Everyone in wrestling has a role. Stars like Steve Austin, The Rock and Hulk Hogan received all the glory because they were selling the most tickets and leading the industry from the main event. Chris Jericho, Eddie Guerrero and Rey Mysterio were the backbone of any company they worked for due to a tremendous work ethic along with the ability to succeed anywhere on the card with the occasional world title run. The least glamorous role for a wrestler is the jobber. With the purpose of losing all matches to make the other wrestler look good by getting very little offense in, the jobber is basically a punching bag.
Some jobbers are actually entertaining. Past stars like The Brooklyn Brawler and current stars like Heath Slater lose all of their matches but they still manage to do something fun or memorable to make you appreciate them while also getting over the other talent. Those are rare cases as most of the time a jobber will not be able to showcase a personality. The jobber role is something no wrestler wants to be placed in. There have been cases in which a wrestler fights his way to a better spot on the card like Bob Holly or Bradshaw but it’s a tough battle.
The wrestlers who get pushes and either have little talent or completely fail have to piss off the talent in the jobber role knowing they would do anything for that opportunity. There have been a lot of overpushed talents that have flopped but continued to get chances at relevance on the roster. We’re going to look at some of the names that would have been better suited for lesser rules due to their limited skill set or failures in high profile situations. These are the twenty wrestlers that for one reason or another should have been jobbers.
20. Tommy Dreamer
Tommy Dreamer was the heart and soul of ECW but he was never really talented. Fans fell in love with Dreamer due to his work ethic and commitment to giving his all in hardcore matches. If you look at his work in WWE, TNA or even on the indies, Dreamer is a chore to watch unless you hold onto ECW nostalgia. The time period of his debut and the company he worked for helped Dreamer accomplish much more than he would have if he entered wrestling at any other point. Tommy Dreamer’s limitations and lack of athletic skill should have made him a jobber.
No one remembers Gangrel being a big deal because he flopped after WWE realized Edge and Christian were better than him. The Brood was a great concept but Gangrel just didn’t have what it took to continue getting a push. WWE still tried to utilize in a suitable role where he could benefit from a storyline. Unfortunately, he just didn’t have an interesting skill set or an impressive look that set him apart as someone fans would pay to see. Gangrel was lucky to get a break with The Brood and have some shine in the Attitude Era.
18. Chavo Guerrero
Chavo Guerrero was talented enough to provide decent wrestling matches but he was never a dynamic performer. Chavo had very little personality for the majority of his career and wasn’t as talented as the other top workers of his era such as his uncle Eddie Guerrero, Chris Benoit, Chris Jericho and many others. Chavo was extremely lucky to get involved in feuds with Eddie or Rey Mysterio. They helped him achieve more success than he likely would have had without his relationships to them. Between his low ceiling and an ability to help others look good when facing him, Chavo Guerrero was an ideal version of a jobber.
17. Santino Marella
Santino’s story is a fascinating one. WWE believed he would get over by playing a fan that was challenged to an Intercontinental Title match with Umaga and win the title on his first night. Santino was rejected and quickly became a comedic heel. The act was over and highly entertaining most of the time, but, at one point, Santino once again won the Intercontinental Championship, now with his heel persona. It was a poor decision and further damaged the prestige of the belt. Santino should have been a jobber for his entire tenure as the hilarious heel. Wins and losses didn’t matter for his role and he would have gotten his act over even more by always losing.
16. Jeff Jarrett
With a background in the wrestling business as the son of Jerry Jarrett, Jeff Jarrett had a world of expectations put on him during his multiple stints in WWE and WCW. Jarrett was given many Intercontinental title reigns in WWE but never was able to elevate himself as more than “just another guy” on the roster. His original WCW run was also a disaster after being one of the worst members of the Four Horsemen. Jarrett became WCW World Champion when Vince Russo was in charge but his title reigns were uneventful and dull. Considering the amount of opportunities he botched, Jarrett may have been best used as a jobber.
15. Jim Neidhart
Everyone talks about Shawn Michaels and Marty Jannetty when discussing a tag team featuring one superstar and a less talented partner. A better example of that may have been The Hart Foundation. Bret Hart became one of the greatest pro wrestlers of all time following the break-up but his brother-in-law Jim Neidhart was quite bad. Neidhart had the strength and the look that benefited him but no one remembers a good Neidhart singles match or an interesting promo. WWE would continue to try to put him in decent spots due to his relation to the more talented members of the Hart Family, but he should have been an enhancement talent.
14. The Nasty Boys
Another case of wrestlers benefiting from having close relationships with bigger stars is The Nasty Boys. Brian Knobbs was a close friend of Hulk Hogan and it led to many more opportunities in both WWE and WCW than the team deserved. Knobbs and Jerry Sags were out of shape and had little to no talent. Their best matches came from using weapons in a hardcore environment and some wrestlers claimed they worked too stiff. Sags and Knobbs are sometimes mentioned among the best tag teams of the early 90s but that’s definitely not the case if you watched all of their matches. Everyone would have benefited from them being jobbers.
13. Brian Christopher
Brian Christopher is the son of Jerry Lawler but he achieved his greatest success as a member of Too Cool with Scotty 2 Hotty and Rikishi. Christopher failed to get over as a heel in singles action until the dancing trio of faces was formed. They were entertaining as an act but Christopher was definitely the least important of the three. Fans would be in for a long night in the rare case he was participating in a singles match. Christopher would show how terrible he was when working for TNA following his WWE release. There’s no doubt Brian Christopher should have ended up as a jobber.
12. Val Venis
The Attitude Era saw many wrestlers get a chance they likely wouldn’t have in any other time period due to the gimmicks. Val Venis played an adult star and actually became one of the more successful midcarders in the company for a good year thanks to the over-the-top persona. Look back at shows from the era and it’s difficult to find a match from Venis that was anything more than mediocre. Venis would not have been anything more than an enhancement talent if not for the gimmick and the situation. WWE tried using him in the 2000s and he was predictably a jobber with the Attitude Era over.
11. The Sandman
There are very few wrestlers who got with as little talent as The Sandman. The culture in ECW turned Sandman into a main event act and one of the biggest legends in the promotion’s history. The problem is that he had very little skill in the ring. Sandman would drink beer, come to the ring as Metallica played and hit his opponents with a kendo stick. Quite frankly, anyone could have done that but Sandman just lived the role. As one of the least talented wrestlers in the history of business, Sandman was extremely lucky to not spend his career as a jobber.
10. Sin Cara
The debut of Sin Cara in WWE was met with great hype and large expectations. Rumors indicated Triple H was pushing the character as a big deal and WWE was hoping he would be as successful as Rey Mysterio. Unfortunately for Mexican wrestling legend Mistico, he was unable to ever get acclimated with the WWE style and was a bad fit. The character turned into a complete joke due to the alarming number of botches on a nightly basis. WWE eventually changed the wrestler portraying Sin Cara to Hunico. Still working as Sin Cara, the character has no legs and should serve as a complete jobber.
9. Orlando Jordan
Orlando Jordan has a great look and WWE wanted to give him a couple of chances at getting over but it never worked. As both a wrestler and a personality, Jordan was very bland and never jumped off the screen as someone worth paying attention to. Jordan actually defeated John Cena for the United States Championship when he was a member of JBL’s Cabinet, one of wrestling’s worst factions. The most entertaining match involving Jordan saw him lose in 23 seconds to Chris Benoit at SummerSlam 2005 and it showed he was best as a jobber. Let’s not even get started on his TNA run, as it was absolutely horrific.
8. Chuck Palumbo
No one defined average in pro wrestling more than Chuck Palumbo. During WCW’s dying days, they were in desperation mode and chose Palumbo as one of the talents that could be a future star. Palumbo was given more chances in WWE in a tag team with Billy Gunn and later with a singles gimmick as a biker. None of the pushes ever turned into much because Palumbo was mundane. He did everything technically fine in the ring and his promos weren’t horrendous but nothing about him was impressive. Palumbo describes everything that usually makes for a successful jobber.
Konnan’s work in Mexico was very good and he did great things for AAA but his time in WCW was lackluster. With peers such as Eddie Guerrero, Rey Mysterio, Dean Malenko and many others making a name for themselves as the top workers in the business, Konnan was disappointing. He got by on his charisma and parlayed it into a role with the New World Order but as an actual wrestler, his WCW time was a bust. Konnan should have served as a jobber to the better midcarders and luchadores rather than getting the cushy nWo spot.
6. Brutus Beefcake
Hulk Hogan has been exposed as being a cutthroat politician behind the scenes, something that allowed Ed Leslie to maintain continuous employment in pro wrestling. Leslie was most known for his role in WWE as Brutus “The Barber” Beecake. As a close personal friend of Hogan, Leslie followed him to WCW and was given numerous characters chances. None of them worked because he was awful and had little to offer other than to be another shill to soothe Hogan’s egos. The only suitable role for Leslie would have been a jobber.
5. The Godfather
Similar to Val Venis and The Sandman, The Godfather benefited from the interests of wrestling crowds in the 90s. Godfather had various failed stints in WWE as Papa Shango and Kama Mustafa before adopting The Godfather character. He literally played a “pimp” walking to the ring with his “hos.” The gimmick got him over and he would get a huge pop every week but he was a terrible wrestler. Godfather could not do anything noteworthy in the ring andhHis most popular move was “The Ho Train,” where he would basically just do a splash to the opponent in the corner. The Godfather should have been a jobber instead of a former Intercontinental Champion.
4. Jack Swagger
Jack Swagger is currently a jobber but we’ve all paid for the sins of WWE not realizing that was his best role sooner. For some reason, the company was hell-bent on pushing Swagger as a potential main eventer. Swagger won the Money in the Briefcase at WrestleMania XXVI and cashed in to become World Champion days later. His title reign was a disaster. Swagger was then placed in another World Championship feud with Alberto Del Rio at WrestleMania 29. The match and storyline was a train wreck. Every time WWE tried to put Swagger in a bigger position, he has flopped. His current role as a jobber is most fitting.
3. David Flair
David Flair is the son of legendary wrestler Ric Flair and WCW did not let you forget it. David was pushed after very little training and put into an important role during a pivotal time in WCW’s history, when things were starting to trend downwards Flair didn’t help with his terrible work, showing he didn’t belong in any wrestling ring, let alone one on national television. After his push ended as a singles wrestler, David was given a psychotic character in a team with Crowbar and Daffney but the only ones who lost their minds were the fans forced to watch him. Flair should have been a jobber to learn the basics of the business and gain experience while taking bumps with very little offense.
2. Marc Mero
Marc Mero is one of the few wrestlers to get pushed in both WWE and WCW with minimal success. Both companies tried to make him a credible midcard champion with the hopes of moving him into the main event. It did not work and Mero would become a forgettable member of the roster. There was nothing terribly wrong about Mero but he just completely lacked the “it factor” and nothing seemed special about him. Well, aside from Sable being at ringside but that was more about her success. We would have saved a lot of time and missed out on many boring matches if Mero was a jobber.
1. Buff Bagwell
WCW signed Buff Bagwell in the early 90s and employed him until its dying days. The company always viewed Bagwell as a future star but their future ended abruptly, maybe because they invested in someone like Buff rather the actual future stars of the industry like Chris Jericho and Rey Mysterio. Bagwell was consistently overrated and never delivered in the occasions he was counted upon. You can argue Bagwell was the first member of the nWo to cause them to lose its luster and was the main reason for WWE refusing to launch a WCW brand after purchasing the company due to his awful match with Booker T. Bagwell was the definition of a bust and the wrestling business would have been better if he was a jobber.
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