We take a look at the 5 shortest WWE wrestlers to grace the company’s presence in its history
In a sport like wrestling, size was always seen as a defining factor to determine the dominance in the game. But, things have changed in modern times as the underdogs have come out and proved the paradox wrong, by reaching the highest of the highs in WWE.
The Cruiserweight division was the start of a new chapter, which made the giant heavyweights wonder as to the surprisingly high levels of competition. In the process, the wrestling fans began to push these wrestlers to come out successful in the matchups with the big bulky framed wrestlers.
The shortest wrestlers have overcome the odds on various occasions in WWE. They have outgunned the heavyweights, usually associated with the wrestling business and come out on top at big PPVs.
In WWE, we take a look at the shortest wrestlers to make a mark in the business:
Top 5 shortest wrestlers in WWE history
5. Rey Mysterio – 167.64 cm (5ft 6 in)
Rey Mysterio is a household name in WWE. He has one of the most decorated resumes in the history of the company. Despite his height, Mysterio’s quick moves and high-flying skills made him an asset to whichever brand he was on.
He is a former WWE Champion, the World Heavyweight Champion, WWE World Cruiserweight Champion, the WWE Tag Team Champion and the WWE Intercontinental Champion.
Recently, he lost the WWE SmackDown Tag Team Championship with his son, Dominik to the Usos at Money in the Bank 2021. His career has spanned over three decades with WWE. Mysterio’s 619 has become a global sensation and one of the famous finishing moves in sporting history.
4. Kalisto – 167.64 cm ( 5ft 6 in)
Famous for his innovative speed and quickness, Kalisto began in Mexico before moving to the United States and finding a place in NXT. “The King of Flight” eventually joined the tag team division, with veteran Sin Cara under the name of The Lucha Dragons.
The Superstar captured the United States Title beating Alberto Del Rio. He has even beaten former WWE Superstar Braun Strowman in a Dumpster Match.
On the Oct. 2, 2017, edition of Raw, Kalisto joined the Cruiserweight division and soon won his first WWE Cruiserweight Title.
He formed a team with Lince Durado and Gran Metalik called the Lucha House Party.
3. Spike Dudley – 165.09 cm (5ft 5 in)
Dudley began his wrestling career as a sidekick for two WWE legends, D-Von and Bubba Ray. He is a former European Championship and Hardcore Champion.
Despite his small frame, he was well appreciated by the WWE Universe as a face, even scalping the WWE Cruiserweight Championship.
2. Drake Maverick – 162.50 cm (5ft 4 in)
His breakthrough came on IMPACT Wrestling by the name Rockstar Spud. After his move to WWE, he had different roles from a wrestler to a general manager. His fan-following increased on 205 Live, where he was the first GM.
Maverick also has been a manager of the tag team AOP (Akam and Rezar) as a heel. He was eventually released, but made his mark as the underdog.
1. Hornswoggle – 134.62 cm (4ft 5 in)
Hornswoggle is the shortest ever wrestler to grace the WWE since its inception. He is also the last Cruiserweight champion in the business, having been an underdog throughout his cameo roles on both brands.
Hornswoggle began his wrestling career in 2004 with FVWA under the moniker Hardcore Wonder. He provided comical appearances, where he appeared from under the ring and also joined forces with teams like D-Generation X. His small frame, made him always a treat to watch with a smile on his face.
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