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Wrestling: Virgil
No, he's not a Chippendale. Apparently, this is what bodyguards looked like in The Eighties.
Professional wrestler Mike Jones is most popularly known as Virgil, the pseudonym he used during his most famous run with WWE, where he was the Beleaguered Assistant and bodyguard of "The Million Dollar Man" Ted DiBiase. That, and for being a bit down on his luck in recent years... but we'll get to that later.

Young Mike Jones cut his teeth in Memphis as Soul Train Jones before he moved to WWE (then the WWF), where he was a Jobber by the name of Lucius Brown. Quickly he was refashioned as Virgil, Ted DiBiase's personal bodyguard, during DiBiase's rise to infamy as the top Heel in the company. Virgil frequently interfered in matches on DiBiase's behalf, and occasionally took a beating from Faces to save Teddy's hide. Only seldom did he himself wrestle, but this changed at the Royal Rumble in 1991, where, after constant berating and humiliation from DiBiase, he finally turned on him (to the biggest cheers of his career). He spent 1991 in a much-publicized feud with DiBiase, and being trained by Roddy Piper for the big WrestleMania showdown, but after that feud finally died down towards the end of the year, he became a "Jobber To The Stars" for the remainder of his tenure. His only match of note after his big feud was an 8-man tag match at Wrestlemania VIII, pitting himself, "Hacksaw" Jim Duggan, Sgt Slaughter and the Big Bossman against The Nasty Boys, the Repo Man and the Mountie.

In 1996, Mike Jones departed for WCW, joining up with the New World Order under the name Vincent, where he assumed his old role and took beatings for his higher-ups in the stable. During the Vince Russo era, he was renamed Shane, and joined up with Russo's group the Powers That Be, with Curt Hennig and the Harris Brothers. He also went through the names Curly Bill and Mr. Jones before finally wrestling under his real name in the dying days of the company.

Jones has spent much time at fan conventions and on the independent circuit. Unfortunately, he's gone somewhat memetic within wrestling circles in recent years for seeming a bit hard up, most notably this infamous photo of him sitting at an autograph signing. In 2012, he was allegedly spotted in a New York subway station selling his merchandise (at "outrageous prices"). It's gotten to the point where there's now a Tumblr called Lonely Virgil, which is Exactly What It Says on the Tin.

As Virgil, he did manage to make an unlikely comeback to the WWE in 2010, this time as the bodyguard of Ted DiBiase Jr, but the angle didn't last too long as Junior fired him in favor of his new valet, Maryse.

As always, Mike Jones' career can be examined more closely on That Other Wiki.


Tropes associated with Virgil / Vincent / Shane / Curly Bill- okay, with Mike Jones in general:

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