Last Friday night on SmackDown, World Heavyweight Champion Mark Henry demolished The Great Khali in a brief match with an impressive World's Strongest Slam. Following the bout, the World's Strongest Man severely injured Khali with a steel chair shot to the ankle, subsequently adding the Punjabi Playboy to his Hall of Pain.
Just yesterday, WWE.com issued a statement regarding the situation, stating that Khali had suffered a fractured fibula and is apparently removing him from television much like Kane and Big Show, a few months back. However, there seems to be a bit more reasoning behind the incident than just that, as it has since been reported that Great Khali is finished with the WWE.
As noted before, WWE has written The Great Khali out of the storylines by announcing that he suffered a fractured fibula at the hands of World Heavyweight Champion Mark Henry.
Word going around at Hell in a Cell was that The Great Khali is done with WWE and it will be a long time until he returns as an active wrestler, if ever. Khali's deal is expiring and will not be returning anytime soon.
The feeling among some of the WWE writers and wrestlers is that Khali's run with WWE is finished up so he's headed back to India to focus on acting. The talk is that Khali, a one-time World Heavyweight Champion, will maintain a relationship with WWE to possibly work on WWE Studios projects and other things.
Although, many other pro wrestling news sites have yet to report the same, I wouldn't be surprised if the aforementioned was indeed the truth behind last week's injury angle.
For quite a few years now, Khali has taken up a career in acting in a handful of movies, including title such as The Longest Yard and Get Smart. Leaving the WWE could open up a whole new door of acting opportunities in his homeland of India.
This would be the third fall in a row that Khali has taken time off from the company to heal, as he did the same in years past. This time, it seems to be that the former World Heavyweight Champion won't be back anytime soon, if at all.
Despite his rumored push as a monster heel on Friday nights, Great Khali has been used sparingly on the SmackDown roster since being drafted back in April. His partnership with Jinder Mahal did nothing to benefit either man, and recently came to end, reverting Khali back to his goofy face persona in the process.
In 2007, Khali won his first and only championship in the WWE when he captured the prestigious World Heavyweight Championship in a multi-man battle royal. It was heavily rumored that his title win was merely to increase popularity in the Indian market, and once Vince McMahon got what he wanted, Khali quickly dropped the belt to Batista that September.
Now that the struggling Jinder Mahal has a place on the main roster, there seems to be no use in keeping Khali on television any longer. I don't see any more potential in him as far as rivalries go, but a return down the line wouldn't hurt.
Obviously, the IWC must be extremely upset to see their favorite Superstar on the roster finally make his leave. All joking aside, I wish Khali the best in his future endeavors, and might one day be excited to hear his bouncy entrance music hit the arena if the timing was right.
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