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So who are your top 5 jobberiest jobbers to ever job in pro wrestling history?  

Mine in no particular order:
Hardwork Bobby Walker
Zan Panzer
Rikki Ataki
Barry O
Omar Atlas

Barry O will always hold a special place in my heart for The Zodiac in Stampede.  Especially the unmasking, where Ed Whalen just completely no-sold it and he's like "Uh, I don't know who that is."  

There was a skinny geek named Chi Chi Cruz who managed to get over with the crowd at a brutal 4.5 hour Superstars taping I attended in Edmonton in 91, as he legit did something like 4 or 5 squash losses that night and every time he got more popular with the crowd for taking the beating he did.  

The ones you listed are all really good choices, especially Omar Atlas, who looked like someone that was running a convenience store in between matches.  The NWA always had some epic losers out there getting thrown around, especially the pasty goofs they would put out there on the Saturday show to get crushed by the Road Warriors and Midnight Express in particular.  I used to love how they'd find the worst-looking dweebs and just have the Midnights completely destroy them.  

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  1. I loved all of the JCP jobbers. The Mulkeys, Cruel Connection, The Thunderfeet, George South, Italian Stallion and Rocky King are the ones that stand out in my mind.

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  2. Off the top of my head: Jeff Sword, Scott Colton, The Gambler, Duane Gill, Barry Hardy.

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  3. Zan Panzer has to get in just for this match against Sullivan and Buzz Sawyer.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nBHg4832S7s&safe=active

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  4. When I hear the word "jobber" I always think of Tony Zane. He appeared on JCP programming as much as Ric Flair. Just about got killed by Vladimir Petrov in '87.

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  5. Jonathan MeisnerMay 6, 2015 at 8:37 AM

    Dusty, sometimes known as Dale Wolfe. Barry Horowitz, Iron Mike Sharpe. The Gambler.

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  6. The Gambler was a staple on WCW Worldwide.

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  7. The Place to Be Nation guys need to do a jobber tournament. That would be more interesting than a theme music/greatest IC champ/etc tourney where everyone knows what the last 5-10 entries standing will be.

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  8. George South might be king of the jobbers. He even got to contribute a paragraph to Flair's book.

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  9. Jonathan MeisnerMay 6, 2015 at 8:41 AM

    Jobber tournament or worst/stupidest gimmicks ever.

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  10. Lee Scott, Dusty Wolfe, Barry Horowitz, The Gambler, Duane Gill, The Mulkeys

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  11. ahem are you saying there is a better jobber in the world then Barry Horowitz?

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  12. Cant forget about Rusty Brooks either

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  13. they had to have a match at some point right some little indy in the northeast maybe the PWF that Stallion and South ran god the would of died trying to outsell each other

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  14. George South, Tom Stone, the Milkman, Mulkeymania, of course Barry

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  15. Bobby Walker had to be one of the lamest attempts at getting a guy a quasi-gimmick. What a dud.

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  16. Jonathan MeisnerMay 6, 2015 at 8:51 AM

    Speaking of Walkers. Add Braden Walker to the list.

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  17. I always liked Iron Mike Sharpe myself.

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  18. Barry Horowitz and Mike Sharpe have to be on that list

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  19. I haven't heard of a single one of those people - I'lll go with the Repo Man because I was scared of him and enjoyed watching him lose

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  20. They do need more jobbers around who can still go all-in on a gimmick and have unique looks even if they'll never achieve anything. For example the Ascension look cool and imposing (IMO) but I'm OK with them losing all the time. TL Hopper, Duke Droese, Salvatore Sincere... all jobbers with personalities/gimmicks

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  21. Tell me you didn't just say that!

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  22. AverageJoeEverymanMay 6, 2015 at 9:02 AM

    self proclaimed

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  23. VINNYTRAMANTANOMay 6, 2015 at 9:06 AM

    I am appalled that no one has mentioned Brooklyn Brawler.

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  24. Willard Fillmore and Rutherford P.S. Hayes.

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  25. Mike Jackson.
    The Mulkeys
    George South
    Chic Donovan - you KNOW you're bad when 20 years later they make fun of you on Mike&Mike
    Keith Eric - Memphis jobbers....a whole new LEVEL of jobberdom

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  26. I almost forgot.....dare I say it: JOE GOMEZ!

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  27. I think Bruce Pritchard had an involvement also at this time but am uncertain.

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  28. Jonathan MeisnerMay 6, 2015 at 9:08 AM

    He beat HHH. Does that disqualify him from total jobberdom?

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  29. One of HHH's most famous selfless acts

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  30. Terry Gibbs, Charlie Fulton, Dave Barbee, Ron Shaw, and Jose Luis Rivera. Rivera was such a jobber that he got to be the one guy to job to "Boxing" Bob Orton and also job under a hood as one of the Conquistadors.

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  31. Jonathan MeisnerMay 6, 2015 at 9:12 AM

    Cuban Assassin!

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  32. The Portuguese Man O' War - that would have got over if he debuted after Steve Irwin died (I know it was a stingray- you have to be subtle about these things)

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  33. These threads and names always kill me. I remember calling jobbers the "currently in the ring..." guys when I was a pre-teen.

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  34. GrailRonSwansonMay 6, 2015 at 9:18 AM

    Terry Gibbs! Phil Apollo! Mario Mancini! Russ Greenberg!

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  35. Someone is obviously forgetting that he dated Chyna.

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  36. Steve Thunder. Not only did he lose his wig during a squash match, he sued the wigmaker:
    https://news.google.com/newspapers?nid=1955&dat=19830901&id=Fw4iAAAAIBAJ&sjid=GKcFAAAAIBAJ&pg=2111,570568&hl=en

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  37. Duane Gill. I remember being pissed when he was revealed as Mankind's mystery opponent (so many people thought it would be HBK or Warrior). But when they played his TitanTron video and it was just a montage of guys pinning him, I started cracking up and was ok with him being in the match.

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  38. Jonathan MeisnerMay 6, 2015 at 9:20 AM

    Gibbs will always have the distinction of losing to Hall of Famer, Warrior in his first televised match.

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  39. Selleck ReynoldsMay 6, 2015 at 9:20 AM

    Gomez, jobber? He won the only six and a half star match in the history of the business.

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  40. I miss all of The Ryback's hilariously named jobbers.

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  41. Ahmed could've been a decent Tito Santana type. Reliable midcarder to put over the top talent or open the show squashing a geek to fire up the crowd. Just too injury prone though.

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  42. Duane Gill brings a smile to my face. Here's a guy who was in no way, shape, or form going to be a successful wrestler, and then WWF figures a way to use him in a comedy role that was generally funny and likely made him a fair amount of money when he's 40 years old.

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  43. Arthur Rosenburg & Stan Stansky? Rutherford Hayes & Willard Fillmore?

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  44. LOL at Scott Colton

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  45. Jonathan MeisnerMay 6, 2015 at 9:28 AM

    I wasn't watching his squash matches, was there ever a Ben Dover and Phil McCracken?

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  46. Dusty Wolfe all day.

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  47. Dude there is a 93 raw I just saw where Gill has this fabulously tapered mullet that comes in and out and as a permed middle section, and he's 75% horseshoe bald on top. Gill was an epic jobber.

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  48. Dusty Wolfe ftw

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  49. Haha he was chubby, pasty and had an awful mullet. What more can you ask?

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  50. Mario Mancini

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  51. Believe it not, he was a trending topic at my school for a few weeks back in the day. Crazy!

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  52. The worse they looked the more I loved them. Even as a kid I loved to laugh at the jobbers and got a huge kick out of seeing the same ones.

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  53. By trending I mean that 4-5 people kept bringing him up daily.

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  54. I actually hope it made him no money. Just because he's a jobber.

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  55. I liked the match where Saturn kills that poor jobber and it turned out to be the brother of the guy who made Bigger, Stronger, Faster. Great documentary.

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  56. The mulkeys are definitely the jobbers that got over the most. I love jef Vinson idea about making one of the blonde divas a mulkey cousin who's trying to restore the family name.

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  57. Wasn't the dudley back story that there dad was some kind of old school jobber who got a rat pregnant in every territory he worked? What a great idea.

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  58. Cougar Jay was one of my favorite JCP underneath guys...


    Surprised no one has mentioned Rocky King.

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  59. Even a jobber needs to eat.

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  60. Dana Brooke can do it. She's green as grass so her moves look awful, and I want to see her naked. That second part is less relevant.

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  61. Hey, I did say "one of"

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  62. Yeah but only at McDonald's.

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  63. We never got to meet Big Daddy Dudley...

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  64. GrailRonSwansonMay 6, 2015 at 9:41 AM

    It was more Pritchard, Cornette, and Vince at this point with Pat doing the finishes.

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  65. Brian Costello

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  66. GrailRonSwansonMay 6, 2015 at 9:43 AM

    Russo didn't get control with Vince until 98. He was invited to attend creative meeting in spring 97 though

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  67. PATRICKisLEGENDMay 6, 2015 at 9:44 AM

    Iron. Mike. Sharpe.

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  68. GrailRonSwansonMay 6, 2015 at 9:44 AM

    He was awful and campy but fit the lousy product at the time. Gene was really missed

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  69. PATRICKisLEGENDMay 6, 2015 at 9:44 AM

    BAOWWOWOWOOAOAOOHOAOAOOAAAAAA!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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  70. Big Dirty MurphMay 6, 2015 at 9:44 AM

    Ech. You have weird taste. She's homely as a mules ass.

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  71. I forgot all about Stan Stansky!

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  72. Tony Stetson and Don E. Allen, ECW legends.

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  73. Reno Riggins is another one that comes to mind. He beat Dibiase on Superstars by countdown cause of Virgil if I remember correctly.

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  74. I don't know that he was a jobber, but he did have a kid in every territory he was in.

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  75. And fucking ring boys?

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  76. Duane Gill
    Jumping Joey Maggs
    WCW Jim Powers (Teddy Long is really motivating him... to lose!)
    Grizzly Redwood
    "Iron" Mike Sharpe

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  77. Jonathan MeisnerMay 6, 2015 at 9:48 AM

    Mark Starr

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  78. Disorderly Conduct was also awesome. Mean Mike and Tough Tom are such good names.

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  79. Hardworkin’ Bobby Walkah, as the Dream would say
    The Gambler
    Frankie Lancaster
    Duane Gill. I swear he ate about 400 Perfect-plexes
    Hardbody Harrison. WCW Saturday Night had the best jobbers

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  80. Jonathan MeisnerMay 6, 2015 at 9:49 AM

    Rick Fuller

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  81. Fidel Sierra and his gross back.

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  82. High Voltage

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  83. WWE Champion Seth Rollins

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  84. That's Golden Boy Chic Donovan to you sir. He was the first jobber I have a memory of.

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  85. I loved the 80's jobbers that wore vinyl jackets that had their name and hometown written on the back. Those are my kind of jobbers

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  86. Jonathan MeisnerMay 6, 2015 at 9:52 AM

    The New Breed

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  87. Jonathan MeisnerMay 6, 2015 at 9:53 AM

    Must've turned away the gash like it was going out of style.

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  88. Bobby Starr. He was jobbing on the Pro as "Hollywood" Bobby Starr and Tony incredulously says "'Hollywood' Bobby Starr?!"

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  89. Jonathan MeisnerMay 6, 2015 at 9:55 AM

    I'll take the other Bobbie Starr any day.

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  90. The greatest jobber names in the history of our great sport!

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  91. Dusty Rhodes' five favourite jobbers:

    1. EL DANDY!!
    2. Joey Maggs (GO GET 'IM, KID!)
    3. Hardworkin' Bubby Walkerrr
    4. TONY!!
    5. Cody Rhodes

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  92. What I really loved was that Arn Anderson had a bunch of them.

    BISCUIT
    MPLS

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  93. Obviously. I'll unfortunately only be able to get her down for a two count before blowing up.

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  94. Jonathan MeisnerMay 6, 2015 at 9:59 AM

    Arn is badass enough to wear whatever he wants. Including those huge ass glasses.

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  95. Jonathan MeisnerMay 6, 2015 at 9:59 AM

    That's one more than me.

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  96. I never got tired of Iron Mike Sharpe. He was hilarious to watch with all his love the top yelling.

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  97. This discussion begins and ends with Barry Horowitz.

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  98. Who are you to doubt El Dandy

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  99. Rotten Ron Starr! Rick Fuller! Roadblock! Mark Starr!

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  100. Jonathan MeisnerMay 6, 2015 at 10:03 AM

    He's a real jam up guy.

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  101. They weren't jobbers. They were being groomed for a feud with The Rock 'n' Roll Express in 1987 before one of them got injured (I think in a car accident).

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  102. Deserving of a U.S. title shot

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  103. Jonathan MeisnerMay 6, 2015 at 10:08 AM

    Alright, Tekno Team 2000 then.

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  104. - Roadblock ( WCW)
    - Dusty Wolfe (WWF)
    - George South (NWA)
    - Wee Willie Wilkins ( a one-off in NWA, but oh so legendary)
    - Omar Atlas (WWF)

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  105. He must have been wrestling Tully Blanchard....because he had 3 on each of his wrestling boots!

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  106. I stand corrected..."The Golden Boy" Chic Donovan - if only because of how Gordon Solie used to say it

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  107. Wow....Wee Willie Wilkins lol.....yep. legendary

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  108. My term was "wimps."

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  109. I would agree, but wasnt one of them 1/2 of the world tag team champions at one point?

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  110. There was a squash on Wrestling Challenge where Omar Atlas was introduced wearing a jacket with a sequined picture of Winnie the Pooh on the back.

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  111. What about Dennis Stamp?

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  112. Jonathan MeisnerMay 6, 2015 at 10:16 AM

    He wasn't booked.

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  113. Jumpin Joey Maggs. HE AINT JUMPIN NO MO TONY

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  114. That's awesome. I also thought when Mario Mancini got his first vinyl jacket it gave him some swagger. Dude loved that jacket and Bridgeport, CT.

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  115. "Stinky guys"

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  116. Iron Mike Sharpe, Reno Riggins, Bob Cook, Jack Foley, and Jose Luis Estrada.

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  117. Jorge SteinbrennerMay 6, 2015 at 10:35 AM

    Lee Scott. The height that guy could get off of any power move where he was tossed in the air was legendary.

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  118. Jim Cornette and Steve Austin talking about The Mulkey Brothers.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tYzdqVif76g

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  119. The Unpredictable Johnny Rodz -- he's a Hall of Famer!

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  120. MaffewOfBotchamaniaMay 6, 2015 at 10:41 AM

    Mike Bell, who'd been a jobber since Raw 1994!

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  121. You gotta love their one victory on World Championship Wrestling just before the Crockett Cup: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0YHL3oxYcW4

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  122. Rocky King, Randy Barber, Jose Luis Rivera, the Cole twins, and the Conquistadors!

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  123. Chris Hamrick for his insane Hamrick bump:
    http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-6iiZDuEO-c0/UK0dUtecaCI/AAAAAAAAD04/C6NlM_xo8QE/s1600/hamrick-bump-tatanka.gif
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YNXWWT8JyEA

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  124. I'm partial to Dolph Ziggler.

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  125. Theberzerker, #1 HUSS CHOMPIONMay 6, 2015 at 11:00 AM

    There are many to choose from, however, for the greatest jobber ever...there is only one...
    IRON
    MIKE
    SHARPE.

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  126. Jesus. That's a good way to splatter yourself.

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  127. Barry Hardy, this guy was my absolute favorite. I remember a tag match (might've been him and Duane Gill actually) were facing the Beverly Brothers, and they did a spike piledriver on Barry Hardy for the pin, Hardy was selling it like he was flopping like a fish out of water. That cracks me up every time I think about it.

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  128. Theberzerker, #1 HUSS CHOMPIONMay 6, 2015 at 11:00 AM

    Iron Mike Sharpe!

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  129. Dale Wolf

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  130. My absolute favorite kind of match is a big, powerful heel destroying a skinny face jobber with power moves. There's nothing more entertaining and comical than a face taking an absolute shitkicking bouncing around like a pinball.

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  131. Omar Atlas used to get mad props from Jesse Ventura, who'd always bring up that they used to tagm

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  132. How are the mulkys not on the list

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  133. Mulkeys win or we riot!

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  134. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0YHL3oxYcW4

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  135. My brother's favorite jobber, can't believe I haven't thought about him yet, who can forget AWA and WWF jobber Jake "The Milkman" Milliman?

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  136. Oprah NoodlemantraMay 6, 2015 at 11:12 AM

    Hardy for sure!

    And that hair!

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  137. Oprah NoodlemantraMay 6, 2015 at 11:12 AM

    Canada's loudest jobber!

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  138. SD Jones, Mike Jackson, Chick Donovan, Rocky King, and Iron Mike Sharpe

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  139. Oprah NoodlemantraMay 6, 2015 at 11:15 AM

    - The Italian Stallion
    - Al Burke (The first match I ever watched was him getting squashed by Snuka)

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  140. Wasn't Omar Jesse's very first opponent, too?

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  141. In Jesse's shoot, he said that Omar let him get some moves in during his very first match. Jesse never forgot that and always made sure to put him over whenever possible.

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  142. Brendan McDonaldMay 6, 2015 at 11:27 AM

    Bob Bradley was my favorite by a lot.

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  143. Tony Falk was a great one in Memphis.

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  144. I think Iron Mike opened every NYC area house show for like 5-6 years

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  145. The story behind the Wee Willie Wilkins job, as told by Dusty, Cornette, and others, is one of the funniest things I have ever heard. The Midnights were totally justified in putting a little extra stank on the squash, and, knowing the story going in, the match becomes infinitely more hilarious. WWE had that episode up during the 24/7 days....here's hoping it finds the Network sooner rather than later!

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  146. Anybody else remember Championship Wrestling from Florida? Who remembers Jimmy Backlund?

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  147. Jorge SteinbrennerMay 6, 2015 at 11:37 AM

    That was Jimmy Del Ray, right?

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  148. I preferred "squash wrestlers." And my friends and I would dub Virgil "professional squash wrestler" as he would beat the enhancement guys but get destroyed by everyone else.

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  149. Zack Ryder lifted his trunks style from Hardbody Harrison.

    On that note, I was watching a Toughman competition on TV featuring "The Hardbody Challenge," where Harrison would face four guys in a gauntlet style. It was quite scripted, as he beat all four challengers convincingly yet the final guy "won" to send the crowd home happy. (Harrison was heeling it up the entire show.)

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  150. And hats. Can't forget the hats.

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  151. Not true! I saw him on ESPN AWA Championship Wrestling a couple yrs months ago

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  152. Mulkeys - Obvious reasons
    Tony Zane - This guy NEVER got offense
    The Gambler - His deck of cards went flying when the bell rang
    "Hardwork" Bobby Walker - Complete with epic "Rocky III" music
    Doc Dean - I know he was a big deal in the UK but he never caught a break here, and I liked his moves



    Honorable mention:
    Disorderly Conduct - More like JTTS as they beat jobber teams, but they took one hell of a shit-kicking on a Thunder against Benoit and Malenko, complete with Malenko mocking his opponent's injured leg the entire time.

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  154. I always liked Barry O when he was a straight WWF jobber - I enjoyed his hand signal when Finkel announced his name. But discovering him as the Zodiac put him over the top - those promos are fantastic.
    And screw Ed Whalen for burying the gimmick when it was awesome, but it's funny to watch Ed undersell the upcoming promo before going right into the insanity of Jason and Zodiac.

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  155. AverageJoeEverymanMay 6, 2015 at 11:58 AM

    You just cant keep your story straight, canya?!

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  156. Mike Blackwell just for no selling EVERYTHING from Spivey and Sid for god knows what reason. Then gets stiffed to death and receives a shoot post match beatdown

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  157. When I sent him this question The Gambler JUST missed the cut. I debated putting him ahead of Rikki Ataki but the blowfish pose he used in the ring got him in the top 5

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  158. The Mulkeys!!!! Greatest albino wrestlers ever... Mark out city when they won their only match...

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  159. Stetson was a former tag champ, so pass. Don E Allen and the Broad Street Bully for me.

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  160. AverageJoeEverymanMay 6, 2015 at 12:07 PM

    Could have gone extra subtle and had him come in as a buffalo after Steve Irwin died.

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  161. I have a sick obsession with watching Kamala hit the top rope splash on 150 pound opponents

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  162. AverageJoeEverymanMay 6, 2015 at 12:13 PM

    Interracial Squash Porn

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  163. In my pre-internet days, before I learned the proper terminology, my friends and I called them flums. I don't know it means, but it just sounded right. "That guys a flum, he never wins."

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  164. Harlan Leverage IIIMay 6, 2015 at 12:30 PM

    I went with Bobby Heenan's term: "ham-and-eggers"

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