The world of Professional Wrestling and giants have always seemed to go hand in hand. Larger than life personalities combined with their massives bodies, made these amazing athletes must-see attractions.
Unfortunately, the incredbile physical size that made them famous, was also the downfall for many of them in the wrestling business. Often times, the bigger the wrestler, the less amount of time they were in the business.
We’ll take a look at how these giants adjusted from fame to life outside of the ring. As well as how their bodies adjusted.
20 – Snitsky – 6’8” 307 lbs
Snitsky started his wrestling career in Ohio Valley Wrestling, which was basically the farm system to the WWE. On September 13th, 2004 he made his debut in the WWE. He appeared to be a jobber, or enhancement talent as he took on Kane, in a no disqualification match. Snitsky would hit Kane in the back with a chair, which would cause Kane to fall on Lita who was in storyline pregnant at the time. The accident caused her to lose the baby. Snitsky would continue to say “It wasn’t my fault!”Which would be the phrase that he’d use during his time in the WWE.
After Snitsky left the WWE in 2008, he would have a brief stint in TNA, followed by a long run on the independent scene, which he still does to this day. He also was in a music video for the song “Free Your Soul” by Vyrus. Snitsky also became the spokesperson for the Power Pressure Cooker XL, by Tristar Products.
He also is a landlord in Britian. You better not be late paying your rent!
19 – Sid – 6’9” 310 lbs
Whether he was known as Sid Vicious, Sid Justice, Psycho Sid, or just Sid, he was one of the most dominant big men in wrestling history. There’s been several tall wrestlers, but a lot of them didn’t look like they spent a lot of time in the gym, Sid was the exception. He was absolutely jacked, and it gave him a very unique look to pair with his height.
Sid was discovered by Randy Savage and Lanny Poffo and soon after, he was trained by the late Tojo Yamamoto. He started off as a masked wrestler, going by the name of Lord Humongous. In 1989, Sid went to WCW and was apart of a tag team with Dan Spivey called “The Skyscrapers”. After an injury in a match against The Steiner Brothers, Sid was out for an extended period of time and he was replaced in the team by Mean Mark Callous, who’d go on to be known as The Undertaker.
When Sid returned, he joined The Four Horsemen. However, that was short lived and Sid left WCW and went to the WWF. He adapted the name of Sid Justice, and was a babyface. He became friends with Hulk Hogan, however during a tag match against Ric Flair and Undertaker, Sid walked out on Hogan and turned heel. They wrestled each other at WrestleMania 8, with Hogan winning by DQ. Not long after, Sid would leave the WWF and return to WCW.
Sid’s return would be short lived. In late October, he was involved in a fight with Arn Anderson, which would result in both men being stabbed by scissors. Sid was released shortly after the incident. Sid returned to the WWF in 1995 and would become a 2 time World Champion. He’d eventually return to WCW and win their World Title 2 times. At WCW Sin 2001, he jumped off the second rope, and fractured his fibula and tibia in a grusome injury.
Sid returned to the WWE for one match in 2012, and destroyed Heath Slater. He wrestled his last match in August, 2017. He’s definitely kept himself in great shape, and may still have more matches left in him!
18 – Kurrgan – 6’10” 350 lbs
After spending some time wrestling in Japan as Goliath El Gigante, the newly named Kurrgan went to the WWF in 1997 as a member of the Truth Commission. It was attempted to make Kurrgan as monster heel, but that really never came to fruition.
Rumor and innuendo has said that WWE owner Vince McMahon saw Kurrgan dancing at a WrestleMania after party, and decided that it would be a good idea to make Kurrgan a dancing babyface. Soon after, The Oddities were born. They were a fun group, and the fans really liked them, but they didn’t really have an impact on the wrestling side of things.
After Kurrgan left wrestling, he got into acting and starred in several movies such as, Sherlock Holmes, The Big Bang, Monster Brawl, Percy Jackson: Sea of Monsters, The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones, and Hercules.
Even though his massive size didn’t help his wrestling career, it certainly has paid off in Hollywood for the former Kurrgan!
17- Mark Henry – 6’4” 350 lbs
Whether he’s “Sexual Chocolate” or inducting people into his personal “Hall of Pain” it can’t be denied that Mark Henry is one of the most physically intimidating wrestlers ever.
The name “World’s Strongest Man” isn’t just a marketing slogan, it’s legit when it comes to Mark Henry. He’s a two-time Olympian. He’s a gold, silver and bronze medalist in the 1995 Pan-American Games. During his career as a powerlifter, he’s won several honors such as, the United States National Weightlifting Champion in 1993, 1994 and 1996. He was the American Open winner in 1992. The United States Olympic Festival Champion in 1993 and 1994. He won the NACAC Championship in 1996. He’s the Senior United States American weightlifting record holder in all 3 categories that they offer. He also won the first ever Arnold Strongman Classic in 2002.
Those records aren’t all that Mark has won. During his long career in the WWE he’s won World Heavyweight Championship, The ECW World Championship, and the European Championship.
He made his debut in 1996 defeating wrestling legend and long time commentator, Jerry Lawler. He’s been in the WWE for over 20 years and once he retires, he hopes to work behind the scenes. No matter what he decides to do, he’s proven that he’s a winner at what he does.
16- Albert – 6’7” 360 lbs
After having a career as a teacher and a chance meeting with legendary wrestler and trainer, Killer Kowalski, Matt Bloom decided to pursue a career as a professional wrestler.
He debuted in 1997 wrestling in various independent promotions and in 1999 he made it to the WWF. He debuted as Droz’s tattoo artist and they became a tag team. He then worked with The Big Boss Man and moved into a tag team with Test, known as T & A, managed by future hall of famer, Trish Stratus.
He then joined X-Pac and Justin Credible in the X-Factor faction. They didn’t make much of an impact, although he did defeat Kane to win the Intercontinental Title. After losing the title to Lance Storm, he then turned babyface and changed his name to the “Hip Hop Hippo” and teamed with Scotty 2 Hotty. After turning on him after a match, he once again became a heel and changed his name to A-Train.
After leaving the WWE in 2004, he changed his name to Giant Bernard and went to All Japan Pro Wrestling for a few years, then New Japan Pro Wrestling. He then returned to WWE in 2012 as Lord Tensai. The fans weren’t fooled and would often chant “Albert” during his matches. Even though he scored a pinfall over John Cena, he didn’t make much of an impact and retired from in ring competition in 2014.
He then changed his name to Jason Albert and did commentary on NXT before becoming the head trainer at the WWE Performance Center.
15 – Kamala – 6’7” 380 lbs
The Ugandan Giant Kamala was one of the most physically intimidating wrestlers to ever come down the pike. At 6’7” and almost 400 lbs combined with face paint and body paint, he had one of the most unique appearances ever in wrestling that terrorized both his opponents and the fans!
Making his debut in 1978, he wrestled under a few different names such as Sugar Bear Harris and Big Jim Harris, before he became Kamala. He instantly became a feared heel and a main eventer all across the world. He wrestled such legends as Hulk Hogan, Andre The Giant, The Von Erichs and many more.
After he retired from being a wrestler, he unfortunately developed health problems such as diabetes and high blood pressure, which resulted in having both of legs amputed. Kamala will be remembered as one of the most feared and legendary super heavyweights in wrestling history.
14 – The Undertaker – 6’10” 310 lbs
After a brief and uneventful run in WCW, Mark Calloway came to the WWF in 1990, and the wrestling world would be changed. The Undertaker debuted at the Survivor Series 1990, being managed by Brother Love. Soon after, Pear Bearer became The Undertaker’s manager and The Undertaker’s career would start to skyrocket.
He’s changed his image many times over the years, but what hasn’t changed is The Undertaker’s ability to work, which set him apart from so many other big men in wrestling. He could brawl, he could use power moves, or he could fly over the top rope and walk the top rope. He combined power and finesse in ways that even much smaller wrestlers couldn’t do.
During The Undertaker’s Hall of Fame career, he’s feuded with such legends as Steve Austin, Hulk Hogan, Ric Flair, Mankind, Kane, Vader, Bret Hart, Shawn Michaels, Triple H and so many more. He also won 21 straight matches at WrestleMania, a streak which will probably never be duplicated.
In addition to that, he won the WWE Title 4 times, The World Heavyweight Title 3 times, The WWE Tag Team Titles 6 times, The WCW Tag Team Titles 1 time, and the Hardcore Title once.
The Undertaker has been called “The Phenom” and for good reason. He’s one of the greatest of all time.
13 – Vader – 6’5” 450 lbs
When you talk about athletic super heavyweights, one of the first men that should come to mind is Big Van Vader. This 6’5” 450 lb monster could not only knock you out with one punch, but while you’re laid out, he’ll hit you with a moonsault off of the top rope!
Vader has truly had one of the most accomplished, and legendary careers in wrestling for not only a big man, but any sized man. He won the WCW World Title 3 times, the IWGP World Heavyweight Title 3 times, The All Japan Triple Crown Heavyweight Championship 2 times, The CWA World Heavyweight Championship 3 times, just to name some of his amazing accompliments.
He’s also feuded with such legends as Hulk Hogan, Ric Flair, Sting, Undertaker, Shawn Michaels, Bret Hart, Kane and many more.
Unfortunately, Vader announced that he’s suffering with some serious health problems, but we all hope the wrestling legend beats them, just like he did so many opponents throughout his Hall of Fame worthy career.
12 – King Kong Bundy – 6’4” 458 lbs
King Kong Bundy rose to prominence in the mid 1980s as a monster heel that would destroy his opponents and pin them and defeating them wasn’t enough, he made the referee count to 5. Named “The Walking Condominium” by the late, great Gorilla Monsoon, he came to the WWF and was managed by Jimmy Hart, and at WrestleMania 1, he scored a 9 second pin against SD Jones.
He went from Jimmy Hart to the late, great Bobby Heenan where we went on feud with fellow Super Heavyweight, Andre the Giant and Hulk Hogan. At WrestleMania 3, he was involved in a six man mixed tag team match where he teamed with midget wrestlers, Little Tokyo and Lord Littlebrook against Hillbilly Jim, Little Beaver and The Haiti Kid. During the match, Bundy infamously elbow dropped Little Beaver.
He would leave the WWF in 1988 and return in 1995, where he wrestled The Undertaker at WrestleMania 11.
Even though he never won a World Heavyweight Title, he headlined WrestleMania 2 against Hulk Hogan, and that’s an accompliment that not many wrestlers can claim. Today, he does stand up comedy, and makes appearances at various wrestling conventions.
11- Nathan Jones – 6’10” 335 lbs
After serving about 7 years in prison, Nathan Jones used his massive size to enter the world of professional wrestling. He quickly made it to the WWE, where he was paired with The Undertaker and at WrestleMania 19, he helped Undertaker defeated Big Show and A-Train, which would also be Jones’ last involvement in anything high profile in wrestling.
After WrestleMania, he turned heel and within a few months, he asked for his release from the WWE. He used his imposing stature to get into acting where he’s been in several movies such as, Mad Max: Fury Road.
Even though he wasn’t able to use his gigantic body to help him rise to stardom in professional wrestling, he’s been able to use it to help him stand out in Hollywood.
10- One Man Gang – 6’9” 450 lbs
The gigantic behemoth began his journey into professional wrestling in 1977 and eventually made his way into WCCW, where he became known as The One Man Gang. He eventually made his way to the UWF, even winning the UWF World Heavyweight Title. He decided to go to the WWF and dropped the UWF Title to future tag team partner, Big Bubba Rogers.
Upon arrival in the WWF, Gang started feuding with World Champion Hulk Hogan, challenging him all across the country for the title. He eventually would change his name to Akeem and team up with The Big Boss Man to form the team, The Twin Towers.
After leaving the WWF, Gang would go to WCW, ECW and various independent promotions over the years. The One Man Gang, with his enormous size and one of a kind look, became one of the most intimidating monster heels the wrestling world has ever known.
9- Kevin Nash – 6’10” 328 lbs
Kevin Nash has had many identities throughout his legendary career such as Oz, Vinnie Vegas, Steel, Diesel, but one thing is for sure, “Big Daddy Cool” has without a doubt put together a Hall of Fame worthy career.
At almost 7 feet tall and well over 300 lbs, Nash would overpower his opponents and dominante them with sheer size and power. After doing traditional moves that he was known for such as standing elbows in the corner and a big boot to the face, he’d lift them high in the air and send them crashing to the mat with the jack knife powerbomb.
He’s a former WWF World, Intercontinental and Tag Team Champion. He also is a 5 time WCW World, and 9 time World Tag Team Champion. He also ended Goldberg’s famed undefeated streak. He went to TNA where he was a 2 time TNA Legends Champion, and 1 time TNA Tag Team Champion. He was also inducted into the WWE Hall of Fame in 2015.
He’s also made a name for himself in Hollywood, where he made appearances in Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles II: Secret Of The Ooze, where he played Super Shredder. He also was in John Wick, Rock of Ages and in both Magic Mike movies where he showed off that he’s kept himself in great shape long after leaving the world of professional wrestling.
8 – Kane – 7’0” 323 lbs
Before he found fame as Kane, Glenn Jacobs tried out a few different personas such as Unabomb, Dr. Issac Yankem, Diesel and then he became Kane, and the rest was history. Kane debuted at Badd Blood 1997 and attacked his “brother” The Undertaker and cost him the first ever Hell in a Cell match against Shawn Michaels.
During Kane’s 20 year career, he’s won the WWE Title, The World Heavyweight Title, The ECW World Heavyweight Title, The Hardcore Title once, The Tag Team Titles 9 times, The WCW Tag Team Titles once and the Intercontinental Title 2 times.
Kane recently announced that he’s going to run for Mayor in Knox County, Tennessee, as a republican. He’s not in the Hall of Fame as of this writing, but when he decides to retire, it’ll only be a matter of time before he can add that to his amazing list of accomplishments in his legendary career.
7– Matt Morgan – 7’0” 330 lbs
Matt Morgan decided to try to enter professional wrestling by winning the first ever Tough Enough competition in 2002, where the winner would get a WWE contract. Unfortunately for him, an injury would force him out of competition. However, the WWE used to be referred to as “the land of the giants”, so they offered the 7 footer a contract.
Even though Morgan was blessed with immense size, he was never able to escape the mid-card level. He’d eventually leave the WWE and move on to TNA, where he’d capture the World Tag Team titles twice.
In 2008, “The Blueprint” submitted his DNA to be launched into space as apart of the “Operation Immortality” project.
6- Abyss – 6’8” 350 lbs
Abyss has been the backbone of TNA for may years. However, he started off in 1995 and worked various promotions including in Puerto Rico. He went to TNA in 2002, and he’s spent his entire wrestling career up to this point there.
He’s won all of the titles in TNA and had great feuds with Rob Van Dam, Sting, AJ Styles, Kurt Angle, Matt Morgan and many others during his many years in the company.
It was rumored that he was in talks to wrestle The Undertaker at a past WrestleMania, but that never happened, nor has Abyss ever gone to the WWE. Even though he didn’t go there, he’s also wrestled in Ring of Honor and Lucha Libre AAA.
With the mask he wears, his wrestling style and his massive size, he’s definitely one of the most powerful and intimidating super heavyweights to step into a wrestling ring anywhere.
5- The Great Khali – 7’1” 346 lbs
The Great Khali has made a huge name for himself in professional wrestling to go along with his huge size. However, before he started as a wrestler, he was a police offer in his native Punjab, India. There’s a good chance that crime might’ve been down during his time as a police officer.
Khali made his WWE debut in 2006 when he attacked The Undertaker during an episode of Smackdown. Khali would have some impressive victories early in his WWE career over The Undertaker and Kane at WrestleMania 23. He won the World Heavyweight Championship in a battle royal on Smackdown.
After having a very successful career, he decided to leave the WWE in 2013. He went back to India and opened a wrestling school to try and help others from India follow in his massive footsteps and make it in professional wrestling. He made a surprise return to the WWE at Battleground 2017, helping Jinder Mahal defeat Randy Orton to retain the WWE Title in a Punjabi Prison match.
Whether he was destroying opponents or dancing and kissing women on the Khali Kiss Cam, The Great Khali put together a memorable career in the WWE.
4- The Yeti – 7’2” 365 lbs
Ron Reis made one of the most memorable debuts at WCW Halloween Havoc 1995, when at the end of the Hulk Hogan vs Giant main event, he came to the ring dressed as a mummy, but he was called The Yeti, or Yeh-tay as commentator Tony Schiavone referred to him as.
When he got in the ring, The Giant had Hogan in a bear hug and The Yeti got behind Hogan and appeared to try give him a bear hug, or something from behind. Needless to say, it probably wasn’t a highlight in Hogan’s career. Other than the ridiculous costume he was wearing, it was quite obvious to the size of The Yeti, he appeared to be even taller than The Giant.
The Yeti quicklt disappeared after that, and he returned as the Super Giant Ninja, even though he had probably never thrown a karate kick in his life. That also didn’t last very long, and he later returned as Reese, where he was dressed as a grunge rocker, and he was apart of Raven’s flock.
After WCW blew it with a 7’2” monster, he left WCW and later went to the late, great Dusty Rhodes’ Turnbuckle Championship Wrestling promotion. After a stint there, he went to Vince Russo’s Christian based promotion, Ring of Glory. Today, he manages a wine distributor in Atlanta, Georgia.
3- Giant Silva – 7’2” 385 lbs
As several giants have done, Giant Silva started off playing basketball in his youth. It’s a pretty natural fit when you’re 7’2”. He even played for the National Brazilian Basketball team in the 1988 Summer Olympics.
However, basketball didn’t work out for him in the long run, and he decided to use his gigantic size and enter professional wrestling. Shortly after he became a pro, he joined the WWF, where he was officially named “Giant Silva”. He debuted as a member of the Oddities group with fellow giant that we talked about earlier, Kurrgan. At SummerSlam 1998, he teamed with Kurrgan and Golga to defeat Kai En Tai. So, instead of being a monster giant, he was a dancing giant and he was released a few months after SummerSlam 1998.
He then went to Japan, where he wrestled for a few years and he also became a mixed martial artist. During his time as a MMA fighter, he finished with a record of 2-6. Silva also defeated the next man we’re going to talk about…
2- Akebono – 6’8” 551 lbs
After being a famed sumo wrestler, the WWE decided that during WrestleMania 21, in Hollywood that it would be a good idea to have Big Show vs Akebono in a sumo match.
Akebono was the first wrestler that was not born in Japan to become a Yokozuna, which is the highest rank possible for a sumo wrestler. Well, with those credentials, as you might’ve guessed, Akebono defeated Big Show at WrestleMania in the infamous sumo match. A few months later, Akebono and Big Show teamed up to defeat Matt Morgan and Carlito in a tag match. Akebono would leave WWE after that.
He would then return to Japan and wrestle for various promotions such as All Japan, New Japan, where he wrestled and lost to Brock Lesnar. He also competed in Hustle, Dragon Gate and Pro Wrestling Zero1.
He also competed in competitive kickboxing, where he had a record of 1-9 and he also fought in Mixed Martial Arts, where he finished with a record of 0-4.
1- Big Show – 7’0” 500 lbs
When The Big Show, then known as The Giant debuted in WCW 22 years ago, he made an immediate impact by wrestling Hulk Hogan in the main event of Halloween Havoc 1995 for the WCW World Title. He hasn’t looked back since. He would go on to win the WCW World Heavyweight Title and even joining the famed NWO, before leaving WCW in 1999 and going to the WWF.
Big Show’s WWE career has been filled with both highs and lows. He is a 2 time WWF/E World Champion, even giving Brock Lesnar his first pinfall loss to win one of those titles. He’s also a 2 time World Heavyweight Champion, as well as winning the Intercontinental, U.S., Hardcore, ECW World Heavyweight Title and an 8 time Tag Team Champion.
He’s recently gone through a dramatic change in his physical appearance and he currently looks to be in the best shape of his long wrestling career. He even has chizzled abs!
He has at times fallen out of favor with both the fans and the higher ups in the WWE throughout the years, but one thing that can’t be denied that even though he’s changed from a bad guy to a good guy more times than some people change clothes in a week, he’s most definitely carved out a Hall of Fame worthy career.