What is a Jabroni?
The Rock Dwayne Johnson explains it came from wrestlers talking in private back stage
The third generation wrestler and Hollywood A-lister was famous for mocking his opponents and interviewers when competing in the squared circle. Insults such as ugly hermaphrodite, steaming piece of monkey crap and 33 pound head with Mickey Mouse tattoos spewed out of The Rock’s mouth weekly on Raw and Smackdown. But none seemed to be as degrading as the term jabroni.
But what exactly is a jabroni?
According to dictionary.com, the term jabroni is a noun that means:
- (or jobber) A professional wrestler who loses in order to make another wrestler look good.
- A loser.
Urban dictionary defines it as:
- A loser, poser, lame-ass.
- One who talks the talk, but could never walk the walk.
- One who talks shit and doesn’t back it up, but rather ends up eating their shit in return.
Via the Esquire article:
“When I was a kid, it was an inside term that guys would use. When wrestlers wanted to have a private conversation when fans were present, they would start talking carny because they used to wrestle in carnivals. I thought it was so cool. Jabroni was a word that was always used in the derogatory sense. Oh, this jabroni, that jabroni. But the Iron Sheik was famous for saying the word constantly backstage. Jabroni, jabroni, jabroni. Around 1998, I thought, Why can’t I say it on TV? So I started saying it publicly, but the Iron Sheik was known for it.”
In summary, a jabroni could be a respected wrestler taking a dive for another wrestler to make him look good to help further his/her career. Or, just how the word sounds, a jabroni could infer to mean a loser or someone just full of talk without the means to back it up.
To read the entire interview from Esquire, click here.
To read some more of The Rock’s insults and catchphrases, click here.