For reasons that are more than likely best left unknown, the WWF went through a phase in the 1990s of giving new performers absolutely ridiculous gimmicks. Newcomers looking to make a mark in the world of wrestling were slapped with occupational characters, being portrayed as wrestlers who had another job on the side.
We had a wrestling garbage man, a wrestling plumber, a wrestling dentist, a wrestling repo man (admittedly excellent), a wrestling friar, and a whole lot more. It wasn't big and it most certainly wasn't clever, with the only major success being the wrestling zombie mortician.
We like to look back at those times and chuckle, before reminding ourselves that things are much better now. Well, things are better now for sure, but are occupational gimmicks a thing of the past? Oh most certainly not.
The PG Era of WWE has seen countless gimmicks that have taken the occupational bent of the past and given it a modern spin. Some have been immensely successful, others less so, yet for some reason the subject of occupational gimmicks in the modern era rarely gets brought up.
To jog your memory, here are 10 occupational gimmicks from the PG Era.
Born in the middle of Wales in the middle of the 1980's, John can't quite remember when he started watching wrestling but he has a terrible feeling that Dino Bravo was involved. Now living in Prague, John spends most of his time trying to work out how Tomohiro Ishii still stands upright. His favourite wrestler of all time is Dean Malenko, but really it is Repo Man. He is the author of 'An Illustrated History of Slavic Misery', the best book about the Slavic people that you haven't yet read. You can buy it at the link below...