Until most recently, professional wrestling has been a big man’s game. It wasn’t until Rey Mysterio, Eddie Guerrero and other international stars came to WCW and WWE in the 1990’s that American televised professional wrestling began to shift.
These bigger wrestlers are often a far-cry from being called athletes. The Great Khali is a great person but his wrestling is terrible. He seems to have trouble walking with his massive skeleton. Most bigger wrestlers, touching the ceiling at around seven feet tall, have been awful performers. A very select few have been spectacular. The following athletes are some of the best big men in wrestling history.
It’d be a crime to discuss large athletes in the squared circle and not mention Andre the Giant. Andre was a sheer freak of nature. Although he had a kind heart, he was one of most intimidating men on the planet. He looked down upon mere men from a perch at seven feet and four inches high. This hulking behemoth conquered the wrestling world until his death in 1993 due to congestive heart failure. Andre truly looked like he was beating the snot out of his opponents. He was more believable in the ring that most any performer before him.
He’s often referred to as the largest athlete in the world. He stands at over seven feet tall and weights nearly five-hundred pounds. His ring-name is The Big Show. Big Show rose to fame in WCW before jumping ship to WWE. He’s one of the few big men who boast incredible agility. Big Show is one of the few giants of wrestling who I’ve seen dive off the top rope and even deliver standing dropkicks to his opponents. Big Show’s special blend of strength, charisma and agility place him firmly in the wrestling history books. Although he’s slowed his pace in recent years, Big Show has proven to still be a superior athlete.
Few wrestling gimmicks last long. Rather it be unbelievable entirely or the performer calling it quits, over-the-top characters are a thing of the past. Only one cartoonish character has ruled professional wrestling since the mind 1990’s. Billed from Death Valley and standing at six foot and ten inches, The Undertaker has dominated sports entertainment for over twenty years. Undertaker was easily the most cat-like giant of all time. He could make impressive leaps that men half his size could not even attempt. Undertaker mixed his absolutely astonishing agility and speed with pure strikes and power moves to cement his place in the WWE. His superior in-ring work is perhaps the only reason ans still embrace his cartoon-like character.
Kevin Nash may not be the greatest wrestler. His move-set may be limited and his speed not as impressive as others on this list but his sheer charisma is unrivaled. We knew Nash had talent in WWE but it wasn’t until he jumped to WCW and became a founding member of the nWo that we saw his true potential. Kevin Nash is a intellectual being with impressive skills on the microphone. He’s easily one of the best talkers of his time. Kevin Nash was dropping verbal Pipe-Bombs before CM Punk was even heard of. It is his amazing charisma that lands him a spot among the greats.
There is no possible way to list every great big man in wrestling history. So many more names come to mind but these few performers may just be the cream of the crop. Without a shadow of a doubt, these larger-than-life athletes deserve praise.