Been reliving some early 90’s WWE PPV’s on the Network, and it gives me a bit of a shocked perspective on IRS’s consistently-prominent booking as a mid-level heel. He was seemingly never without a storyline for about 4 straight years despite that his heel heat didn’t seem especially outstanding and his character didn’t evolve at all that entire time. Is there a known explanation for this? I can imagine that Vince hated the IRS with a passion and so just presumed that everyone would consider an IRS agent to be the ultimate villain. Or was it ultimately that Rotunda was a basically steady worker, first in a dying tag division, and then in singles in ’93-’94 when the whole roster was fading out faster than a McFly family photograph?
Yeah, Vince REALLY hates the IRS and apparently felt that the character was easy and effective heat in any situation, because who doesn’t hate the taxman, right? Work-wise, Rotunda was pretty much shot due to injury and laziness by that point, and I can’t even recall an IRS match that I’d classify as anything more than "passable", so I don’t think it was his workrate keeping him around or anything. He was a guy who was happy to be in the spot he was in, putting on decent curtain-jerking matches and calling the crowd a bunch of tax-cheats. Frankly I don’t know why he bothered to leave, he could have milked that for another 4 years.