ROBERT ALLEN
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Midget brawlers to tear through Frisco

There's gonna be a brawl at Shag in Frisco tonight, where a couple dwarves will jump off tables, duel with staple guns and maybe even get drunk and limbo.

"If you want the hard-core, we can bring the hard-core: midgets, blood and beer " and a comedy show," Puppet, the Psycho Dwarf said in a phone interview.

He and Little Kato, the Dwarf Destroyer, both measure about 4-1/2 feet tall. They travel the country, drawing crowds and wreaking havoc.

Puppet, 39, said there will be no mats on the floor, and the staples are real.

"Midgets are like strippers; you give us dollar bills, and we'll staple them all over each other's body for your long-legged pleasure," he said.

The night will begin with Puppet performing a stand-up comedy act, including jokes about the differences between big and little people.

"It's not the most politically correct show, but it's fun, and that's what's important," Puppet said.

The wrestling will take place in the bar area with action that folks are not "used to seeing on television," he said. The wrestling match will last about 45 minutes and may include a thumb-tack match.

Puppet has been doing Half-Pint Brawler tours for 10 years. His other work experience includes the Slim Jim tour with Macho Man in the 1990s and acting as a bat boy in "The Babe," a film starring John Goodman.

Puppet also did stunts for "Leprechaun" films and "Tales from the Crypt" episodes.

He said the dwarf wrestling matches began in Chicago, across from Wrigley Field.

"I was a sidekick on a morning radio show in Chicago, and an independent (promoter) came up to me and said, 'Get into wrestling " you've got the personality,'" Puppet said.

He started at a place called Sluggers, where a sold-out show in the midst of a chilly January convinced him he was in the right business.

"(There was a) line around the block, and it's like 0 degrees, and I knew I had a hit," he said. "People were watching the show through the window."

Puppet exercises about four to five days per week to keep in shape for the wrestling matches. He said he's sustained some minor injuries in the wrestling matches, but nothing serious.

It's fun, too.

"It's not like a tall guy having midgets work," Puppet said. "We feel like we're a band that travels the nation."

He said Kato, his cohort performing at Shag, is the son of Lord Littlebrook " the guy who started "midget wrestling" for the World Wrestling Federation (now World Wrestling Entertainment).

Tonight's performance will include crowd participation games and merchandise freebies.

"It's basically just a big party," Puppet said. "I always say, 'What could be better? You come to a bar, you drink some beer, watch some midgets and just have a good time with it.'"

The year-round tour " which includes up to five wrestlers " will soon be the subject of a reality show to air on "a major cable network," he said, declining to specify which channel.

Shag owner Clint Jester said he found the Half-Pint Brawlers online, and theirs will be the first wrestling match planned for the venue.

Tickets are $20 in advance and $25 the day of the show and are available at Shag on Frisco's Main Street or Mulligan's Irish Pub at Copper. Doors open at 8 p.m., and attendees must be 18 or older.

Robert Allen can be contacted at (970) 668-4628 or rallen@summitdaily.com.


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