The perceived retirement of The Undertaker is truly the end of an era. I’m not talking about the era of the Dead Man, who was one of the most impactful wrestlers of all-time. No, I’m talking about the era of wrestlers who had jobs outside being wrestlers.
Lest we forget, because it was so many years ago, when The Undertaker debuted he was a mortician. He was a wrestler who had a side job. In the ‘90s, this was weirdly commonplace. Of course, wrestling as a whole was sillier back then. The gimmicks were more, well, gimmicky. One of the common schticks wrestlers had was that they were more than just a wrestler. They had another job.
Two of the more prominent wrestlers along these lines were Big Boss Man and The Mountie. You could also throw I.R.S., the wrestler taxman, in there as well. However, beyond those wrestlers were a lot of, shall we say, less successful wrestlers. Bob Holly went onto a fine career, but he sputtered as Bob “Sparkplug” Holly, the wrestling racecar driver. He was but one of the athlete-related gimmicks from the ‘90s. Who can forget The Goon, the wrestling hockey player? His finisher always resulted in a count out, which was fascinating.
There were a couple of other wrestlers who had side jobs that weren’t quite as glamorous as being a racecar driver. Perhaps my favorite of these gimmicks was Duke “The Dumpster” Droese, a wrestling garbage man. “It’s time to take out the trash!” was his rallying cry. You could be forgiven for not remembering T.L. Hopper, the wrestling plumber.
That doesn’t even cover every wrestler who had a second job in the ‘90s. I haven’t even covered every WWF wrestler, and I didn’t even dip my toe into WCW. While The Undertaker may have dropped the mortician elements (and the supernatural elements) of his character years ago, his retirement still serves as a nice excuse to remember the weird, wacky world of ‘90s wrestling.
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