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Hornswoggle signing autographs at Tribute to the Troops 2011.
|Birth name||Dylan Postl|
May 28, 1986 |
|Professional wrestling career|
|Billed height||4 ft 5 in (1.35 m)|
|Billed weight||142 lb (64 kg)|
|Trained by||Dave Finlay|
Dylan Postl (born May 29, 1986) is an American midget professional wrestler signed to WWE, better known by his ring name Hornswoggle. He debuted in WWE in 2006 as a leprechaun character allied with Finlay. Hornswoggle gained additional notoriety after winning the Cruiserweight Championship before it was retired, erroneously being revealed as Mr. McMahon's illegitimate son, and for being exposed as the Anonymous Raw General Manager who had controlled the Raw brand from June 21, 2010 to July 18, 2011.
- 1 Professional wrestling career
- 1.1 Early career (2005-2006)
- 1.2 World Wrestling Entertainment/WWE
- 2 Other media
- 3 Filmography
- 4 Muppets
- 5 In wrestling
- 6 Championships and accomplishments
- 7 References
- 8 External links
Professional wrestling career
Early career (2005-2006)
Prior to joining WWE, Postl appeared with NWA Wisconsin in 2005 as "The World's Sexiest Midget" $hortstack, where he won the NWA Wisconsin X Division Championship. He also won the SSW Tag Team Championship with Devin Diamond, from The Pretty Hott Thangs (Ryan Kross and Josh Maxim) on May 19, 2006, in Oak Creek, Wisconsin. He relinquished the title after signing a contract with World Wrestling Entertainment.
World Wrestling Entertainment/WWE
Debut and Cruiserweight Champion (2006–2007)
On May 26, Postl, who was 3 days away from turning 20, made his televised debut in Bakersfield, California on SmackDown as Lil Bastard, the leprechaun partner of the fellow Irish wrestler, Finlay. After Finlay’s victory over Paul Burchill, an extremely hyper, dirty, mysterious little man (Postl) in a leprechaun costume scurried out from under the ring and jumped on Burchill, laughing maniacally all the while. Finlay pulled him off, only to slam him back down onto Burchill again and again. For the next few weeks, Postl continued to appear from under the ring after matches and attack Finlay's opponents. He soon became more and more aggressive and started attacking Finlay's opponent during matches, much to Finlay's dismay. On numerous occasions, Finlay either physically shoved Little Bastard back under the ring or was forced to tackle him before he could hit an opponent. At one point, he attacked Finlay, biting him when Finlay tried to stop him from attacking Gunner Scott. Little Bastard helped Finlay win the WWE United States Championship when he tossed him a shillelagh to knock out the United States Champion Bobby Lashley and pick up the win.
On February 23, 2007, the character's name was changed to Hornswoggle on WWE's website and all references to the name "Little Bastard" were removed. The meaning of Hornswoggle is to swindle, cheat, hoodwink, or hoax. The name change became official on the March 2 episode of SmackDown! when Hornswoggle attacked John "Bradshaw" Layfield and Michael Cole. Afterward, Finlay intimidated Cole, warning him to refer to Little Bastard as "Hornswoggle." In spite of this, Cole continued to occasionally refer to him as "Little Bastard". On March 30, 2007, Hornswoggle helped Finlay beat Mr. Kennedy by performing a senton bomb off a stepladder onto Mr. Kennedy, essentially copying Kennedy's move, the Kenton Bomb. SmackDown! announcers Michael Cole and JBL immediately referred to the move as the "Lepreton Bomb." During the Money in the Bank ladder match at WrestleMania 23, which Finlay was involved in, Mr. Kennedy hit Hornswoggle with a Green Bay Plunge off of a ladder when Hornswoggle tried to interfere. On the following edition of SmackDown!, Finlay attacked Mr. Kennedy after his match and challenged him to a handicap match with Postl as Finlay's partner. Before the match, Mr. Kennedy apologized for hurting Hornswoggle. Finlay accepted his apology and formed a team with Kennedy.
Hornswoggle won the WWE Cruiserweight Championship after he pinned Jamie Noble in a Cruiserweight Open at The Great American Bash. The match stipulation declared that any and all people who qualified to compete in the division could enter this match. He briefly ran across the ring as the bell was rung before going back under the ring making him an official participant in the match. The other participants and commentators were unaware that he was a participant in the match until the referee counted the pin and awarded him the belt becoming a fan favorite in the process. This made him the first little person wrestler to win a championship in WWE history. He also became the lightest, shortest, youngest (21 years, 51 days), and the final wrestler ever to win the Cruiserweight Championship before the title was retired. Hornswoggle then began a feud with Noble over the belt. The next week on SmackDown!, Hornswoggle retained the title when he defeated Noble by countout. He attacked Noble in the following weeks by shoving a pie in his face, spraying him with a fire extinguisher, pushing him into Kane and causing him to get chokeslammed, and locking him in a large box.
Alliance with Finlay (2008–2009)
On the September 10 edition of Raw, Hornswoggle was revealed to be Mr. McMahon's illegitimate son. Hornswoggle continued to appear on SmackDown!, as well. Although his partnership with Finlay was quietly phased out, Hornswoggle still continued to feud with Jamie Noble. His feud with Noble ended on the September 28 edition of SmackDown! when Acting General Manager Vickie Guerrero forced Hornswoggle to surrender the Cruiserweight Championship (which was later abandoned), citing that his status as Mr. McMahon's son and his diminutive stature would eventually jeopardize his well-being. After the affair of finding out who the illegitimate son was, Mr. McMahon began giving Hornswoggle matches against competitors that were much larger than him. His reason for doing this, was that he was showing his son, "tough love." Hornswoggle was placed into a match against The Great Khali at Survivor Series. At the event, Khali defeated Hornswoggle by disqualification when Finlay attacked Khali on Hornswoggle's behalf. This was the first time that Finlay appeared together with Hornswoggle since the beginning of the Hornswoggle and Mr. McMahon storyline. Finlay's attack on Khali started a feud between the two. At Armageddon, Finlay defeated Khali with the help of Hornswoggle. In addition, Hornswoggle also faced Khali on the 15th Anniversary of Raw, but Hulk Hogan made a surprise return in a one night appearance to come to Hornswoggle's aid.
Hornswoggle appeared in the Royal Rumble match, hiding under the ring upon entering until he came out and eliminated The Miz; Finlay appeared to protect Hornswoggle and took himself out of the match. Finlay became the only person in WWE history to be disqualified in the Royal Rumble match. On the February 18 edition of Raw, Hornswoggle had a scheduled steel cage match against his father, Mr. McMahon. During this match, Hornswoggle was whipped with a leather belt by Mr. McMahon. Finlay tried to get involved, but was attacked and handcuffed to the ring ropes by JBL. Mr. McMahon left the ring and allowed JBL to beat up Hornswoggle while an enraged Finlay watched. Following this, WWE.com announced that Hornswoggle had suffered internal injuries, including bleeding of the brain and spinal trauma. On February 25, JBL claimed that Hornswoggle is not Mr. McMahon's son, but "in reality is the son of Finlay". The next week on Raw, Finlay confirmed Hornswoggle was indeed his son, then was forced to watch helplessly as JBL assaulted Hornswoggle in his hospital bed. Postl returned to live television at WrestleMania XXIV, accompanying Finlay to the ring for his Belfast Brawl with JBL, once interfering by hitting JBL with a kendo stick, allowing Finlay to get the shot in with the shillelagh. JBL won the match by hitting Finlay with the kendo stick in the shins and following up with the Clothesline from Hell.
He made his in-ring return on the April 18 episode of SmackDown, defeating Matt Striker after a Tadpole Splash. On the April 21 edition of Raw, Hornswoggle was entered in the 2008 King of the Ring, but he was unsuccessful as he lost to William Regal in the first round after submitting to the Regal Stretch in 19 seconds. As part of the 2008 WWE Supplemental Draft, Hornswoggle was drafted to the ECW brand along with Finlay. At Night of Champions, Hornswoggle and Finlay challenged John Morrison and The Miz for the WWE Tag Team Championship, but failed to win.
Association with D-Generation X (2009–2010)
On April 13, 2009, Hornswoggle was drafted to the Raw brand, without Finlay, as part of the 2009 Supplemental Draft. Hornswoggle then entered into a feud with Chavo Guerrero, in which they competed in a series of comedy gimmick matches each week determined by the weekly Guest Host for Raw (Texas Bullrope Match, Blindfold Match, Falls Count Anywhere, etc.). The program began on July 7, 2009 on WWE Superstars and continued on to Raw. Hornswoggle won every match in this feud.
On the October 26 episode of Raw, after several weeks of wearing D-Generation X clothing, Hornswoggle received legal notification that he was no longer allowed to wear any DX clothing. Later on in the night, he got his revenge by helping the Raw guest hosts, Kyle Busch and Joey Logano, put DX against each other and John Cena for the WWE Championship at Survivor Series. On the December 21 episode of Raw, Hornswoggle tried pressing charges against DX for assault on him, but later dropped them when DX agreed to make him DX's official mascot. On the January 18, 2010 episode of Raw backstage, Hornswoggle and Triple H confronted Big Show, The Miz and Jon Heder. Triple H made the match a six man tag team match: DX and Hornswoggle against The Big Show, The Miz and Jon Heder which ended after Hornswoggle pinned Heder. Hornswoggle appeared on the April 12 episode of Raw in the 'Baywatch Triple Threat Diva Tag', performing a frog splash life saving maneuver on Santino Marella. On the next Raw, he won a draft pick against Dolph Ziggler by count out after throwing his shoes at him, Ziggler attacked him after the match with the sleeper hold.
Anonymous Raw General Manager (2010–2011)
As part of the 2010 WWE Supplemental Draft on WWE.com, Hornswoggle was drafted back to the SmackDown brand. On the October 8 episode of SmackDown, Hornswoggle was named the official mascot for the SmackDown team at Bragging Rights. On the July 9 episode of Raw, Hornswoggle was revealed having been the anonymous Raw General Manager who previously ran the brand from June 2010 to July 2011 during his run as that night's guest general manager.
On the December 10 episode of SmackDown, Hornswoggle defeated Jack Swagger's Soaring Eagle mascot with a Tadpole Splash On January 30, 2011, Hornswoggle entered the 2011 Royal Rumble match, helping John Cena and Kofi Kingston eliminate a few superstars, only for him to get eliminated by King Sheamus. On the season premiere of NXT Redemption, Hornswoggle was revealed as the pro for Titus O'Neil.
After his tag team victory over Darren Young and Chavo Guerrero, Young attacked O'Neil thus making him a heel. They later had a match against each other which Hornswoggle won. Hornswoggle was later confronted by O'Neil's previous NXT mentor, Zack Ryder. Ryder lured Titus out of the ring by pretending to attack Hornswoggle, but he quickly re-entered the ring and ambushed Titus as he climbed back in, cementing the victory. Weeks after this, Hornswoggle was sent gifts each week, apparently from a secret admirer, Hornswoggle thought this was Maryse and so responded by giving her gifts, only to be shot down every time. On the July 26, 2011 edition of NXT, Hornswoggle found his admirer in the form of AJ who revealed herself by kissing him. Maryse said to AJ that Hornswoggle has finally got a lady of his own size, and AJ slapped her with a bouquet. AJ then accompanied Hornswoggle on both NXT and Smackdown. Some time later, Hornswoggle became jealous of Titus O'Neil hugging AJ and eventually sent her a letter ending their relationship, as he no longer wanted to be on NXT and would prefer to stay on SmackDown.
Various storylines (2011–2014)
On the November 29, 2011 Live Holiday Edition of SmackDown, Hornswoggle won a battle royal eliminating Sheamus to receive a wish from Santa Claus (Mick Foley). With help from Sheamus, Hornswoggle wished for the ability to verbally communicate. For the first time since early 2008 Hornswoggle spoke, ending the segment with Hornswoggle calling Vickie Guerrero "grandma". The following week's Friday, with this ability, Hornswoggle became the special guest ring announcer for the David Otunga vs. Sheamus match. On the January 6 edition of Smackdown he defeated Heath Slater in an Over the Top Rope Challenge. In January 2012, Hornswoggle formed an alliance of sorts with Justin Gabriel, feuding with the former Intercontinental Champion Cody Rhodes and Heath Slater, he also accompanied Gabriel to the ring at the 2012 Elimination Chamber PPV in a losing effort against WWE United States Champion Jack Swagger. On the March 23 edition of SmackDown, Hornswoggle was added to Theodore Long´s WrestleMania XXVIII team as the team's personal mascot.
He made a return on October 12, when he was found with a Randy Orton doll. Ricardo Rodriguez wrecked it and continued looking for the real Orton. After a period of inactivity, he returned to Raw in November, recently associating himself with The Great Khali and Natalya. He was injured by Big E Langston on January 11, 2013 episode of WWE Smackdown, after Khali and Natayla lost to Dolph Ziggler and AJ Lee. Since Natalya began challenging AJ Lee more often, Hornswoggle has rarely appeared on TV. He returned on Raw dated March 17, to celebrate St. Patrick's Day with the WWE Universe, only to be interrupted by Bad News Barrett. He would appear at ringside supporting Sheamus in his match against Titus O'Neil.
Feud with El Torito (2014)
On the April 15 episode of Main Event Hornswoggle turned heel for the first time since 2007 as was revealed as the new mascot for 3MB. He made his in ring return on the April 18th episode of SmackDown, but was defeated by El Torito. On the April 22 episode of Main Event, he got redemption on El Torito using his Tadpole Splash. At Extreme Rules, he was defeated by El Torito in a WeeLC match. At Payback was again defeated by El Torito, with the stipulation being if he lost, he would lose his hair, which happened later after the match. On June 12, 2014, Drew McIntyre and Jinder Mahal were released from the WWE, ending 3MB. In July on WWE Superstars Hornswoggle accompanied Slater for his match with Adam Rose, during the match Hornswoggle was kidnapped by the rosebuds who transformed Hornswoggle into a mini Rose, turning him face once again. On the August 4 episode of Raw, Hornswoggle became Fandango's new dance partner but the alliance would be short lived as Fandango knocked Hornswoggle off the apron during his match against Diego and after the match Hornswoggle would join Layla and Summer Rae. Although he had feuded in the past with El Torito of Los Matadores, even teaming up with 3MB in a hair vs. mask match (which he lost), after the break-up of 3MB, Hornswoggle would join Los Matadores as a second Valet on 19 August episode of WWE Main Event, donning a cow suit and was called "La Vaquita" (meaning "the little cow") to compliment El Torito, who is dressed as a tiny bull. Los Matadores would go on to be defeated by Heath Slater and Titus O'Neil. On the same weeks edition of WWE Superstars, this name was tweaked to "La Vaca" (meaning "the cow"), when he teamed with El Torito to defeat Slater and O'Neil. This face turn was brief however as he retrogressed back to a heel again. On the September 29 Raw, Hornswoggle would come out as Heath Slater and Titus O'Neil's (Slater-Gator) mascot, the "mini-gator".
|2014||Muppets Most Wanted||Russian Prisoner|
|2013–present||The JBL Show||Himself, The Bear||recurring role|
Hornswoggle was shown to be a fan of The Muppets, first seen when The Muppets were guest hosts of the Halloween Special of Raw. As shown in YouTube videos in which he has appeared, he owns much Muppets merchandise and has tattoos of Muppet characters. He also had a cameo appearance in Muppets Most Wanted.
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Championships and accomplishments
- NWA Wisconsin
- NWA Wisconsin X Division Championship (1 time)
- South Shore Wrestling
- SSW Tag Team Championship – with Devin Diamond (1 time)
- Wrestling Observer Newsletter
Luchas de Apuestas record
|Hair||El Torito||Hornswoggle||Chicago, Illinois||June 1, 2014|
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