He is less than three feet tall, but he packs muscles, power and swagger in a little frame. Microman is the smallest star in Mexican professional wrestling.
Mexico’s “lucha libre,” a wildly popular mix of sport and entertainment, long featured small figures and dwarves in a deeply demeaning role: they were “mascotas” – a word that can mean both “mascot” and “pet” – for full-size wrestlers.
But a new generation of little people are now rising lucha libre stars in their own right, and dream of one day headlining the main events on their fight cards.
Microman wowed a skeptical crowd at one recent bout in Mexico City, where he and two co-stars, El Gallito and Guapito, took on another team of small-sized wrestlers.
He and his fellow “Micro Stars” were met with a smattering of jeers when they got in the ring.
But Microman silenced them when he climbed onto the top rope – more than three times his height – to execute a high-flying leap straight into the neck of his also small, but larger, rival.
Not really. He’s 3 ft. Three times his height is 9 foot. The top rope around a professional wrestling ring is 9 foot is it?