Tuesday, January 3, 2012

Flashback: Hosting Midget Mania

Yes, more midget wrestling.

It's early 1992. Phil Watson, aka Whipper Watson Junior, has come off a heart attack and put together an ambitious plan to tour an all-midget professional wrestling show with Teen Pro Wrestling as an added attraction.

Me, I'm in my last year of high school and a dedicated volunteer at the local Rogers Cable community television station. Between us, we arrange to have the debut performance of Midget Mania taped for TV.

The setting is the Village Inn in Bradford, Ontario. It's a bar. It's ... it's not a nice bar. The ring barely fits. The crowd is intoxicated. But they're into the action.

I'm calling the matches by myself, and it's the first time I'm hosting a TV program. In hindsight, it's not great. It could be worse.

There are five videos here, but I'll embed just the first one. You can find the rest on my youtube channel.



In this show, you'll see the biggest midget wrestling stars of the day, including:

  • Little Farmer Pete
  • The Irish Leprechaun
  • Tiger Jackson
  • Little Mr. T
  • Little John Adams
  • Rebel Joe Kidd
Plus, the first ever over-the-middle-rope Midget Mania Battle Royal.

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