Wrestling / Virgil
No, he's not a Chippendale. Apparently, this is what bodyguards looked like in The '80s
Michael "Mike" Jones (born June 13, 1962) is an American professional
wrestler Wrestling Superstar
, 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, personal bodyguard to Ted DiBiase during the latter's rise. Virgil frequently interfered in matches on DiBiase's behalf, and occasionally took a beating from the faces to save Teddy's hide. And so it began.
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.
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
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
. In June 2015, Jones created a GoFundMe campaign to help make him a millionaire.
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:
- Bald of Evil/Bald of Awesome: Depending on whether he was a heel or a face.
- Battle Butler: As Ted DiBiase's bodyguard, and he fit the trope to a T. He was also briefly the bodyguard of DiBiase's son.
- Beleaguered Assistant
- Black Dude Gets Beaten Up First: He was always the first guy in the nWo to get attacked.
- Bodyguard Betrayal: Justified because of DiBiase's poor treatment. He finally snapped and turned on Ted, leaving Sensational Sherri to administer a beating and take Virgil's place.
- Butt-Monkey: Sometimes it seems like the guy is the punchline of the wrestling world.
- Civvie Spandex: Only member of the NWO to wrestle in street clothes.
- Con Man: The scourge of convention halls everywhere, according to Opie & Anthony, OSW, and others.
- Cool Shades: As Vincent.
- Downer Ending: His last appearance on television was being stuck working as the Mook once more, this time for Junior. After a few weeks, he was unceremoniously fired, and never seen again. Poor guy just can't catch a break.
- Finishing Move: The Million Dollar Dream, an Artifact from his days with DiBiase.
- As Vincent, he started using an armbar.
- I Have Many Names: As noted above.
- Legacy Character: Arguably, Orlando Jordan filled the same role when he worked for JBL.
- Mistreatment-Induced Betrayal
- Only in It for the Money, until...
- Power Stable: Post-NWO and pre-The Powers That Be, was Curly Bill of the West Texas Rednecks (Curt Hennig, Bobby Duncum Jr., Barry and Kendall Windham).
- Small Name, Big Ego: In the nWo.
- The Stoic
- Take That!: The name "Virgil" was a jab at Dusty Rhodes; for those not in the know, Dusty's real name is Virgil Runnels. This tradition was continued in WCW where he was renamed "Vincent." And then "Shane." Starting to notice a pattern?
- Totally Radical: His WWF entrance theme.
- What, Exactly, Is His Job?: On the August 20, 1998 WCW Thunder, Bobby Heenan asked, "What does Vincent do?"
- Wrestling Doesn't Pay: He was the nWo's head of security, but because he was a jobber and an egomaniac, he sucked at his job. In real life, he ekes out a living as a math teacher.