Midget wrestling coming to Starkville


Tim Pratt



Fans of the unusual will be in for a treat this week as Rick''s Cafe in Starkville hosts a night of professional midget wrestling.


The Micro Wrestling Federation, a nationwide touring group, will put on a show Oct. 14 at Rick''s, located at 319 B Highway 82 E. The MWF will set up a "mini" wrestling ring in the middle of the dance floor, said Rick''s Cafe owner Rick Welch, and six to eight wrestlers will perform.


"Basically, Rick''s has always been known as a live music venue," Welch said. "We''ve had three or four bands a week here over the last 15 years or so, and that''s great. I''ve offered a lot of musical entertainment. With this, I was just trying to branch out a little bit and do something different."



Tickets are on sale now at Rick''s or online at www.rickscafe.net for $12. The price will increase to $15 at the door the day of the event.


The capacity at Rick''s is 800 people, Welch said, but he may limit ticket sales to 700 people, depending on the size of the ring and the space remaining. Patrons must be at least 18 years old to attend.


From 8 p.m. to 10 p.m., the wrestlers will be available for a meet and greet with the public. Action in the ring begins at 10 p.m. and will last until midnight.


The MWF was formed in 2000. The wrestlers go by names like "Meatball," "Maniac Matt" and "Short Dawg." There''s also "Blixx," "Justice" and "Tiffany Payne."


"The mission of the Micro Wrestling Federation is to show the world that we are equal, that we are serious athletes, and that we have the will and determination to succeed," says a statement on the MWF Web site.


For more information, visit www.rickscafe.net or www.microwrestling.com.





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