Former WWE Superstar Heath Slater recently appeared on Chris Van Vliet’s podcast. During the show the former ‘One Man Band’ would open up about his time with WWE, and specifically the sacrifices that he made to be with the company for such a lengthy period of time.
“I mean with the travel man? It was like the first six years I was home maybe two days a week” Slater would begin. “And this is like five/six years, you know? Life on the road every week.”
Slater would elaborate further, saying how exhausted he would be after finally returning home. “Getting home? The first day you’re home you’re just tired and like a zombie. Then the next day you’re okay just about. And then the following day? You got back out on the road! And then Friday show, Saturday show, Sunday show, Monday show, Tuesday TV show, Wednesday and Thursday home then Friday back at it. Yeah it’s just go go go.”
Heath would then get emotional talking about the times he missed away from his family. “I had to watch my first girl’s steps on Facebook or FaceTime you know? I missed Christmases, Halloween, dance recitals. And all of that weighs on you. Man I mean it’s like…I’m getting a little emotional talking about it. But it’s one of those things like man it just…just weighs on you.”
Slater would finish by saying that whilst he had to make those sacrifices, WWE was where he wanted to be working. “But WWE is a good job, it’s where I always wanted to be. So it’s like a tug of war battle because I’m providing for my family, but I sacrifice for them to get that, you know? It’s just one of those things to where it’s like a double edged sword.”
It will be interesting to see where Heath now ends up, either on the independent scene or at the likes of an NWA, AEW or IMPACT. The schedules of all companies outside WWE are arguably a lot better in terms of travel, so even if the company do end up making him an offer to return he may not need it.