There are many career that are very difficult to see success in. Comedy and Wrestling (Sports Entertainment) are two examples of professions where someone can spend years busting their butts and never get the big break. Times are even harder for wrestlers now due to the existence of one giant, Vince McMahon’s WWE. Busting one's butt does not always simply pay the bills, as many wrestlers have had to have real world jobs to get by. Some of these jobs are really cool, as today we look at the top 20 wrestlers, or people involved with wrestling, who've held interesting other jobs.
Our list is weighed based on the success of the person in the industry and the shock value involved with the actual job. Some of these jobs are mundane, while others might have held gigs to get by that were highlights for that person. The point is that some wrestlers get paid very little, if anything at all, and have to do odd jobs to survive. More importantly, some have families and doing outlandish gigs to get by to balance things out is necessary. Sacrificing a body for the hopes of succeeding at something you love takes a lot of courage.
It seems a bit easier nowadays for talent to get brought into the professional ranks. You see a lot of entertainers given the opportunity because their parents were hugely involved with the industry. People like Charlotte, Cody Rhodes, and The Usos are a few that certainly caught a break. Thankfully, there is NXT now to help emerging superstars get their name out there quicker. It might have taken Kevin Owens (Steen) nearly fifteen years to get to where he is at, but if there was no NXT, there may certainly be a chance that he would not be where he is now. Here is our list of wrestlers who have held interesting jobs.
20 Kofi Kingston – Staples
19 The Great Khali – Cop
18 John Cena – Limo Driver
17 Steve Austin – Loading Dock
16 Brock Lesnar – Farmer
15 Kurt Angle – Sports Broadcaster
14 Scott Hall – Bouncer
13 Road Warrior Hawk – Butcher
12 Sting – Gold’s Gym Owner
11 Chris Jericho – Front Man for Fozzy
10 Sheamus – Personal Security Guard for U2/ IT Support
9 Kevin Nash – Professional Basketball Player
8 Bill Goldberg – NFL Player
7 Bruno Sammartino – Strongman
6 Jesse Ventura – Bodyguard for the Rolling Stones
5 Hulk Hogan – Bassist/Musician
4 Jimmy Hart – Teenage Heartthrob
3 Macho Man Randy Savage – Professional Baseball Player
2 The Miz – Reality TV Star
1 Paul Bearer – Mortician
In case you didn't know, Paul Bearer (Paul Moody) was a mortician prior to becoming involved in professional wrestling. He used that nameplate to become The Undertaker’s caretaker. Sure, he had other roles prior, but eventually using his previous career to push his career in the wrestling industry was the best possible way of using a past real-world job as a gimmick. Paul’s ability to deliver in presentation and on the mic arguably make him the best manager of all time. However, having the strangest real-world job mixed with the strangest gimmick puts him at the top of our list.
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