30 years later, ‘still having fun’ as midget wrestling referee

Posted Dec. 22, 2012, at 11:18 a.m.
Marty the Pint-Sized Party goes airborne just as the Bronx Thug rolls safely out of the way during a match Saturday, Dec. 15, at Club Texas in Auburn.
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Marty the Pint-Sized Party goes airborne just as the Bronx Thug rolls safely out of the way during a match Saturday, Dec. 15, at Club Texas in Auburn. Buy Photo
The wrestlers and the ring girl pose back stage before entertaining the crowd at Club Texas in Auburn on Saturday, Dec. 15.
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The wrestlers and the ring girl pose back stage before entertaining the crowd at Club Texas in Auburn on Saturday, Dec. 15. Buy Photo
Marty, the Pint-Sized Party, 25, poses before entering the wrestling ring Saturday, Dec. 15, at Club Texas in Auburn. When he's not wrestling, he's often traveling with the Chippendales. &quotI just like entertaining people, making them laugh and be happy," he said.
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Marty, the Pint-Sized Party, 25, poses before entering the wrestling ring Saturday, Dec. 15, at Club Texas in Auburn. When he's not wrestling, he's often traveling with the Chippendales. "I just like entertaining people, making them laugh and be happy," he said. Buy Photo
Marty the Pint-Sized Party gives Holly Duguay a ride on his shoulders while posing for photos with  fans before the action got under way, Saturday, Dec. 15, at Club Texas in Auburn. The show featured plenty of interaction with the crowd.
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Marty the Pint-Sized Party gives Holly Duguay a ride on his shoulders while posing for photos with fans before the action got under way, Saturday, Dec. 15, at Club Texas in Auburn. The show featured plenty of interaction with the crowd. Buy Photo
Joe Kidd started wrestling 30 years ago. Now he mostly officiates, leaving the body slams to the younger guys. &quotSomebody just walked up to me one day and asked, 'H˜how would you like to be a wrestler?' I didn'€™t have many job options, growing up in Charlotte, N.C., so I decided to give it a try. [This job] has taken me all over the world. I€'ve been to four continents. I'm 48 and I'€™m still having fun," he said.
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Joe Kidd started wrestling 30 years ago. Now he mostly officiates, leaving the body slams to the younger guys. "Somebody just walked up to me one day and asked, 'H˜how would you like to be a wrestler?' I didn'€™t have many job options, growing up in Charlotte, N.C., so I decided to give it a try. [This job] has taken me all over the world. I€'ve been to four continents. I'm 48 and I'€™m still having fun," he said. Buy Photo
Steve O comes down hard on his opponent, Alex Steele, Saturday, Dec. 15., in Auburn.
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Steve O comes down hard on his opponent, Alex Steele, Saturday, Dec. 15., in Auburn. Buy Photo
Steve O puts choke hold on Alex Steele with Country Sex Appeal during a bout Saturday, Dec. 15, at Club Texas in Auburn.
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Steve O puts choke hold on Alex Steele with Country Sex Appeal during a bout Saturday, Dec. 15, at Club Texas in Auburn. Buy Photo
Alex Steele with Country Sex Appeal, 31, grew up in Alabama. &quotI play a Southern redneck, good €˜ol' country boy," he said.
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Alex Steele with Country Sex Appeal, 31, grew up in Alabama. "I play a Southern redneck, good €˜ol' country boy," he said. Buy Photo
The crowd reacts to the action at Little Mania Wrestling show Saturday, Dec. 15, in Auburn.
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The crowd reacts to the action at Little Mania Wrestling show Saturday, Dec. 15, in Auburn. Buy Photo
&quotI play a gangster character," said the Bronx Thug, after posing before taking the stage at Club Texas in Auburn.
&quotI wrestled a guy from Rhode Island who was about 7 feet tall. He picked me up and dropped me on my head.  Now I've got a pinched nerve in my neck. I can'€™t do certain [moves] right now or I'€™ll end up in a wheelchair," he said.
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"I play a gangster character," said the Bronx Thug, after posing before taking the stage at Club Texas in Auburn. "I wrestled a guy from Rhode Island who was about 7 feet tall. He picked me up and dropped me on my head. Now I've got a pinched nerve in my neck. I can'€™t do certain [moves] right now or I'€™ll end up in a wheelchair," he said. Buy Photo
The Bronx Thug throws Marty the Pint-sized Party to the mat during a bout Saturday, Dec. 15, at Club Texas in Auburn.
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The Bronx Thug throws Marty the Pint-sized Party to the mat during a bout Saturday, Dec. 15, at Club Texas in Auburn. Buy Photo
Marty the Pint-sized Party slams The Bronx Thug to the mat during a bout Saturday, Dec. 15, at Club Texas in Auburn.
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Marty the Pint-sized Party slams The Bronx Thug to the mat during a bout Saturday, Dec. 15, at Club Texas in Auburn. Buy Photo
Steve O poses back stage before his bouts Saturday night at Club Texas in Auburn. 
&quotI do a lot of big power moves, big slam moves. I pretty much kick ass and take names. Get the job done."
&quotIt's a great business. You travel everywhere. It's the best job in the world, by far,  that I've ever had," he said.
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Steve O poses back stage before his bouts Saturday night at Club Texas in Auburn. "I do a lot of big power moves, big slam moves. I pretty much kick ass and take names. Get the job done." "It's a great business. You travel everywhere. It's the best job in the world, by far, that I've ever had," he said. Buy Photo
Steve O prepares to slam a garbage can over the head of his opponent's corner man during Little Mania Wrestling, Saturday, Dec. 15, in Auburn.
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Steve O prepares to slam a garbage can over the head of his opponent's corner man during Little Mania Wrestling, Saturday, Dec. 15, in Auburn. Buy Photo

AUBURN, Maine — Thirty years ago somebody asked Joe Goin if he would like to be a wrestler.

“I was 18 years old and a senior in high school when I started. I had seen midget wrestling on TV, and being in a small town [in North Carolina] I didn’t have many job options. I had to get something to do so I decided to give it a try,” he said.

“[The job] has carried me all over the world. I’ve been to Africa, Asia, South America” Now, after Little Mania Wrestling show at Club Texas on Dec. 15, he can add Maine to his list.

These days Goin mostly works as a referee.

“I just turned 48 years old. These [younger] guys are now physically far superior to me so I’m just trying to stay in with it. I still love the traveling, working live crowds. I like the spotlight. And I’m still having fun,” he said.

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