Happy New Year everyone! I hope you had a nice holiday season. I had a joyous one myself, thus causing a delay on this latest CWC Episode. Getting a bunch of video games, DVDs, and Blu-rays will do that. Iíve already watched Suicide Squad Extended Cut and played hours and hours of Lego Dimensions, specifically the Sonic the Hedgehog level pack. Yay me! What this all really reminds me of is my childhood. I grew up in the 1980s and 1990s, and I have to admit, my favorite time being a wrestling fan was when I was a kid. I absolutely loved the late 80s to early 90s era of pro wrestling. Speaking of which, I would like to use this time to now list MY top five jobbers from that Golden Era of Professional Wrestling. This will be in no particular order; however, I will rate each jobber out of 10. The higher the score, the more I think that particular jobber contributed to that Era.
For the record, jobbers are NOT enhancement talents. Even the great Jim Cornette would agree:
Barry Horowitz (9/10): Good olí Barry Horowitz is one of the most well-known jobbers in WWE history. He always patted himself on the back just before he got beat. He also worked for WCW and the Independent Circuit. Horowitz did receive a more prominent push later in his WWE career and actually scored some televised victories against Skip from the Bodydonnas. He was also the 25th entrant into the 1996 Royal Rumble match.
Iron Mike Sharpe (9/10): Sharpe worked for WWE and several Canadian promotions during his 20+ year career. In an ass-backwards type scenario, Sharpe was actually pushed and managed by Captain Lou Albano early in his WWE career. He was referred to as Canadaís Greatest Athlete and often regularly defeated jobbers. This push culminated with a World Championship match against Bob Backlund in Philadelphia, but Sharpe went on to lose that match and spent the remainder of his career as a jobber himself.
Barry O (8/10): Barry Ortonís claims to fame may very well be that he is Bob Ortonís son, Cowboy Bob Orton Jrís brother, and Randy Ortonís uncle. He was also a supposed victim of a sexual harassment scandal involving Terry Garvin and appeared on the Phil Donahue Show in 1992. Vince McMahon was also on the show to defend that the WWE was a sexual harassment free environment. Oh, he was also an obvious jobber in the 1980s.
Jim Powers (7.5/10): Powers most notably wrestled for WWE and WCW during his career. He was trained by the legendary Big John Studd. Powers tagged with Paul Roma in 1987 as the Young Stallions. Although they received a small early push, they ultimately became tag team jobbers. Roma ended up leaving the tag team to join Hercules as Power and Glory. After this, Powers ended up becoming a singles jobber and lost to Roma on several occasions.
Brooklyn Brawler (10/10): In my opinion, Steve Lombardi, is the jobber of all jobbers when it comes to professional wrestling. But thatís the key! He is a constant professional. Lombardi began his WWE career in 1983, but on May 10, 2016, it was reported that he had been released from WWE, ending a lengthy 33 year career with wrestlingís top company. The Brooklyn Brawler, regardless of his win/loss record, is the greatest JOBBER of all-time.
The art and overall worth of the jobber gimmick back in the day was probably far greater than many people will ever give it credit for. Not only did the jobbers make the main Superstars look good to great, but having jobber matches on television did NOT water down the matches that were eventually SOLD on PPV. This philosophy really made the main feuds and matches must see. Today, WWE is trying to bring this style of match back, but with a modern twist. That twist is WWE trying to get the jobber(s) over with the fans and actually trying to make them Superstars. Heck, in the last ten years, WWE has attempted this with Zack Gowen, Colin Delaney, Hornswoggle, and now James Ellsworth. Perhaps WWE just wants to give the fans somebody they can relate to.
I really wish WWE would have more consistent jobber matches on television to at least help build heels/villains. I like how Ryback was built up against jobbers in 2012. Recently, WWE also attempted to build up Braun Strowman and Nia Jax the same way on Raw; however, it appears that method has already fallen off the cliff. Iíd like to see a few of the same jobbers getting squashed over and over again. That is how you can relate them to the fans. DO NOT TRY THIS AT HOME! This style of match could have done wonders for talent like BRAY WYATT, LUKE HARPER, Baron Corbin, and Gallows & Anderson in recent years. And you never know, if all the stars are aligned, WWE could build an unsuspecting star like the 1-2-3 Kid was once built when he pinned Razor Ramon on Monday Night Raw in 1993. Besides Sean Waltman (X-Pac), both Matt and Jeff Hardy were once jobbers in the 1990s. Look at how big of Superstars they eventually became. But what do I know? Iím just the Clueless Wrestling Columnist.
I hope you enjoyed Episode 4 of the Clueless Wrestling Columnist. It will return sometime in 2017 with Episode 5. Remember folks, not everything on a wrestling news website needs to be written as if it could make the Wall Street Journal or Forbes magazine. We are all here to express our views and opinions. Most importantly, we should all strive to be creative and simply have FUN. Wait, I sure hope Iím not breaking the fourth wall here! Regardless, I challenge all wrestling columnists and readers to take a breather once in a while and write/read something different. You donít always have to be so serious and literal. I think many wrestling columns from back in the late 1990s to early 2000s were some of the best reads I ever had. Coincidentally, pro wrestling may have been at its peak then. Many of those columns had their own unique character/gimmick. Just think outside the box every now and then. I love you allÖ
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