The 50 Biggest Wrestlers in History

Ryan Dilbert@@ryandilbertWWE Lead WriterNovember 29, 2012

The 50 Biggest Wrestlers in History

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    Pro wrestling has been home to its share of giants, enormous men who forced our necks to tilt upward and rings to strain.

    Some of these wrestlers have been so large it can hardly seem real.

    Satiating its obsession for girth, wrestling's promoters have found real-life Goliaths and showcased them for fans. There have been wrestlers well over 7’ tall and some well beyond 400 lbs.

    It's difficult to determine some wrestlers' true size with a business so famous for twisting the truth and exaggerating reality.  Even if there are a few non-existent inches added here or a few pounds added to one's weight, there's no denying just how gigantic these men are.

    In no particular order, here are wrestling's biggest competitors, the leviathans of the ring.

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    Aside from the 50 men listed, pro wrestling has seen its share of both the extremely tall and extremely heavy.

    Killer Kowalski must have stunned many a crowd at 6'7'' and nearly 300 lbs in the '50s and '60s. The man known as Killer Kowalski Jr. was even bigger, a good two inches taller.

    Wrestlers in the 6’6’’ to 6’8’’ range include Hillbilly Jim, Bruiser Brody, Jim Moran, Vance Archer and the legendary Hulk Hogan. Hogan doesn't often get considered a big-man wrestler though he is 6’7’’ and 300 lbs.

    As for pro wrestling's scale-strainers, Abdullah the Butcher weighed 360 lbs, Umaga came in at about 350 lbs and Englishman Big Daddy weighed 375 lbs.

Conan Stevens

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    7'0'', 320 lbs

    A budding star, the Aussie known as 7-foot Thunder dreamed of a career in WCW. He certainly had the size to make it.

    Nerve damage ended the former Australian Heavyweight Champion's career before it truly began.

    Stevens wrote on his website, "I lost my nerves from my spine to my forearm, along with most the muscle in my back, my lower right chest, my right tricep and all my strength. I could not even French press a 5-pound dumbbell."

    Unable to continue as a wrestler, Stevens took to acting.

    He began his movie career with roles like "Big Security Guard" in The Bodyguard 2 and as the titular character in Man-Thing. Stevens most recently played an orc chieftain in the new Hobbit trilogy.

Paul Bunyan

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    8'2'' over 500 lbs

    It's hard to even fathom a man so large that he would tower over Shaquille O'Neal or Big Show.

    Paul Bunyan had to seem as unreal as the lumberjack from American folklore from who he took his ring name. In real life, he was Max Palmer, an actor and evangelist born in small-town Mississippi.

    Records differ on Palmer's actual height. Some sources list him at 7’ 8’’ and others go as high as 8’6’’. Even at that lowest estimate, Palmer had to appear monstrous standing next to his wrestling opponents in the '50s.

    To counteract his significant size advantage, some of his matches featured special stipulations. Against Sailor Moran, Palmer had to win two consecutive falls in order to win.

    Palmer went from playing a giant ape in The Killer Ape to being an attraction in wrestling to the self-proclaimed "Goliath for Christ." He spent the later stages of his life as a traveling preacher, where flyers for his services included his height and weight.

Dan Spivey and Sid Vicious

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    Both around 6'7'' 310 lbs

    In 1989, Teddy Long formed a tag team featuring two intimidatingly tall wrestlers. The Skyscrapers, as they were called, battled the Road Warriors, the Steiner Brothers, among others.

    Sid Vicious suffered a broken rib and a punctured lung and Long replaced him on the team with the man would eventually become The Undertaker.

    Spivey wouldn't make much noise in his career without Vicious. He had a brief run in WWE as Waylon Mercy, a psychopath/Southern gentleman.

    Vicious in contrast, became a world champion several times over. Much of his success can be attributed to his size and his menacing look. Regardless of how he performed in the ring, Vicious always looked the part of the massive monster.

Kane

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    7'0'' 324 lbs

    Kane, like his storyline brother, is so skilled and deft in the ring that one can sometimes forget how big he is. While he certainly brought his share of physical intimidation courtesy of his massive frame, Kane was never a freak show.

    After some forgettable gimmicks in Isaac Yankem D.D.S. and the fake Diesel, WWE found the perfect fit for Glenn Jacobs.

    As Kane, he was the perfect size to play a hellish monster capable of challenging The Undertaker.

    The Big Red Machine has developed a resume worthy of the Hall of Fame. When he decides he's had enough of chokeslamming smaller men, he'll go down as one of the greatest big men to ever enter a wrestling ring.

Big Sky

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    6'10'' 285

    Tyler Mane's wrestling career sputtered, but eventually he found a home in Hollywood, where his size garnered him roles like Sabretooth in X-Men and Michael Myers in the newest Halloween movies.

    Mane wrestled for UWF, WCW and in Canada, Japan and Puerto Rico.

    He's best known for his time as Big Sky in WCW. It was here that he tagged with Kevin Nash, who was known then as Vinnie Vegas.

    Jobbers soon found out what a chokeslam felt like from an incredible height.

Brodus Clay

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    6'7'' 375 lbs

    Whether he wrestled as G-Rilla, The Mastodon of Mayhem or the only living, breathing, rompin’, stompin’ Funkasaurus in captivity, Brodus Clay's ring names and nicknames have all been references to his size.

    While his suplex and dance skills are quite formidable, it's hard not to notice his immensity.

    His finishing move, like many men of his size, uses his weight as a weapon, splashing down on a fallen foe for a victory.

    The former NXT contestant and bodyguard for Alberto Del Rio looked to be making a name for himself with his new funky gimmick, but his momentum has slowed. Time will tell if WWE can find a way to utilize their latest mastodon.

Giant Gonzalez

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    7'7'' 419 lbs

    In a familiar story for men his size, Jorge Gonzalez's height was both his greatest asset and biggest weakness.

    The Atlanta Hawks drafted Gonzalez in the 1988 NBA draft. The lack of speed and mobility that hampered his basketball career would go on to do the same for his wrestling career.

    As El Gigante in WCW or Giant Gonzalez in WWE, he was nothing more than a spectacle.

    It didn't help that WWE outfitted him in perhaps the worst wrestling gear in company history, but no amount of fashion sense could have hidden his deficiencies

    Making Ron Simmons look diminutive is an impressive feat. Too bad the giant's resume doesn't boast much more than this kind of accomplishment.

Ron Reis

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    7'2'' 365 lbs

    Ron Reis will always be remembered most for being the large man in the ridiculous costume as The Yeti, who attacked Hulk Hogan at Halloween Havoc 1995.

    Before wrestling, Reis played basketball at Santa Clara University. Afterwards, he worked for Gallo Wine as a distributor.

    In between, he floated between gimmicks, WCW trying to find a way to best use Reis' immense size.

    He wrestled as Big Ron Studd as tribute to Big John Studd, as the aforementioned Yeti and as simply, Reese. Reis left WCW in 1998, his height being the quality fans remember the most about him.

Big John Studd

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    6'10'' 367 lbs

    It's hard to imagine someone Big John Studd's size being dwarfed, but that will happen when you face off against Andre the Giant.

    Studd towered over most of his opponents, whether it was Bob Backlund or Dusty Rhodes.

    A monster heel, Studd brought a stretcher to the ring as a means of intimidation.

    He was a tough brawler and a solid performer who unfortunately spent much of his career in the shadow of a bigger giant. 

Happy Humphrey

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    750 lbs

    Happy Humphrey was the size of several men. Sheamus, John Cena and Josh Mathews combined don't quite weigh as much as Humphrey did during his career.

    Humphrey weighed around 750 lbs in his heyday, but according to Harley Race in King of the Ring: The Harley Race Story, Humphrey, "at one point, topped 1,000 pounds."

    Race was Humphrey's driver and occasional opponent in the very early '60s.

    Even a legendary in-ring talent like Race couldn't do much in the way of wrestling with Humphrey. His girth made most moves impossible for both Humphrey and his opponent.

    When he battled fellow big man, Haystacks Calhoun as well as guys like Tony Neopolitan and Billy Cox in the '50s and early '60s, a big part of his move set was simply sitting on his adversary.

    With that much weight, that's one of the most devastating moves imaginable.

Kamala

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    6'7'' 380 lbs

    Pro wrestling turned Mississippi native Jim Harris into Kamala, The Ugandan Giant.

    While the Ugandan portion of his character was all show, the giant part was not. Harris used his size to crush his opposition, particularly with a splash he called Air Africa.

    Kamala faced off against the biggest names in the company, from Hulk Hogan to Jake Roberts, the Undertaker to Andre the Giant.

    Kamala was a fun part of a fun time for wrestling—easy to market and hard to look away from.  

Raja Lion

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    7'2'' 387 lbs

    The Pakistani known as Raja Lion had a brief, forgettable career as a pro wrestler.

    Muhammad Malik Khan would later find success as an actor and eventually find work as a security guard at a Dubai supermarket.

    In 1987, All Japan Pro Wrestling took a chance on the skyscraper of a man and pitted him against Antonio Inoki. The result was one of the worst matches in wrestling history.

    Khan was no athlete.

    He bumbled about the ring worse than Giant Gonzales or The Great Khali ever did.

    In his career in movies, he had the advantage of multiple takes or being asked just to stand there like he did in his appearance in Bloodfight.

Abyss

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    6'8'' 335 lbs   

    The masked monster known as Abyss is an intimidating figure even disregarding his size. Scars line his arms. Dark hair falls over his leather mask, his wild eyes poking through.

    Abyss is a thick, powerful man.

    He has spent much of his career with TNA, delivering Black Hole Slams and overpowering many of his foes.

    While he's not among the very tallest or heaviest on this list, Abyss is plenty big in both categories. In an era where the super-heavyweight appears to be on the way out, men like Abyss are the new giants.

Gargantua

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    7'2'' 453 lbs

    Kurt Zehe made men look like boys when he stood next to them.

    His Gargantua ring name couldn't have been more apt.  Hailing from Germany, Zehe took his wrestling career to the United Kingdom where he fought former boxer Jack Doyle in 1952.

    Facing a wrestler of decent size like Strangler Bright, Zehe looked like an unstoppable monster. According to the Chronicle-Telegram, Zehe "won several matches simply because his opponents couldn't get his arms around him."

Matt Morgan

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    6'9'' 320 lbs

    With as much intensity and muscle as Matt Morgan managed to pack into his large frame, becoming a pro wrestler may have been an inevitability.

    Morgan played college basketball for the Monmouth Hawks and later appeared on American Gladiators as Beast. Wrestling, though, is where he was meant to be.

    Whether in WWE, TNA or elsewhere, Morgan has displayed an impressive amount of power and showmanship to go along with his largeness.

    Standing behind his partners in Fortune, Morgan made James Storm and Ric Flair look tiny.

Giant Baba

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    6'10'' 330 lbs

    Giant Baba would have been big as an American wrestler, but in Japan he was simply massive.

    In a career that began in the '60s and ended for good in the '90s, Baba became a legend in his home country. Simply being a giant doesn't afford one that kind of legacy.

    Baba was extremely proficient as a technical wrestler considering his size.

    With a body that looks capable of no more than stumbling around, Baba dropkicked, headlocked and chopped his opponents in his more than 3,000 matches.

Brian Norton

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    7'0'' 309 lbs

    Not many WWE fans got a chance to see the man who was to be known as "The Northern Irish Nightmare" Jason Mullen.

    Brian Norton wrestled in his home country as Tron. Had things worked out with WWE, he could have towered over fellow Irishman Sheamus.

    Norton signed a developmental deal at age 26, but apparently WWE officials didn't see enough from the 7'0'' giant.

    According to PWInsider (via 24wrestling.com) WWE released Norton along with several other FCW wrestlers in 2011.

Isis the Amazon

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    6'9'' 291 lbs

    Lindsay Kay Hayward is one of the tallest women in history. If she were a stick figure at that height, pro wrestling might come calling anyway, using her as a visual curiosity.

    Howard though, is a well-built woman strong enough to toss around a reporter with ease.

    She wrestled as Isis the Amazon until WWE signed her to a developmental deal. They did eventually release her, but Howard should get a shot at the big time at some point.

    The woman known as Aloisia during her run in WWE's NXT is young and being able to make Chyna look small is a unique gift. 

Akebono Taro

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    6'8'' 514 lbs

    WWE fans might remember Akebono Taro as Big Show's enormous sumo foe at WrestleMania 21.

    Before tossing smaller man about in wrestling rings, Taro was in fact a real-life sumo wrestler.

    This was his most successful endeavor. Taro would go on to try his giant-sized hand at kickboxing and MMA, but his size didn't translate to success in either case.

    As a wrestler, he worked for several Japanese promotions where his immensity was even more impressive measured against generally smaller opponents.

Giant Haystacks

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    6'8'' 683 lbs

    Imagine trying to pick up a man over 600 lbs to perform a wrestling move. Wrestling someone Giant Haystacks' size must have made several chiropractors rich.

    English wrestler Martin Ruane made opponents as large as Big Daddy look like children.

    It was Big Daddy who served as his biggest rival.  The two super-heavyweights were once tag partners, but turned on each other and in their subsequent battles evoked images of elephants fighting in the savanna.

    Ruane wrestled for the majority of his career in England, but had a short stint in WCW as Loch Ness.

Jeep Swenson

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    6'4'' 405 lbs

    Robert "Jeep" Swenson resembled the sturdy girth of his namesake.

    Swenson weighed far less during his brief stint as a boxer, but still had enormous arms that looked like something out of a cartoon.

    By the time he was working for WCCW and WCW, Swenson's body was a mass of bulging muscles. He used his tree-sized arms to lariat his opponents down to the mat.

    It was that physique that helped him land the role of Bane in Batman and Robin.

Uncle Elmer

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    6'10'' 419 lbs

    It seems that if there is a lack of ideas for a large wrestler, he is inevitably dressed in overalls and asked to play an oversized country bumpkin.

    Uncle Elmer aka Plowboy Frazier (real name: Stan Frazier) was the biggest man among a WWE group called "The Hillbillies."

    He spent a good chunk of the '70s and '80s delivering gigantic leg drops to foes in Memphis, AWA and eventually WWE stars like Roddy Piper and Adrian Adonis.

    Never the most skilled wrestler, Frazier, for much of his career, was a major draw. Fans were enthralled by him, curious to watch a man his size and perhaps were pulled in by his larger-than-life aura.

    Kurt Nielsen of Slam! Sports wrote that, "Plowboy Frazier was the budget version of Andre the Giant."

Andre the Giant

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    7'4'' 500 lbs

    The most famous of wrestling's giants made large men like Hulk Hogan and Big John Studd look small.

    His size wasn't enough to capture all the fans he did, though. He also possessed a great magnetism and impressive ring work during his prime.

    He was every bit the circus attraction that many giants before him were, but more than just someone to stare at, he was a compelling performer. He made matches like his battle vs. Hulk Hogan at WrestleMania III an unforgettable experience.

    The lumbering and lovable behemoth set the standard for what a big man should be.   

Nathan Jones

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    6'11'' 375 lbs

    Australian powerlifter Nathan Jones charged onto the WWE scene as The Undertaker's right-hand man. Jones certainly had Undertaker's size and an impressive physique, but never did much more than tread water with the company.

    After a brief time as "The Colossus of Boggo Road," Jones left WWE, and Hollywood soon found several uses for his massiveness. 

    In films like Troy, The Protector and Conan the Barbarian, Jones played monstrous men, roles that didn't take much work from the special effects department.

Jackson Andrews

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    7'1'' 340 lbs

    Dwarfing a man the size of Mason Ryan is accomplishment a rare few can claim.

    Jackson Andrews wrestled for FCW from 2009-2011, where his colossal frame was his main asset.

    Andrews didn't move particularly well. He was a rigid wrestler on redwood-like legs.

    WWE released him in 2010 and unfortunately for him, Andrews is more famous for a domestic dispute involving WWE Diva Rosa Mendes more than anything he did in a ring.

Kevin Nash

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    6'10'' 317 lbs

    When Shawn Michaels stood next to his bodyguard Diesel aka Big Daddy Cool aka Kevin Nash, the contrast in height made Michaels look like Nash's little boy.

    Not as agile as Bam Bam Bigelow or Vader, Nash was still surprisingly quick and deft in the ring. 

    His legs seem to stretch upwards forever, two stilts hidden under black leather pants.

    Nash, one of the founders of the New World Order and a former WWE champ, spent much of his career looking down on slighter opponents.

Mike Shaw

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    6'3'' 401 lbs

    Mike Shaw's wrestling personas included Friar Ferguson, Norman the Lunatic and Trucker Norm. It's hard to forget his most bizarre one, the repugnant Bastion Booger.

    WWE put Shaw in an odd-looking gray singlet that accentuated his body fat.

    It's unfortunate that Shaw became such a joke because he, unlike many men his size, had decent moves in the ring.

    Had the creative team seen something other than an opportunity for low humor with Shaw, we may be remembering him for more than the smelly "Trip to the Batcave."

One Man Gang

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    6'9'' 457 lbs

    Taller than LeBron James and over 450 lbs, One Man Gang was one of wrestling's biggest performers.

    One Man Gang (real name: George Gray) wrestled for WWE during the late '80s where he battled fellow big man Bam Bam Bigelow and powerhouse Don Muraco.

    As Akeem "the African Dream," Gray teamed with Big Boss Man. The Twin Towers, as they were called, came in at a combined weight of over 760 lbs.

Mark Henry

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    6'4'' 412 lbs

    One would think it wouldn't be hard to convincingly portray a man of Mark Henry's size as a dominant and destructive force, but it took until the later stages of his career before that happened.

    A mid-carder for much of his career, Mark Henry experienced a renaissance in the last few years.  He found his groove as a scowling monster heel, winning the World Heavyweight Championship in 2011. 

    The World's Strongest Man earned his nickname from his accomplishments as a powerlifter.

    Henry used that mastodon-like body to lift upwards of 900 lbs.

Rikishi

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    6'1'' 425 lbs

    Possessing an impressive blend of power and speed, Rikishi spent a good part of two decades entertaining WWE fans.

    He began his WWE career as one-half of the Headshrinkers in a crowded tag team division.

    They experimented with a few gimmicks for him, including the poorly conceived Sultan, who resided in mid-card status.

    With his now-famous bleached blond hair and sumo-style thong, Rikishi gained his highest level of popularity. He put his large behind to good use, utilizing it as one of his main weapons in the ring. 

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Gorilla Monsoon

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    6'5'' 400 lbs

    Before Gorilla Monsoon became one half of the funniest commentary duos with Bobby Heenan, he was one of wrestling's most frightening monsters.

    The deranged villain held his opponents in the backbreaker rack or splashed his weight on their prone bodies.

    Monsoon battled Andre the Giant, Bruno Sammartino and at one point even had an infamous altercation with Muhammad Ali.

    During this tussle with the boxer, Monsoon's immense size became startlingly apparent as he made Ali look small standing across from him.

Giant Titan

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    7'1'' 348 lbs

    Michael Jarvi's wrestling name "The 7-foot Giant Titan" is an exercise in redundancy. Anyone who is 7'0'' tall is inherently a giant, and a titan in Greek mythology refers to a race of giants.

    Even without the name, it's clear that Jarvi is a large man.

    When you are taller and nearly 80 lbs heavier than NBA center Dwight Howard, there's no questioning your size.

    Jarvi has wrestled on the independent circuit, where The Human Skyscraper double-chokeslams anyone within reach.

Bam Bam Bigelow

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    6'4'' 400 lbs

    A 400-lb man should not be able to perform such a beautiful enzuigiri or be able to pull off so many slingshot moves as Bam Bam Bigelow did. 

    Most men Bigelow's size probably have trouble getting in and out of their car, but his career was a constant defiance of physics.

    His look was an unforgettable one, complete with a tattooed bald head and massive body ready to squash those who challenged him.

    Bigelow wrestled with WWE, ECW and WCW as well as in Japan. He gave us classics against Bret Hart and Taz.

Giant Silva

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    7'2'' 403 lbs

    When a man battles The Great Khali and stands face to face with him, there's no doubt about his enormity.

    Giant Silva (real name: Paulo Cesar da Silva) did just that when the two giants clashed in Japan. Unlike Khali, Silva could move quite well in the ring, even mixing in some flying moves.

    Silva at first tried to use his height to pursue a career in basketball. He played ball for his native Brazil Later, he tried his hand at MMA.

    Despite his size, Silva compiled a less-than-stellar record of 2-6.

Eli Cottonwood

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    7'0'' 313 lbs

    More than his tree-like stature, more than anything else in his career, fans will think of mustaches when they think of Eli Cottonwood.

    Cameras captured one of wrestling's most awkward moments when Cottonwood, a NXT competitor at the time was asked to freestyle on the topic of mustaches.

    Considering his height, it's not surprising that Cottonwood (real name: Kipp Christianson) played basketball at St. John's (Minn.) as well as for the Dallas Mavericks and Milwaukee Bucks during the summer league.

    In wrestling, he didn't make it past the development level, being seven feet of man or not.

Big Show

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    7'0'' 441 lbs

    The man known then as "The Giant," became a mammoth-sized part of WCW in 1995 and immediately drew comparisons to Andre the Giant.

    Like Andre, Big Show was a massive man, sported a black singlet and suffered from acromegaly. Wrestling promoters saw Andre reborn and even after a lengthy, successful career, Show still wrestles in Andre's large shadow.

    Big Show has been big for a long time. Even when he was Paul Wight, he was taller than most everyone else.

    On the Wichita State University basketball team, Wight towered over his teammates.

    The current World champion is aptly dubbed the "World's Largest Athlete." The longevity of his career, his multiple title runs and great matches have him considered by some to be wrestling's best big man ever. 

Silo Sam

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    7'7'' 477 lbs

    The world may be most familiar with Silo Sam for his role as Andy in Pee Wee's Big Adventure. Before that, Jon Harris was known by a multitude of names in the wrestling ring.

    His monikers included Big John Harris, Silo Sam and Trapper John.

    This enormous man performed for WWE, WCCW and AWA in a career that began in 1985 and ended only a few years later.

    Billed at 7'7'', his actual height is debated. His profile on thetallestman.com lists him at "only" 7'3'' but anything between that range is super tall. Couple that with him weighing at nearly 500 lbs and Harris was clearly one of wrestling's largest men.

Mabel/Viscera

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    6'9'' 487 lbs

    Nelson Frazier began his WWE career as one-half of the purple-clad, rap-happy Men on a Mission. 

    Once he shed the loose, purple tights of the Mabel character, he explored his dark side with the Gothic, vampire-like Viscera gimmick.

    This soon turned into the uncomfortable "Love Machine" angle where Viscera would hump his opponents. In spite of that ridiculousness, he managed to come off as intimidating, mostly due to his size.

    Frazier, even at his leanest, was a rotund man, a whale among fish.

Earthquake

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    6'7'' 468 lbs

    Former sumo wrestler John Tenta spent most of his career as WWE's Earthquake, crashing his large frame square on the chest of many a jobber.

    Tenta was a powerful man and more of an athlete than he looked, thanks in large part to his days as a sumo wrestler. 

    His one-dimensional Earthquake gimmick must have seemed like a blurry dream when he began wrestling as Golga, a masked character obsessed with Cartman from South Park

    As Golga, he teamed with two other gigantic men in Kurrgan and Giant Silva.

Fred Ottman

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    6'3'' 384 lbs

    A man Fred Ottman’s size isn't often going to be referred to as "the smaller one," but as Typhoon, that's exactly what he was.

    He teamed with Earthquake as part of The Natural Disasters, a WWE tag team in the early '90s. The enemies-turned-allies carried on the tradition of wrestling's oversized pairings.

    Ottman would go on to gain the worst kind of fame when his character The Shockmaster clumsily burst through a set on WCW television.

    As The Shockmaster, Typhoon or the ridiculously dressed Tugboat, Ottman was a powerful, wide mass. He crushed foes by landing his near-400 lb frame on them, sailor stripes and all.

Haystacks Calhoun

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    6'4'' 600 lbs

    Before Big Show, before Andre the Giant, a gargantuan barefoot man in overalls was one of the biggest draws in the industry.

    Calhoun's enormity turned him somewhat of a circus attraction. 

    He was billed as being over 600 lbs. Who knows how much of that is wrestling promoters building things up, but regardless of any exaggeration, Calhoun was undoubtedly large.

    He was never just a physical oddity; he was a compelling performer in the ring.

    During his heyday in the '60s, Calhoun feuded with Dick the Bruiser and battled Bruno Sammartino. He eventually big-splashed his way to co-holding the WWWF Tag Team titles.  

Ernie Ladd

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    6'9'' 315 lbs

    "Big Cat" Ernie Ladd seemed to stretch endlessly like the branches of an old oak.

    Ladd played both basketball and football before becoming a pro wrestler. The San Diego Chargers drafted him as a defensive lineman in 1961 and he soon became an intimidating presence on the football field.

    He would carry that swagger to WWE along with his "Big Cat" nickname.

    Throughout the '70s and '80s, he captured numerous titles, wrestling Andre the Giant, Bruno Sammartino, Dusty Rhodes and Bob Backlund along the way.  

Great Khali

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    7'3'' 419 lbs

    Like many of the most massive of wrestling's giants, The Great Khali has offered fans little more than sideshow novelty. 

    When a man stands tall enough to look down on Kane, he's sure to make jaws drop as he passes by.

    Khali's debut thrilled.

    His handler, Daivari, claimed that Khali could destroy the Undertaker, certainly 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.

    Khali is as stiff as a mannequin. His moves are limited to swats, chops and awkward slams. 

Man Mountain Mike

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    6'4'' 600 lbs

    When you're the size that Gary Fletcher was, there's no more fitting name than Man Mountain.

    Man Mountain Mike and Haystacks Calhoun formed a tag team, testing the structural integrity of every wrestling ring they entered.

    Like Calhoun, he wore overalls and wrestled barefoot.

    Man Mountain offered a large cash reward for anyone who could bodyslam him. He would also use his size as a defense mechanism in battle royals.

    Mike Shaw later used the ring name Man Mountain Mike, though he was nowhere near as large as Fletcher.

Kurrgan

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    7'1'' 350 lbs

    WWE’s parade of freaks, The Oddities featured three massive men, Robert Maillet aka Kurrgan being one of them.

    Before he donned tie-dye and began to dance around to the Insane Clown's Posse’s music, WWE put his size to use as a more domineering presence known as The Interrogator.

    His wrestling career didn't last long. Maillet was a powerhouse with decent mobility, but never caught a ton of momentum.

    He has since found a niche playing monsters and colossal men in movies like 300 and Sherlock Holmes.

Yokozuna

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    6'4'' 589 lbs

    Yokozuna's weight was his greatest attraction, but it was also ultimately his downfall.

    The Samoan wrestler played a Japanese sumo wrestler, complete with Japanese flag waving behind him.

    Yokozuna's size made nearly every match a David-and-Goliath battle, even with a man as large as Hulk Hogan. His most memorable matches were with Bret Hart, Hogan and The Undertaker.

    His weight fluctuated throughout his career. At one point, he ballooned to nearly 800 lbs.

    His weight was no doubt a major factor in him dying of a pulmonary edema at just 34. 

Undertaker

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    6'10'' 326 lbs

    For so many men on this list, their size is their only asset. Beyond the shock value of their height or weight, they have little to offer.

    Nothing could be further from the truth for The Undertaker.

    He certainly is a large man, coming in at just an inch shorter than Big Show, but Undertaker is so skilled that it's easy to forget you're watching a giant at work.

    He flies through the air like a much smaller man. He is nimble and versatile.

    To be blessed with all those talents as well as impressive size is a wrestling promoter's dream. We'll likely never see such a combination of greatness and size again.

Vader

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    6'5'' 450 lbs

    Vader was once known as Baby Bull or Little Bull though there was nothing little about him.

    Judging by looks alone, few fans would peg Vader for an athlete. He looks more like a truck driver. 

    Despite his walrus-like physique, Vader was very agile in the ring. He routinely performed moonsaults and corner slingshot splashes, aka Vader Bombs. 

    Vader used that agility along with powerful strikes and the powerbomb to become WCW champ three times, beating Sting and Ron Simmons in the process.

    The WWE portion of his career was not nearly as successful. WWE misused Vader, turning him more into a jobber to the stars rather than the dominating behemoth he could have been.

King Kong Bundy

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    6'4'' 458 lbs

    King Kong Bundy was one of many giants Hulk Hogan was asked to slay during his dominant run in the '80s.

    After a stint in World Class Championship Wrestling, Bundy made a name for himself in WWE, squashing opponents with his Avalanche Splash.

    To make things more even for his foes, Bundy insisted on winning his matches with a five-count rather than the standard three-count.

    Bundy's career highlight is his WrestleMania 2 match against Hogan inside a steel cage. He left that match bloodied and without the WWE title.

    In 1994, Bundy returned from a long hiatus, only to become The Undertaker's fourth victim during his famed WrestleMania undefeated streak.

    Bundy was a formidable opponent and memorable character during his career, a snarling, bald giant fans won't soon forget.

Giant Warrior

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    7'0'' 350 lbs

    For many of his matches, Jeff Bearden had to bend down awkwardly in order to get a proper hold on his opponent. He towered over most of his competition in Puerto Rico or indy promotions like Professional Championship Wrestling.

    Known as Colossus the Gladiator or Giant Warrior, Bearden had his first match in 1987 and wrestled for decades.

    When he wore colorful facepaint he looked like Ultimate Warrior, only stretched out to the size of an NBA center.

    Bearden won several championships throughout his career, particularly in South Africa, where he made his home in the early '90s.