Many who have left WWE recently have felt okay letting loose on just how they felt about the company. Even those that left of their own volition, like Bryan Danielson. He too feels at ease about letting fans know that some aspects of a WWE career aren’t what they’re cracked up to be. It would seem that the same would go for Buddy Matthews as well.
A professional wrestling career doesn’t leave much time for anything else. That has been the case since the industry’s inception, which dates back many years, and perhaps it was surely worse years ago during the Attitude and Golden Eras of the sport.
Buddy Matthews suggests that it was especially bad during his eight years in WWE. He said that WWE only gave him a measly 30 days to visit with his family in a whopping eight long years. He spoke with Forbes in an interview, talking about the recent releases and his complaints about a WWE career. He said:
“It’s tough, it sucks that people lose their livelihood. But everyone gets fired eventually. Austin was fired, Hogan was fired, everyone gets fired eventually. Obviously, we want long-lasting careers and to set ourselves up. You look at the board and they’ve hoarded everyone and then they’re throwing everyone out at once. So that sucks, but everyone is going to get fired one day.
But, at the same time, it’s happened to me and it was like a weight off my shoulders. I’m excited for the future and I can finally do stuff that I wanna do. I haven’t been to Australia in three years because I couldn’t get time off.
It shouldn’t be that way. It shouldn’t be that way at all. Not like I’m against it, I wanted to work. But it should also be a thing where I can go home to visit my family. I’ve probably been home, in the last eight years, for 30 days.”
NJPW’s Battle in the Valley is set to take place tomorrow, the 13th of November, and Matthews is scheduled to make his debut. The event will be taking place at San Jose Civic in San Jose, California.
*Thanks to Wrestling Inc for the quote.