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- Kris Zellner
we will look at some of the best “enhancement talent” aka Jobbers in
the history of Jim Crockett Promotions.
Crockett Promotions had many & many “enhancement talent” during
their time and a lot of them became big stars in the business later on
in their careers, but then there were some who never made it big for
some reason and are only known as “enhancement talent” for Jim
Gary Royal – A man that Jim Cornette used to call "the world's biggest midget", Gary started out as one of the premier jobbers in JCP around 1983 and was so until August 15th 1985, where Gary beat Denny Brown to capture the NWA Jr. Heavyweight Title in St. Louis, Missouri. He would only hold it a month though before losing it back to Denny on September 15th 1985 in Atlanta, Georgia which sent Gary back into jobber land where he toiled pretty much the rest of his career. Although, he would become ˝ of JCP’s most infamous tag teams as he was a member of The Gladiators (who did the infamous job to the Mulkeys) and the Cruel Connection (whose outfits made them infamous).
Keith Larsen – Keith started out around 1982 and had the blond hair
pretty boy look which got him some wins over other jobbers and
competitive matches against mid-card guys. Keith started to get popular
in 1983 and he got over as the young babyface underdog nicely. Keith got
his big break though at Starrcade 84 where he teamed with Ole Anderson
against Ivan & Nikita Koloff, Don Kernodle was in Keith &
Ole’s corner for the match since he just got turned on by the Koloffs
earlier. Keith got pinned in the match and his career then went down
soon thereafter and in that time it was revealed that Keith was in fact
Don Kernodle’s real life brother and he wrestled as Rocky Kernodle for
the next 2 years after, but disappeared from the business around the
beginning of 1987.
Bill White – A man who Bob Caudle once said
“He'd take on a Mac Truck", Bill wrestled just about everyone who
came down the pike in his career as he graced JCP rings for over 10
years from the mid 70’s to the mid 80’s. Bill was one of the best
workers to be “enhancement talent” ever and was very entertaining in
his role. He also got a mask gimmick in JCP in 1980 as “The
Scorpion”, but that didn’t last long. Bill toiled in jobberdom his
whole career, but he will always be remembered by the fans & the
workers of the era as a great hand to have.
– Gene started in JCP around 1984 and became a jobber fixture for the
next 4 years and Gene also did some refereeing work in his tenure. Gene
also got some masked gimmick duty as he was ˝ of the Thunderfoots with
Joel Deaton (Gene replaced Vernon Deaton on the team) and ˝ of the
Cruel Connection with Gary Royal and sometimes George South. Gene left
JCP around 1988 and mostly wrestled in Carolina indies after that where
many JCP jobbers ended up going to for dates when their time with JCP
We will look at Part II of JCP’s greatest “enhancement talent”.