By COLBY DENTON
For some, professional wrestling is something that is brutish and unrealistic. For others, it’s a fun, roguish time full of violent acts and the settling of scores. Cleveland was host to a …
For some, professional wrestling is something that is brutish and unrealistic.
For others, it’s a fun, roguish time full of violent acts and the settling of scores.
Cleveland was host to a different sort of wrestler this past Sunday — the Micro Wrestler.
For the curious, a Micro Wrestler is a dwarf who is a member of the Micro Wrestling Federation, a group of dwarfs who put on outlandish, comedic and frankly, athletically talented, wrestling displays all around the country.
While the word “midget” is often used as a derogatory term for those of a smaller stature and a certain medical or genetic condition, this group proudly embraces it, shouting the word and having moves using the word profusely. These “midgets” mean business.
The night of Micro Wrestling was held at the South Cleveland Community Center, and it was packed!
Residents came from all around to see the wrestlers square off in the ring.
Featuring a lineup of wrestlers including Mario, Little Show the Redneck Brawler, Baby Jesus, J-Mazing, E-Money and Bam Bam, a former Chippendales dancer, this event was the essence of diversity and fun.
Wrestling through several different matches, including a “Fatal Fourway,” the grapplers kept the crowd laughing and cheering for different favorites in each match.
“Are you ready to watch some Micro Wrestlers beat the crap out of each other?!” yelled federation owner Jack Darrell prior to the event’s start.
Following the National Anthem, which was observed reverentially by the crowd, the wrestlers made their entrances and the matches began.
Darrell went on to introduce each wrestler individually, with each accompanied by their corresponding theme music.
Most Clevelanders reacted with expressions of amazement and shock as the little-people wrestlers leaped, bounded and jumped off the top rope onto their fellow fighters.
As most pro wrestling matches go, props were also used. These competitors beat each other in the head with numerous items, including baking sheets, clipboards, Wet Floor signs, chairs and trash cans.
Micro Wrestling merchandise was sold that included shirts, hats and drink holders stating things like, “I Support Midget Violence.” The humor of the event was intentional, as the wrestlers made sure to not only wrestle well, but also to entertain the audience.
Camera phones were recording the entire event, as most locals couldn’t believe the sheer spectacle. Locals got very involved with it as well, shouting names at their less-favorite wrestlers and cheering for their favorites. The height of the wrestling ring also helped add some stature to its participants.
The event had a variety of seating options, including limited seating in bleachers, which didn’t guarantee seats; floor seating; ringside seating; and even an option to pay to party with the wrestlers following the match.
According to Darrell, the ringside seating, which totaled around 60 seats, sold out. The bleachers were packed, which forced some fans to stand for the show. Floor seating was nearly full as well.
One local, identifying himself only as "Elijah," paid for a special package and was able to enter the ring as a guest referee for one match, a unique diversion he enjoyed as his friends cheered in the audience.
Following the event’s conclusion, guests could pay $5 to have their photo taken with the entire cast of Micro Wrestling.
This event, while incredibly unorthodox and farfetched, really brought those in attendance together. People from all walks of life attended Micro Wrestling and cheered for the variety of different characters in the spotlight.
Darrell left his guests with an announcement that they plan to return in October, not only with their band of small performers, but “midgets in a steel cage!”
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