These days, professional wrestling is an industry that is forever changing and constantly looking at ways to appeal to different tastes. Whatever you like to see from your pro wrestling, chances are there's a promotion out there perfectly tailored to what you're looking for.
Over the decades, however, there have been certain rules in place in the wrestling business. Not the rules of a wrestling match exactly, but more the traditions and fundamentals that are supposed to make the industry tick.
To this day, there are still certain elements of pro wrestling in place here in 2020 that were in place back when, for example, Lou Thesz and Whipper Billy Watson did battle in the 1950s. While the business has long been built on these established traditions, though, there have been performers over the years who have managed to go against type, to go against the norm, to go against what has been so proven to work - and manage to be hugely successful as a result!
It takes a special sort of talent to flaunt the status quo and come out smelling of roses, but here are eight (well, technically nine) wrestlers who have done just that.