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‘Midget Wrestling’ Causing a Stir

I’ve presented the new sport of midgets in MMA previously on the site. I’ve also relayed the chronicles of the Dwarf Games held in Seattle over the summer, in case you missed it. But one new, cutting edge sport to which I was not previously privy, is “midget wrestling.” An LBS insider informs me that certain universities have frowned upon campus organizations hosting such events recently. After taking a look at the event in question, I can’t understand why …

What do these esteemed universities have against this display? How is it any dumber or cheesier than what you see in WWE? Would you not be laughing at these guys for the same exact reason you would laugh at Rick Flair? Because they have ridiculous personalities and exceedingly exaggerated fake combat? I didn’t see anyone complaining when Nacho Libre was getting his ass kicked by those tag-team little men. What’s the problem now? Aside from the terminology which can be offensive (the m-word), what’s the issue? How come I’m missing out on all the fuss?

Also picked up by The Wiz and 100% Injury Rate oh, I dunno, about two months ago while I was living in an internet-less cave.

Midgets in MMA, the Next Big Thing

I might not have warmed up to MMA just yet, but if they continue to put out a product like this, I might be coming around a lot quicker.

Chest Bump to DC Scrap at Epic Carnival for the hook up

Just How Would Mini Me Do?


photo courtesy ERIC KAYNE / THE SEATTLE TIMES

I still am not sure about all the technicalities regarding the difference between dwarfs and midgets. I think it has to do with whether or not everything is in proportion, although I can’t swear to it. Either way, I’m proud to say that the Dwarf Games were held in Seattle over the weekend. To the Seattle Times for details:

[Jake] Smith, a dwarf, is among thousands of people from all over the United States meeting at the Little People of America conference and competing in the 2007 Dwarf Athletic Association of America’s National Games, both held this week in greater Seattle.

The LPA, the largest dwarf organization in the world, was founded 50 years ago as a social club and activist organization by Billy Barty, an actor with dwarfism.

He said he intended the organization to combat the perception that little people were all sideshow acts and circus freaks — perceptions he said kept people of short stature at the outer fringes of society.

Attendees of the conference said “little people,” “dwarf” and “short-statured” are all terms they use to describe themselves.

Now, given what I now know, go little people! You guys rock. And let me ask this, any chance Johnny Knoxville would try to fix these games? Any thoughts?

(via Fark)