COMMENTARY | One of the staples of old school professional wrestling that has gradually faded away is the jobber. A jobber is a wrestler who rarely wins and has the important task of making his opponent look good in the ring. In the late 1990s, when competition was fierce in wrestling, even one squash match with a jobber could cause viewers to switch their remotes to the other show and never return. Today, jobbers are virtually extinct in wrestling.
Take a look back at the top five jobbers in wrestling history.
Typically, the jobber's role is to help another wrestler get over. But in Frank Williams' case, he was the one who became famous thanks to working with Roddy Piper. Most of the early Piper's Pits were classics and this one was no exception. Piper highlighted the obvious differences between his wrestling career and the jobber's. Before Piper pummeled him, Williams said, "I might be a lousy wrestler, but I'm still in there!" To see this Piper's Pit, click here.
4. The Mulkeys
The greatest tag team jobbers in history, the Mulkey brothers became famous for losing. Bill and Randy Mulkey had the long, flowing golden locks of other great 1980s wrestlers, but that was the only thing they had in common with the superstars of their era. In fact, their losing streak in southern NWA territories may have been longer than Goldberg's winning streak. Finally, the Mulkeys defeated The Gladiators in 1987 to earn a spot in the Crockett Cup tournament.
3. Barry Horowitz
Unlike the typical jobber, Barry Horowitz was a well-trained wrestler who often experienced success in smaller promotions. Even in the WWF where he was typically a jobber, he actually had a gimmick in which he'd pat himself on the back. Horowitz finally picked up a big win in 1995 when he defeated Bodydonna Skip. The jobber's upset victory prompted Jim Ross to scream, "Horowitz wins!" Shortly thereafter, Horowitz returned to jobber status in WCW.
2. Mike Jackson
Mike Jackson is my personal all-time favorite wrestling jobber. I remember Jackson jobbing in Mid-South and Georgia in the 1980s. His kayfabe announced weight was 202 pounds, but there was no way he could have actually weighed more than 180. The reason I admired Jackson so much was that he was literally an outstanding wrestler. He could match moves with any wrestler on the roster, but his diminutive size forced him into the role of a jobber.
1. The Brooklyn Brawler
One of the reasons why Steve Lombardi is the greatest jobber in history is that he actually got a stage name and gimmick in the WWF. In fact, Lombardi had a number of different names, but The Brooklyn Brawler is the one that made him famous. In semi-retirement, his status has not abated in the WWE as he occasionally wrestles and still gets a huge pop from the crowd. Many fans hope to see Lombardi enshrined in the WWE Hall of Fame one day.
Honorable mention greatest jobbers
Los Conquistadores, Duane 'Gillberg' Gill, 'Special Delivery' Jones, Jim Powers, Shark Boy, 'Playboy' Buddy Rose
Patrick Michael lives in New Orleans and has always been a big fan of pro wrestling. Patrick's favorite wrestling promotion was Mid-South Wrestling back in the 1980s. Patrick's favorite wrestling angle of all-time was the NWO and his favorite wrestler is Roddy Piper. Follow Patrick Michael on Twitter at patmichael84.
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