The big history of WWE's little people

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April 17, 2012

WWE's big history of little people

In the 1980’s, when WWE became “what the world was watching,” another diminutive grappler came onto the scene with prominence. The Haiti Kid quickly established himself as a dynamic performer inside the squared circle, and that led to some notable engagements. At WrestleMania 2, he was a corner man for Mr. T in the actor’s boxing match against Rowdy Roddy Piper. Then, a year later at WrestleMania III, he was involved in a wild Mixed Tag Team Match, as Haiti Kid, Little Beaver and Hillbilly Jim faced King Kong Bundy, Lord Littlebrook and Little Tokyo in front of more than 93,000 WWE fans. (WATCH)

Arguably the most successful individual of his group in the late 1980’s and early ’90s was a man named Claude Giroux. He portrayed two personas during that timeframe that became lovable to the WWE Universe. One was Tiger Jackson, smaller than small, but full of energy and enthusiasm. Then Giroux hit a homerun as Dink the Clown — the mischievous sidekick of his big pal, Doink. It earned him a match at WrestleMania X, as Doink and Dink faced Bam Bam Bigelow and Luna Vachon. Then, at the 1994 Survivor Series, Doink was joined by Dink, Pink, and Wink in a team collectively known as “Clowns R Us”. They took on “The Royal Family,” which consisted of Jerry “The King” Lawler, Sleazy, Queasy, and Cheesy.

Towards the beginning of the new millennium, an influx of Mexican minis entered WWE, and this grouping brought a most interesting, yet different style of operation in the ring. The most recognizable of this entourage was Max Mini, and he was joined by the likes of Mascarita Sagrada, El Torito and La Parkita.

And since 2006, one man has continued the tradition of the mirth and merriment that has lasted for what seems to be a lifetime, and that is Hornswoggle. No matter whom he’s been involved with or what he’s been involved in, the diminutive Irishman has proven that good things do indeed come in small packages. Hornswoggle is arguably the most successful and recognizable competitor from his fraternity.

One of the mottos that WWE is proud of is that of “putting smiles on people’s faces”. And there is no doubt that that has held true with the performances of these very special people who through the years have stood tall, and hopefully will continue to do so in years to come.

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