Bring it Back!: Minis

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November 27, 2012

It took WWE a little while to catch on to the phenomenon of minis, but after featuring little people in the ring for many years, minis finally began to break out in 1993 thanks to one small but amazing man: Claude Giroux. The Quebecois four-footer made a name for himself in the ring as Tiger Jackson, but almost single-handedly built WWE’s minis division. On the Aug. 2 edition of Raw, he dressed as a smaller version of Randy Savage and helped “Macho Man” defeat the demonic Doink the Clown. The following week, the Macho clone teamed with The Bushwhackers to face off with Blake Beverly, Little Louie and The Brooklyn Brawler. The bout ended with the mini Macho pinning The Brawler after a splash off the top rope. Needless to say, it was one of the most unique matchups in Raw’s young history. (WATCH)

After appearing as Little Hulkster, a mini version of The Immortal One, Giroux began the most successful portion of his career as Dink, Doink’s much smaller associate. Together, the two clowns became one of WWE’s most popular attractions. At long last, minis finally appeared on The Grandest Stage of Them All when Doink and Dink took on Bam Bam Bigelow and Luna Vachon at WrestleMania X inside Madison Square Garden. (WATCH)

But one bite-size clown wasn’t enough for the mini-hungry fans of the mid-1990s, and two more soon debuted. At Survivor Series 1994, the team of Doink, Dink, Wink and Pink — who went by the name Clowns R’ Us — faced off with Jerry “The King” Lawler and his own team of minis: Sleazy, Cheesy and Queasy (the aforementioned Little Louie). The match was one of the wildest spectacles of the era, and the minis continued to compete against each other throughout the first half of 1995. (WATCH)

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