Job Search: The Quest To Locate Our Favorite Jobbers

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Brian Damage

The role of a jobber in wrestling history is arguably vastly underrated. Local talent turn up at a show and earn a small amount of money to make their opponent that night look like a superstar. It’s certainly a lost art-form. Today Brian takes a look at some of the better known jobbers to earn money by staring up at the ceiling.

In the past, we have talked at great length about the former jobbers of wrestling They were journeymen who were predominantly used in the 1980s and early 1990s. While they were beat up and lost every week…they were skilled, trained wrestlers who were used to make bigger stars look better. The jobber was a very under appreciated and overlooked art form.

They bumped like crazy, gave little to no offense and almost always lost. Many didn’t look they were conditioned athletes, but rest assured…they could go if asked. For fans growing up and watching pro wrestling in that era…we all had our favorite jobbers.

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Whether they were from the WWF, WCW or the AWA…we all had our favorites that we knew had no chance of winning a match. We may not have fully appreciated their services at the time…but now as we have gotten older…realize just how special they really were.

This piece is my personal quest to locate some of these former “jabronis” of professional wrestling and see what they look like now and in some cases…see what they are up to. I was surprised to find that some of these men still compete in wrestling in some form or another, while others have completely left the business. Regardless of what they chose to do with their lives after the Jobber Hey Day…I still hold nothing but the highest regards for these wrestlers and the dirty work they had to do.

Some of these names you may recognize, while others not so much. Many of these wrestlers had success elsewhere in other promotions. When Vince McMahon and the WWF or WCW came calling they made them into enhancement talent. So without any further ado, I give you the best of the worst. (Or at least that’s what the promoters wanted you to think.)

Ricky Ataki

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Ricky Ataki is now retired from pro wrestling and works as a writer and a producer at the CW network.

Nasty Ned

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Nasty Ned Brady still wrestles occasionally and resides in North Carolina

Omar Atlas

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Omar Atlas is now retired from wrestling and resides in San Antonio, Texas

Tony Zane

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Tony Zane still wrestles occasionally and resides in Atlanta, Georgia.

Tony Roy

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Tony aka Antoine Roy still wrestles to this day and lives in the New Hampshire area.

Red Tyler

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Red Tyler is retired from pro wrestling and now works in accounting in Minneapolis, Minnesota.

Randy Hogan

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Randy Hogan is retired from pro wrestling after suffering a series of heart attacks. He is now living a quiet life in Orlando, Florida with his beautiful bride.

The Italian Stallion

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The Italian Stallion is retired and works as in the insurance business in Florida.

Reno Riggins

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Reno Riggins is still involved in pro wrestling and resides in the Las Vegas, Nevada area.

Jim Powers

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Jim Powers is now retired from pro wrestling and resides in Florida.

Aaron Ferguson

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Aaron Ferguson no longer wrestles. He works for the government and resides in upstate New York.

Rusty Brooks

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Rusty Brooks still occasionally wrestles and trains up and coming wrestlers. He now resides in Florida.

The Road Block

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Road Block is now retired from pro wrestling and lives and works in Rochester, New York.

Barry Hardy

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Barry Hardy still wrestles occasionally and now lives and works in Florida.

Dusty Wolfe

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Dusty Wolfe is retired from wrestling and works as an Adjunct professor at a University in the Houston, Texas area.

The Gambler

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The Gambler is retired from wrestling and lives and works in the Chattanooga, Tennessee area.

Mike Fever

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Mike Fever sadly passed away in 2009. He died of a heart attack at age 53. He last lived in South Carolina.

Jim Clontz

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Jim Clontz still wrestles occasionally and lives and works in the North Carolina area.

Bert Centeno

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He still wrestles occasionally and trains future pro wrestlers in Puerto Rico.

Mario Mancini

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Mario Mancini is involved with wrestling occasionally and resides in the Connecticut area.

Ross Greenberg

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Ross Greenberg is now retired from pro wrestling and works as a distributor for athletic apparel in the Boca Raton, Florida area.

Brian Costello

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Brian Costello still actively wrestles and also works as a high school wrestling coach. He lives in the South Bend, Indiana area.

Tiger Chung Lee

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Tiger Chung Lee is retired and works for a non profit company based in Japan.

Barry Horowitz

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Barry is now retired and owns a vitamin store in Florida.

Duane Gill/Gillberg

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Duane Gill owns and operates a wrestling school in the Maryland area.

Sivi Afi

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Sivi Afi is retired and is an author as well as an ordained minister in the Ohio area.

Tom ‘Rocky’ Stone

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Tom Stone is retired from wrestling and owns a roofing company in the Milwaukee, Wisconsin area.

Brad Anderson

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Brad Anderson…the son of Gene Anderson was enhancement talent for WCW for a spell. He still wrestles on the independent scene and resides in the Charlotte, North Carolina area.

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This piece is dedicated to memory of ‘Iron’ Mike Sharpe who sadly passed away recently.

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17 thoughts on “Job Search: The Quest To Locate Our Favorite Jobbers

  1. Really miss the jobbers. Nice to see a great post on them. Man, they sure look different today, don’t they?

    Horowitz is my favorite of this group. Was so much better than what he was allowed to show in WWF and WCW. He still looks in great shape, and could probably go out and have a great 25-minute competitive match even today.

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  2. “Jobbers” from this era don’t get the recognition they deserve. Some more than others, but watching old wrestling programs on the wwe network I enjoy seeing some of them again.

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  3. Fun fact – on the first NWA ep from 1985 available on the Network you can see Tony Zane’s nut half pop out his shorts.

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  6. i personally hated the idea of jobbing, if i had paid good money for training, i would damn well expect to be allowed to win a few matches here and there, at the least

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  7. Surprised that George South wasn’t included. He had something of a legendary TV match against Ric Flair where the fans in attendance and at home genuinely believed he had a chance at winning. I went back and watched it myself and its genuinely thrilling stuff. As mentioned previously the Mulkey Brothers are a classic jobber combo too.

    Barry Horowitz was my number one jobber guy though as a kid. I was so happy for him when he started to win matches in 95 against Chris Candido.

    Colin Delaney aka Colin Olsen was probably the last great television jobber I can think of. It’s such a shame that they don’t use job guys and squash matches on main roster TV, it works really well on NXT to get guys over.

    Really enjoyed this piece, I’d forgotten about Road Block. I remember thinking he was pretty good back in 95.

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  8. Great item here !- I had forgotten some of these guys, unfortunately. Sorry to hear of Iron Mike Sharpe’s passing. Anybody know if Tony Russo of the old Mid-Atlantic Wrestling/NWA era is still around? I don’t think Russo ever won a single match, but always gave the stars a solid go it.

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