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Local wrestler offered 'dream job' in WWE wardrobe department

March 8th, 2014 10:25 pm by Matthew Lane

Local wrestler offered 'dream job' in WWE wardrobe department

Local wrestler Josh Conkin has been offered a job with the WWE in its wardrobe department. Photo by David Grace.

KINGSPORT — A local wrestler has been offered a “dream job” with World Wrestling Entertainment, going on the road and putting his creative talents to work behind the scenes to help the superstars and divas look their best when competing in the ring.

“It’s a wardrobe position, making the tights, outfits and doing any kind of alterations,” said Josh Conkin of Kingsport. “The position they offered me is to go on the road, to live events — pay-per-views, Raw and Smackdown, as well as to relocate to Orlando.

“It’ll take some getting used to, but it’s a dream job.”

Conkin, 27, began wrestling at the age of 12 and has wrestled for a number of local promotions, including Iron Ring Wrestling, Southern States Wrestling and NWA Smoky Mountain. At the age of 18, he wrestled A.J. Styles for the NWA world title.

Conkin began making wrestling gear at the age of 16, even going so far as to ask for a sewing machine for Christmas, which he admits was an odd and weird request.

“Dad went and bought me a sewing machine and the first trunks I made didn’t have elastic in them. I just hoped they stayed up,” Conkin said.

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