Bring it Back!: Minis

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November 27, 2012

Two of the first minis, Little Bruiser and Little Bobo, borrowed their monikers from Dick the Bruiser and WWE Hall of Famer Bobo Brazil, respectively. The mini versions of Bruiser and Bobo had a series of matches in Georgia Championship Wrestling in the late 1960s, but their highest profile bout against one another was in front of 12,000 AWA fans on Sept. 1, 1972 in Chicago’s Soldier Field.

Little Bruiser did not originally look exactly like his larger counterpart, but competed with The Bruiser’s brawling style. Only later when he adopted similarly colored ring gear and a cropped blond hairdo that Little Bruiser’s popularity began to soar. The four-foot, 95-pounder’s most significant spotlight came in Dick the Bruiser’s own organization, the World Wrestling Association. After a dispute over the WWA Tag Team Championships, Bruiser and The Crusher demanded a six-man tag team contest against The Blackjacks and their manager, Bobby Heenan. Bruiser and Crusher selected Little Bruiser as their partner, and the two Bruisers standing next to each other was a sight to behold for the Indianapolis crowd. It set the standard for minis moving forward.

AWA was an early adopter of minis as a novelty attraction. Their signature mini, Little Mr. T, took on a tinier version of the mohawked “A-Team” star who main evented the first WrestleMania. But even the smallest of athletes can compete in the largest of venues. At SuperClash, AWA’s answer to WrestleMania, Little Mr. T mixed it up with Little Tokyo in a big title bout (WATCH). The show attracted more than 20,000 fans to legendary Comiskey Park on the south side of Chicago. A follow-up contest the following year saw Little Mr. T team with Cowboy Lang to take on Little Tokyo and Lord Littlebrook at AWA’s WrestleRock. The event packed even more fans into the massive Metrodome in Minneapolis.

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