Why some WWE superstars are seeking other careers

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When you live the life of a WWE superstar, you are used to experiencing a hectic lifestyle and working a schedule which often means being away from home.

With this in mind, it comes as little surprise that when WWE wrestlers come to the end of a long tenure, they look to seek a less-demanding career elsewhere.

Popular choice

One of the most favoured choices of alternate occupation for professional wrestlers who have worked under WWE is to act in the movie business.


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Possibly one of the most prominent names that links both of these careers is wrestling icon Batista, whose name has recently been in the limelight regarding his departure.

As reported by Cageside Seats, WWE boss Vince McMahon stated that he did not actually believe the 46-year-old would leave the company when he did.

MVP explained on Sam Roberts' Podcast, Batista said on the day of his departure:

"Vince doesn't think I'm leaving. He thinks I'm bull******** him. He doesn't think I'm serious...[and McMahon was saying,] 'he's not going to walk away from all this money."

Unfortunately for Vince McMahon and his company, he was wrong as Batista made it clear his sights were firmly set on a career in the movie business as he even appeared in the latest James Bond film; Spectre.

Current talent

It is not however just the more experienced WWE superstars who are in favour of an alternate career away from the ring.

One of the company's most popular WWE superstars at present; Dolph Ziggler, is also well-known for being a stand-up comic.

A somewhat unusual combination of jobs, Ziggler undoubtedly excels at both and somehow manages to work a schedule which means he has time to please his fans in both fields.

As Wrestling Inc reported earlier this year, Ziggler ensures he does not cross paths between his two busy occupations:

"WWE has no issues with my stand-up. I do not miss work for any reason and will continue to work around my schedule because I'm a professional and do not allow complacency or laziness."

With this in mind, it would be unsurprising if yet more WWE superstars were to either work another career into their schedule or alternatively, take time away from WWE in order to pursue another working route.

The reality is that WWE is a hard company to work for and one which asks a lot of both the professional wrestler as well as their families.

WWE, on the other hand, must be careful with regard to how comfortable they are with their employees choosing to work elsewhere.

Ultimately, the company's WWE Universe is what keeps them going and if several of its biggest talents were to make less appearances as a result of concentrating on other careers, it could well prove highly problematic. 

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