For WWE Divas, the wheel keeps on turning yearly. Unlike other pro sports, WWE doesn’t have an offseason. The show continues throughout the year with Divas taking multiple flights per week. For that reason, rumors are starting to surface pertaining to a possible offseason, this can give all the WWE employees a proper chance to get refreshed.
In this article, we’ll come to realize how taxing it is for a Diva to live the road life with WWE. They must follow so many rules while doing a lot of the tasks on their own, after all, all WWE Divas are regarded as independent contractors - the company doesn't have a union or anything like that.
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20 Get Ready For More Travel After RAW Or SmackDown
WWE Divas need to come to terms with taking multiple flights and driving the extra miles on a weekly basis.
Following a Raw or SmackDown, the fun doesn’t stop. WWE usually books a slew of live events right after. So basically once the show is done, it is time to drive to the next destination during the wee hours of the night.
19 Get Your Own Rental
There isn’t a car magically waiting to pick you up like Stephanie McMahon. For the rest of the Divas, they’ll have to wait the rental car line like everyone else.
Wisely, most Divas opt for normal rentals like perhaps a Nissan or even a hybrid Prius. The name of the game is to costs while on the road.
18 Total Divas Cast Members Must Accept Cameras At All Times
For those that are part of the Total Divas cast, the transition can be pretty difficult. The likes of Alexa Bliss spoke about how stressful it can be to have a camera in your face 24 hours a day.
It also puts pressure on the WWE Diva to provide compelling content, even if they live boring lives.
17 Eat Before Or Else You Get Stuck With Catering
WWE isn’t paying for meals either. Divas maintain a great shape throughout the year and that’s all thanks to their great health habits. WWE does provide a catering service prior to shows.
However, as revealed by the Riott Squad, that usually consists of Sloppy Joes. If a Diva wants a clean meal, they’ll have to get it themselves on the road.
16 Book Hotels Themselves
Flights and even hotels need to be considered by a WWE Diva while on the road. The usual norm is for a Diva to get off a flight let’s say in Detroit, Michigan, work the show and then drive to the next show which is usually just a couple of hours away and book the hotel at that location.
At the very least once they wake up the next morning, they’re already at the location.
15 NXT Divas Must Reside In Florida
For those Divas that are just getting started with WWE, they’ll have to report to the developmental system known as NXT and its Performance Center.
The company expects a full commitment from the Diva – that also means moving to a location in Florida – there is no sense in doing back-and-forth in another location. The company wants Divas to eat, sleep and train at the location.
14 Proper Behavior Mandatory
Of course, WWE expects proper behavior. This rule has changed in recent years – WWE used to be a lot more flexible with talent having a good time on the road.
Things are a lot stricter today and the company holds its Divas in high regard. Poor behavior on the road can even lead to an exit from the company.
13 Private Airfare Usually Used For Special Appearance Only
It is rare for a WWE Diva to get a ride on the prestigious WWE plane or a private jet chartered by the company.
In the event that this does take place, it is done strictly for work purposes – usually a very important PR appearance. WWE is very serious when it comes to making connections globally.
12 Keep Personal Belongings Safe
As fans, we really don’t think about this aspect. However, it has happened time and time again that Divas get their bags stolen while on the road.
Not only that, but Naomi also had her car broken into during the Survivor Series PPV. The worst part is Naomi losing valuable items she just could not replace. Divas must be on the ball keeping these possessions safe during travel.
11 Arrive At The Arena Hours In Advance
This is a tedious part of being a WWE Diva. The talent is required to show up hours in advance – it is said that some of the employees find this to be highly unnecessary.
The company books a lot of the show the day of, which is a big reason for everyone needing to be at the arena hours before. The company also holds several meeting and works pre-tapes, which is another reason for the early start time backstage.
10 Get Accustomed To Regular Class Flights
Given the amount of flying WWE Divas partake in, it would be unjust to get a first-class ticket every flight. More times than not, the Divas are sitting in the regular class with the rest of us.
We caught a glimpse via Twitter of Alexa Bliss sitting in a normal flight seat. Heck, even Sasha Banks took a selfie with a fan in the commercial class.
9 Keep A Return Quiet
When it is time for a Diva to return on the road and the company wishes to keep it quiet, they must travel differently and on the down low. For one, a Diva is usually required to book a hotel out of the area away from the venue.
In addition, the Diva must enter from a different entrance and they’re usually kept hidden inside a trailer in the parking lot. Ronda Rousey’s WWE debut was a recent example of this.
8 Arrive Days Before For Major Shows
When WrestleMania season hits, WWE stars are expected to take a flight to the area days in advance, nevermind the day of or the night prior.
WrestleMania takes place on a Sunday, though McMahon expects all the Divas to be at the location by Thursday. That’s then followed by RAW on Monday and SmackDown on Tuesday in the same area – equal to a lot of days in a row living out of a suitcase.
7 Find Local Gyms On Your Own
WWE provides a gym, however that one is in Orlando, Florida. It would be pretty taxing to train in Florida and then get on a flight to the show... Instead, most Divas get off the plane and immediately hit a workout at a local gym to shake off the plane rust and jetlag.
The talent must find their own gyms. However, as Bayley revealed on the Stone Cold Podcast, finding a gym gets a lot easier with experience. Once a Diva returns to a town, they tend to visit the same gym.
6 Document Everything
As if being on the road isn’t taxing enough, WWE expects the Divas to basically document everything via all social media platforms. The company is always a step ahead in terms of the trends – thus, they look to get as much as possible out of their Divas.
Social media is the easiest way to draw further attention from fans. So if your plane gets delayed, post an IG story about it!
5 Limited Security Overseas
Traveling overseas can be quite stressful for WWE Divas. As Sasha Banks admitted in the past, fans outside of the US and Canada have different norms and that includes being a lot touchier with the talent.
It also doesn’t help that certain places like India have limited security at the airport.
4 Private Bus Sometimes Used
Back in the day, WWE used a bus a lot more compared to the current days. However, they do use a bus for the Divas from time to time. This is done especially during an overseas tour or when the cast of Total Divas takes a trip.
In addition, Divas with NXT also travel on a tour bus for live event shows.
3 Book Your Own Flight
This adds even more stress on a WWE Diva.
Not only are they spending just a couple of days at home while off the road but one of the things they must do during their time off is book their own flights to the next shows and heck even their rentals if they want to do so in advance.
2 Hair & Makeup At The Arena
Why not save some time and get your hair and makeup done prior to the show? Seems like a good idea, though WWE is in charge of that process.
This is another reason as to why the Divas must arrive earlier, hair and makeup is a tedious process and a really long one. Some Divas even take photoshoots backstage which adds to the process.
1 Hectic Travel Schedule During Overseas Tours
It can be a dream come true for a WWE Diva to visit the likes of Rome, Italy or Paris, France while on tour with WWE.
The truth is the Divas shouldn’t get too excited as WWE has a hectic travel schedule while overseas trying to put on shows in as many areas as possible.
Sources – Forbes, WWE, YouTube & Twitter