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10 Best Jobbers In Wrestling History

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Everyone remembers the great Champions of professional wrestling. They are lauded for winning matches and titles, selling tickets and merchandise, and being the face of their promotions. But what about the wrestlers who never even came close to reaching that peak? Known as “enhancement talent”, or more commonly “jobbers”, there exists a certain group of wrestlers whose sole claim to fame in history is losing to basically every other wrestler on the planet. Some jobbers have made decades-long careers out of doing nothing but putting over talent. It’s a thankless job, one that brings neither money nor fame, but it’s one of the most important positions in any wrestling company, and it’s one we recognize today, with a list of the very best jobbers in wrestling history.

10. Pete Doherty

Also known as “The Duke of Dorchester” for reasons never fully explained, Pete Doherty spent over twenty years in WWE (his career was so long, it actually started back in the World Wide Wrestling Federation, when it was owned by Vince McMahon Sr), losing nearly every match he ever wrestled. As a jobber, Doherty never had a finishing move, but he did somehow manage to have a signature spot that was entirely appropriate for his level on the card: While he was locked in a full nelson, Doherty would put both feet on the ropes, forcing his opponent to release the hold. Of course, since both his feet were off the ground, this would result in The Duke landing flat on his back. Eventually, Doherty attempted to transition to the announce table, working as a heel color commentator on some of WWE’s syndicated programming. Much like his wrestling record, his announcing was terrible.

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9. SD Jones

The man who was probably most famous for setting the first futility record in WrestleMania history, losing to King Kong Bundy in an alleged nine seconds at the very first Mania (the actual time was slightly longer), “Special Delivery” Jones was one of the most recognizable jobbers of WWE in the 80s. Jones actually teamed with WWE Hall of Famer Tony Atlas for a short period, even challenging for the WWE Tag Team titles, although they were unsuccessful in winning the belts. As part of that team, Jones would get one of the biggest wins in his career, as he and Atlas were the last two competitors in a battle royal (which was taped for VHS release) and decided to flip a coin to determine the winner, which ended up being Jones. In fact, Jones also ended up being the man who inducted Atlas into the WWE Hall of Fame in 2006.

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8. Italian Stallion

No, we’re not talking about Sylvester Stallone, although the Stallion did debut at the height of Rocky’s popularity. Nobody would have mistaken the wrestler for Stallone’s iconic boxer, however, and in fact, he wasn’t even Italian! The Stallion, also known as Gary Sabaugh, wrestled in WCW (and its predecessor Jim Crockett Promotions) for over twenty years, and was one of the most well-known jobbers in the company. During his career, the Stallion also served as an advisor and stunt double on the infamous wrestling sitcom Learning The Ropes, which was exactly as bad as you could imagine, if not worse. Late in his career, the Stallion moved into a training role, opening a wrestling school in the Carolinas which counts among its graduates R-Truth and The Hardy Boyz.

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7. The Mulkeys

There have been many tag teams made up of jobbers over the years, and some even became well-known in their own right. But when you’re talking about the ultimate jobber tag team, only one name springs to mind: The Mulkeys. Bill and Randy Mulkey were the biggest losers to hit WCW’s tag team division in the company’s history, getting destroyed by some of the best tag teams in wrestling and never coming close to defeating their clearly superior opponents. In fact, at one point, WCW started displaying their abysmal record on the screen, just to underline how unlikely their chances of victory were. However, after racking up an official record of 0-180, The Mulkey Brothers pulled off the unbelievable and actually won a match! Sure, it was against a masked jobber team called The Gladiators, in the first round of a tournament which saw The Mulkeys bounced out immediately afterwards, but it still counted. As a result, MulkeyMania was born, complete with t-shirts and not-so-veiled references to WWE’s Hulkamania (it was no coincidence that Bil and Randy had blonde hair styled similarly to Hogan, after all). Unfortunately, the Mulkeys would never reach that height again, but for a single moment, they were on top of the world.

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6. Jim Powers

You almost have to work to be known as the less successful member of a tag team that also included Paul Roma, but somehow Jim Powers managed. Sporting an incredible physique and owning decent wrestling skills (as well as a dynamic name), many figured that Powers would have a fairly good future in wrestling. However, while his former partner went on to be a member of the Four Horsemen (a widely mocked member, but a member nonetheless), Powers fell through the ranks once the team split up, becoming one of WWE and WCW’s most well-known jobbers during the 80s and 90s. While Powers did string together some victories over fellow losers, he never managed to get over the hump and become something truly important. It’s fairly telling that one of Powers’ career highlights was being the target of a New World Order attack, ending up with “nWo” spray-painted on his back, simply for the crime of being in the ring when the nWo wanted to address the crowd.

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5. Duane Gill

You might also recognize this man in his other gimmick, the man called Gillberg. Already a jobber for several years, Gill rose to prominence in the Attitude Era as part of the J.O.B. Squad, which resulted in him actually winning the WWE Light Heavyweight Title from Christian. This was considered one of many low points for the title, as Gill evolved into the ridiculous parody act of Gillberg, a man whose entrance was longer than his matches, which he never won. Somehow, despite losing every single match, Gillberg managed to retain his hold on the Light Heavyweight Title, before disappearing from WWE TV for several months while still ostensibly champion. He returned briefly to drop the title to a debuting Essa Rios, before slipping back into obscurity. Most recently, Gillberg’s memory has been constantly invoked on the Edge & Christian Show on the WWE Network, with the specter of his title win looming as Christian’s biggest fear and greatest shame.

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4. Johnny Rodz

“Unpredictable” Johnny Rodz was one of the more recognizable figures of the WWWF in the 70s and 80s, despite the fact he almost never won, and had very few important or memorable feuds. Despite this, Rodz was inducted into the WWE Hall of Fame in 1996, setting the standard at the time for least successful wrestler in the Hall. After his in-ring career, however, Rodz found great success as a wrestling trainer, opening a school in Brooklyn, New York that has produced a long list of well-known wrestlers, many of which rose to prominence in ECW, including Tommy Dreamer,The Dudley Boyz, and Taz. In fact, one of the more recent graduates of Rodz’ school is the seven foot tall Big Cass, which would imply that apparently you actually can teach that.

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3. Barry Horowitz

We’re hitting the cream of the jobber crop at this point, with the man who was so proud of his Jewish heritage that he often displayed the Star of David prominently on his ring gear, Barry Horowitz. Over a lengthy career, Horowitz amassed a dismal record that was allegedly in the realm of 0-300 (a completely false fact, Horowitz actually hand a handful of victories in his early WWE career), before finally picking up a big victory against Skip of the Bodydonnas in 1995, which even led to Horowitz appearing (and winning) matches on Pay Per View. Horowitz’ time in the spotlight was brief, however, and he eventually left WWE for WCW, where he continued to lose matches on a regular basis. Barry’s other big claim to fame is being the subject of a rap song by Action Bronson, although Horowitz has said that he never agreed to the use of his name and likeness.

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2. “Iron” Mike Sharpe

The man who claimed to be “Canada’s Greatest Athlete”, Mike Sharpe had a long and prominent career as a high-profile jobber in WWE for over three decades, even challenging Bob Backlund for the WWE Title at one point. Sharpe was easily recognized by his signature arm brace, which he claimed was protecting a slow-healing injury (which should probably have been submitted for some sort of world record, due to never fully healing over the course of Sharpe’s decades-long career), but which also acted as a convenient foreign object that Sharpe would use to attempt to gain an advantage. Sharpe actually won several matches early in his WWE career using the arm brace to finish his opponents, but quickly settled back into his role as jobber for most of his time in WWE. Sharpe ran a moderately successful training school following his retirement, producing several reasonably well-known talents, including ECW wrestler Nova, and Charlie Haas, one half of the World’s Greatest Tag Team in WWE.

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1. Brooklyn Brawler

Best known for his role as the grubby heart and soul of New York (which fit perfectly in the East Coast-centered WWE during the territory days), Steve Lombardi was one of WWE’s most versatile performers. In addition to playing a regular role as the Brawler, Lombardi wore many other personas over his lengthy career in WWE, including Kim Chee (manager of the Ugandan Giant, Kamala), Abe “Knuckleball” Schwartz, and even a stint as Doink The Clown. Brawler was a well-liked wrestler within WWE, and parlayed that into a backstage role with the company, while still making occasional televised appearances in his old gimmick. In 2000, in perhaps his most-remembered moment in his decades-long career, he actually pinned WWE Champion Triple H in a handicap match, while teaming with fellow jobbers Taka Michinoku and Funaki. Brawler remained as a road agent in WWE, until he was released from his contract in mid-2016 after over thirty years of employment with the promotion.

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