WWE: Is Great Khali Contributing Anything to the Company?

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WWE: Is Great Khali Contributing Anything to the Company?
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WWE's resident behemoth, The Great Khali offers WWE fans little more than sideshow novelty.  That novelty wore off long ago and Khali's gigantic frame isn't thrilling anyone.

The Great Khali is the worst wrestler to ever hold the World Heavyweight Championship. 

WWE's decision to release him in late 2011 was a wise move.  It opened the door for more talented wrestlers, for young up-and-coming stars and let Khali avoid the wear and tear of a WWE schedule.  

Having him return for the 2012 Royal Rumble seemed like a short-lived nod to the past, but Khali has since stayed on.  

He has done nothing but sour the product.  His performance in the Elimination Chamber was dreadful. What Khali brings to the table isn't worth saving a roster spot.  

 

Immense Size 

WWE's obsession with size is understandable.  No casual fan is going to see Heath Slater on television and have their jaw drop.

The Big Show, Andre the Giant, Yokozuna and the Great Khali have had that effect on wrestling audiences around the world.

But gargantuan or not, a wrestler has to produce at a reasonable level or fans will lose interest. The shock factor that Khali once had has faded away and we're only left with his deficiencies.   

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Watching a Khali match is the visual equivalent of hearing nails on a chalkboard.

He's as stiff as a mannequin and more so than John Cena possesses a move set that should be nicknamed "The Five Moves of Doom."

 

Monster Aura

The monster heel is the easiest character to book.  The wrestler doesn't need to speak or have any depth to their character.  They just need to cause carnage.

Khali's debut was entertaining.

Daivari claimed that Khali could destroy the Undertaker and that was an exciting prospect.  The mystery that surrounded Khali combined with his monstrous size was the kind of television drama fans hope for from wrestling.

Once fans figured out that Khali's wrestling skills were on the level of Giant Gonzalez's, interest began to taper off.

The monster heel gimmick can't be sustained.  Once the wrestler is done with their initial rampage, they have to start facing real competition and at some point they have to lose a few times.

Once Goliath has been bested once or twice, it doesn't seem as scary.

Ask every Mike Tyson opponent after Evander Holyfield beat him two times in a row.

WWE's experiment with Khali as the Punjabi Playboy was born from desperation.  What else could they have done with him?

After the steam from that joke ran out, the company was left with an oversized, unskilled performer with little to offer.

 

Market in India 

Khali's greatest contribution to WWE now may be his nationality.

The way that Yao Ming drew in a nation of new NBA fans, WWE is likely hoping that Khali can help establish their brand in India.

The only difference is that Yao was a talented player.  National pride can only carry an Indian fan so far. Eventually, Khali's insufficient ring skills will have losing interest as well.

TNA's method of attracting the Indian market is far superior.  Their Ring Ka King promotion mixes established American wrestlers like Chavo Guerrero with Indian talent like Mahabali Veera.

 If WWE wants to establish themselves in India, they need to either follow in TNA's footsteps or book more tours out there.  Khali isn't going to do enough for them in that department.

 

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Closing Thoughts

There are far too many talented wrestlers not getting their chance for WWE to hold on to a one-dimensional curiosity.  Khali's body cannot hold up under the strain of a WWE schedule.  

He'd better be off focusing on his acting career.  WWE would be better off without him.  

When Big Show, Mark Henry and Kane retire and WWE has fewer giants, the company will likely get desperate to fill that role by pushing Khali or finding another giant somewhere.

It may be better for them to move on, to let the sport evolve.

If the most talented and interesting wrestlers are all 6'0" and 225 lbs. then so be it.  Forcing men into the spotlight because WWE thinks we want to see more human monsters is misguided.

Of course, if another seven-footer that is a captivating presence like Kane or a ring general like The Undertaker comes along, sign him.  The Great Khali however, is none of those things.   

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