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Junior Division done?
WWE releases contracted Juniors


Just months after being launched by WWE, the Junior Division looks to be finished as its contracted wrestlers have been released.

In an announcement on wwe.com, the Fed announced that six of the diminutive wrestlers had been released.

"World Wrestling Entertainment has come to terms on the releases of the following talents (Mascarita Sagrada, Tsuki, Pequeno Violencia, Octagoncito, Piratita Morgan and Super Porky) that make up the SmackDown Juniors division," WWE announced in a March 9 posting. "WWE wishes them all the best in all their future endeavors."

The Junior Division was officially announced in October 2005 but little had been seen of the mini luchadores on Smackdown since its formation. In recent weeks, several of the mini luchadores had appeared on Velocity, wwe.com's Internet-exclusive broadcast. The matches, primarily comedy-oriented, mainly spotlighted Sagrada.

The Juniors Division resurrected what has been an on and off attempt by WWE to feature "midget wrestling" on its broadcasts. Prior to this incarnation, WWE had used several mini-luchadores in the mid 1990s, including Max Mini, Mini Vader, Mini Mankind and others. This included appearances on WWE pay-per-views.

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-- with files from Jon Waldman