In the professional wrestling industry, casual fans or perhaps new viewers may notice a wrestler is always losing. But until they get onto the internet and start visiting message boards and pro wrestling forums, I guess they wouldn't really know why.
On the other hand, there are some of us who have been watching this product for years and, of course, know how the industry goes about.
There is a term that most fans, or the IWC (Internet Wrestling Community) for that matter, use to describe such wrestlers. We basically refer to them as 'jobbers'.
For the benefit of those who do not know what 'jobber' means, here's a clearly articulated definition taken from www.prowrestling.com:
"jobber- n. an un-pushed wrestler who does jobs for pushed wrestlers. Barry Horowitz is probably the best known of these. Sometimes known as fish, redshirts PLs (professional losers,) or 'ham-and-eggers.' Steve Lombardi (Brooklyn Brawler) is also a well known jobber."
Okay, maybe the explanation above doesn't explain it perfectly, so I'll just try to put the definition in my own words.
A 'jobber' is usually booked to lose, so as to get his opponent over with the audience. For example—Santino Marella loses to Sheamus so as to allow Sheamus get 'over' with the crowd. Or in other words, let the crowd be convinced that Sheamus is better than Marella, and that he's a force to be reckoned with.
I'm not trying to imply that 'jobbers' are of no value in the WWE, or any other pro-wrestling organization for that matter. While some people may disagree with that statement, some 'jobbers' actually have value and skill, but they're just not used properly on TV.
I'm talking about guys like Zack Ryder, Curt Hawkins and Tyson Kidd. In my eyes, these guys have great potential and ability in one sector or another, but they just aren't given the opportunity to shine.
In this article we take a look at a couple of superstars who have, of late, taken on the role of a 'jobber'.