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Ever wondered which are the tallest giant in WWE, WWF, and WCW wrestling history?
Let us know in the comments below if we forgot anybody!
***TOP 13 SPOILERS***
#13. Big Cass:
Standing 7′ and still recovering from an ACL knee injury, William Morrissey seems to have a bright future in the WWE as one of its biggest stars in recent years.
#12. The Big Show:
Standing 7 feet, Paul Wight was originally hinted at being Andre the Giant’s son until disgusted wrestling fans forced WCW to disavow the claim. Still, the big man proved an immediate sensation in WCW, winning its world championship and going on to a long run in the WWE as “The Big Show.”
#11. Uncle Elmer:
Longtime regional star Stanley Frazier used his height of 7 feet to make himself into a star in wrestling’s southern territories, including a long tenure in Memphis Wrestling. Frazier achieved national fame late in his career as Uncle Elmer, one of Hillbilly Jim’s seemingly endless number of wrestling relatives.
Standing 7 feet, college hoops player Glen Jacobs found success in the WWF as “The Big Red Machine,” breaking through into the main event as the Undertaker brother, Kane. Jacobs debuted at 1997’s Badd Blood: In Your House pay-per-view, attacking his storyline brother during the Undertaker’s Hell in a Cell bout against Shawn Michaels. Jacobs’ run as Kane was an immediate success, obliterating the bad memories of past runs in the WWF as evil dentist Isaac Yankem and the faux Diesel.
#9. Andre the Giant:
After some research, it looks like Andre was standing around 7 feet. While you may disagree with us and point to the many claims that Andre stood 7’4” (or even 7’5”), it’s hard to argue with the photographic evidence. Consider this—“The Eighth Wonder of the World” was seen in a photograph standing next to 7’1” basketball legend Wilt Chamberlain, with little size difference between the two.
#8. The Great Khali:
Standing 7’1,” the Great Khali got a push in the WWE to match his size, even though his in-ring ability left much to be desired. Wrestling is about more than hiplocks and armdrags though, and Khali served the role of a monster heel during his early run in the WWE. Khali made a surprise appearance at 2017’s WWE Battleground, helping then WWE Champion Jinder Mahal retain his championship against Randy Orton in a Punjabi Prison Match.
#7. Raja Lion:
This 7’2” giant from Pakistan may be more deserving of an honorable mention than inclusion on our list as he’s believed to have had the proverbial cup of coffee in the squared circle, with his best-known match being against Japan’s “Giant” Baba.
#6. Giant Silva:
Standing 7’2”, like many of the giants on our list Paulo César da Silva played basketball before wrestling, in his case competing at the 1988 Summer Olympics for Brazil. Silva was a member of the Attitude Era’s bizarre faction “The Oddities,” performing alongside Kurrgan and Golga.
#5. Ron Reis:
Although the name Ron Reis may not ring a bell, fans who watched (some would say endured) Hulk Hogan’s WCW battle with the Dungeon of Doom will likely recall Reis’ brief turn as the 7’2” Yeti, the heavily bandaged giant who terrorized Hogan briefly to end Hulkamania at 1995’s Halloween Havoc pay-per-view. Reis also performed as Super Giant Ninja, Big Ron Studd and Reese.
#4. Kurt Zehe:
Not much is known about German wrestler Kurt Zehe other than he worked in the United Kingdom after World War Two as the aptly-named Gargantua. Footage exists of Zehe wrestling, with his height listed at an incredible 8’4” but his actual height being “just” 7’2”.
#3. Silo Sam:
John Harris worked in World Class Championship Wrestling, the American Wrestling Association, and the WWF, but never found lasting success in any of the promotions despite his tall stature. In true wrestling tradition, Harris’ height was billed at a hyped 7’7”, but 7’3” to 7’5” is believed to be his true height.
#2. Paul Bunyan:
Standing 7’7”, folklore fans may be familiar with American folk hero Paul Bunyan, the giant lumberjack who became the subject of many tall tales in the United States. Chances are, wrestling fans haven’t heard of wrestling’s Paul Bunyan, a basketball player and occasional actor who wrestled briefly around the 1950’s.
#1. Giant Gonzales:
There are many big men on our list, but no one as big as Jorge Gonzalez, who played basketball for the NBA’s Atlanta Hawks until a knee injury ended his career. Hawks’ owner and WCW owner Ted Turner offered Gonzales a gig at WCW where the big man performed under the name El Gigante (aka “The Giant”)
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