Africa. I left my house in Tampa Florida at 8am on the 14th of July to catch a flight to Toronto (3 hours). Layover for 5 hours then catch a flight to London Heathrow (7 hours). Layover for 10 hours then catch a flight to Johannesburg South Africa (10 hours). Then another domestic flight to Port Elizabeth where the WrestleMonster show took place. I got to see my family who still lives in South Africa as I spent only 45 hours in my home country as I had to get on a flight to Vegas for the GFW TV tapings.
Now while I love traveling this is the hardest part of the business. The reason I'm telling you about this crazy schedule is that people often ask me what it takes to be a pro wrestler or “make it in this industry”. So thats a long version of the answer for you. If you like traveling and have a spouse and/or kids that don't mind you being on the road and away from home for months at a time, then all you have to do is put some time in, have a little luck, be a great politician and have some charisma and/or athletic ability, then you have a winning formula.
It definitely is way harder than people think. Sure its a pre determined action-stunt- soap- opera - circus that we are apart of but most people don't realize what we put our bodies through to entertain fans. And we do it sometimes 6 days a week without much rest. Combined with the harsh travel and the fact that we don't have an off season, makes this an extremely tough business to be in. Now I'm not trying to scare anybody away here. Im just merely trying to give you some information about our business that a fan or person trying to get into would normally not have and perhaps find out the hard way.
But like I said, if you’re an open minded, free spirited somewhat athletic gypsy type then this circus is most likely for you!
With the WWE I was on the road an average of 300 days out of the year. While the first few years flew by it aged me by 20 years. It was for sure the most fun I've had and it surely didn't feel like a job to me. But being a free agent and traveling and working on my own terms is also very rewarding, if not more rewarding. Especially right now where the Independent scene is in a booming phase all around the world. I've visited many countries on my travels with the WWE but now I get to go back to these places as a free agent and to work with local talents in these countries and also I'm checking off a few more countries that I never thought would be interested in wrestling and never thought I’d get to see.
I don't always agree with overly optimistic hopeful dreamers but in the same breath I want to say that if you have a dream and you believe in yourself, and you want it really bad and put the work in then you can make it happen no matter what. Took me 10 years to make some decent money in this crazy sport that I love so much. Im not saying “I made it”. But I get to live my dream everyday without having to worry about ever getting a real job. Now follow me on this new chapter in my life as I feel like my wrestling career is just starting………… all over again.