As many of you know by now, Bayley recently suffered a torn ACL while she was training at the WWE Performance Center and her match with Bianca Belair at WWE Money in the Bank will no longer be taking place. Bayley is expected to miss around nine months of in-ring action.
According to a report from the Wrestling Observer Newsletter, an unnamed wrestler questioned why WWE had issued mandatory training prior to their return to live events, which begin tonight with SmackDown. This person said,
“I wrestled full time for 15 years. If you are in shape enough to do TV and PPV matches you need zero conditioning or preparation to go back on the road and do live events. My entire regular career I never did a single in ring drill for conditioning. I did cardio at the gym sure but never additional ring time. The only time I did in ring drills for conditioning was when I took post “retirement” bookings and had to have a big match for the first time in a year or so but that’s because I hadn’t had a match in a year and was going to have to do 30 minutes at a top level. When I went from working 1 match a week locally. . to 7 nights a week. I did zero drills to prepare. The only thing harder about 7 nights a week to once a week is the wear and tear on your body, so doing more wear and tear with drills to prepare makes it worse not better.“