The toll from losing a job is never easy but it’s especially difficult where there is almost no place to work in your field during the current coronavirus pandemic.
That is, unfortunately, the case for Brian Myers aka Curt Hawkins who was one of the many people who were released last week during the company-wide cutbacks. It would be one thing if he could immediately go work on the independents and hopefully land a regular job with a bigger promotion. But we know that isn’t possible during the current landscape of the world.
Making it even more difficult is that that Myers’ wife Liz is pregnant with their second child and is due in two months. On her theredheadedmom blog, Myers wrote a post titled “How the Coronavirus has impacted my family” where she detailed their current situation, including how she left her advertising job a year ago to be a stay-at-home mom.
On Wednesday April 15th, Brian was released from his WWE contract. There was notice that morning that layoffs would begin and our anxiety kicked into full gear. Not just for ourselves, but friends and loved ones that this could potentially happen to. Brian just needed to know if it was happening to him or not and I was praying the phone didn’t ring. Well, the phone rang and I broke down. You can’t really break down for long when your almost 3 year old is running around chasing bubbles, but I cried. There is so much uncertainty in the world, it’s terrifying. One week prior, they had wanted him to fly to Orlando to film for RAW and the next week they are getting rid of people. I went from being scared of my husband coming home from work with the Coronavirus to days later him getting fired.
One thing I can say, I’m so proud of how he held it together. The first time this happen it was almost a matter of when, this time it was just out of nowhere given the current state of the world. Since he can’t wrestle anywhere right now, he did exactly what he needed to do to help himself cleanse of the past 4 years which was basically get rid of everything he was holding onto. He also guided other wrestlers that have never been through this before of what they needed to do to set themselves up for success. Basically anything would make me cry the past few days, from him making me proud to me being sad, to even watching him still be in full Dad mode on a day that could have been a very dark one. He handles everything with grace which just reassures me that we will be OK. I feel so lucky to be his wife.
Why do I feel helpless? For starters, I am 30 weeks pregnant. It’s not the most satisfying feeling when your husband loses his job and you don’t have one for you both to fall back on. I always said the past year, if I needed to get back into work I could and would get back into my field(thinking like 4-5 years if his contract didn’t renew), not expecting him to lose his job when I’m 2 months away from having our child let alone during a pandemic. Though I don’t regret my time at home, I do feel guilt and anxiety about the decision I made last year with a new baby on the way but this is something I just have to deal with right now.
Myers did say that she is grateful for everything she and her family have and thanked her husband’s fans on the post and also on Instagram.
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What a week it has been. While I’m so grateful for my family’s health, the Coronavirus has impacted the economy and now, my family • We’re having a baby in 2 months and I just can’t believe I’m bringing a child into this world at a time like this • A newborn symbolizes new beginnings, something I’m now looking forward to more then ever • Thank you to everyone for your love and support during this bizarre time. One thing I’ve taken from this, my husband and my family are so very loved and respected❤️ I wish everyone good health and that we stop the spread of this virus. We will rise up and we will be OK, we have no choice *link in bio* • • • • • • • • #family #love #together #stayhome #wrestlerwife #girlmom #familytime #proudwife #30weekspregnant #pregnancy #iloveyou