In We're in the Money , a 1935 Warner Brothers comedy, Joan Blondell is a process server. She goes to the wrestling matches to serve a subpoena to Man Mountain Dean. She tries to hustle her way backstage posing as a hillbilly cousin of the hulking wrestler. The stage manager is on to her charade since Man Mountain Dean is from the Big Apple. The match is presented as part of the movie and to say it presents wrestling as comedy is an understatement. Eventually Man Mountain Dean lands in the laps of the process servers and is handed the court document.
Fast forward to the early 70s. Officers Reed and Malloy are confronted by a wheelchair bound former wrestler Dobish portrayed by H.B. Haggerty. Dobish has been tearing up a whiskey store after some folks intimated that all wrestlers are phonies. The proud grappler is set into a fury when the profession of his choosing is downgraded.