History Main / WrestlingDoesntPay

18th Nov '17 11:57:14 AM IndirectActiveTransport
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* Bruce Tharpe, the real life lawyer of the Wrestling/NationalWrestlingAlliance and thorn in the side of Japanese baby {{face}}s everywhere. Veda Scott also practices law (but doesn't antagonize Joshis... as much).

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* Bruce Tharpe, the real life lawyer of the Wrestling/NationalWrestlingAlliance and thorn in the side of Japanese baby {{face}}s everywhere. Veda Scott also practices law (but doesn't antagonize Joshis... as much). A more local example is Jeff G Bailey, [[NoCelebritiesWereHarmed whose similarity to a certain someone banned in multiple states for misconduct is purely incidental.]]


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* Milo Beasley, the wrestling bum. He needs your support, hit that like button!
8th Nov '17 8:05:48 AM xcountryguy
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Conversely, within the landscape of the WWE, wrestlers earn in the six figure range for even low level performers while top tier stars can reach high seven figures plus perks. WWE wrestlers also tend to work too busy a schedule for a second job to actually be logistically possible...except the ones whose second job is as a movie actor, in which case conveniently-timed {{kayfabe}} injuries will allow them time to film their movie.

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Conversely, within the landscape of the WWE, wrestlers earn in the six figure range for even low level performers while top tier stars can reach high seven figures plus perks. WWE wrestlers also tend to work too busy a schedule for a second job to actually be logistically possible... except the ones whose second job is as a movie actor, in which case conveniently-timed {{kayfabe}} injuries will allow them time to film their movie.
15th Jul '17 9:10:23 AM nombretomado
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* There was an entirely too meta example where Paul Burchill, in tracing his family tree, discovered that an ancestor served as Blackbeard's first mate, and decided to become a wrestling pirate. He came up with the idea after the aforementioned UPN exec, Palmer Cannon, showed up and basically asked how he could make himself more interesting to viewers. Burchill pitched it as "Swashbuckling on SmackDown!" and Cannon was crazy about the idea. This led to a whole storyline where his former mentor, Wrestling/WilliamRegal, tried to convince him to give up the gimmick and just focus on wrestling, while Burchill retorted that he was having fun and the fans loved it. Vince had never even ''heard'' of ''Franchise/PiratesOfTheCaribbean'' and [[ItWillNeverCatchOn didn't think that pirates were marketable anymore]]. The gimmick was scrapped and Burchill was (temporarily) fired for becoming too popular.

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* There was an entirely too meta example where Paul Burchill, in tracing his family tree, discovered that an ancestor served as Blackbeard's first mate, and decided to become a wrestling pirate. He came up with the idea after the aforementioned UPN exec, Palmer Cannon, showed up and basically asked how he could make himself more interesting to viewers. Burchill pitched it as "Swashbuckling on SmackDown!" [=SmackDown=]!" and Cannon was crazy about the idea. This led to a whole storyline where his former mentor, Wrestling/WilliamRegal, tried to convince him to give up the gimmick and just focus on wrestling, while Burchill retorted that he was having fun and the fans loved it. Vince had never even ''heard'' of ''Franchise/PiratesOfTheCaribbean'' and [[ItWillNeverCatchOn didn't think that pirates were marketable anymore]]. The gimmick was scrapped and Burchill was (temporarily) fired for becoming too popular.
2nd Jul '17 10:47:30 AM nombretomado
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* Very much TruthInTelevision for old-time British Wrestling stars: only a relative minority could make a living at the game as their only form of income. Even the superstar Big Daddy, at least in his early days, had to do shifts as a coal-miner and as a part-time player for the local Main/RugbyLeague club to guarantee himself a living wage.

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* Very much TruthInTelevision for old-time British Wrestling stars: only a relative minority could make a living at the game as their only form of income. Even the superstar Big Daddy, at least in his early days, had to do shifts as a coal-miner and as a part-time player for the local Main/RugbyLeague UsefulNotes/RugbyLeague club to guarantee himself a living wage.
3rd May '17 2:50:19 AM AgProv
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* Very much TruthInTelevision for old-time British Wrestling stars: only a relative minority could make a living at the game as their only form of income. Even the superstar Big Daddy, at least in his early days, had to do shifts as a coal-miner and as a part-time player for the local Rugby League club to guarantee himself a living wage.

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* Very much TruthInTelevision for old-time British Wrestling stars: only a relative minority could make a living at the game as their only form of income. Even the superstar Big Daddy, at least in his early days, had to do shifts as a coal-miner and as a part-time player for the local Rugby League Main/RugbyLeague club to guarantee himself a living wage.
18th Apr '17 2:53:15 AM KYCubbie
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* [[Wrestling/TripleH Hunter Hearst Helmsley]] as a gimmick was originally a Connecticut Blueblood who was obviously rich before he ever entered a wrestling ring. Eventually he averted this trope when he joined Wrestling/ShawnMichaels to form DX and shortened his name to the well-known Triple H.

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* [[Wrestling/TripleH Hunter Hearst Helmsley]] as a gimmick was originally a Connecticut Blueblood who was obviously rich before he ever entered a wrestling ring. Eventually he averted this trope when he joined Wrestling/ShawnMichaels to form DX [[Wrestling/DGenerationX DX]] and shortened his name to the well-known Triple H.



* Before he was Wrestling/{{Kane}}, Glenn Jacobs went through a string of these: Isaac Yankem, DDS, a wrestling dentist; Diesel (after Kevin Nash jumped to WCW); and "the Christmas Creature." When being the cartoonishly evil brother of a wrestling zombie makes your character ''less'' ridiculous, you really should look at your contract.

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* Before he was Wrestling/{{Kane}}, Glenn Jacobs went through a string of these: Isaac Yankem, DDS, a wrestling dentist; Diesel (after Kevin Nash jumped to WCW); and "the Christmas Creature." Creature". When being the cartoonishly evil brother of a wrestling zombie makes your character ''less'' ridiculous, you really should look at your contract.



* The Body Donnas, [[Wrestling/ChrisCandido Skip]] and Sunny, were wrestling fitness trainers. ''Evil'' wrestling fitness trainers.

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* The Body Donnas, [[Wrestling/ChrisCandido Skip]] and Sunny, [[Wrestling/TammyLynnSytch Sunny]], were wrestling fitness trainers. ''Evil'' wrestling fitness trainers.



* [[Wrestling/RicoConstantino Rico]], the wrestling stylist, who combined this trope with GorgeousGeorge and CampGay.

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* [[Wrestling/RicoConstantino Rico]], Wrestling/{{Rico|Constantino}}, the wrestling stylist, who combined this trope with GorgeousGeorge and CampGay.



* The Goon, a wrestler-slash-hockey Player. Came to the ring in hockey gear, and when the bell rang, he'd throw off his gloves and attack his opponent!

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* The Goon, a wrestler-slash-hockey Player.player. Came to the ring in hockey gear, and when the bell rang, he'd throw off his gloves and attack his opponent!



* After a gimmick switch, David Otunga went from celebrity hanger-on to a wrestling lawyer. The former is based on being engaged to Jennifer Hudson, the latter due to graduating from Harvard Law School and working at a firm before becoming a wrestler.

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* After a gimmick switch, David Otunga went from celebrity hanger-on to a wrestling lawyer. The former is based on being engaged to Jennifer Hudson, Hudson (they've since married); the latter due to graduating from Harvard Law School and working at a firm before becoming a wrestler.



* [[Wrestling/MikeBucci Simon Dean]] was a wrestling infomercial salesmen who was in several straight, if obnoxious, televised adds before being brought up to the Raw Roster selling the weight loss "Simon System" which were really paint overs of real products like Muscle Milk. His brief tag team partner Maven later became a real life wrestling infomercial salesmen. He combined this trope with NoCelebritiesWereHarmed, as the character was based in part on real-life fitness guru Richard [=Simmons=].

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* [[Wrestling/MikeBucci Simon Dean]] was a wrestling infomercial salesmen who was in several straight, if obnoxious, televised adds before being brought up to the Raw Roster selling the weight loss "Simon System" which were really paint overs of real products like Muscle Milk. His brief tag team partner Maven later became a real life wrestling infomercial salesmen. He combined this trope with NoCelebritiesWereHarmed, as the character was based in part on real-life fitness guru Richard [=Simmons=].Simmons.



* Primo and Epico Colon were once positioned as Los Matadores, wrestling bullfighters. Now they're using their usual ring names again, and competing as The Shining Stars, wrestling timeshare salesmen.

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* Primo and Epico Colon Colón were once positioned as Los Matadores, wrestling bullfighters. Now they're using their usual ring names again, and competing as The Shining Stars, wrestling timeshare salesmen.



** Before that, the future Dolph Ziggler was plain old Nick Nemeth, golf caddy to Kerwin White.

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** Before that, the future Dolph Ziggler was plain old Nick Nemeth, Nemeth (his real name), golf caddy to Kerwin White.



* Chikara also has Retail Dragon, a wrestling Wal-Mart clerk in a dragon mask. Although he turned heel when he took a job at K-Mart.

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* Chikara also has Retail Dragon, a wrestling Wal-Mart UsefulNotes/{{Walmart}} clerk in a dragon mask. Although he turned heel when he took a job at K-Mart.UsefulNotes/{{Kmart}}.



* Bruce Tharpe, the real life lawyer of the Wrestling/NationalWrestlingAlliance and thorn in the side of Japanese baby {{face}}s everywhere. Veda Scott also practices law (but doesn't antagonize Joshis...as much)

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* Bruce Tharpe, the real life lawyer of the Wrestling/NationalWrestlingAlliance and thorn in the side of Japanese baby {{face}}s everywhere. Veda Scott also practices law (but doesn't antagonize Joshis... as much)much).



* RPW, AWS, TNA and Ring Of Honor star Kenny King, a wrestling erotic dancer who toured with the Chippendale troupe. Eric Young wanted to make jokes about his second job but said he couldn't tell them on television.

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* RPW, AWS, TNA and Ring Of of Honor star Kenny King, a wrestling erotic dancer who toured with the Chippendale troupe. Eric Young wanted to make jokes about his second job but said he couldn't tell them on television.



* The Wrestling Football player is pretty common, going back to Big Daddy Lipscomb and "Big Cat" Ernie Ladd, who incidentally really did play both sports, wrestling during the National Football League's off season. Modern successors include the tag team D-line. The All-Stars Chandler [=McClure=] and Cru Jones took it a step further, bringing their "Waterboy" Mike Horning and "Cheerleader" Bryce Benjamin along with them.

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* The Wrestling Football player is pretty common, going back to Big Daddy Lipscomb and "Big Cat" Ernie Ladd, who incidentally really did play both sports, wrestling during the National Football League's off season. In fact, the trope is OlderThanTelevision; Pro Football Hall of Famer Bronko Nagurski launched a successful wrestling career while playing in the NFL in the '30s. Modern successors include the tag team D-line. The All-Stars Chandler [=McClure=] and Cru Jones took it a step further, bringing their "Waterboy" Mike Horning and "Cheerleader" Bryce Benjamin along with them.
7th Apr '17 3:47:10 PM nombretomado
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* The Gambler (not to be confused with TheGambler), a wrestling {{poker}} player. Probably [[JustifiedTrope justified]], as [[{{Jobber}} he wasn't making too many trips to the pay window]].

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* The Gambler (not to be confused with TheGambler), a wrestling {{poker}} TabletopGame/{{poker}} player. Probably [[JustifiedTrope justified]], as [[{{Jobber}} he wasn't making too many trips to the pay window]].
24th Mar '17 4:47:53 PM Kadorhal
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* This trope is discussed in LetsPlay/ChipCheezum and General Ironicus' LetsPlay of ''VideoGame/NoMoreHeroes2DesperateStruggle''. When the UAA starts setting up, of all things, a Battle Royale-type event between its members, Ironicus notes how the UAA has essentially turned from the organization of assassins it was in [[VideoGame/NoMoreHeroes the first game]] to a [[BloodSport more fatal knockoff]] of the WWE, and as such assumes that actual assassination has gone from the primary purpose of the organization to just the "second job" all of its members ''pretend'' they do when they're not fighting and killing each other to climb the ranks.
30th Jan '17 4:15:17 PM NineballCirno
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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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* 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 [[SavingTheOrphanage 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.



* ''OverLikeOlav'' has a pair of wrestlers who works part time as dishwashers at a diner just to keep their wrestling ring going.

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* ''OverLikeOlav'' ''[[WebComic/BotchedSpot Over Like Olav]]'' has a pair of wrestlers who works part time as dishwashers at a diner just to keep their wrestling ring going.
1st Dec '16 9:02:01 AM EponymousKid
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* Ryu Gouma of Wrestling/DramaticDreamTeam offshoot BASARA is a wrestling lawyer who wrestles in his dress shirt and tie. FUMA is a wrestling heavy metal guitarist.
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