Last week, it was announced that the Big Boss Man would part of the WWE Hall of Fame class of 2016, which may have left newer fans a bit confused. Who is this Kenny Powers with a brush cut-looking guy in a cheap cop uniform? Of course, if you were watching wrestling in the ’80s or ’90s, you don’t need Boss Man’s induction into the Hall of Fame explained. He wasn’t the most jacked, flashy or charismatic, but few wrestlers could make you love and hate them at the same time quite as well as Big Boss Man. He was a lovable everyman, but could also play the bitter, vicious heel better than almost anybody. Meanwhile, in real life, he was one of the most respected, well-liked men in the business.
Get ready to walk the line with these 10 law-abiding facts about Big Boss Man…
Big Boss Man was an actual prison guard in Cobb County, Georgia.
It’s often said the best characters are just a wrestler’s real personality cranked to 11, and Big Boss Man took that concept about as far as it could go. Born Raymond Traylor Jr. in 1963, the future Boss Man grew up in Marietta, Georgia and really did work for the Cobb County Sheriff’s Office as a corrections officer before getting into wrestling. In fact, he didn’t give up being a prison guard until well after he started wrestling. Ironically, Traylor only quit his corrections side gig once he jumped to the WWF in 1988, at which point he started playing a prison guard on TV. There was a reason Big Boss Man was a lot more convincing than the plumbers, garbage men and other “side job” wrestlers littering the WWF in the ’80s and ’90s.