Extreme Rules 2014's pre-show bout—Hornswoggle and El Torito facing off in a WeeLC match—sounds like an idea dreamed up by a pair of tipsy college students playing WWE 2K14.
The concept is silly, stupid even, but it's going to be fun to watch. Although it's a strange fit for Extreme Rules—a show meant to be a venture into "the extreme"—El Torito's athleticism, the novelty of the contest and the announcers' enthusiasm will make this match more enjoyable than expected.
The newest member of 3MB and Los Matadores' mascot collide in what WWE.com describes as a "modified version of the Tables, Ladders & Chairs Match."
That likely means Hornswoggle and El Torito will be leaping from miniature ladders onto miniature tables. Count on Michael Cole and company giggling through it all.
Critics of how little people are used in wrestling are set to have plenty of added ammunition.
Whether one considers two little people being used as a comedy act an example of wrestling tradition or exploitation, the result is going to be surprisingly good. Many fans are going to watch this bout ready to roll their eyes,with palms ready to strike their faces.
Then El Torito will go to work.
Fans of his from his days in Mexico's CMLL and AAA promotions as Mascarita Sagrada or Mascarita Dorada already know how fantastic an athletic he is. His speed and agility seem like something out of a cartoon.
We've seen far less of him zipping around the ring in a blur during his stay in WWE.
In Mexico, "mini" wrestlers are more commonplace, so there were more opportunities and viable opponents for him there. WWE fans have only seen El Torito's awesomeness in short bursts.
On the April 21 edition of Raw, El Torito was the star of the six-man action. He springboarded off the ropes, catching Kofi Kingston-like air. Before the match descended into a festival of low blows, he impressed with a moonsault and other high-flying moves.
He's been the most exciting part of Los Matadores and WWE has apparently embraced that. He gets a crack at Hornswoggle in one of Extreme Rules' few gimmick matches.
The WeeLC match will be his biggest WWE showcase to date.
Not only does this provide a climax for a showdown that has been built relatively well, the inclusion of tables, ladders and chairs is going to allow El Torito and Hornswoggle a legitimate chance at stealing the show.
As numb as fans are to seeing men crash through tables or soar from ladders, the experience is set to be refreshed.
This will be the longest little person match most fans have ever seen, and it promises to feature a number of standout images thanks to the stipulation.
Take Hornswoggle's senton bomb off a stepladder in 2009 and multiply it several times over.
The last thing El Torito vs. Hornswoggle is going to be is ordinary. Many folks would be hard pressed to remember what last year's Extreme Rules' pre-show bout was. However, Cody Rhodes vs. The Miz didn't have the advantage of being as offbeat and unique as the WeeLC match.
It didn't excite the announcers as much as this clash will, either.
When Hornswoggle met El Torito on the April 18 edition of SmackDown, Cole and John "Bradshaw" Layfield seemed to be smiling as they delivered all of their lines. They were Christmas-morning giddy as they called the action.
When El Torito nearly stole a victory with a schoolboy pin, JBL screamed: "The match of the century is going to end like that?"
Even though much of their excitement was of the mock variety, they managed to create a buzz around the match. Hyperbole colored their commentary, as it will at Extreme Rules. Cole and JBL were so amused by the ridiculousness of what they were seeing, they passed that onto the audience.
Expect more of that when this rivalry concludes with its biggest match yet.
Those who choose to skip El Torito vs. Hornswoggle, on account of its ridiculousness, are going to miss out. It will be one of Extreme Rules' most talked-about and surprising bouts.