Ladies wrestling and professional wrestling in general offer an entertainment cocktail second to none, there's absolutely no doubt about that in our minds. In women's professional wrestling, there is acting, athletics and violence and maybe even dancing: a little bit of each of the most popular forms of entertainment. Indeed, a professional wrestler needs to be able to act, she needs to be able to take bumps and execute physically taxing moves while keeping up an impression of violence which is convincing enough to sell the show. This is by no means an easy feat to pull off. Selling mock violence in a way that preserves its entertainment value is no easy feat: it takes someone who is good at dishing out punishment, but that is not even close to being enough.
The very essence of the show resides in the person taking the punishment. While closely disputed matches are indeed entertaining and have their place in the sport, squash matches were invented and have become popular for a good reason. When it comes to professional wrestling, the crowds need to see someone really "buy it". It all stems from the fundamentally human way of finding it funny when someone gets bashed, slapped or falls face first into the mud. People like to see others suffer as long as the suffering isn't liable to lead to serious consequences in any way.
This is what professional wrestling and within it ladies professional wrestling, is extremely good at achieving: people get squashed in the ring and they get almost literally beaten out of their leotards, without ever being able to put in an offensive move, but we all know it's theater, and thus something that would turn our stomachs upside down under different circumstances, is perceived as top-notch entertainment.
Seeing someone beaten into a bloody pulp isn't something that many would take pleasure in viewing, but within the professional wrestling ring we can let our primal entertainment-thirsty animal go, because it's all perfectly safe. This is where the professional wrestling jobber comes into the picture. It is the jobber’s duty to take a massive beating, to make it look as real as possible, and to make the wrestler dishing out the punishment look as good as possible. This is the reason why we here women-wrestling.org have decided to sing an ode to the jobber who always shows up, looking great and all glammed-up, and who thusly so skillfully completes the spectacle we are all thirsting for. Here is a rundown of some of the most noteworthy jobbers in women's professional wrestling in no particular order.
Cheryl Rusa has always been what one would call a purebred jobber. Although a bodybuilder, she was petite and physically inferior to most of the ladies that took her on in the squared circle, thus she was naturally beat up on a lot. Despite being a jobber, she always came to the ring ready to rumble, and within seconds of tagging in she was already in deep trouble. Even though she would end up on her back or screaming her surrender in most of her matches, she actually scored a few surprise wins as well, despite the fact that nobody ever expected her to soar to such highs of professional wrestling achievement. As a matter of fact, even as she walked to the ring, her whole attire and her demeanor screamed "pin me". Needless to say she was the weak link in Locomotion, the tag team that she formed with Reggie Bennett. For some reason, the much more physically gifted Reggie would idly watch as her tag team partner got spectacularly destroyed in the ring most of the time, instead of jumping in to help. She probably enjoyed the massacre herself.
Brittany Brown was a game jobber. She was actually a legitimate wrestler who has scored many a title in different ladies wrestling promotions. The way I remember her though is looking slightly inadequate in her shiny nylon lycra Flexatard unitards, getting ready to be slaughtered by one of the upper or lower card wrestlers in the LPWA.
She has quite possibly achieved the height of her jobbing career in two matches that she had against Shelly Francis, which she both lost via the same Boston crab submission. There was something way beyond your regular jobber’s demise in seeing the crafty veteran forced to surrender by the relative newcomer not once but twice. She didn't fare much better in her other LPWA matches either, whether they were tag team or singles matches.
The Nasty Girls were not your typical textbook jobber tag team. These girls could wrestle and the way they worked together in the ring made them one of the most impressive tag teams to watch in the LPWA and in ladies wrestling in general. Somehow however, they would always end up on the losing end, despite the fact that they always gave even the best of their opponents a good run for their money.
The Nasty Girls were slightly inadequate heels, who were indeed nasty and hard to control but they never really had what it took to get that mark in the W column. The two members of the team wrestled as singles too, with about the same level of success, so in the end they do indeed qualify as Jobbers.
If there was a "pathetic female jobber" entry in the dictionary, you would find a picture of Sindy Paradise next to it. Indeed, Sindy was quite possibly the most pathetic jobber in the history of ladies professional wrestling. Even though her physique was much more impressive than that of some of the other ladies who made this list, the second her opponent put her hands on her, she would be completely lost in the ring, botching the moves left and right, and generally appearing absolutely dazed, clueless and unaware of her position in the ring.
I don't personally believe that there was a single wrestler who went up against Sindy Paradise and had any sort of trouble pinning her or extracting a submission from her. She was like a lamb led to slaughter from the moment the bell rang, and she delivered every time. To top it all off, she teamed up with Cheryl Rusa to form the most pathetic ladies wrestling tag team of all time: the Mighty Mites, who would wrestle handicapped matches against single wrestlers and get absolutely destroyed and double-pinned, taking jobbing to a whole new level.
If there was a wrestler who would stand a chance of topping Cindy Paradise as the most pathetic ladies wrestling jobber of all time, it would have to be Alison Royal. Alison Royal became an icon for an entire generation growing up on LPWA bouts, for the way she would get absolutely slaughtered every time she set foot in the squared circle. The truth be told however, she didn't quite submit as readily as some of the above covered ladies, most of her losses coming via the good old leghook pin. As a member of team America, she also enjoyed some success riding the coat tails of Misty Blue Simmes, a lady who never lost an official bout in her career. When on her own however, Alison represented nothing but a sure mark in the W. column for whomever wrestled her. Easily overwhelmed, she would always put up a heroic fight but it was always for a lost cause.
Wrestling for David McLane's WOW, Boom Boom was a member of an entirely different generation of lady wrestlers. She was a game competitor who always came to the ring to win, but alas she was a jobber nonetheless. Getting pinned by much smaller opposition throughout the brief first running of WOW, she was one of the girls whose primary task was to provide wins for the top card contenders. She did score a lone victory over Jade who was apparently an even bigger jobber than herself, but that was about it. She always smiled though and she was generally extremely easy on the eyes, again a mark of the true jobber.
Summer (Bobbi Billard) was also a WOW wrestler and she like Boom Boom, she never managed to rack up a single victory during the first run of the show. As soon as she appeared on the runway leading up to the ring, people could tell she was the embodiment of the perfect jobber. Her whole demeanor not to mention her Baywatch inspired outfit, loudly heralded her imminent doom within the squared circle.
WOW was not famous for having many of its singles matches end in submissions, but one of those matches was one in which Summer tapped out to Phantom in a sharpshooter. Summer looked great as a jobber, one may even say she was a natural. Her wrestling abilities weren't quite top-notch at the time, but she sold the moves well and that's what’s most important when it comes to jobbing.
Wrestling for the lesser-known POWW (powerful women of wrestling) Pocahontas was an extremely interesting kind of jobber. She would actually win the majority of her matches, and not only would she have her hands raised at the end of them, most of her victories would come via submissions. She had this great gimmick submission hold called the Indian Deathlock, from which not even her upper-card opponents, like Luna, managed to escape without uttering their surrender first. Pocahontas actually managed to put together a really impressive winning streak at POWW, but she remained a jobber nonetheless. Whenever she failed to lock in her gimmick submission hold, she got beat up on badly, and she ended up on her back for the 1-2-3. She definitely had a jobber’s image, and despite her winning record, she was at her best when she was intimidated and destroyed by her more aggressive opponents.
Tiffany Krystal is a ladies wrestling jobber only those truly into the sport have probably ever heard of. Tiffany wrestled for a number of promotions during the 80s/ early 90s, and most of the time she ended up as cannon fodder, making her better-regarded opponents look good. Appearing slightly inadequate in the ring, always glammed-up to the max and sporting your typical 80s big hair, she was a true pushover. In most of her matches, she didn't even manage to land a single blow before being taken apart by opponents like Luna. What I remember about her is a match she had against a girl named Jessica Rivera. She lost that match via submission, but she was all fired up at the end of it and she demanded a rematch. I had no idea why, after all, there’s no clearer way to lose a match than to verbally surrender. She was eventually granted a rematch which she ended up losing again via the very same submission hold. In regards to jobbing, Tiffany Krystal truly had it in her. Had she been able to gain more exposure, she may even have challenged the likes of Sindy Paradise for the "most pathetic ladies’ jobber of all time" title.
Frankly, we don't know a whole lot about Brittney Savage at this point (our fault), and we suspect that she may in fact be a rather successful indy talent. What do we do know and remember about her however is the way she was absolutely blasted to pieces by Beth Phoenix, wrestling as Brooke Carter on SmackDown. If that match is an indication, regardless of her general track record, Brittney Savage's jobbing skills are top-notch indeed. The match that we’re talking about was part of a string of similar bouts in which Beth Phoenix took on a selection of jobbers, to build up her image. All of the jobbers that she destroyed during that spree fit the classic mold quite superbly. They all looked like they were picked right off the street and tossed in with the biggest and baddest bully of them all, clueless and quite unaware of the destruction about to befall them.