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Re: current WWE champion's schedule compared to 80s NWA champion's schedule?
I actually think Punk has it tougher.
Look back to the 80s, when drug abuse was running rampant in wrestling. The pain was able to me temporarily ignored, for the sake of making money and putting on high caliber matches. Also, the mainstream appearances were nowhere as big and often as now.
Now, when you look at a guy like Punk, he's had it pretty rough since his career started. From working multiple indy companies for little to no money, working down in developmental to getting called up to the big leagues and having 1 of the longest title reigns in years. On top of that, the media appearances and the mounting injuries, especially since Punk is "straight edge". He's pretty much had to toughen the pain out, which likely will cut his career short. He works house shows, often having 1 of the better performances of the night and is constantly on the road, as he's pretty much a bachelor and has no wife & kids. He's pretty much devoted to the business.
Also, I feel Cena has had it worst of all, mainly because he's had a grueling schedule for nearly a decade and has only been sidelined 3 times in his career, both very brief. And even then, he still made public appearances.
So, based on the intense travel and media appearances and the likelihood of less drug abuse, I feel the champions of today have a rougher schedule.