WWE History Lesson: Barry Horowitz, the Life of a WWE Jobber Personified

The Doctor Chris Mueller@@BR_DoctorFeatured ColumnistApril 13, 2012

Photo: highspots.com
Photo: highspots.com

Your friendly neighborhood Doctor is here, and I bring with me a new column. Each month I will look back at someone who had an impact on the wrestling business but did not necessarily leave the biggest lasting impression.

There are plenty of names who are mentioned time and time again by wrestling writers because they had such a huge impact on the business, but along the way there were a lot of other people who helped to push those greats to stardom.

Some of these people are called "jobbers," or "enhancement talent." Their main use in bigger promotions is to provide an easy win for someone who is being pushed.

Many great superstars actually got their start jobbing to bigger stars. Guy like the Hardy brothers (Matt and Jeff) started as jobbers before moving on to become huge stars in the industry.

Quite possibly the most well-known jobber of all time is Steve "Brooklyn Brawler" Lombardi. Lombardi made putting others over into an art form, and he even gained the love and respect of the fans for doing it with a smile on his face for so long.

Lombardi is now someone who is known by fans, but another notable jobber seems to be constantly out of the minds and memories of us writers, and that man is Barry Horowitz.

Horowitz is best known for being a WWE jobber who had a short push after a surprise win. The moment is still fresh in my memory.

On an episode of WWF Action Zone the Jewish wrestler who got his start in Florida went on to beat Bodydonna Skip in a huge upset. Jim Ross can be heard screaming "Horowitz wins, Horowitz wins!" into his headset.

Barry Horowitz got his start in the business under the infamous Boris Malenko, who trained Horowitz for 18 months before releasing him to the sharks.

Horowitz joined Championship Wrestling from Florida in 1985 under the name Jack Hart, but he did not claim relation to the famous Hart family of Canada.

While there Horowitz won his first major title, the NWA Florida Heavyweight Championship from the legendary Mike Graham in a tournament for the vacant belt.

After losing the title, Horowitz turned heel and picked up the managerial services of heel managers like Percy Pringle (Paul Bearer in WWE) and Sir Oliver Humperdink, another forgotten legend.

Horowitz would work his way through other Indy promotions for a few years, picking up a few titles and more experience along the way, until he got the call in 1987 to join World Wrestling Federation.

His gimmick saw him return to using his real name and his attire consisted of suspenders and a hand print on the back of his shirt which he would routinely slap to "Give himself a pat on the back."

Horowitz served as an enhancement talent, someone who was used to put others over by losing to them, until he suffered a back injury, sidelining him for 10 months.

He returned to WWF in 1991 and continued to be used as a jobber. His first PPV match was the 1993 Survivor Series where he donned a mask as one of Jerry Lawler's Knights under the leadership of Shawn Michaels.

Horowitz continued to job to others for two more years until he gained a surprise win over Bodydonna Skip. This win led to a second win over Skip and a small push for the man who had never been thought of as a major force.

As time went on Horowitz became an underdog who the fans liked to cheer for, and he was eventually given his own entrance music, an upbeat version of Hava Nagila to play up his Jewish heritage.

Horowitz received chances at various titles in the then-WWF, but was unsuccessful in winning any championships in the WWF.

After leaving WWF Horowitz signed with WCW, mainly wrestling on WCW Saturday Night until returning to the indy circuit in 2000.

Since leaving WCW Horowitz has been working as a nutritionist and he still occasionally dons a pair of tights and wrestles for a local Indy promotion if he is needed.

While his time in the WWF may not be remembered by many, he was actually a very accomplished athlete.

Horowitz wrestler at Florida State University where he also received his degree in Sports Nutrition, which he uses in his career today.

He is also accomplished in the wrestling industry, having held a total of 19 Championship throughout various promotions as well as being named PWI's most inspirational wrestler in 1995.

While the Flairs and the Undertakes get all the credit for making this business what it is today we have to remember that without the Brooklyn Brawlers and the Barry Horowitzes there would not have been anyone to make them look good.

Barry Horowitz may not be a shoe-in for the WWE Hall of Fame, but he is definitely someone who deserves credit for contributing to the business in a positive way.

If you would like to read more about Horowitz check out RiZE's article about Barry Horowitz from June of last year where he documents why Barry Horowitz is the greatest jobber of all time. It is a great piece and has some more interesting tidbits about Horowitz.

Thanks for reading, and if you have a suggestion for who should be the subject of the next History Lesson please share it below.

The information not obtained from my own brain was gathered at WWE.com and OnlineWorldofWrestling.com under Horowitz official profile.

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