In the old days it wasn't unheard of to see wrestlers maintain their characters and attitudes towards their rivals long after the show was over, with some even going as far as to make children cry in order to get their villainous character over. That being said, that last act is still somewhat prevalent today... as you'll see.
In modern times, however, it's become increasingly difficult to consistently portray your character and keep up a storyline outside of the ring simply because of the multitude of ways information can now leak out onto the internet. Be it through wrestling journalists discovering the ruse, careless Instagram posts from the performer in question or a fan interaction being captured on an iPhone, wrestlers have never had it harder when it comes to keeping up the facade.
But, that doesn't mean it's impossible and a whole host of creative superstars have still found ways to convince the world that their distinct personas and narratives don't just apply to what goes down on weekly television or whatever PPV is being flogged that weekend.
So, let's dive into these 10 brilliant examples of a variety of contemporary oddities keeping up kayfabe outside of the wrestling ring... with a few golden oldies thrown in for good measure.