For quite a while, Vince McMahon has exploited the condition of dwarfism on television involving Hornswoggle and El Torito in many comical segments as opposed to allowing them to break out on the merits of their wrestling skill. Both Hornswoggle and El Torito have now been released from their WWE contracts.
However, both Hornswoggle and El Torito have now been released from their WWE contracts following the mass exodus that took place last week with no fewer than eight superstars losing their jobs.
In the case of El Torito, his departure from the company was a lot more predictable than Hornswoggle's. El Torito never really broke out as a star on his own with his biggest match being a miniature comical TLC match with Hornswoggle that proved to be better than anyone expected. He spent the large majority of his career in WWE with the Los Matadores who have announced that they will be taking up new gimmicks.
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Hornswoggle, however, has been part of some of the biggest storylines over the last few years. He is a former Cruiserweight Champion and the final superstar to hold the belt before it was retired. He was also rated Pro Wrestling Illustrated's 'Rookie of the Year 2007' and is one of the most memorable characters in WWE.
A few people have argued that a place in WWE's Hall of Fame could easily be found for Hornswoggle after participating in such storylines as; DX's 2009 reunion, being the Raw anonymous General Manager, Vince's illegitimate son and being the last Cruiserweight Champion. He's acted as WWE's fail-safe on more than one occasion as highlighted above.
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El Torito and Hornswoggle's WWE careers are merely for comical segments and to put over bad guys by having them get beaten up. Torito and Hornswoggle's release from the company could suggest that WWE is going to become more serious in their storylines despite still having comedy acts such as; R-Truth, Fandango, Goldust and Tyler Breeze.
If it turns out that this is indeed the case, then it can only be a good thing for WWE.
While Hornswoggle was a huge hit with children according to WWE's demographic studies, they boast about holding a majority 18+ demographic, and therefore the likes of Hornswoggle and El Torito simply aren't attractive from a wrestling standpoint for more mature fans.
Hornswoggle made his debut in 2006 making him a 10-year veteran in WWE, a number of years that most WWE superstars do not get to. He was well-respected in the locker room. There is less known about El Torito's locker room status, but with the language barrier there, it's to be expected that it wasn't as high.
The releases of the two small wrestlers could mean very good things for the company. Not only will this allow new, better talent to come up and have a spot on the roster, it looks like a step in the right direction for a more serious product that fans have been screaming out for.
Did WWE make the right decision by releasing Hornswoggle and El Torito? Have YOUR say in the comment section below!