The Attitude Era was perhaps the greatest time to be a wrestling fan. Professional wrestling had not been as popular with the mainstream audience since the 1980s. Wrestlers such as The Rock and "Stone Cold" Steve Austin became household names. In order for those guys to get as big as they did, other wrestlers would have to "job" out to them. Jobbers are the unsung heroes of the wrestling world. Somebody has to get beat in order to make other guys look strong and the jobbers are the ones up for the task.
The WWE roster, during The Attitude Era, was full of great jobbers. The wrestlers that made the following list were so good at being a jobber, that they made a lasting impression on fans. What makes a good jobber is the ability to sell and entertain the crowd at the same time. Most of the wrestlers on this list were talented performers, but for various reasons were never given a real push. Some of their runs in WWE lasted for only a few years, while some lasted over a decade.
Since leaving the WWE, some of the wrestlers have gone on to win championships in other promotions. A great deal of the wrestlers have quit the business all together and have taken up other careers. A couple of the wrestlers lives unfortunately went on a downward spiral after their releases.
There were a few great jobbers during The Attitude Era who you won't find on this list because they have sadly passed on. When it comes to ranking the jobbers on this list, it comes down to a combination of how big of an impact they had during The Attitude Era, and how fascinating their lives are today.
Here are the top 15 Attitude Era jobbers, and what they're up to today.
15 Bull Buchanan
Bull Buchanan's first appearance in WWE was as "Reckon," who was member of the short lived group The Truth Commission. After he spent some time developing, he returned to WWE in 2000 as Bull Buchanan and became The Big Bossman's protégé. That relationship wouldn't last too long as The Bossman would eventually turn on Buchanan. Buchanan would quickly join the heel faction "Right to Censor" led by Steven Richards. As a member of the group, he had a bit of success, winning the Tag Team Championship while teaming up with The Goodfather. After "Right to Censor" disbanded, Buchanan teamed up with John Cena for a short run, before being released by the WWE in 2003.
14 The Brooklyn Brawler
Steve Lombardi has had many different gimmicks during his long tenure with WWE, but the one that most fans remember, is that of The Brooklyn Brawler. By the time The Attitude Era began, Lombardi had semi-retired from wrestling. However, that didn't stop him from making occasional appearances on WWE television. He jobbed out against wrestlers such as Mark Henry, Bob Holly, and even The Rock.
13 2 Cold Scorpio
2 Cold Scorpio came to the WWE in 1996 after a successful run in ECW. He was given a new gimmick as a dancer, with the ring name of Flash Funk. By the Spring of 1998, the Flash Funk character had dried up and he went back under the name of 2 Cold Scorpio. He would eventually join the J.O.B Squad and would find himself wresting mostly on shows like Heat and Shotgun Saturday Night. He asked for some time off in 1999, however, he was outright released instead.
12 Stevie Richards
After making a name for himself in ECW, Stevie Richards made his WWE debut in 1999. He adopted an impersonator gimmick, which didn't get over to well with the fans. He ended up wrestling mostly on shows like Jakked and Heat. In the summer of 2000, Richards became the leader of the faction "Right to Censor." The group only lasted a year before it was disbanded.
Meat, better known as Shawn Stasiak, made his WWE debut in 1999. His character was that of a "boy-toy" between the Pretty Mean Sisters (Terri Runnels, Jacqueline, and Ryan Shamrock). Stasiak would initially pick up a bunch of victories early on in his WWE career. However, the character of Meat did not get over with the fans and before he knew it, he was jobbing out to the likes of Mideon and Val Venis. Stasiak was fired in December of 1999 for recording a heated conversation between The British Bulldog and Steve Blackman without their consent.
10 The Blue Meanie
The Blue Meanie had great success in ECW as member of the bWo. He left ECW for WWE at the end of 1998 and joined the Al Snow led J.O.B Squad. His most notable feud during his first WWE run would be against Goldust, where he found himself on the losing end. He would continue to be a nothing more than jobber until his release in 2000.
The Blue Meanie made a brief return to the WWE in 2005, and reformed the bWo alongside Stevie Richards and Simon Dean. His second run in the WWE was short-lived, as he was released after just a month. The Blue Meanie still wrestles occasionally and is a trainer at the Monster Factory in New Jersey. Besides wrestling, the Meanie, real name Brian Heffron, has had bit roles in movies like The Wrestler and Swamp Zombies.
Charles Warrington is best known for his run as Headbanger Mosh. Along with his tag team partner Thrasher, they would win the WWE Tag Team Championship in 1997, but mostly found themselves on the losing end of their matches. In 1999, the team was broken up and Warrington took on a new gimmick under the name Beaver Cleavage. The gimmick was quickly scrapped and he then became simply known as Chaz. He would reunite with Thrasher, as well as D'Lo Brown, before being released in 2001.
Warrington continues to wrestle on the independent circuit. In 2012, he reunited once again with Headbanger Thrasher, as they still wrestle together in the independents today. Harrington keeps busy outside the ring as a sales director at an office equipment company.
8 Kai En Tai
Kai En Tai made their WWE debut in 1998. The group originally consisted of four men, with the most popular of them being Sho Funaki & Taka Michinoku. Their most notable feud was against Val Venis and involved the infamous line, "I choppy choppy your pee pee!" Eventually, Funaki and Michinoku were the only remaining members of Kai En Tai. Their roles were reduced to just being nothing but comedic jobbers. They became best known for their promos in which Shane McMahon would badly dub them in English. After Michinoku left in October of 2001, the group was no more.
Kurrgan's time in WWE only lasted from 1997 to 1999. He made his debut as a member of The Truth Commission, led by The Jackal. At nearly seven foot tall, he was built up to be a menacing giant. The group had a bit of success, feuding with teams like The Disciples of Apocalypse and The Hardy Boyz. However, by the beginning of 1998, Kurrgan mostly found himself competing on Shotgun Saturday Night.
Kurrgan would turn face when joined The Oddities, a group which at one point included the Insane Clown Posse. The group had trouble catching on with the fans and was disbanded after only a year. Kurrgan wrestled his last match with the company in February of 1999.
6 Al Snow
Al Snow started his second stint with WWE in the Summer of 1998. He became famous for carrying around the head of a mannequin, who he aptly named "Head." Snow's role in the company was for mostly comedy purposes, so much so that he even wrestled himself in a hardcore match. Snow's run in the WWE lasted all the way until 2008, before his release.
Mideon, real name Dennis Knight, first joined the the WWE in 1996 under the ring name Phineas I. Godwinn and partnered with his scripted cousin Henry O. Godwinn. The Godwinns would go on to have a decent amount of success, winning the WWE Tag Team Championship on two occasions. The team broke up after Henry O. suffered a career debilitating neck injury.
Knight would end up joining The Undertaker's Ministry of Darkness and was given the name of Mideon. During the time with the group he would capture the European Championship. Knight would wrestle under one last gimmick for the WWE, a terrible one at that, when he became "Naked" Mideon, before leaving the company in January of 2001.
4 Perry Saturn
Perry Saturn made his WWE debut in January of 2000 as a member of The Radicalz, a group that also featured Chris Benoit, Eddie Guerrero, and Dean Malenko. The group didn't stay together for too long and it was just a matter of time before Saturn was relegated to the Hardcore division. In 2001, Saturn, underwent a terrible gimmick change, one where he fell in love with a mop he named "Moppy." Saturn suffered an ACL injury in 2002, and before he could make a return, he was released.
3 The Patriot
The Patriot debuted in the summer of 1997 and immediately began a feud with the anti-American Bret Hart. The feud culminated at Ground Zero: In Your House, where The Patriot would tap out to the Sharpshooter. After the feud with Bret, The Patriot was stuck wrestling on Shotgun Saturday Night, jobbing to wrestlers such as Jeff Jarrett and Val Venis. The Patriot, real name Del Wilkes, was released by WWE in 1998. Wilkes was forced to retire from professional wrestling due to a torn triceps in 2000.
Wilkes has admitted that he had struggled with drug addiction during his wrestling career, as well as for a few years following his retirement. At one point he admitted he was popping 150 prescription pain pills a day. He has been arrested almost twenty times, with his final arrest coming in 2002 for forging a prescription, in which he was sentenced to 18 months in prison. Fortunately for Wilkes, he got his life back together after getting out of prison. He became a born again Christian, got sober, and is now a car salesman.
2 2. The Mean Street Posse
The Mean Street Posse consisted of three members: Pete Gas, Rodney, and Joey Abs. The group was aligned with Shane McMahon (Gas and Rodney where legitimate childhood friends of Shane), and did whatever they could to make sure Shane won his matches. After the alliance ended with Shane-O Mac, they quickly became jobbers, losing matches against teams like The Dudley Boyz and Too Cool. The group was sent to down to Memphis Championship Wrestling in order to hone their skills, but were never brought back up and were eventually released in 2001.
Duane Gill had his first run as a jobber with the WWE during early to mid 1990s. However, Gill is probably most remembered for his second run in WWE, when he became the man known as Gillberg. The character of Gillberg was a parody of WCW's top star Goldberg. Gillberg parodied every aspect of the Golberg character, from his entrance, all the way to Goldberg's tribal tattoo. The big difference between Gillberg and Goldberg, was that instead of squashing all his opponents, Gilberg was the one being squashed. Duane Gill's run as Gillberg lasted just over a year and he was out of WWE by early 2000.
Since leaving the WWE, Gill has made a couple of appearances as Gillberg, including having a confrontation with Goldberg himself. Gill opened up a wrestling school in Maryland in 2010. He makes most of his living today as a superintendent for a commercial contracting business.
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