I’ve been feeling a little bit nostalgic lately for professional wrestling. I’ve mentioned on this blog before that I would sit for hours with my brothers watching the WWF, the greatest soap opera in history.
While I was reminiscing about the good old days of Razor Ramon, Ultimate Warrior and the Macho Man, I remembered one of the most forgotten wrestlers of all time, Barry Horowitz.
Now, when most people think about Jewish wrestlers, Bill Goldberg is the first name that comes to mind. And rightfully so. He is easily the most successful Jewish wrestler ever. But that doesn’t mean he was the “most Jewish.”
Barry Horowitz wins that title.
For some reason, the WWF (now the WWE) thought it would be funny to have Horowitz occasionally enter the ring to the tune of Hava Nagila, something that probably seemed cool at the time but would be beyond cheesy today…especially with his terrible mullet.
However, more than his Judaism, Horowitz had the reputation for being the worst wrestler of all time. Like…beyond bad. In fact, that was his gimmick. He was known as a “jobber,” a kind of blue collar wrestler who was just trying to make ends meet, not win any belts. His problem though was that he never won. In fact, he lost every single time. He was terrible. It became a running joke that when you fought Barry Horowitz, you would win.
In fact, Horowitz was so bad at wrestling, that when he finally did win a match, it became a memorable moment in wrestling history. He reacted like he had just won the lottery and the crowd went into an uproar. You should all watch this. It will bring a tear to your eye. If you can’t handle wrestling, start watching at about the three minute mark.
Horowitz wins! Horowitz wins!
Pronounced: KHAH-vuh, Origin: Hebrew, Eve, who according to the Book of Genesis, was the first woman.