Perhaps the single most destructive force in WWE history, The Undertaker possesses the size to intimidate and the in-ring ability to back it up. Not only can The Demon from Death Valley beat opponents with power, but he knows submission maneuvers (Hell’s Gate), top rope attacks (Old School) and has been called the best pure striker in WWE. The majority of the giants on this list have fallen to The Deadman at one time or another. The ones who didn’t are lucky they never had to step in the ring with him. And his WrestleMania Streak stands as the most impressive record in all of sports-entertainment. That’s why the former WWE Champion is the greatest big man of all time.
Andre the Giant
A key figure in the storied history of sports-entertainment, Andre the Giant rose from humble beginnings in Grenoble, France, to become one of the most recognizable men in the world. His stats are gospel amongst longtime wrestling fans — 7-foot-4, 520 pounds. His unquenchable thirst has become the stuff of internet legend — cases and cases of red wine, 120 beers in one sitting. Rumors aside, what remains true is that Andre is a legitimate folk hero and a WWE Hall of Famer thanks to his marquee matches with Hulk Hogan, Big John Studd and countless other ring titans.
Entering WWE in 1994 as Shawn Michaels’ massive bodyguard, Diesel’s full-throttle ascent to the main event was fueled by his thirst for championship gold. In the 1994 Royal Rumble Match, Diesel eliminated seven opponents in just 18 minutes. Later that year, Big Daddy Cool captured the Intercontinental Championship and the WWE Tag Team Championships with his partner, HBK. But it was Diesel’s WWE Title victory over Bob Backlund that would stand as his most monumental victory as he beat the WWE Hall of Famer in 8 seconds flat with a Jackknife Powerbomb.
Let’s get one thing straight about Big Show — The World’s Largest Athlete isn’t just a clever nickname. It’s a fact. Standing at a towering 7-foot tall and weighing more than 400 pounds, the titan is one of the most imposing men to ever enter a wrestling ring and, perhaps, the most athletically gifted Superstar to ever be called a giant. Dominant from the very beginning, Show won the WCW Championship in his very first match in 1995. He would continue to collect titles, becoming the only man to win the ECW, WWE and WCW Championships during an epic run that is still going strong.
Some WWE fans were critical of the fact that it took Mark Henry 15 years to embrace his status as the squared circle’s most intimidating figure. Truth is they should be thankful. Had the powerhouse from Silsbee, Texas, spent the last decade behaving the way he did in fall 2011 then WWE history would look a lot different. Imagine rings destroyed. Legends hobbled. The Streak? A few digits less impressive.
So be grateful that Henry chose 2011 to construct what he called his “Hall of Pain” out of the broken bones of fallen opponents like Kane, Big Show and Randy Orton. Had nagging injuries not slowed him, Henry may have depleted an entire roster. Even fans in the front row seemed uneasy in the looming presence of the former Olympic power lifter. As for those broadcasters who bandied around the word “monster” in regards to Mark Henry? They missed the point. Monsters are fiction. It is men that are real. And Henry was the meanest man of all
Consider this — at 589 pounds, Yokozuna weighed literally twice as much as the massive Batista. This earthshaking mass served the dominant sumo wrestler very well during his time with WWE as the giant stomped his way past WWE Hall of Famers like Bret “Hit Man” Hart and Hulk Hogan on his way to two WWE Championships. Managed by Mr. Fuji for the majority of his career, Yokozuna was deceptively mobile for a man of his size. And his Banzai Splash, in which he plunged from the second rope onto the chest of his prone opponent, always guaranteed victory.
The 400-plus pound Samoan emerged in WWE as one-half of The Headshrinkers, but it wasn’t until he joined forces with Too Cool in 1999 that this bleached blond behemoth endeared himself to WWE fans with his funky dance moves and fun-loving attitude. Rikishi’s success extended beyond the dance floor, though, as he captured the World Tag Team Championships, Intercontinental Championship and WWE Tag Team Championships. Still, he is perhaps best known for using his dimpled posterior to humiliate opponents with his signature Stink Face maneuver.
One Man Gang
The name says it all. A near 500-pound hard hitter from the mean streets of Chicago, One Man Gang was an army unto himself. Standing at 6-foot-9 with his hair shaved into a wild Mohawk, Gang’s appearance was intimidating enough, but it was his 747 Splash that opponents truly feared. From his days as the top dog in the bad dude-heavy Universal Wrestling Federation to his time in WWE under the tutelage of Slick, the powerhouse left behind a long line of victims. Gang shocked the WWE Universe in 1988 when he underwent a personality crisis and became Akeem, but the giant’s considerable size helped him remain a constant threat.
Hailing from the wilds of Africa, the bizarre Superstar known as Kamala used his 375-pound bulk and unorthodox offense to intimidate opponents in both WWE and WCW. Always barefoot with war paint all over his body, The Ugandan Giant competed in many twisted bouts, including a Steel Cage Match against Andre the Giant and a Coffin Match with Undertaker during his lengthy career. Kamala’s most memorable moment, however, occurred outside the ring when he ate a live chicken on WWE’s Tuesday Night Titans. No wonder challengers were afraid to step in the ring with him.
King Kong Bundy
King Kong Bundy liked making statements. That’s why the 445-pound man mountain demanded that the official count to five after Bundy had flattened an opponent with his devastating Avalanche splash. Often referred to as a “walking condominium” by Gorilla Monsoon, the Atlantic City, N.J., native made history when he pinned S.D. Jones at the inaugural WrestleMania in nine seconds. The following year, Bundy experienced yet another milestone in his career when he battled WWE Champion Hulk Hogan at WrestleMania 2 in a Steel Cage Match. Bundy never captured the title, but his size and aggression made him a serious danger in the ring.
Bubba Ray Dudley
Bubba Ray Dudley’s ring style was reminiscent of Bam Bam Bigelow. Aside from one being covered in tie-dye and the other in flames, their size, strength, aggression and agility were scarily similar. At a snack shy of four bills, Bubba dropkicked, launched flying shoulder blocks and even top rope splashes that served doubly duty as colonics. As one of the six men that created the TLC Match, he was as comfortable creating offense with tables and ladders as he was with his fists and feet. However, Bubba’s favorite maneuver was 3D, the Dudley Death Drop. The big man sadistically splattered anyone that his half-brother D-Von hoisted into the air en route to becoming the most decorated tag team wrestler in history.
Dubbed “The Samoan Bulldozer,” this relentless, tattooed titan debuted in WWE in 2006, utterly flattening his opponents as he set his sights on top Superstars such as John Cena and Triple H. Armed with his sadistic Samoan Spike and surprising agility given his 340-pound frame, this former Intercontinental Champion is remembered as one of the most dangerous Superstars in WWE history.
Kane would’ve made this list even if he remained the mute horror movie villain he was back in 1997 when he tore the door off the Hell in a Cell and attacked his brother, The Undertaker. But over the past 17 years (!), The Devil’s Favorite Demon has evolved in the most fascinating ways, morphing from charred monster to sympathetic hero, from hook wielding goon to a walking advertisement for the benefits of group therapy. That he continues to catch us off guard to this day is astounding. Whoever thought they’d live to see Kane wrestle in dress slacks? It’s a testament not only to his longevity, but to his place as the most adaptable big man that ever was.
The Great Khali
At 7’1” tall, the Great Khali is the tallest wrestler still currently competing.
However, much like his predecessors, Khali was often claimed to be even taller than this in his early days, as well as when he used to wrestle for different promotions.
And though his posture is not what it used to be, it’s hard to fathom that Khali was ever any taller than 7’1”. Even on his debut, he was clearly not the 7’3” that the WWE billed him as. Here he stood taller than the Undertaker, but not by any more than a few inches. And with the Deadman measuring up at 6’11”, that makes 7’3” look a little unrealistic for the Punjabi giant.
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