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27th Jul '16 3:01:21 PM tropower
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* Remember Repo Man from WWF? When he joined WCW, Barry Darsow became wrestling golfer Stewart Pain. Due to the untimely death of real-life golfer Payne Stewart, where the name was taken, he became Barry "Hole in One" Darsow not long after.

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* Remember Repo Man from WWF? When he joined WCW, Barry Darsow (AKA: "Smash" of Wrestling/{{Demolition}}) became wrestling golfer Stewart Pain. Due to the untimely death of real-life golfer Payne Stewart, where the name was taken, he became Barry "Hole in One" Darsow not long after.after.
** He was also the Blacktop Bully, a wrestling truck driver.
10th Jul '16 8:27:55 AM IndirectActiveTransport
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* Also parodied on a skit of ''Series/TheManShow'', where Adam Carolla and Jimmy Kimmel tried their hand at pro wrestling. At one point, Adam appears as a character called "The Calligrapher," complete with a Renaissance-themed costume. I can only assume that one of the Calligrapher's signature moves involves poking opponents in the eye with his quill pen. Other gimmicks demonstrated included "The Rabbi", "The Alcoholic Step-Father", and "The Pope". That last one, by the way, is HilariousInHindsight now that Elijah Burke portrayed a character in {{TNA}} named "Pope D'Angelo Dinero." (It's a NonindicativeName, however, as he wasn't Catholic at all but a Protestant street preacher from Harlem.)

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* Also parodied on a skit of ''Series/TheManShow'', where Adam Carolla and Jimmy Kimmel tried their hand at pro wrestling. At one point, Adam appears as a character called "The Calligrapher," complete with a Renaissance-themed costume. I can only assume that one of the Calligrapher's signature moves involves poking opponents in the eye with his quill pen. Other gimmicks demonstrated included "The Rabbi", "The Alcoholic Step-Father", and "The Pope". That last one, by the way, is HilariousInHindsight now that Elijah Burke portrayed had a character gimmick in {{TNA}} named Wresling/{{TNA}} where he was billed "Pope D'Angelo Dinero." (It's a NonindicativeName, however, as he wasn't Catholic at all but a Protestant street preacher from Harlem.)



** This caused a lot of hullabaloo when Taylor Wilde of TNA was discovered working at a Sunglasses Hut just to pay the bills since, despite being a personality on a primetime TV series and holding (at the time) the TNA Knockouts Championship, TNA didn't cover her living expenses. Wrestling these days, especially at that level (being nationally televised), is usually regarded as a genuine occupation and having to pull odd jobs like that is seen as fairly shady on TNA's part (other wrestlers on TNA's roster also said they weren't making a solid income from wrestling either and had to do other work to get by).

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** This caused a lot of hullabaloo when Taylor Wilde Wrestling/TaylorWilde of TNA was discovered working at a Sunglasses Hut just to pay the bills since, despite being a personality on a primetime TV series and holding (at the time) the TNA Knockouts Championship, TNA didn't cover her living expenses. Wrestling these days, especially at that level (being nationally televised), is usually regarded as a genuine occupation and having to pull odd jobs like that is seen as fairly shady on TNA's part (other wrestlers on TNA's roster also said they weren't making a solid income from wrestling either and had to do other work to get by).
16th Jun '16 5:49:13 PM 3rdStringPG
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** "Road Dogg" Jesse James debuted in WWF as Jarrett's roadie, and became a wrestling country singer himself as "The Real Double J" Jesse [[MyNaymeIs Jammes]] after being revealed as the real voice behind Jarrett's song "With My Baby Tonight". Yes, that was actually Brian "BG" James singing, and unlike a couple WCW examples mentioned below, he could carry a tune.



** There was also the West Texas Rednecks, three wrestlers, led by Wrestling/CurtHennig, who decided to form a country band and record anti-rap songs when Master P started coming around WCW. The WTR were supposed to be heels, but because country was way more popular with WCW's audience than rap, and the WTR were rather badly outnumbered by Master P's No Limit Soldiers, and they were just genuinely charismatic and funny, the crowd treated them like faces anyway.

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** * There was also the West Texas Rednecks, three wrestlers, led by Wrestling/CurtHennig, who decided to form a country band and record anti-rap songs when Master P started coming around WCW. The WTR were supposed to be heels, but because country was way more popular with WCW's audience than rap, and the WTR were rather badly outnumbered by Master P's No Limit Soldiers, and they were just genuinely charismatic and funny, the crowd treated them like faces anyway. And like Three Count, they performed their own song, "Rap is Crap".
16th Jun '16 5:45:03 PM 3rdStringPG
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* Bob Holly would probably have gotten along well with Dale Torborg, the wrestling member of the WCW Racing Team's pit crew, and later on the [[Music/{{KISS}}]] Demon. (For those baseball fans in the audience, yes, this is the same Dale Torborg who is the current strength and conditioning trainer for the White Sox (and son of Jeff Torborg, their former manager) -- and ''this'' day job was taken advantage of in an appearance with Wrestling/{{TNA}}.)

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* Bob Holly would probably have gotten along well with Dale Torborg, the wrestling member of the WCW Racing Team's pit crew, and later on the [[Music/{{KISS}}]] Music/{{KISS}} Demon. (For those baseball fans in the audience, yes, this is the same Dale Torborg who is the current strength and conditioning trainer for the White Sox (and son of Jeff Torborg, their former manager) -- and ''this'' day job was taken advantage of in an appearance with Wrestling/{{TNA}}.)



* Three Count consisted of [[Wrestling/GregoryHelms Shane Helms (better known to WWE fans as Gregory Helms aka The Hurricane)]], Shannon Moore (later known as the Prince of Punk) and Evan Karagias. Their gimmick? A wrestling boy band.

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* Three Count consisted of [[Wrestling/GregoryHelms Shane Helms (better known to WWE fans as Gregory Helms aka The Hurricane)]], Shannon Moore (later known as the Prince of Punk) and Evan Karagias. Their gimmick? A wrestling boy band.band who, in all fairness, sang their own theme song.
** The bad-ass UFC fighter Tank Abbott, for some time, worked as their enforcer/groupie, and the less said about his dancing and singing, the better.
16th Jun '16 5:42:19 PM 3rdStringPG
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* Bob Holly would probably have gotten along well with Dale Torborg, the wrestling member of the WCW Racing Team's pit crew. (For those baseball fans in the audience, yes, this is the same Dale Torborg who is the current strength and conditioning trainer for the White Sox (and son of Jeff Torborg, their former manager) -- and ''this'' day job was taken advantage of in an appearance with Wrestling/{{TNA}}.)

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* Bob Holly would probably have gotten along well with Dale Torborg, the wrestling member of the WCW Racing Team's pit crew.crew, and later on the [[Music/{{KISS}}]] Demon. (For those baseball fans in the audience, yes, this is the same Dale Torborg who is the current strength and conditioning trainer for the White Sox (and son of Jeff Torborg, their former manager) -- and ''this'' day job was taken advantage of in an appearance with Wrestling/{{TNA}}.)
16th Jun '16 5:40:48 PM 3rdStringPG
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* TL Hopper was a wrestling plumber.

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* TL Hopper Tony Anthony was a TL Hopper, the [[MeaningfulName wrestling plumber.plumber]] who stuck a plunger on the head of his jobber victims. And when that didn't work out, he became a hog farmer as Uncle Cletus, manager of the heel version of the Godwinns.


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* KENNY! JOHNNY! MITCH! [[Wrestling/DolphZiggler NICKY!]] MIKEY! They're the Spirit Squad, and they were a stable of male cheerleaders.
** Before that, the future Dolph Ziggler was plain old Nick Nemeth, golf caddy to Kerwin White.
* What about the midcard male models? From the late '80s to the early '90s, it was Rick "The Model" Martel. Now, it's Wrestling/TylerBreeze.


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* Remember Repo Man from WWF? When he joined WCW, Barry Darsow became wrestling golfer Stewart Pain. Due to the untimely death of real-life golfer Payne Stewart, where the name was taken, he became Barry "Hole in One" Darsow not long after.
7th Jun '16 1:49:36 PM JamesAustin
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28th May '16 11:43:50 AM thecarolinabull01
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* [[Wrestling/LayCool Michelle [=McCool=]]] was first a personal trainer, a sexy teacher[[note]]Her team, the Teacher's Pets, [[BreakupBreakout produced]] [[[Wrestling/DamienSandow Aaron "The Idol" Stevens, known today as "The Intellectual Savior of the Unwashed Masses" Damien Sandow]][[/note]], an AllAmericanFace, a badass powerhouse and then finally an AmbiguouslyGay ValleyGirl. She actually was a teacher before her time in WWE but hated the gimmick, terrified her old co-workers would see it. A rare case of a female wrestler not only having a gimmick, but evolving as a character a great deal over time.

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* [[Wrestling/LayCool Michelle [=McCool=]]] Wrestling/MichelleMcCool was first a personal trainer, a sexy teacher[[note]]Her team, the Teacher's Pets, [[BreakupBreakout produced]] [[[Wrestling/DamienSandow Aaron "The Idol" Stevens, known today as "The Intellectual Savior of the Unwashed Masses" Damien Sandow]][[/note]], an AllAmericanFace, a badass powerhouse and then finally an AmbiguouslyGay ValleyGirl. She actually was a teacher before her time in WWE but hated the gimmick, terrified her old co-workers would see it. A rare case of a female wrestler not only having a gimmick, but evolving as a character a great deal over time.



* [[Wrestling/TheWyattFamily Bray Wyatt]] is a wrestling leader of a rural cult based in a commune.

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* Wrestling/BrayWyatt is a wrestling leader of [[Wrestling/TheWyattFamily Bray Wyatt]] is a wrestling leader of a rural cult based in a commune.commune]].
16th Apr '16 12:15:52 PM SomeoneElse17
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* Smash has Kana, a wrestling video game journalist who makes designs for mobile platforms and wears the X-box logo on her tights.

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* Smash has Kana, Wrestling/{{Kana|koUrai}}, a wrestling video game journalist who makes designs for mobile platforms and wears the X-box logo on her tights.
7th Apr '16 12:42:32 PM EDP
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* Done with a twist in ''Manga/TigerMask'': Tiger Mask's wrestling career ''does'' pay (even when he had to pay Tiger's Cave half his wages he made a lot of money), it's just that it's never enough to help children, leading to him using the money he owed Tiger's Cave to [[SaveTheOrphanage pay an orphanage's debt to the]] {{Yakuza}} (and thus getting Tiger's Cave on his case for this rebellion), entering the Maskmen World Tournament (actually a Tiger's Cave trap with all other contestants being Tiger's Cave wrestlers) to pay for a little girl's operation while spending as little as possible on himself.
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