Wrestling Doesn't Pay/Playing With

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    • Basic Trope: Pro wrestlers often have second jobs, and wear attire more appropriate for those jobs as wrestling gear.
    • Played Straight: Walt Wrestler is a card-carrying member of the WTF, but still works as a desk jockey outside of the ring and rents an apartment rather than owning a house. He comes to the ring still wearing his shirt and tie from his day job.
    • Exaggerated: Walt Wrestler lives in a cardboard box on the street. He comes to the ring in filthy rags, with his "home" slung over his shoulder.
    • Inverted: Walt Wrestler makes more than six figures a year, and lives in a Big Fancy House in a gated community.
    • Justified: The WTF is a small independent company; it doesn't have a lot of money to pay its employees large incomes.
    • Subverted: Walt Wrestler makes six figures a year
      • Walt is reasonably well off, but his Kayfabe character is explicitly poor.
    • Double Subverted: But only a small portion of that comes from the WTF. The rest comes from stock trading.
    • Deconstructed: Having to maintain a wrestler's schedule means Walt can't hold a job very long, and he certainly can't manage on just the wrestling money, so he's forced to work a series of increasingly bad jobs during the day. Meanwhile, his ring work and win-loss record suffer as he has less and less time to train and his day jobs leave him more and more worn out.
    • Reconstructed:
    • Parodied:
    • Lampshaded: "Not on a wrestler's salary!"
    • Averted: Walt Wrestler makes a lot of money.
    • Enforced: Truth in Television
    • Invoked: Walt Wrestler signs onto the WTF, a small up-and-coming company, as a Jobber. He can't afford wrestling gear on his salary, so...
    • Defied: Walt Wrestler signs onto a wrestling company that is larger and better-paying (even for non main-eventers.)
      • The WTF pays its employees well, allowing each of them to focus on wrestling and not worry about holding down another job.
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    • Played For Laughs:
    • Played For Drama: Walt and his wife or girlfriend are always fighting about how they'll pay the bills. She wants him to get a "real" job, and he wants to pursue his dreams.