The former Cruiserweight Champion and ten-year veteran Hornswoggle was one of the WWE superstars to find themselves released as part of the May 6 roster clean out.
Hornswoggle is one of the most respected men in WWE's locker room and has more experience in the company than many other active wrestlers, which is why it could be classed as a shock to see the 29-year-old leaving the company.
Vince McMahon has always believed that Hornswoggle's condition of dwarfism could be profited from and Vince has enjoyed doing this for a number of years.
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Since being released from WWE, Hornswoggle's took to his official Twitter account to release a formal statement regarding his departure. His tweet can be seen below.
One of the main reasons Hornswoggle's release is so shocking is the fact that he's been involved in a number of WWE's biggest storylines over the last few years.
His first major storyline came when he became the Cruiserweight Champion at the Great American Bash in 2007. It later transpired that WWE had wanted to retire the Cruiserweight Championship so gave it to Hornswoggle as to not devalue any of its stars in the Cruiserweight Division. The belt was then retired as WWE intended and Hornswoggle was crowned the last ever champion.
His next major storyline came when he was revealed as Mr. McMahon's illegitimate son. The angle of being the illegitimate son was originally meant for Mr. Kennedy, but after several circumstances this was not the case, and Hornswoggle had to step in as the last minute replacement.
The storyline was later dropped when John Bradshaw Layfield dropped the bombshell that Hornswoggle was actually the biological son of Finlay.
D-Generation X reunited in WWE during the 2009-2010 period and had a stint simply as a tag team. In the team were just Triple H and Shawn Michaels, however, they soon brought Hornswoggle in as an official member of DX following the threat of a storyline lawsuit for assault and battery.
Hornswoggle eventually switched to the SmackDown brand after Shawn Michaels retired at WrestleMania 26.
Finally, his last big storyline was his role as the Anonymous Raw General Manager.
From June 2010 to July 2011, Raw was controlled by an anonymous figure who would communicate with the WWE universe by sending emails to Michael Cole who would then announce the general managers wishes.
The storyline was at first interesting, however, it soon became clear that WWE never had a planned end to the angle. Booking themselves into a corner, they eventually went with the option of Hornswoggle.
Hornswoggle has often been used as WWE's safe card for when they do eventually book themselves into a corner, which appears to be quite a regular occurrence.
Hornswoggle's release now means that WWE will not have the option to fall back on in the case of needing a quick solution to a storyline.
This is, of course, a big risk for WWE. They've now lost the card that they've played so often over the last few years.
Safe Card Released
While Hornswoggle is not a very big loss in terms of actual wrestling ability, but for the purpose of a storyline, he's been involved in quite a lot.
Hornswoggle is also a good public relations guy. His size and condition make him very unique and WWE generally looks good for hiring people with that condition. His release from the company has now lost WWE that good PR but we'll soon see if that is worth it.
Hornswoggle has now announced that he will be undertaking a new career path which several WWE superstars have come out to wish him well with.
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