WWE's Best Little Men of the Last Year
Back again, B/R Nation, with a list of the undersized superstars who put their body on the line every night competing with men twice their size. For this list, I did set a standard, and every superstar listed is under six feet tall.
Who likes little guys more than small children? So I took a poll in my household, and the following list was compiled by my 7 and 10-year-old boys, along with myself. The criteria is still the same. We are judging these wrestlers on in-ring ability, on the mic performances, and overall entertainment quality.
Side note: I am new to the WWE, was Hornswaggle really supposed to be Vince McMahon's son? I do see the resemblance.
No. 10 Jesse
One half of the Biscuits and Gravy Train, Jesse has done an admirable job of corralling the colossal Festus, and even garnered a few chuckles with the moving crew gimmick.
He does need a new push, or I don't think he'll be on this list next year.
No. 9 Jimmy Wang Yang
Everyone's favorite oriental cowboy was poised to capture Tag Team gold earlier in the year, but lost his tag team partner Shannon Moore in August.
Wang still showed he could hold his own in a match with then-undefeated Vladimir Kozlov, showing that he is tough as well as stylish.
No. 8 Primo Colon
This reigning WWE Tag Team Champion busted onto the WWE scene, quickly capturing the titles with his brother Carlito.
Quick on the mic, Primo has shown that, when given the opportunity, he can be very entertaining in the ring. I expect to see much more of Primo as the WWE goes after the elusive Latino demographic.
No. 7 Jamie Noble
The "little engine that could," also known as Jamie Noble, might have one of the loudest mouths in the WWE. Unfortunately for him, that meant tough competition against William Regal, Kane, and the Boogeyman, although Jamie was smart enough to get out of the ring before the post-victory worm celebration could begin.
He might not have won over Layla, but he easily won over the hearts of my family.
No. 6 Chavo Guerrero
Chavo spent the beginning of the last calendar year reeling from a record quick loss of his ECW championship to Kane at Wrestlemania 24. But Chavo managed to stay in the spotlight by working closely with his Aunt Vicki and the rest of La Familia.
Personally, I am glad to see he's no longer with his bodyguard Bam Neely, and think he could be poised to make a run at the U.S. Championship.
No. 5 The Brian Kendrick
THE Brian Kendrick was the beneficiary of a slight push by the WWE with his qualifying for the Championship Scramble at Unforgiven. Although rarely seen as of late, Kendrick is a solid performer in the ring, with one of my favorite signature moves in "The Kendrick."
Hopefully a good storyline will emerge, as everyone is expecting big things out of his bodyguard, Ezekial Jackson.
No. 4 Tyson Kidd
Three words for you: Sick Elbow Drop. This kid is a future star, and hopefully what we saw on ECW is the setup of a feud between Kidd & Evan Bourne.
I know he's only been in the WWE for a few months, but this kidd oozes charisma without being on the mic. Don't be surprised to see him shoot to the top of this list in a few short years.
No. 3 Santino
The Italian Stallion dominated the airwaves with his unique eyebrow style and his ability to hilariously butcher the English language.
Besides an almost four-month stint as IC Champion, his work with Beth Phoenix has added a very funny wrinkle to the Women division, and even when he set the record for shortest time in a Royal Rumble (one second), I still laughed enough for the entire night.
I can still hear him screaming "I wasn't ready."
No. 2 Evan Bourne
Has anyone made a "splash" quite like "Air" Bourne this year? Evan has been captivating audiences with his high flying innovative assaults. Moonsault aside, this young man can take a beating as well as dish it out, and will have me tuning into ECW for his next "how did he do that" moment.
Quickly becoming a fan favorite, if this little man can asert himself on the mic, he will be a main stay in the WWE for years to come.
No. 1 Rey Mysterio
Besides Hornswaggle, Rey Mysterio is the smallest man in the WWE, but is a shining example of why you can't judge a wrestler by his size. Although his storyline with Kane was boring, you can't argue that these two sure-fire Hall of Famers didn't produce exciting, fast paced matches.
My children were lucky enough to see Rey and Bourne team together live, and given a chance, this team could become the new dynamic duo, with the opportunity to put Rey back in a championship hunt.
I don't care if everyone says that the WWE is "fake," you have to be one hell of a man to receive the beatings that Rey does and bounce back every week.
So let me hear it, guys, how does my family's list compare to yours? Til next time, be safe and have a pleasant tomorrow.