I was a fan of Great Khali in WWE. He was one of the better "monster" heels in the past decade, and he did his job as World Champion in 2007.
Did he put on classic matches weekly? No.
Did he fly off the top rope? No.
Was he supposed to be do any of those things? Absolutely not!
The Great Khali was build up as an unstoppable man, who couldn't be beat. That was his character, and it worked perfectly (for a year or two). Here are my favorite matches from his WWE career.
Go ahead. Watch the video I posted, and read the title again!
Khali beat Undertaker in less than 10 minutes, clean. Name me a few people over the last 20 years who have defeated the Deadman clean in that amount of time. Still thinking?
I rest my case.
Khali made his WWE PPV debut here and destroyed Taker. Not only did he pick up a huge win at Judgment Day 2006, the match was a great "big man" battle.
These two also had a wonderful Last Man Standing match a few months later, but this one was more eventful. It was also more memorable for the WWE history books.
This was a falls count anywhere match, and it was a great main event to close WWE One Night Stand in 2007. The ending was the icing on the cake!
There was no way John Cena was losing his WWE title, but Khali certainly gave him a run for his money. He more than lived up to his position on the card, and Cena delivered as usual.
Great series of matches from these two! My hat goes off to both men.
This was a major match. Against a major opponent. At a major event.
Khali was going after the WWE title on this night, and the man he faced was Triple H! Again, there was no way Khali was going to win the gold, but he had a great outing.
I loved WWE SummerSlam 2008, and this was one of the reasons why. After this event, Khali did not see much main event spotlight again. It was a fun ride while it lasted.
This was a battle royal for the vacant World Heavyweight Championship. Edge had just given up the title earlier in the SmackDown episode, due to injury.
A new champion needed to be crowed, and who did WWE go to? Batista? Finlay? Kane? No, no, and no
The Great Khali shocked the world and became champion!
He would go on to the have a great title run for a few months, before dropping the belt to Batista. WWE needed a "short term" title holder before getting it to Batista, and Khali was perfect in that role.
I wrote about this before, but I really do love this match! Just look at the video I posted above. Rey Mysterio standing toe to toe with Great Khali was a moment in itself.
The match was exactly how you would expect it to go. Rey Mysterio flew around the ring, while Khali just would not go down. Rey was the reigning World Champion, but nobody could beat the new giant of a man.
In the end, this match went about five minutes, and it summed up "what could have been" with The Great Khali during his WWE run. After dominating the company for a few years, he was turned face and into a comedy figure.
Certainly not the role for the big man! Nonetheless, I look back on his WWE run with a smile on my face. He really was a great WWE talent, and I look forward to his WWE Hall of Fame induction someday.
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