The Great Khali

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

This is an old revision of this page, as edited by Halbared (talk | contribs) at 08:03, 29 July 2006. The present address (URL) is a permanent link to this revision, which may differ significantly from the current revision.

Dalip Singh
BornAugust 27, 1972
Dhirana, Himachal Pradesh India
Professional wrestling career
Ring name(s)Giant Singh
The Great Khali
Billed height221 cm (7 ft 3)
Billed weight191 kg (420 lb)
Billed fromThe jungles of Punjab
Trained byAPW Boot Camp
DebutOctober 7, 2000

Dalip Singh (born August 27, 1972) is an Indian powerlifter and professional wrestler. Singh currently works for World Wrestling Entertainment (WWE) in the United States of America on its SmackDown! brand, under the ring name The Great Khali. Before embarking on his professional sports career, Singh was an officer in the Punjab state police, a champion bodybuilder, and a Pehlwan athlete.


Dalip Singh was born in the village of Dhirana in the state of Himachal Pradesh in India, and is the third of eight children in the Singh Family. At a young age, he earned a daily wage as a roadside stone breaker to help provide for his family. When asked about the size of his family members, Singh said that all other members of his family, including his parents and siblings, are of normal height. He pointed out, however, that his grandfather was very tall.

In 1993, Singh was still working as a road laborer in the Himalaya hills when his life's circumstances began to change. By this time he had tried his hand at many sports. He excelled in all of them, but showed exceptional talent in bodybuilding. The Director General of the Punjab Police Department took notice of Dalip and helped him join the police force. The change in employment allowed Singh to further his body building training and he subsequently won titles of Mr. India in 1997-98.

His success and hard work led him to train as a wrestler in the United States of America in 1999, where he developed the skills necessary to compete on a global stage, enabling him to win numerous wrestling titles in Japan, where he is currently a very popular figure. Maintaining his size requires a strict, and intimidating daily dietary regimen. Dalip consumes five litres of milk, five chickens and two dozen eggs, along with many chapatis, juice, and fruit daily.[1]

Dalip Singh's goal in life is to support his family and aid the entire village that is his home. He is an active mentor to young people in Punjab, encouraging them to stay away from drugs and urging them to find discipline, health and success by taking up sports.

He married Harminder Kaur on February 27,2002.

Professional wrestling career

Under the ring name "Giant Singh", Dalip Singh became a pro wrestler for All Pro Wrestling in the United States of America, making his first appearance in October 2000, when teaming with Tony Jones against the West Side Playaz 2000.

On May 28, 2001, Brian Ong volunteered to receive a flapjack from Dalip Singh, a wrestler being specially trained by All Pro Wrestling. Singh did this move with two others in the gym that night, including one of the trainers, so Ong could see how it was done. Ong botched receiving the move, as he grabbed Singh's shirt instead of pushing off his back as the coaches had instructed him. He landed wrong and suffered a severe injury. He had a previous concussion and the second consecutive concussion proved fatal for Ong. This led to Singh inadvertently causing his death. All Pro Wrestling lost a lawsuit brought by Ong's family over his death, and were forced to award damages of over $1.3 million to his parents.

Dalip Singh & Giant Silva with Masahiro Chono, as "Club 7".

In August 2001, Singh was brought into New Japan Pro Wrestling by Team 2000 leader, Masahiro Chono, along with another big man, Giant Silva. They were the tallest tag team in pro-wrestling history at an average height of 7 ft 2 in, and a combined weight of 805 lb. The two teamed for the first time at the Tokyo Dome in October, labelled "Club 7" by Chono, and they defeated Yutaka Yoshie, Kenzo Suzuki, Hiroshi Tanahashi and Wataru Inoue in a Handicap Match when Silva pinned Tanahashi and Inoue at the same time. Singh suffered his first loss in a tag match at the Tokyo Dome in January 2002, being cradled by Hiroyoshi Tenzan. He suffered another big tag defeat during March, being pinned by Manabu Nakanishi, and falling to a German suplex hold. His most critical loss came in August at Tokyo Nippon Budokan though, when, after a falling out, he was pinned by Silva in a singles match.

World Wrestling Entertainment

On January 2, 2006, Singh was signed to a contract by WWE and assigned to the Deep South Wrestling developmental territory for training. With Daivari by his side, the un-named Singh debuted on WWE television on the April 7, 2006 episode of SmackDown!, attacking The Undertaker and leaving him out cold during his match with Mark Henry, and thus causing a no-contest. The next week he was introduced as "The Great Khali". He made his in-ring debut on the April 21, 2006 edition of SmackDown! defeating Funaki in a Squash match.

On the May 5, 2006 edition of SmackDown!, Khali signed a contract to face The Undertaker at Judgment Day on May 21, 2006. Later that night, he interrupted a WWE Cruiserweight Championship No. 1 Contender's Triple Threat Match between Super Crazy, Kid Kash and Nunzio, and attacked all three men, as well as Vito.

On the May 12, 2006 edition of SmackDown!, JBL put Khali against Rey Mysterio. Khali had a height advantage of almost 2 feet and a weight advantage of 250 pounds, and gained an easy victory over the World Heavyweight Champion. In his match against The Undertaker at Judgment Day 2006, Khali landed a series of blows on his opponent, and finally defeated The Undertaker with a boot to the head. Khali continued on a rampage for several weeks, winning handicap matches, attacking superstars in a display of power, and mocking the Undertaker's signature pin and victory pose.

On the July 15, 2006 edition of Saturday Night's Main Event, Khali helped the The Big Show beat down the Undertaker with a Double Chokeslam.

Dave Meltzer reported on Saturday July 22, that Khali would be taken off the road by WWE due to a "liver disease" and would not participate in his match at The Great American Bash.

His replacement was the Big Show. Theodore Long made the announcement after an altercation between Big Show, Undertaker, and Khali backstage. During the course of the Punjabi Prison match at The Great American Bash, Khali did show up at ringside and watched in disbelief as the Undertaker emerged victorious over The Big Show.

In wrestling

  • Finishing and signature moves

Acting career

File:Giant LY.jpg
Singh at the premiere of The Longest Yard.

Singh played the role of "Turley" in the 2005 remake of the film The Longest Yard co-starring Adam Sandler, Chris Rock and Burt Reynolds.. He played a unstable prison inmate with an insecure attitude. In addition, the character of Turley is shown to be virtually unstoppable and limitless in strength. He easily grounds the second biggest man, Switowski, played by the 6 ft 5 in and 350 lb Bob Sapp. Turley is built up as an insanely powerful man throughout the film, who manages to run for a touchdown despite three of the opposing team's players on his back.


External links