->''"Pin me, pay me!"''
->''"1-2-3 4-Life!"''
-->-- '''Mottos''' of Wrestling/{{ECW}}, and later [[Wrestling/{{WWE}} WWF]], stable The J.O.B. Squad

In any competition, there are winners and losers. In ProfessionalWrestling, the overwhelming majority of them have been pre-determined since at least 1920. Fans and insiders alike refer to being on the losing end of the equation as "doing the job," or "jobbing" in short. A related term, "jabroni" was used onscreen during the days of {{Kayfabe}} as a slang term for weak or poor wrestler, and as a way of indicating jobbers without admitting matches were scripted, and is still used occasionally today.

This terminology came about because losing the match tends to make the wrestler look worse, and could be a sign that the promotion is transitioning him into [[OutOfFocus a less prominent role]]. This is especially true if he's booked to lose in a championship match or [[SquashMatch get squashed]]. But they finish the match and let the other guy pin them as agreed, because that's part of the job.

There have been times when a wrestler would refuse to "do the job" and would fight for real and defeat the guy who they were scheduled to lose to; this is called "going into business for yourself." This occurred primarily in the early days of pro wrestling, which was done on a regional basis aside from the champion who'd travel across regions. It rarely happens because the inevitable result would be getting fired. Sometimes a local challenger would "steal" the title by refusing to job to the champion, which for many years meant that the champion would always be somebody who can legitimately fight back against an uncooperative foe.

As strange as it may seem sometimes, there is an entire class of pro wrestlers whose primary purpose in being on TV is to "do the job" on a regular basis. These wrestlers, otherwise known as "carpenters" or "enhancement talent," primarily serve to make the other wrestlers look that much better, by [[TheatricsOfPain selling]] everything the other wrestler does as if they're dying.

So, why be a jobber? There are several reasons...
* Some are trainers and/or road agents (the people who lay out matches), who take the jobber role in order to work with rookie talents and help them hone their skills. Val Venis worked in this capacity for several years in WWE. Finlay's return to the ring started out in this capacity, as the initial plans were for him to get a few wins to build credibility, then work as a jobber to put younger talent over, but he gained a following and thus broke the mold.
** Sometimes, the road agents will bring their old wrestling personas out when the need presents. Have a foreign heel who resembles the ones from the old days? Here comes WWE Hall of Famer (and road agent) Sgt. Slaughter to give him his comeuppance.
* Rookies can get experience and learn both in and out of {{Kayfabe}} even while jobbing. In Japan a tradition has been for newer wrestlers to be jobbing more often due to inexperience; Japanese pro wrestling legend Wrestling/KentaKobashi lost his first ''63'' matches (in an intentional attempt by Giant Baba to build him as a "never say die" {{Determinator}} before his first win, and Naomichi Marufuji was mostly a jobber in Wrestling/AllJapanProWrestling before jumping to Wrestling/ProWrestlingNOAH. In general, if there's a tag match, expect the guy with the least experience to be pinned or submit.
* Some are [[PromotedFanboy just thrilled to be part of the wrestling business]], and will do anything to be part of the show. (Wrestling/MikeyWhipwreck's long run as an ECW jobber might have been partly this, but he eventually inverted the trope.)
* Some are young, up-and-coming talent from independent wrestling promotions, who are trying to get the attention of talent scouts. In fact, [[Wrestling/RingOfHonor ROH]]'s "Do or Die" matches are more or less this, with the fans (and the booker based on the fans' reactions) as the judges.
* Some are jobbing as punishment (see Wrestling/TripleH's extended run of jobbing after the Madison Square Garden Incident).
* Wrestlers who are seen as potential stars, such as WWE's Wrestling/MontelVontaviousPorter, have been put through an extended period as a jobber to ensure their loyalty to the company. This happened after WWE lost both Wrestling/BrockLesnar and Wrestling/BobbyLashley to Mixed Martial Arts after sizable pushes in the main event.
* Some are wrestlers that are about to leave a promotion. Since they no longer need the rub, it is seen as customary to give another wrestler a push on the way out.
* Some wrestlers who have had a long and respected career will be happy for the opportunity to "make" a potential star by giving them the rub. Doing so marks them as a loyal company man who puts the good of the business before their own ego. Wrestling/PedroMorales is a prime example -- he was the WWF's first Triple Crown winner, but by the mid 1980s, he was generally booked on the losing end of matches to up-and-coming stars such as Wrestling/HonkyTonkMan and Wrestling/JakeRoberts, and was reportedly completely squashed by Wrestling/TheOneManGang during a non-televised house show. Other examples included Tony Garea (after a successful run as a tag-team wrestler) and Wrestling/TitoSantana.
* Some are wrestlers who are very good at making their opponents look great, but lack the charisma or presence to make it as a main eventer. One typical example given by fans is Peter Stilsbury, an Australian native who competed for the WWF from 1987 to 1988 as Outback Jack; Jack, using an exaggerated "friendly Aussie 'mate" gimmick, was given a huge push early in his run (and according to some reports, was also briefly considered for a tag team championship run with HillbillyJim), but when it became evident Stilsbury lacked what it took to be successful, he was jobbed out before being let go from the company in the spring of 1988.
** To that end, other jobbers are simply what they are presented to be on television ... not very good. One example is a young man named Steve Reese, who infamously oversold the offense of his opponent [[Wrestling/AllenCoage Bad News Brown]] during a match that aired on ''WWF Superstars of Wrestling'' in early 1989; for reasons that have never been made clear, this was Reese's only known match for the WWF. [[note]](One speculation was that Brown's intended jobber opponent no-showed and, needing a fill in, turned to Reese; the match is also known for its play-by-play commentary, where commentator Wrestling/VinceMcMahon relentlessly made fun of Reese's physique and lack of ability as Brown mercilessly beat him down.)[[/note]]
* For some... [[HatesTheJobLovesTheLimelight ehh, it's a living]].

The revelation of pro wrestling being predetermined caused jobbing to lose a lot of stigma. In fact, many "[[SmartMark smarks]]" will respect a wrestler who is selfless enough to consistently put another wrestler over for the good of the company. Some of the best wrestlers in the business (Wrestling/MickFoley, Wrestling/RicFlair, etc.) take immense pride in their ability to "make" another guy through selling and jobbing, though few would label them as "jobbers".

Some long-running jobbers have gained a cult following. The most famous jobber would probably be the [[Wrestling/SteveLombardi Brooklyn Brawler]], who got his own action figure. The second best-known example would be Wrestling/BarryHorowitz, who briefly went from perennial jobber to mid-card in the mid-90's when he pulled an upset victory on Wrestling/ChrisCandido (then wrestling as Skip), and then went on to beat him in at least two more matches. He is now a WWE road agent.

Rookies are often expected to spend their first few years "jobbing." In the field, this is known as "paying your dues," and wrestlers who avoid doing this are often scorned by veterans unless they are a sublime talent like Wrestling/TheBigShow, Wrestling/{{Goldberg}}, Wrestling/{{Sting}}, or Wrestling/KevinNash. Famous jobbing runs include:
* Wrestling/MickFoley, who wrestled under the name Jack Foley in the 1980s.
* Wrestling/CurtHennig, during his early 1980s WWF run, long before he became "Mr. Perfect." Wrestling/BretHart was also used as a "jobber to the stars" early in his WWF run in 1984, before being paired with Jim Neidhart and his fortunes changing greatly.
* Wrestling/ScottHall's pre-Razor Ramon days.
* Virgil's tour as Wrestling/TedDiBiase's whipping boy. At least once before assuming the character of Virgil, Mike Jones was billed as "Luscious Brown"; his only known match under that name, which aired on ''WWF Wrestling Challenge'', was against "Mr. Wonderful" Paul Orndorff[[note]](during Orndorff's 1986-1987 heel run and feud with Hulk Hogan)[[/note]].
* Wrestling/DiamondDallasPage's first run as a manager.
* Wrestling/{{Kane}}'s run as the fake Diesel and Isaac Yankem.
* [[Wrestling/MattHardy The]] [[Wrestling/JeffHardy Hardyz]] before they got their big break.

Rookies who have been scorned include:
* [[Wrestling/DwayneJohnson The Rock's]] early push as Rocky Maivia.
* Steve "Mongo" [=McMichael=], a former football player and announcer who was somehow accepted into the Four Horsemen.
* All celebrity gimmick wrestlers, like Jay Leno or Dennis Rodman.
* Nearly all second generation wrestlers, including Brian "Grandmaster Sexay" Lawler (son of [[Wrestling/JerryLawler Jerry "The King" Lawler]]), David Sammartino (son of Wrestling/BrunoSammartino) and Scott Putski (son of "Polish Power" Ivan Putski).

Some other wrestlers avoid "paying their dues" as jobbers because they're real fighters who have gained prestige in non-scripted athletic contests:
* Wrestling/KurtAngle's two gold medals in heavyweight wrestling at the Olympics in Atlanta and the World Games.
* [[Wrestling/DanSevern Dan "The Beast" Severn]]'s run in the UFC and PRIDE.
* Wrestling/BrockLesnar's collegiate wrestling championships.
* Wrestling/BobbyLashley's collegiate and Army wrestling championships.

An inversion occurs when the bookers are unable to utilize the talent of a particular star (otherwise known as "Creative has nothing for you..."), and thus he is forced to job to those wrestlers that are being pushed.
* Paul Wight (Wrestling/TheBigShow) achieved mega-stardom in his rookie year by not only winning the WCW championship, but by being the only wrestler in history to win Pro Wrestling Illustrated's (the Bible of Professional Wrestling) Rookie of the Year and Wrestler of the Year awards in the same year. Since then, he has rarely held any belt, and is usually either in squashes or jobs. He has jobbed to Wrestling/ChrisBenoit, Kevin Nash and much smaller wrestlers. Outside of his occasional main event runs, he's basically the WWE equivalent of a GiantMook. He is, however, the only wrestler to date to have held the WCW, WWE, ''and'' ECW titles in the course of his career.
* Wrestling/AndreTheGiant would often have 1 month contracts, and his first and only loss would occur at the next supercard.
* Wrestling/RonSimmons (with [[Wrestling/JohnBradshawLayfield Bradshaw]] as The Acolytes) never received a singles push in the WWE (although he did become the first black WCW World Champion), and would only see action backstage in promos, after the runaway success of Doom (with Butch Reed) and the failed push with the Farooq gimmick. The most individual fame he gained in WWE was [[{{Flanderization}} as the guy who would randomly appear and say "DAMN!" at everything.]]
* [[WildSamoan Polynesian wrestlers]] often suffer this fate, regardless of their actual ability. The main exceptions are Wrestling/{{Yokozuna}}, The Rock (who's Polynesian on his mother's side) and Wrestling/{{TNA}}'s Wrestling/SamoaJoe, who are/were among their respective promotions' top stars. Roman Reigns seems to be going down this road as well, as he is in the middle of a huge push as a member of Wrestling/TheShield, though time will tell if it lasts. And Samoa Joe seems to be the only Samoan wrestler to achieve superstardom ''with his Samoan ancestry as part of his gimmick''.
* It's very common for WWE mid-carders such as Wrestling/KofiKingston, Wrestling/CodyRhodes, Wrestling/WadeBarrett, Wrestling/TheMiz, Wrestling/ZackRyder, [[Wrestling/ClaudioCastagnoli Antonio Cesaro]], [[Wrestling/RonKillings R-Truth]], and Wrestling/DamienSandow to be frequently used as jobbers against such big names as Wrestling/JohnCena, Wrestling/CMPunk, Wrestling/RandyOrton, Wrestling/{{Sheamus}}, Wrestling/AlbertoDelRio, and Wrestling/{{Ryback}}, because it seems that the WWE Universe is only interested in seeing the big names and not the mid-card. Thus, the Intercontinental Championship and the United States Championship both have lost their prestige, though both have their prestige status recovered when Wrestling/TheMiz (with the IC belt) and Cena (with the US belt) hold the belts in the 2015-16 period. This is known as being a "jobber to the stars".

An established talent jobbing to a new wrestler is considered a huge favor, and will often boost the new wrestler's popularity instantly.
* Wrestling/LouThesz jobbed to Wrestling/{{Rikidozan}}, a favor for which Rikidozan was eternally grateful.
* The other thing Sean Waltman (123 Kid, Wrestling/XPac) is known for is that he broke through with a (Kayfabe) upset of Razor Ramon. He'd been all over WWF TV as "The X Kid" with X changing on a seemingly weekly basis, at which point Wrestling/BretHart taunted Ramon and christened Waltman the "1-2-3" kid to mock "The Bad Guy."
* In a PassingTheTorch moment, Wrestling/HulkHogan jobbed to the Wrestling/UltimateWarrior at ''Wrestling/{{WrestleMania}} VI''.
* Wrestling/{{Ivory}} jobbing to Wrestling/TrishStratus in 2001. This is considered the moment Trish became a legitimate wrestler after spending her first year in the WWF as an eye-candy manager.
* Tag-team specialist [[Wrestling/TheWorldsGreatestTagTeam Shelton Benjamin]] upsetting Triple H on a 2004 RAW established Benjamin as an upper-card superstar. This was arguably the high point of Shelton's career (aside from being on the receiving end of one of Wrestling/ShawnMichaels' most memorable superkicks).
* Wrestling/ChrisJericho lost to rookie blue-chipper Wrestling/JohnCena in the summer of 2002 not once, but twice, including Cena's first ever match on PPV. While both were "fluke" wins (Cena won both by roll-up), it was enough to establish Cena as someone to keep an eye on on the Blue Brand. The rest is history.

The term "jobber" has crept into other genres as well, most particularly anime FightingSeries, in reference to when a character loses a fight against an enemy for [[TheWorfEffect to show off how strong the enemy was]] and thus a credible threat for TheHero.

Compare CListFodder and RedShirt.

The opposite of jobbing is called a "push," where up-and-coming stars are on the receiving end of jobs from established wrestlers.