Where Wrestling's Regional History Lives!
- Charles Laffere
everyone... Well, hello
to you, oh wise Mr. Fahey… (triple ellipsis © VinceKM)
June 20th is the day...
What day? My anniversary, the wife’s birthday, what did I forget this
time? Oh, the UWF story for this month! Thanks for the reminder, sir…
those writing on the regions, if you'd
to participate, there is the theme of job guys...
Ooh, ooh, I wish to participate!…
right to me.
use saying that it's alright, it's alright.
saw what you looked like, what you looked like
“Just a Job to Do,” Genesis.
I guess it’s come to this, quotation of a Genesis lyric in a piece about the Universal Wrestling Federation. Where did I go wrong?
no time for self pity or introspective doodling, I really have a job to do.
My name is Charles Laffere, and welcome back to my spot here at Kayfabe
Memories. Last time we met, I detailed some of Chavo Guerrero’s history in
Mid South and the UWF in preparation for an analysis of his match up with
Sting at the promotion’s 1986 Superdome Extravaganza. Instead, I believe
that Mr. Loadedglove came up with the idea of having June as a tribute to
the wrestlers who worked as job guys. I think it’s great, as a current
thread on the KM UWF Message Board has created much discussion among
posters. I will be using their entries as part of this installment…
keep saying that it's alright, it's alright,
guess some definition of what a “job guy” is/was must be put into some
type of historical context. In today’s WWE, everyone is a nominal
“superstar” on the Raw and Smackdown programs. The lower level guys are
shuttled off to either Heat or Velocity. There are no bouts between, say,
the Andersons and the Mulkey Brothers or. Brutus Beefcake squashing Mario
Mancini, in which the outcome is extremely obvious. Televised matches in the
territory days were primarily used as an enhancement to attract viewers to
the arena, the place where promoters made their money. Some form of
television title was used in most companies to allow for at least one
“even” televised match per week. Today, the WWE is driven by such
factors as pay-per-view buy rates, advertising revenue (which can be
directly tied to television ratings), and merchandise sales, all of which
are strongly correlated to TV. Only merchandising is a key ingredient for
the profitability of house shows. In other words, the matches you see on
television will often feature the same wrestlers on the tour circuit. You
get the same matches live that you do on TV…
downed out of my head
One of the many good things about the UWF was that it had some of the best job guys or enhancement talent around. More...