Pro Wrestling: The Top 5 'Jobbers' in WWE Today; Do You Agree?
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'.
5. Tyson Kidd
As the final graduate of the famed 'Hart Dungeons', Kidd first made his mark in the WWE by making regular appearances on the now defunct ECW (Extreme Championship Wrestling) brand.
Along with Natalya, Kidd established himself as a heel, drawing considerable amounts of heat from the audience. The duo were later joined by David Hart Smith, and the trio formed a stable called 'The Hart Dynasty'. The team did well in the tag-team division, and eventually captured the tag-team title straps.
After a few months, Kidd and Smith broke up as a tag-team, with the latter being released from the WWE a few months ago. Since then, Kidd pursued on a single's career, and became a 'pro' for rookie Lucky Cannon on NXT season five. After his rookie got eliminated, Kidd was involved in a decent feud with Yoshi Tatsu—And trust me people, the numerous matches between the two wrestlers were actually pretty good.
I'm a huge fan of Tyson Kidd, but let's face the facts people—as much as we like or support him, he is a 'jobber'.
With that said, he's also underrated and underutilized. Yes, he has had his fair share of wins in single's competition, but he has also lost numerous times to get his opponent over.
Initially, I did not understand why WWE management broke up 'The Hart Dynasty'. Looking at the state of tag-team wrestling today, that was perhaps, one of the dumbest decisions that the company made.
All in all, Kidd is a force to be reckoned with, and I still believe he's one for the future. I would like to see more of his microphone skills because, quite frankly, we haven't seen much of it. If he wants to get better reactions from the crowd, I think he needs to be given more time on the microphone.
In my humble opinion, I hate to see talented wrestlers being held back, and used as 'jobbers'. Kidd has lots of potential, but it's a pity that he's booked to lose so many times to get his opponent over.
4. Yoshi Tatsu
I've not been a fan of Tatsu's ever since he made his debut on the now defunct ECW.
I'm going to get a lot of heat for this but, in all honesty, apart from a few flashy kicks and charisma, what does Tatsu have in his arsenal? I just cannot picture Tatsu being at a main event status.
I will credit him, however, for building a decent fanbase in such a short period of time. But let's face it—most of his fans are kids and women who probably don't know what pro wrestling is truly about.
Make no mistake about the fact that Tatsu does have the ability to work the crowd during a match. He gets decent reactions from the audience, and that in itself speaks volumes to WWE officials.
He may not have the best of wrestling skill-sets, but this man can put on good matches. Don't believe me? Just watch his matches on NXT season 5 with Tyson Kidd, and you'd have to be crazy to disagree.
In my humble opinion, Tatsu is underrated to a certain extent. But I still feel that he has a few holes in his game that needs to be patched.
Yoshi Tatsu rarely appears on WWE's SmackDown or RAW, but he has been in a pretty interesting rivalry with Tyson Kidd of late. He may be getting wins on NXT, but we know that isn't the case when he's on other shows.
3. Trent Barreta
Trent Barreta first made his appearance in the WWE along with tag-team partner, Caylen Croft. After renaming themselves as the 'The Dudebusters', the duo first made their mark as villains.
However, as soon as the decline of the tag-team division began, the dynamic duo were not really a part of the future plans set by WWE creative. Croft was soon released, and Barreta has been competing in single's competition ever since.
Barreta had some decent tag-team matches along with Caylen Croft, but it's his single's career that we should all be concerned with. I guess officials gave him a chance to impress and garner attention during his stint on WWE Superstars and, in my humble opinion, I think he did.
So how did he end up as a 'jobber'?
That question remains to be answered but, although Barreta has impressed me with his in-ring skills, I must admit that his microphone work has not quite been on par. I have not seen him cut a promo, and I've hardly seen him with a microphone.
I'm not saying that glass shatters the moment he speaks, but we need to see more credibility from him, as I believe that microphone skills play a huge part in being a successful superstar.
Barreta has yet to taste championship gold in the WWE and, in all honestly, I can't see that changing anytime soon. Ever since making his debut as a single's competitor, Trent has been 'jobbing' to guys like Drew McIntyre and Jindher Mahal.
Now, will Trent Barreta continue to be a 'jobber'? That remains to be seen—but unless he can improve his microphone work, I just can't see how he's going to get himself out of this predicament.
2. Primo Colon
Just like Trent Barreta, Primo Colon first burst onto the scene as part of a tag-team. He, along with his brother, Carlito, were successful during their tag-team run, even managing to become the first ever tag-team to hold onto the unified WWE tag-team straps.
However, their time as a tag-team came to a screeching halt when Carlito was given his marching orders. As such, Primo has been pursuing a singles career ever since.
Like him or not, I think Primo has what it takes to be a credible superstar in the WWE. However, just like Trent Barreta, Primo hasn't really showcased his microphone work. But in terms of in-ring ability, I think Primo is pretty decent. He has the ability to sell moves, and on top of that, he can be pretty charismatic as well. One way or another, he often has a few moves up his sleeves and there's certainly no doubt that this guy can wrestle and work a match.
We don't often see Primo on TV and, on the rare occasions that we do, he always loses to get his opponent over.
Primo has been a 'jobber' for some time now, and from the way things are at the moment, I can honestly see him in danger of leaving the WWE. I really thought WWE had plans for him when they paired him up with Zack Ryder, but I guess that turned out to be no Jekyll and all Hyde for him. I guess they simply couldn't get a proper villainous reaction from the crowd.
At least not in the eyes of WWE management.
Like most professional wrestlers, JTG entered the WWE as a tag-team wrestler, along with Shad Gaspard. The duo from Brooklyn called themselves 'Cryme Tyme', and had the persona of being 'the guys from the hood'. The pair did have a couple of shots at the tag-team straps, but were unable capture and hold onto them.
In 2010 Gaspard was future endeavored and JTG began pursuing a single's career. To date, JTG has yet to hold onto a championship in the company, and while we have witnessed the releases of the likes of Vladimir Kozlov and Chris Masters, many members of the IWC (Internet Wrestling Community) are still wondering why JTG remains contracted to the company.
JTG was a 'pro' on season five of NXT to rookie Jacob Novak but, unfortunately, the latter was eliminated from the competition. JTG has since been competing primarily on both NXT and WWE Superstars.
I honestly shudder to think what's in store for the brawler from the hood. JTG has legit microphone skills, but I can barely understand 3/4 of what he says. In terms of in-ring ability, I think he has room for improvement. Some of his matches of late have been pretty decent, and I think this shows that JTG can indeed work in the ring. He needs a change, and I think he needs it fast. The gimmick that he has right now has become pretty stale in my eyes.
I still do believe that JTG is likely to be in danger of leaving the company sooner rather than later. I honestly can't recall the last time JTG was actually booked to win a match and, as of right now, he pretty much defines the meaning of 'jobber'.