Tiny the Terrible

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Tiny the Terrible
Birth nameDouglas Allen Tunstall Jr.
ResidencePawtucket, Rhode Island
Professional wrestling career
Ring name(s)Tiny the Terrible
Little Dougie Tunstall
Cloacas
Billed height4 ft 7 in (1.40 m)

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Douglas Allen Tunstall Jr. (born August 19, 1967), better known as Tiny the Terrible is an American wrestler, dwarf, actor and politician. He stands 4 feet 7 inches (1.40 m) tall, and after a career in professional wrestling, ran for mayor of Pawtucket, Rhode Island in 2006. His campaign was the subject of A Man Among Giants, a documentary film directed by Rod Webber.

Personal life[edit]

Tunstall is a dwarf who stands at 4 feet, 7 inches tall.[1] His father was a Vietnam War veteran of normal height, though he says his mother was shorter than he is.[2] Tunstall graduated from Central Falls High School in 1985, where he partook in scholastic wrestling and claims to have won the majority of his matches in the 98-to-105-pound class.[2] He subsequently earned an associate's degree from Community College of Rhode Island and took science-related classes at Rhode Island College.[2]

Throughout the 1990s, Tunstall was arrested several times on misdemeanor charges that ranged from assaulting a police office to driving without a license. He was sentenced to six months’ probation in 1996 for resisting arrest and disorderly conduct charges. A 1999 charge of simple assault was ultimately dismissed.[2]

Tunstall began a career in professional wrestling in the 1990s.[2] He also worked seasonally for KB Toys, where he would portray a Christmas elf.[3] In 2006, he said he had been receiving Social Security Disability Insurance since 1995.[2] He estimates his income to be $10,000 a year.[1]

He is an African-American and a member of the Republican Party, which he says has made him unpopular with his friends. He supported George W. Bush because he "liked the way he carried himself".[2] In 2004, he protested at the Democratic National Convention and told a New York Times reporter that any platform that promised to give people under five feet tall $1,200 a month would capture the dwarf demographic.[4]

Professional wrestling career[edit]

Tunstall describes his time in wrestling, where he's better known under the monikers "Tiny the Terrible" and "Little Dougie Tunstall", as "more or less like therapy". He often made appearances in New England Championship Wrestling.[2] Tiny the Terrible appeared in Extreme Championship Wrestling in 1996, where he was present during the infamous Mass Transit Incident.[5] In 1998, Tiny The Terrible defeated Half Nelson for the NWA World Midget's Championship. He held the championship for 167 days, before dropping it to Little Killer.[6]

In early 2000, he boasted that he could be a wrestling star, given the chance: "If Vince McMahon gave me an opportunity to go in front of an audience, I guarantee I'd have a nation screaming my name."[7]

Tunstall made two appearances on WWF/E Raw. On the March 13, 2000 episode of Raw, he appeared as one half of "The Twin Towers", a dwarf duo that Stephanie McMahon joked would face The Rock at WrestleMania 2000.[8][9] He wrestled his only WWE match on the July 25, 2005 episode of Raw under the ring name Cloacas, where he teamed with Viscera to take on Antonio of The Heart Throbs and Pocket Rocket in a winning effort.[10][11]

His notoriety in wrestling led to three appearances on The Jerry Springer Show.[2] In 2020, Tunstall was part of a Dark Side of the Ring episode involving New Jack, in which he recounted the Mass Transit incident.[5]

2006 Pawtucket mayoral election[edit]

Tunstall ran as a Republican in the 2006 Pawtucket mayoral election. His candidacy made him the first African-American to seek the office. He ran against the well funded eight-year Democratic incumbent James Doyle, and stated he would use "ghetto-style politics" such as door-to-door campaigning.[2] His platform included opposing same-sex marriage, encouraging NASA to build a base in Pawtucket and giving stipends to those who took in homeless people. Ultimately, Tunstall lost the election after only collecting 17 percent of the vote.[3]

His candidacy was the subject of the documentary film, A Man Among Giants.[3][12] After the completion of the film, Tunstall was arrested for making threats to public officials. The film's director Rod Webber bailed him out of jail, and Tunstall was subsequently committed to a mental hospital.[3]

Film and television[edit]

Year Film Role Notes
2000 WWF Monday Night Raw One half of "The Twin Towers"
2004 The Jerry Springer Show Self
2005 WWE Monday Night Raw Cloacas
2008 A Man Among Giants Self Documentary - Directed by Rod Webber
Nun Of That Public Defender Feature Directed by Richard Griffin
Monkfish Richy Deluca Feature - Directed by Rod Webber
2009 Virgil & Caesar Caesar Short - Directed by Rod Webber
American Psych Ward Self Documentary - Directed by Rod Webber

Championships and accomplishments[edit]

  • National Wrestling Alliance
    • NWA World Midget's Championship (1 time)[6]

References[edit]

  1. 1.0 1.1 Brown, Joel (July 9, 2009). "A Man Among Giants". The Boston Globe. Archived from the original on November 28, 2017. Retrieved October 12, 2020. Unknown parameter |url-status= ignored (help)
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 2.3 2.4 2.5 2.6 2.7 2.8 2.9 Hadden, Douglas (May 2, 2006). "Former pro wrestler throws hat in ring for Pawtucket mayor". The Pawtucket Times. Archived from the original on May 17, 2006. Retrieved October 12, 2020.
  3. 3.0 3.1 3.2 3.3 Woodman, Tenley (July 5, 2009). "Tiny Dreams Big". The Boston Herald. Archived from the original on October 12, 2020. Retrieved October 12, 2020. Unknown parameter |url-status= ignored (help)
  4. Belluck, Pan; Santora, Marc (July 27, 2004). "The Democrats: City Scene; Mass Protests, Traffic Jams? None So Far and a Region Is Relieved". The New York Times. Archived from the original on May 28, 2015. Retrieved October 12, 2020. Unknown parameter |url-status= ignored (help)
  5. 5.0 5.1 Nason, Josh (April 12, 2020). "Vice's 'New Jack' doc a bizarre tale of revulsion, not redemption". Wrestling Observer Newsletter. Archived from the original on April 16, 2020. Retrieved October 12, 2020. Unknown parameter |url-status= ignored (help)
  6. 6.0 6.1 "World Midgets'Title". wrestling-titles.com. Puroresu. Archived from the original on January 11, 2020. Retrieved October 12, 2020. Unknown parameter |url-status= ignored (help)
  7. Braun, Kevin (February 13, 2000). "No small matter: WWF and WCF shun midget wrestling, but it thrives in smaller wrestling organizations". Cox News Service. Retrieved 17 October 2020.
  8. Leighty Jr., Robert (April 1, 2020). "411's Dark Side of the Ring – 'The Life and Crimes of New Jack' Report". 411Mania. Archived from the original on April 4, 2020. Retrieved October 13, 2020. Unknown parameter |url-status= ignored (help)
  9. Cawthon, Graham. "Meadowlands: 2000". TheHistoryofWWE.com. Archived from the original on October 4, 2019. Retrieved October 13, 2020. Unknown parameter |url-status= ignored (help)
  10. Golden, Hunter (July 25, 2005). "Raw Results - 7/25/05 - Cleveland, Ohio - (Cena vs. Carlito; Eugene)". WrestleView. Archived from the original on December 19, 2016. Retrieved October 13, 2020. Unknown parameter |url-status= ignored (help)
  11. Kreikenbohm, Philip. "Tiny the Terrible". Cagematch. Archived from the original on October 13, 2020. Retrieved October 13, 2020. Unknown parameter |url-status= ignored (help)
  12. Wulff, June (July 8, 2009). "Larger Than Life". The Boston Globe. Archived from the original on November 2, 2012. Retrieved October 4, 2010. Unknown parameter |url-status= ignored (help)

External links[edit]

  • Tiny the Terrible on IMDb
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