Red Division: Rize vs. Alex Baker
Subject: Greatest Jobber in WWE History
In the world of professional wrestling, there must be a winner and there must be a loser. The winner goes on to receive the praise and recognition of the live audience/IWC, while the loser has partaken in one of the most comment acts in pro wrestling history:
Known simply as a losing performance in a match, a job comes routinely in the career of every professional wrestler. When observing jobbers of this day and age (Yoshi Tatsu, Zack Ryder, Trent Barretta), they possess the potential that their counterparts from previous eras of pro wrestling lacked.
On the other hand, if one were to analyze jobbers from '80s and '90s, they’re probable to share the same view Marc Mattaliano stated they would.
“They are solely there to lose, get paid and go home. In other words, they’re seen as doing bare minimum, like many do at a dead end job. They’re seen as treating entertaining, a business that is defined by passion and charisma and desire, as a grind and feel that losing will still pay their bills.”
In the end, the sole purpose of every jobber is to make your opponent look good.
At this point, I know you’re asking yourself, “With so many jobbers in pro wrestling history, how do you choose just one? Wait a minute, I know who it is! Woo Woo Woo, you know it’s Zack Ryder!”
I could’ve chosen numerous Superstars. From modern day favorites like Zack Ryder, Chavo Guerrero or Colin Delaney to classics like Buddy Rose, Barry O and the Brooklyn Brawler, the potential for this subject is never ending.
When it comes to writing about a topic as delicate as the Greatest Jobber in WWE History, the subject must’ve made a career out of jobbing. This certain Superstar must have revolutionized the term coined by Bobby Heenan decades ago.
In this particular category, no man did it better Barry “The Winner” Horowitz.
Why is Barry the Greatest Jobber in WWE History? THE QUANTITY OF LOSSES!
Arguably the best athlete of his era, Barry Horowitz personified the word jobber. With a losing streak as long as Mississippi, Horowitz was infamous for his self-congratulatory pat on the back before his matches. Self-described as an enhancer, Barry worked for numerous wrestling promotions before joining the WWE.
During his time in those promotions, Horowitz took the role as a jobber. In the late '80s, Horowitz became the WWF’s most prominent jobber. Horowitz faced the likes of Randy Savage, Bam Bam Bigalow and Mr. Wonderful himself, Paul Orndorff.
However, Horowitz's time with the WWF was often short. Horowitz finally struck gold in 1995, appearing with the WWF on a regular basis. This time around, Horowitz’s pat on the back became a routine before each loss. The Winner continued losing matches in 1995, falling to the likes of Undertaker and Rad Radford.
It’s safe to say Horowitz appeared on WWE programming in '80s and '90s more than the top WWF superstars from those eras.
In 1998, Horowitz joined World Championship Wrestling. After a short time, Horowitz resumed his position as a jobber, falling to Bill Goldberg, Disco Inferno and a plethora of WCW’s prominent talent.
Simply put, Horowitz spent most of his career lying down.
Horowitz wins, Horowitz wins, Horowitz wins!
One thing that cements Horowitz's status as the Greatest Jobber in WWE History is the reaction of a win. Barry shocked the world when he defeated Skip (Chris Candido) in 1995. The reaction of Jim Ross and the live audience told the story.
“Horowitz beat em! Can you believe it? Horowitz has defeated Skip! Barry Horowitz has just won his first match here in the WWF! This crowd is shocked, the people are standing!”
“How are they going to explain this in the record books?”
The WWF pushed the angle by having Horowitz defeat Skip at Summerslam. Horowitz was also placed in a tag team with Hakushi after Horowitz pulled off another shocking win. The success was short lived as the WWF released Barry in 1997.
In the years that followed, WCW attempted to reuse it on their on programming. The company even went as far as to have Horowitz used the same rollup his used to defeated Skip.
Fulfilling his purpose
Like I stated above, the purpose of a jobber is to make the opponent look good.
For example, take John Cena’s matches with Shawn Michaels and The Great Khali for example. Which set of matches will you discuss?
The obvious answer would be the set with Michaels.
Simply put, you’re only as good as your opponent makes you.
The fact that Horowitz was a great athlete also contributed to his status as a jobber. The WWF placed him in matches with the likes of Savage and Undertaker to better them in the eyes of the fans.
In the end, Horowitz was spontaneously successful at his purpose.