Pocket-sized powerhouses: 5 shortest WWE wrestling icons
WWE has a host of superstars usually boasting about their size, strength and the damage they can do to inside the ring. However, there have also been a number of superstars, who, though not as big, made up with their performance, charisma or the entertainment quotient they added. Here are 5 such short wrestlers who have become icons.
The most popular wrestling midget
Hornswoggle may not be one of the top WWE wrestlers, but his mere presence is pure entertainment for the crowd. His comic timing has been amazing in the numerous DX promos he was featured in. The story-line in which he was made Vince McMahon's son also became quite famous. Interestingly, Hornswoggle was the last Cruiserweight Champion before the title was shelved.
The hardcore small guy who was loved by all
A cult figure among small wrestlers, Spike Dudley is an icon. He has been a champion across wrestling promotions. He is a one-time WWE Cruiserweight Champion, 8-time Hardcore Champion, and a two-time Tag-team Champion at Extreme Championship Wrestling. Dudley's most memorable moment was when he crowd-surfed throughout the arena after being thrown out of the ring. One amazing small champion!
A martial arts maestro and also a comic sidekick
Tajiri is another short wrestler of a tall stature who created a lasting impact on WWE fans. He started off his career at Extreme Championship Wrestling in 1998 where he gained immense popularity and signed with WWE in May 2001. Tajiri's Tarantula locks and mist-spitting acts made him a standout performer in WWE. This Japanese superstar was a 3-time Cruiserweight Champion.
The fan-favorite who passed away at his prime
Eddie Guerrero was an athletic superstar who was adored by the fans. It came as a great shock to the WWE universe when he passed away in 2005. He was an accomplished wrestler, having won numerous championships at various promotions. Guerrero was posthumously inducted into the WWE Hall of Fame. His win over Lesnar is one of the best underdog stories ever in WWE.
Everyone's beloved 619
Rey Mysterio is an iconic figure. He is one of the most athletic performers in the history of the franchise. Regarded as the best Cruiserweight wrestler of all time, Rey has held all the major WWE championship titles in his career. He even won the Royal Rumble 2006 and headlined WrestleMania, where he was crowned the World Champion.