For the most part, the general workplace tends to reward excellent behaviour and a deep commitment to the cause with either a financial, verbal, or straight forward pat on the back. Whereas the opposite, unprofessional and/or disruptive conduct, usually leads to disciplinary action and perhaps even the dreaded sack from the role in question.
Yet, the world of professional wrestling, as you likely already know, isn't like most other places of work.
Time and time again, actions that would, in any other environment, be classed as rude, despicable, or just simply uncalled for have been rewarded with either a better spot on the card, a more juicy character to sink a star's teeth into, or an insanely lucrative contract for very little work.
From relationships, both professional and personal, being torn apart soon ushering in a new era of success for a star, to the straight-up bullying of wrestlers-in-training being swiftly followed by a shot at a company's top belt, each and every name found occupying a spot on this list definitely wouldn't have won any Employee of the Month awards in another industry. But in the wrasslin' sphere their questionable activities were ultimately rewarded in a variety of different ways.
8. A.P.A. - Given A Drinking Gimmick After Getting Smashed In Front Of The Boss
Back when Bradshaw and Faarooq were knocking around as The Acolytes in WWE towards the end of the '90s, the pair were rather infamously known for their antics away from the squared-circle.
Around this time, the formidable unit could usually be found in the bar of whatever hotel they were staying at after a long day's work. This is precisely where WWE Chairman Vince McMahon, found the two during some typically excessive birthday celebrations for Bradshaw. Then after a wild night of drinking, which ended in the birthday boy being escorted home by the boss in his limo, the two were convinced their p*ssed-up antics would land them straight in the doghouse.
However, Bradshaw was soon called into McMahon's office the next day, mocked over how hungover he was, before then being offered the chance to bring his and Faarooq's real-life escapades to the Monday Night Raw stage. This set in motion the events that would ultimately lead to the pair being rebranded as the uber-popular Acolyte Protection Agency, whilst also simultaneously scrapping any back-up plans the two had for heading to Japan in case they were given the sack post-birthday bash.