People needlessly bursting your bubbles about pro wrestling when you were you younger loved telling you how they were "all friends behind the scenes", or words to that effect.
These anti-fun philistines had spent their lives missing the point and the magic of pro wrestling, so seemed determined to undermine your favourite thing before simply letting you like the thing you liked. And why? To them, it made the crazy eyes of a terrifying heel or the overblown facials of an emerging babyface all seem utterly stupid, even though these incredible and versatile storytellers were in fact doing something far more amazing if the naysayers were correct.
If your cynical friend or passive-aggressive family member was correct, and they were all buddy-buddy backstage, that only made these monsters even better! The dissenters never get that, but the more they sardonically assume they are pulling the curtain back on an industry that's been out in the open about its processes for decades, the more they're putting over the most outlandish characters.
And in the case of these complete maniacs, you can be sure they'd never ever say any of it to their faces...
10. The Road Warriors
The Road Warriors were an everything-all-at-once-act that 1980s wrestling readily rewarded.
Hawk and Animal were absolutely massive, wrestled and won like massive guys would, and looked like real-life movie characters thanks to the paint, spikes and haircuts that defined their time in the spotlight as much as any individual match or title.
To outsiders or lapsed fans, their iconography is pro wrestling in all its preposterous and bombastic glory. Cartoonish in just about any other field, the luminosity of their look became a feature rather than a bug in pro wrestling, summed up beautifully by Hawk's rasping promos promising psychotic and disgusting mutilation of their hapless foes en route to a referee-mandated one-two-three.
Rewatching their early work will find jobbers getting just about as hurt as they looked, and even removed from their prime, the pair had an undeniable aura. WrestleMania 13's Chicago Street Fight had no right to be as entertaining as it was, but there was a magic to seeing the Legion Of Doom f*ck people up in the one company they'd previously never been permitted to.