October 16, 2005
New division added to Smackdown
By JON WALDMAN -- SLAM! Wrestling

World Wrestling Entertainment has announced the formation of its first-ever midget wrestling division.

In an article posted on wwe.com this weekend, the Fed announced that a "Junior Division" would be coming to Smackdown.

"The Juniors Division will be comprised of world-class athletes at or below 5 feet tall. "Midgets, dwarves, the little people; they’re all welcome," said Smackdown General Manager Teddy Long in the article. "We don’t discriminate against anybody on my show, as long as they can bring it."

Midget wrestlers have a long history in World Wrestling Entertainment. The 1980s saw the smaller wrestlers compete at WrestleMania III, when Little Tokyo and Lord Littlebrook teamed with King Kong Bundy to take on The Haiti Kid, Little Beaver and Hillbilly Jim.

In the 1990s, Doink had a sidekick, Dink, who would often become involved in his matches. Dink's presence would ultimately lead to a Survivor Series bout with Doink and Dink, along with two other midget wrestlers, taking on Jerry Lawler and three other diminutive grapplers.

Later in the decade, midget wrestling would arguably reach its peak, as WWE brought several of the smaller wrestlers from lucha libre into the company, including Max Mini, El Torito, Mascarita Sagrada Jr., Mini Vader and La Parkita during WWE's short-lived talent-share period with AAA.

In recent years, midget wrestlers have been used primarily for comedy spots or as foils for WWE stars to taunt their foes. These have included juniors acting as Bret Hart, Booker T, The Hardy Boyz and The Dudley Boyz.


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