MINORU TANAKA JOB TRIVIA
Name
Minoru Tanaka
Real Name
Minoru Tanaka
Date of Birth
November 29, 1972
Place of Birth
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Hometown
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Debut
1994
Honky Tonk Man
Prior to become a professional wrestler, the Honky Tonk Man had another career in mind. After graduating from college with an education degree, he became a high school football coach. The former WWE Intercontinental Champion only did that job for two years before deciding that he wanted to try something different.
March 2, 2014
Charlie Haas

Prior to becoming a WWE star, Charlie Haas worked as a stockbrocker.

November 23, 2013
Tamina Snuka

Prior to becoming a WWE diva, Tamina Snuka was working as a janitor to support her two kids.

November 18, 2013
Brodus Clay

Before he became a professional wrestler, Brodus Clay worked as a bodyguard. His most well known client was rapper Snoop Dogg.

November 16, 2013
Lita

Prior to becoming a WWE star, Lita worked for several years as a roadie for a band.

November 2, 2013
Jerry Lawler
Prior to becoming a professional wrestler, Jerry Lawler worked as a disc jockey.
October 30, 2013
Minoru Tanaka

Minoru Tanaka had a brief stint in TNA, where the Japanese wrestler was a part of Team Japan, a story line that the company ran in 2006. He worked a tag team match on Impact Wrestling and also worked a six man tag team match at TNA Lockdown.

January 26, 2014
Jesse Neal
"It is funny how people make fun about real jobs and wrestlers. We are human, too. I have a family to provide for. So, yes, I manned up and provide. The biggest joke of all is I get paid way more at Walmart than I ever did in TNA and on time. What a waste of time. Print that. Don't think that this is bitterness. I'm not on their show any more. Remember, I left them. They didn't leave me." - Jesse Neal talks about his new job in life
April 17, 2014
Titus ONeil
Rumors surfaced before Wrestlemania 30 that Titus ONeil was no longer going to be on the receiving end of a push in WWE. Those plans have not been changed, as management is planning on pushing several of the newer stars ahead of him. ONeil, however, has some job security, as WWE feels that he is a great representative at public appearances.
April 13, 2014
Christy Hemme
While she has been working backstage in a variety of roles over the past year, Christy Hemme has now been officially added to the creative department in TNA. The belief is that she will be specializing in the Knockouts division, where it will be her job to come up with stories for the girls. She might also have a hand in the ongoing story with Sam Shaw as well.
April 10, 2014
Miz
Even though he is no longer being featured as a top level wrestler, the Miz should not have any concerns about his job security within WWE. Management is currently working on a movie script on a film called Queen of the Ring, and Miz will be heavily featured in the movie. Queen of the Ring is about a woman who becomes a WWE diva in order to get closer to her son, who is a wrestling fan.
April 8, 2014
Andre the Giant
There is still a strong push within WWE to add Luke Harper and Erick Rowan to the Andre the Giant memorial battle royal match, as many feel that they have done a good job throughout the past several months. However, some in management feel that being involved in the match with John Cena and Bray Wyatt at Wrestlemania 30 is enough of a reward for them.
April 4, 2014
Batista
"For some reason I think people thought that I didn't like Daniel Bryan or I had this personal thing. I said a comment, I had one comment about him when he first won the world heavyweight championship and I was like, I was in shock and I said, 'Okay.' Because I just didn't get it. The reason I didn't get it because it was too soon and that's my personal opinion. I felt it was way too soon and they did that constantly over and over. I thought they, they just slap the title on people like, way too fast. It's like, I think sometimes that they used the title, I might get a little grief for saying it, sometimes I think they use the title to get guys over. I thought it just, they did it, it was premature. I never had a problem with him being you know, World Heavyweight Champion, I just thought that they did it way too fast. Years ago, before everybody was you know on his jock, when they wanted me to job him out, and I was like, 'Hell no.' He's just too good. He had been coming around for years and I could never figure out why they didn't give him a job, but he had come out and they wanted me to work a match with him, and squash him and I was like, 'No, not gonna happen.' He's way too good man, we could have a good match, and we did. I mean we gave 'em a version of what they wanted, but we gave 'em a hell of a match." - Batista discusses his backstage heat with Daniel Bryan
April 1, 2014
Christopher Daniels
There are a ton of rumors floating around right now that Frankie Kazarian and Christopher Daniels are leaving TNA after their contract expires this year. It looks like Bad Influence will have a job to fall back on, as the former tag team champions are now working on a comic book together. Daniels and Kazarian are the main characters in it.
March 27, 2014
Daniel Bryan
WWE is reporting that Daniel Bryan was injured during his Monday Night Raw segment with Triple H. The website has stated that he has a dislocated shoulder and potential ligament tear. This is merely just for the story line, as Bryan was able to escape any real damage, aside from the bruises and the aches that normally come with the job.
March 20, 2014
Natalya Neidhart
"I really look up to Stephanie McMahon. She is a role model. We went to a school with underprivileged children and she spent four hours talking to all the kids. She is honestly one of the most down to earth people I have ever met. With her background and status, she has a lot of influence and power but she proves that you can never allow fame, money or your position in life to get the best of you. She is a great example of what being a strong and empowered woman looks like. She has a husband, family and does a great job balancing it all." - Natalya Neidhart revealing why she admires Stephanie McMahon
March 14, 2014
Great Khali
While his job security has come in question over the last few weeks, it appears that the Great Khali is heading back to work. The former world heavyweight champion will be making a special appearance at the WWE NXT taping this week. No word yet on whether or not he will be wrestling. Jimmy Uso and Jey Uso have also been booked for the episode as well.
March 13, 2014
Tommy Dreamer
Earlier in the year, it was revealed that Tommy Dreamer was going to start working for TNA again, and it looks like the ECW legend has started that job. He played a key role backstage at TNA Lockdown 2014 as an agent, helping to keep the flow of the show moving smoothly and coming up with creative spots for the performers during the matches.
March 11, 2014
CM Punk
"Just finished Monday Night Raw. That was one hell of a booked show in that environment! Pacing of the show was perfect. Used the CM Punk heat to further all of their Wrestlemania 30 angles. Did a remarkable job sending Paul Heyman out first to get them to blow their biggest pop early and go from there." - Matt Morgan praises WWE for handling the hostile Chicago fans
March 10, 2014
Curtis Axel
While he has shown that he is not a main event level talent, Curtis Axel still has a good amount of job security within WWE, as management feels that he is a solid worker who shows up all the time. There are also those in the company that believe that he also has a job after he retires from in ring competition, either as an agent or as a trainer in WWE NXT.
March 10, 2014
Jeff Jarrett
Since the two of them recently worked a main event match at an independent wrestling show together recently, there are talks that Jerry Lawler could be joining Jeff Jarrett in his new wrestling promotion. The two of them were said to have discussed the possibility that weekend, but Lawler seems unwilling to leave his job with WWE any time soon.
March 10, 2014
Davey Richards
"We're not talking. We're not on good terms. I have no respect for them whatsoever. I strongly dislike management there like with the exception of Jeff Jones who is a great guy. But the booker (Hunter Johnson) is completely inadequate at his job and he got his job more for being spineless than being talented. And the owner (Joe Koff) is even worse, he could care less about wrestling. He just wants to do television. To me, it's just not something I agree with but I'm not there anymore and they do their own thing. And for the talent and the fans I wish them nothing but the best of luck. That company is in business not because of stellar booking and stellar management. They're in business still because they'they're spineless. The talent there is phenomenal. They're top notch and great. But the management from the booker to the owner it's definitely shut up and do what you're told and drink the Kool-aid. I made a joke when I was there I called it Jim Jones wrestling. Just shut up and drink the Kool-aid and do your job. In private, people are going this sucks this sucks this sucks and I'm the one who came out and said this is terrible. I worked for that company and gave them everything I had for seven years. I think I earned my right to an opinion. Once that got out, it was like you're going against the stream? You're not here to have an opinion, just shut up and do your job and get your paycheck. I'm sure you can find someone else to do that for a lot less money than what you're paying me so I'm just going to go about my way. Best decision I ever made and I have no desire to go back, ever." - Davey Richards talks about the backstage politics in ROH
March 8, 2014
Daniel Bryan
A lot of fans were disappointed with how things ended at Elimination Chamber 2014. While the performers did a great job, many were disappointed that WWE opted to have Randy Orton defeat Daniel Bryan to retain his championship. Mick Foley shared those sentiments by posting this message on his Twitter account.
February 24, 2014
Kamala
"Vince McMahon has certain people that he will pay. If you get along with Vince, do him sexual favors, you'll get along good with him. But if you just (do your job and) mind your own business, then he doesn't like you for some reason. There was a lot of men with men in those days and even men with boys. I know a lot of guys that (failed drug tests) and it was documented that they passed, and I know what they did." - Kamala on backstage politics in WWE
February 23, 2014
Xavier Woods
In order to increase his job security within the company, Xavier Woods has been pushing for his own show on the new WWE Network. The idea would be a reality television show following him as he visits video game stores across the world. He is a big fanatic and feels that he can capture some of the audience who play games as well.
February 22, 2014
Darren Young
WWE has issued a press release, informing the world that Darren Young will be participating in GaymerX this year. It is an event held in San Francisco, where gay and lesbian video game enthusiasts get together. Management views this as a great public relations move, which means that Young will continue to have some job security within the company.
February 21, 2014
Vladimir Kozlov
Since he left WWE a couple of years back, Vladimir Kozlov has been doing a little MMA training and a little acting. Based on his Twitter account, however, it seems like his full time job is living, as he is constantly posting pictures of himself at various social functions. He posted this picture recently of himself and his attractive girlfriend.
February 19, 2014
Minoru Tanaka

After almost an entire decade working for the company, Minoru Tanaka shocked the wrestling world by opting to leave New Japan. The two sides simply were not able to come to terms on a brand new contract. There are talks that Tanaka could be headed to All Japan soon.

January 31, 2009
Lance Storm
The boring gimmick that Lance Storm received while working in WWE was actually a little jab at internet wrestling fans. Many viewed him as a guy that was just too boring to be a star. In actuality, though, Storm has a pretty good personality and a sense of humor backstage. WWE went with the gimmick in order to try to something to see if it would give him momentum.
April 13, 2014
Kamala
Back when he was a teenager in Mississippi, Kamala was a bit of a thief. He became known in town as a burglar who came from a poor family. The local police did not want to arrest him, so they heavily suggested that he leave town to avoid any further complications. The future WWE star opted to flee to the state of Florida, where he made money by picking fruit.
April 11, 2014
Wahoo McDaniel
In one of the more interesting connections in professional wrestling, when Wahoo McDaniel was a teenager in Texas, he was coached in baseball by George Bush, who would go on to become the 41st President of the United States.
April 9, 2014
Arn Anderson
Even though the truth has been out there for several years now, a lot of wrestling fans are still under the belief that Ole Anderson and Arn Anderson are brothers in real life. They're not. The relationship was created for their on screen characters to help Arn connect with the audience quicker because Ole was already established in the territory.
April 4, 2014
Uncle Elmer
Back during the 1980s, one of the most talked about segment in professional wrestling was when Uncle Elmer got married on national television. It was an actual wedding, as the performer was really wanting to marry his longtime girlfriend. When he approached Vince McMahon about it, the promoter loved the idea and decided to make it a draw for WWE.
April 4, 2014
Bobby Eaton
One of the biggest mysteries in professional wrestling involves Dennis Condrey and his decision to walk away from the Midnight Express. When asked about the situation, Bobby Eaton said that his former tag team partner basically left without saying a word to him for two years. Condrey reportedly did not inform Jim Cornette or the NWA, either.
April 2, 2014
Jim Cornette
While a lot of performers will say that they always wanted to be involved in the professional wrestling industry, Jim Cornette actually means it. The legendary NWA manager started working in the business when he was just 14 years old, serving as a photographer, ring announcer, magazine correspondent and as a public relations person.
March 23, 2014
Randy Savage
Back when he was a star for WWE during the late 1980s, Randy Savage made a discovery that would have a bit of an impact on the professional wrestling industry. The former world heavyweight champion was the one that discovered Sid Vicious, whom he convinced to give the industry a try. Savage sent Vicious to train with Tojo Yamamoto to start his career.
March 22, 2014
Jesse Ventura
After serving six years in the Navy and before becoming a professional wrestling star, Jesse Ventura had a brief stint with the Mongols, a well known motorcycle gang. He states that he was a fully patched member and actually served as the third in command. He left the group prior to the Mongols starting a longstanding war with the Hell's Angels.
March 22, 2014
Alundra Blayze
Years before she became known to WWE fans as Alundra Blayze, Madusa Miceli became an international star in professional wrestling after leaving the AWA and heading to All Japan. She impressed the company so much that they made her the first non Japanese wrestler to be given a multiple year contract. Miceli was given a three year deal.
March 21, 2014
Bobby Eaton
Since he was the only professional wrestler in the history of the industry to have been trained by Ric Flair, Stan Lane paid homage to mentor very early on in his career. At one point in time, he used the name Stan Flair. He also went by Nature Boy Stan Lane, while making a name for himself in Florida. He became Sweet Stan Lane while teaming with Bobby Eaton in the Midnight Express.
March 21, 2014
Dick Murdoch
When he first made his debut in WWE, there were people who speculated that Trevor Murdoch might have been related to the late Dick Murdoch, a wrestler who made his name during the territorial days. However, there are no bloodlines between the two performers. Someone backstage in WWE simply gave Trevor the name because of his resemblance to Dick.
March 21, 2014
Mike Rotunda
Back when he was with the NWA, Mike Rotunda had an amateur wrestler gimmick when he teamed with Rick Steiner. It was actually based on his real life athletic career in college. Rotunda really did wrestle at Syracuse University. He was never an All American, though.
March 21, 2014
Bobby Eaton
Despite being one of the best performers in the history of professional wrestling, Ric Flair has opted against training others in the art of the game. In fact, the former NWA champion has only formally trained one person in his career. That man is Stan Lane, who formed the legendary Midnight Express tag team with Bobby Eaton during the 1980s.
March 20, 2014
Mr Fuji
When the future WWE Hall of Fame inductee made his debut in professional wrestling in 1965, there were not a lot of prominent Asia people in the country, so Harry Fujiwara, who was actually born in the United States, opted to stop using his real name and shortened it to Mr Fuji. It was easier for promoters and fans to spell and pronounce, and the move paid off rather well.
March 20, 2014
Bret Hart
Years before the Bret Hart screwjob in Montreal, Vince McMahon pulled the same trick on Wendi Richter. Since she would not sign a new contract with the company, McMahon wanted to take the belt off of her, so instead of telling her about it, the future WWE CEO opted to put the Fabulous Moolah in a mask. Along with the referee, Moolah changed the ending and took the belt off of Richter, whom the legendary performer trained.
March 20, 2014
Bryan Clark
Since the video game was sweeping the nation, WCW decided to capitalize on the popularity of the Mortal Kombat series by creating wrestling characters that were similar to the ones in the game. Bryan Clark, Ernest Miller, Glacier and Chris Kanyon were given characters that were part MMA fighters and part superheroes.
March 20, 2014
La Parka
For those of us that watched him in WCW, La Parka will forever have a small place the hearts of professional wrestling fans. The story of his mask has been a topic of interest for people. After going through several different characters and several different masks, the performer finally settled on the skeleton look because it was inspired by the Day of the Dead celebration that takes place in Mexico each year.
March 14, 2014
George Steele
After a successful career as an amateur wrestler at the University of Michigan, Rick Steiner was discovered by George Steele, who convinced the college graduate to become a professional wrestler immediately after he finished school.
March 10, 2014
Matt Hardy
Prior to becoming a big star for WWE and TNA, Matt Hardy was quite the scholar. In high school, he won a scholarship to any college of his choosing to major in engineering. Shortly into his academics career, he was forced to withdraw from classes and leave, so that he could go home and take care of his sick father.
March 5, 2014