He is struggling even as a midcarder which is a shame but i think his time to cement himself was after The Nexus storyline and that ship sailed without them taking the opportunity.
It's used the same way people use 'jobber'. Going fifteen minutes against Cena/Orton/Punk/Bryan/whatever and losing is not jobbing.
Like your Jericho suggestion, but would like a bit more storyline than 'oi let's brawl'..
Barrett is one guy who really deserves a good push upon his return..... Just hopefully he will get that... He deserves so much more, either a World title push or WWE title push!!!