Full Career Retrospective and Greatest Moments for Jamie Noble

Erik Beaston@@ErikBeastonFeatured ColumnistOctober 15, 2014

Credit: WWE.com

As a so-called "stooge" for The Authority, Jamie Noble can be spotted each and every Monday night accompanying Seth Rollins to ringside, pulling Dean Ambrose and John Cena off Rollins and Randy Orton or hanging around by Triple H and Stephanie's side, the ultimate lackeys for the most hated power couple on the planet.

Before he became the modern-day equivalent to Pat Patterson and Gerald Brisco, though, Noble was a highly skilled mat technician and a decorated competitor.

A breakout star for SmackDown during the days of Ruthless Aggression and brand extensions, Noble succeeded in WWE despite his lack of size and stigma that followed him for being a former World Championship Wrestling star.

His story is one of Japanese masks and trailer parks. Above all else, though, it is a story of a determined young man rising to the occasion, making the most of his opportunities and enjoying a run as one of the most entertaining acts on SmackDown.

This is his story, told via his greatest moments and matches across three great companies in WCW, WWE and Ring of Honor. 

Jamie-San and the Jung Dragons

Trained by the great Dean Malenko, it should have been no surprise that Jamie Noble was as talented a ring worker as he was, even early in his career.

After graduating from the WCW Power Plant, Noble made his television debut under a mask. Dubbed "Jamie-san," he was one-third of the Jung Dragons faction, managed by Leia Meow.

After spending early 2000 as part of backstage segments involving The Cat, the trio was finally allowed to prove their worth between the ropes, working fellow youngsters 3 Count in a variety of matches on Nitro and Thunder.

Determined to make names for themselves and prove their worth to the struggling company, the six competitors tore the house down on each and every card they wrestled. And WCW took advantage of their determination.

The Jung Dragons and 3 Count became the Edge and Christian, Hardy Boyz and Dudley Boyz of WCW. They were the work-rate guys that management could throw out in a Ladder match and fully expect them to deliver.

They did, more times than not.

Late in 2000, Noble was unmasked, kicked out of the Jung Dragons and left to team with Evan Karagias, himself a singles competitor due to a split with 3 Count. The three tag teams continued to deliver on a nightly basis, but their momentum was halted by the purchase of WCW by WWE.

Jamie Noble: Redneck Messiah

After nearly a year working in WWE developmental territory Heartland Wrestling Association, Noble made his on-screen debut on June 6, 2002, jumping babyface cruiserweight champion The Hurricane and establishing himself as the top contender to the title.

With girlfriend Nidia by his side, Noble played the trailer-trash bully to perfection. He and Nidia would perform the most vile acts of PDA, discuss buying a new double wide now that they had more income than they ever imagined.

That income would increase following the King of the Ring pay-per-view, where Noble knocked off Hurricane to win the cruiserweight title and set off on one of the most entertaining runs by any Superstar to ever hold that championship.

With he and Nidia eliciting laughter thanks to their outstanding, funny, entertaining backstage and pre-taped vignettes, Noble was one of the brightest breakout stars on the SmackDown brand. That Noble backed everything up with superb in-ring work made him one of the most complete entertainers on the roster.

His feuds with Tajiri, Rey Mysterio and Billy Kidman presented SmackDown with the opportunity to really rejuvenate the cruiserweight division and bring their style to Vince McMahon's WWE.

Unfortunately, management failed to see the value of the division. By November 2002, Noble dropped the title to Kidman and became somewhat of a non-entity for the next six months.

Then, he engaged in a rivalry with Billy Gunn that would not only result in some strange sexual activities involving himself, Nidia, Gunn and manager Torrie Wilson, but also turned Noble babyface in the process.

The turn would not last long, however, as Nidia was blinded by Tajiri's rare black mist. Noble, realizing that he could take advantage of his now-handicapped significant other, would put her in harm's way to avoid further pain and punishment.

Eventually, Nidia figured out what was going on, recovered and split from Noble, bringing an end to one of the most entertaining couples in WWE history.

Noble would remain an active part of the SmackDown roster until steroid use was revealed in September 2004 and the former cruiserweight champion opted to leave the company.

Ring of Honor

After leaving WWE, Noble began making regular appearances for upstart Indy promotion Ring of Honor. There, he worked with the likes of Samoa Joe, CM Punk, Austin Aries, Roderick Strong and Christopher Daniels. The matches he had with those wrestlers proved just how truly talented Noble was.

Working under the name James Gibson, he captured the Ring of Honor Championship from Punk and held it until September 17, 2005, when he dropped it to Bryan Danielson.

His run with the promotion would be short-lived, but the quality of his work there put him back on WWE's radar.

Return to WWE

Upon his return to WWE in 2006, Noble almost immediately began teaming with Kid Kash in a duo known as The Pitbulls. Together, they instantly became top contenders to the WWE Tag Team Championships, then held by the energetic, high-flying team of Paul London and Brian Kendrick.

Noble and Kash very much looked like the favorites to take the titles by the time that year's Great American Bash rolled around.

They failed in their attempt to take the gold, and their short stint as a duo came to an end when Kash was dismissed from WWE in September 2006.

Over the next year, Noble would pursue a second Cruiserweight Championship, working the likes of Psychosis, Super Crazy, Nunzio and Funaki.

In 2007, he began to demonstrate feelings for Michelle McCool, igniting a rivalry between he and Chuck Palumbo, who McCool had been associated with up to that point.

For weeks their love triangle unfolded on SmackDown. In the process, Palumbo showed his true colors: a controlling boyfriend who was not above aggressively grabbing McCool if he saw fit.

Noble turned babyface and worked Palumbo, but their story never had a real, definitive conclusion.

Drafted to Raw, Noble would work both William Regal and Sheamus in memorable matches and programs. His feud with a young Celtic Warrior ended with him taking a tremendous beating at ringside. Unfortunately, a neck injury put Noble out of commission and led to his retirement.

Since 2010, he has worked behind the scenes as a produce/road agent for WWE, helping young talent develop their in-ring abilities and on-screen characters. Recently, he has returned to television as one of the "stooges" for The Authority.

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