Professional wrestling has a checkered history when it comes to the treatment of the vertically challenged. Midget wrestlers have long held a place inside the squared circle, albeit less in an esteemed, respected position and more as an entertaining, amusing side show worth a laugh. The unfortunate thing about their typical place as non-serious comic relief is that some of these guys can really go in the ring.
Typically known as “midget wrestling,” use of little people in pro wrestling traces all the way back to the vaudeville era. The appeal of these little people brawlers grew right along with the expanded interest in wrestling as a form of entertainment through the middle of the 20th century, becoming as closely associated with the sport as major territorial acts like Lou Thesz and "Nature Boy" Buddy Rogers. While the marquee, main event fighters would compel audiences with their brutish, physical strength, the midget wrestlers often balanced their unique brand of physical comedy with competitive matches and surprisingly elite athleticism.
As with so many other wrestling promotions, WWE is no stranger to midget wrestling and has traditionally employed the use of little people over the years with varying degrees of success. Even while boasting a level of corny humor that doesn't necessarily jive with today's Reality Era product, a "sports entertainer" like El Torito, a little person dressed in a bull costume, can get a pop with some high-risk aerial moves and the odd funny moment or two. Just like their full-sized counterparts, though these wrestlers still have to have the talent to draw in the audience. Here are 10 of the best of all time:
10 Short Sleeve Sampson
9 Little Boogeyman
8 Mascarita Sagrada
7 Lord Littlebrook
6 Haiti Kid
5 Tiger Jackson / Dink
4 Sky Low Low
3 El Torito
2 Little Beaver
When Hornswoggle debuted as a silly, one-note leprechaun sidekick to Fit Finlay, few would have expected him to stick around nearly a decade and counting. Hornswoggle has worked his way up the ladder, working with main eventers like Triple H and Shawn Michaels and even getting a long-term storyline as the illegitimate son of Mr. McMahon. Along the way, he has won the Cruiserweight Championship and was revealed as the Anonymous Raw General Manager, ending an on-going storyline. Most recently, he was suspended for a violation of WWE's Wellness Policy.
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