Not so Noble in defeat

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July 27, 2007

To our fans, new Cruiserweight Champion Hornswoggle is an entertaining leprechaun who lives under the ring and is most often seen helping fellow Irishman Finlay during his matches. To Jamie Noble, however, the little guy is nothing more than a big nuisance and the reason for quite possibly the worst week of Noble's life.

But, based on how the pint-sized pugilist won the Cruiserweight Championship at The Great American Bash, his given name is actually eerily accurate. Much like new entry SmackDown, "hornswoggle" is in the English lexicon; according to Merriam-Webster, the word is a verb meaning "to bamboozle, deceive, swindle or cheat."

When the leprechaun…well, hornswoggled his way to the gold last Sunday, he beat five men in the Cruiserweight Open but specifically pinned Noble to do it. Since then, Noble has heard nothing but snickers and whispers aimed toward him, and while Irish eyes may be smiling on the new champion, WWE Superstars are glancing disapprovingly in Jamie's direction. He has become the butt of a joke he wants nothing to do with; it is even rumored that a fellow Cruiserweight suggested that Noble might have better luck against the "purple horseshoes and yellow moons."

While Hornswoggle may not stay crunchy in milk like the Lucky Charms he's being compared to, he has stayed on Noble's mind non-stop since Sunday night. The snickering certainly doesn't help that, and it's something Noble vows to stop.

"Do you know what it's like? It's horrible!" Noble screamed. "You think I like going down hallways and seeing people pointing and whispering? I know what they're talking about! It's embarrassing!"

While it's true that the WWE locker room can sometimes sound like something out of the movie Mean Girls, it's not like Hornswoggle was just some random interloper. If you don't think Hornswoggle is tough, you might need to put down the Guinness and take a closer look; after all, this is a guy who gets abused by Finlay, his supposed good friend, on a regular basis, and who took the brunt of Mr. Kennedy's signature rolling senton slam at WrestleMania — off a 15-foot ladder, no less.

Noble, a former Cruiserweight Champion himself, is still far from impressed.

"I'm Jamie Noble, one of the best wrestlers in the world. I have credentials that will stand the test of time," he reminded WWE.com in a less-than-casual way. "That little troll, he slid in and stole the title from me. He shouldn't have even been in the match. He slides in out of nowhere and takes advantage of the opportunity? I was single-handedly mopping the floor with four other WWE Superstars. He attacks me while I'm down, from behind, and they want to call him champion? That's going to go down in the history books as a title win?"

In short…yes. Hornswoggle was officially in the ring when the Cruiserweight Open started, making him a legal participant. In fact, taking advantage of the loophole in the rules like he did is actually quite smart. That is, unless you were the one who came out on the short end of the stick, like Noble.

Not to worry, Noble says, because he's not going to overlook his opponent ever again.

"I'm going to get revenge on Hornswoggle and restore dignity to the Noble name," the former champion vowed. "Hornswoggle better enjoy it while it lasts, because there's a price to be paid. He may have found his pot of gold at the end of the rainbow, but I will have my revenge."

At the very least, Noble can take solace in the fact that he won't have to face The Rainbow Express or Ken Shamrock anytime soon.

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