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Legendary AWA Jobbers..... Kenny Jay and Jake Milliman

Updated on January 5, 2013

Jake "The Milkman" Milliman

The Milkman
The Milkman | Source

Legendary AWA Jobbers..... Kenny Jay and Jake Milliman

The Legndary Jobbers: Jake "The Milkman" Milliman and "The Sodbuster" Kenny Jay.

A "Jobber" is a professional wrestler who always loses. The occasional win by a jobber is the stuff of legends and happened very rarely in the AWA. Jake "The Milkman" Milliman was very short, very out of shape looking jobber with a big beard and the perfect look of a man who was going to get pounded on very badly every time he got in the ring. Kenny Jay had the look of a tough guy. When an opponent left the ring after a match with "The Sodbuster", they took a beating but raised their own profile with the fans.

Jake Milliman: Cult Hero

Jake Milliman certainly had a following. Milliman still wrestles at small shows around the Twin Cities and in Wisconsin. His comedic look and dramatic style made Milliman identifiable and lovable to AWA fans. He began by wrestling, primarily, Hulk Hogan and Brad Rhenings. Both known as tough to work with, Milliman helped make both men unstoppable. Being a great jobber meant that employment was never real hard to find. Milliman moved on to the WWF and took on the same role jobbing to the WWF's biggest stars. When Milliman returned to the AWA, the organization was in total disarray. The Milkman was one of the few recognizable faces and became a popular wrestler. The AWA even decided to have Milliman win some ridiculous match where the person who got a turkey from the top of a pole would win. Milliman also won the final elimination in the Team Challenger Series. As the AWA was ready to fold, Milliman provided the fans the only piece of entertainment they were bound to see. One of the all time great....Jake "The Milkman" Milliman.

Kenny Bentkowski aka Kenny Jay

Kenny Jay is the best overall talent in wrestling. He was what we called a 'job guy' but he could work with any human being and get a good match out of them. He would go in the ring with a big name who really couldn't do much and make him look good, and he could get in there with a Danny Hodge or Verne Gagne and make them look even better than they were. He was just an incredibly talented guy.---Harley Race

Not bad to be called the best overall talent in the business. When it comes from Harley Race, it's even more impressive. Kenny Jay truly was the best. He got the nickname "The Sodbuster" because he owned a landscaping business in the midwest. If Kenny Jay hadn't owned the buiness and put family first, he could have toured the country and broken out of the "jobber" category. In 1976, Kenny Jay faced Muhammed Ali in a boxer vs wrestler match. When push came to shove and the promoters needed someone who could pull off a crappy idea like a boxer vs wrestler match, they turned to the best; Kenny Jay. From the late 1950s to the early i990's, Jay made his opponents work for their wins. He worked stiff, meaning he landed tough, legitimate shots in order to make the action as sincere as possible. Verne Gagne brought plenty of guys into the AWA who weren't good workers. No problem, though. He had stars like Nick Bockwinkel, Ray Stevens, Jim Brunzell, Rick Martel and others who could wrestle anyone and make them look good. Kenny Jay was at the top of the list. At the end of the match, the fans would marvel at how good Jay looked and how good his opponent looked. Thank you Jake Milliman and Kenny Jay for hours of entertainment.

Kenny Jay vs Muhammad Ali

Kenny Jay's Win via DQ

Making Funk Look Even Better

Teaming with Ventura

Kenny Jay

The very capable Kenny Jay
The very capable Kenny Jay | Source

Milliman as a "Heel", Nord as a "face"


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