It Came From YouTube: Mini Vader! Mini Mankind! Mini LaParka! And mini interest…

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In 1997 WWE thought the fans wanted to see midgets.

So they gave us a lot of these midget matches like this one at the 1997 Royal Rumble featuring Mini Vader, Mini Mankind, and Mini LaParkita.

The only interesting thing about them is that Sunny refereed most of them.

She was the only thing worth watching in any of them.

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13 Responses to "It Came From YouTube: Mini Vader! Mini Mankind! Mini LaParka! And mini interest…"
  1. The Doctor of Style says:

    Aw, I liked the minis! (but I’ll concede we didn’t need “Mini Goldust”!) And this match is quite good.

    At an MSG show I saw in ’97, the minis got the biggest pop.

    You *will* find some Wrestlecrap in this video, though: Todd Pettengill interviews Adam and George, the mid-90s Jamesons.

    I’m surprised the WWF let “La Parkita” appear, a rare reference to a WCW wrestler!

    And check out 5:55, when Mini Mankind does a “Chris Hamrick bump”!

  2. John C says:

    Vince’s cackle still haunts my soul. Todd Pettingzoo interviewing two people dumber than him. And the phrase what’s going on Ahmed Johnson’s mind….CRAP OVERLOAD!!! CRAP OVERLOAD!!!!!!!! DANGER DANGER!!!!!! WILL ROBINSON!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  3. Matt Soileau says:

    The minis deal went WAY too long. Shoot, at the following years Rumble, their was a mini match with Sunny as referee. But at this time the gimmicks were all changed. I think they might have been the same workers but I’m not sure.

    • Matt Soileau says:

      Just googled it, Mascarita Sagrada would be repackaged as “Nova” (not ECW Nova), Mini Mankind would be repackaged as “Tarantula,” Mini-Vader would become “El Torito,” and La Parkita became “Mosaic.” At Rumble 98, Nova, Mosaic, and Max Mini would team against El Torito, Tarantula, and Batallion. Why did we had this and not, say, a Light Heavyweight Championship match?

  4. Mike says:

    La Parkita clearly made a tag at 2:41 but he didn’t not leave the ring. That should be a DQ.

    Obey rules!

    • Rob P says:

      I think these matches were played in Tenay Rules. Tenay always stated that in tag and 6 man tag matches involving luchadores, when a teammate was out of the ring, the legal man changed to the one on ringside (to badly paraphrase Mike Tenay).

  5. Thomas Moffatt says:

    I remember Sunny reffing at the 98 Rumble and botching a leap frog over a midget…

  6. 80's Guy says:

    That was actually a great match. I liked the whole thing.

  7. MrMaddog says:

    Al SNow was right…midgets do equal ratings!

    Seriously, I enjoyed the mini matches they had in ’97 plus I recognize those guys (including the ref) from AAA Lucha Libre.

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