Making Short Work
Congratulations to Rockstar Spud for earning a spot on the TNA roster last month. At 5'3", 130#, Spud may be, as billed, the smallest man in UK wrestling. He has been wrestling since he was a teenager, comically selling other wrestlers' domination of him, while demonstrating his own ring skills and simultaneously flaunting and mocking his flashy charisma. In this match from last June's Preston City Wrestling Guild Wars show, he struts in to "Livin' on a Prayer," intentionally fumbles his "suave" swagger, and welcomes the fans' adoration with what may be the longest outstretched-arms pose in wrestling history. In a nonstop-action match, he holds his own against Martin Kirby, 5'11", 180#--I'm a fan of his, too. Unsurpisingly, TNA's website does not mention Spud's status as "the Baby Jesus of Wrestling"--if prizes were awarded for epithets, this one would get my vote--but refers to him as "the biggest underdog of them all." Wish I could make it to tonight's TNA show in Fayetteville, but, alas, I've got homework to grade and only today to do it.