WWE loves to travel around the world and host its shows in different countries. The Stamford federation has organized numerous European tours throughout its history, as well as having traveled frequently to South America to increase the value of its brand.
The global pandemic has naturally disrupted the sports entertainment business, leaving arenas empty and preventing travel for about a year and a half. The situation has been improving for a few months now, but it is clear that the return to normal has not yet been completed.
Kurt Angle has never been a fan of tours, as they put athletes under considerable physical and mental stress. The former Olympic gold medalist officially retired from wrestling in 2019 after losing his last match to Baron Corbin at WrestleMania 35.
He then played an important role backstage, before being fired in April 2020 due to the crisis linked to the pandemic. In the latest edition of the 'Kurt Angle Show', the former world champion revealed that tours often injured superstars.
Kurt Angle said: "It's not easy at all, even if people don't realize it. You have to change time zones all the time, sleep very little and much more. It is really hard to travel with such frequency, without forgetting that the shows are all very close to each other.
In my day it was a brutal experience. I have to admit quite frankly that it was a very complicated time in my life. All those trips caused tremendous wear on my body and mind. Was it worth it? Well, attracting 10,000 fans every night is incredible.
But don't think the money we made was that much. There is a huge difference in value between Mexican pesos and US dollars, which is why it wasn't such a profitable trip from that point of view. It's part of the job of a WWE wrestler."
On Netflix horror movies with Undertaker and the New Day!
WWE superstars Kofi Kingston, Big E, Xavier Woods (aka New Day) and wrestling legend The Undertaker have been announced for a new interactive Netflix horror movie titled Escape The Undertaker.
This was revealed by the sector site Bloody Disgusting, which also spread via Twitter the first images that are already in circulation and concerning the work. According to Bloody Disgusting, this will be a summary of themovie's description: "The Undertaker has set a trap for the decorated tag team The New Day in his mansion.
What they don't know: Undertaker's mansion is an extreme, full haunted house. full of supernatural challenges. It is up to the viewers to decide the fate of these three poor souls as they try to survive the wrath of The Undertaker."
The move will premiere on October 5. The film continues the ongoing partnership between WWE and the streaming service, which also saw the release of the 2020 film 'The Main Event', featuring various wrestlers such as Keith Lee, Kingston, Sheamus, The Miz and Commander Azeez.
The Undertaker (real name Mark Calaway) announced his retirement from professional wrestling in mid-2020 at the end of his documentary series The Last Ride. He then reappeared for a WWE Final Goodbye at the pay-per-view Survivor Series in November.
"My career, my legacy, speaks for itself. In the end that's all that matters," Calaway said in the documentary. "And I have this other life that I need to live and enjoy the fruits of my labor, enjoy the blessings I have: my wife, my children."
On that occasion he also described the feelings after his very last match, which saw him oppose AJ Styles. "I think I'm in a post-Boneyard place now, it's like I just have one hell of a fight against one of the best in the business," he added.
"Here you are getting on your bike and taking off. There were a lot of thoughts and a lot of emotions going through my head. One of them is, are you happy enough? It was a really powerful moment. If there was ever a perfect ending to a career, there he is.
If Vince was in trouble, would I come back? I guess time will tell only then. If he was in a state of emergency, and the only solution was The Undertaker, I would have to consider him. Never say never. But at this point in my life and career, I don't want to go back to the ring."