The Great Khali, also known as Dalip Singh Rana, is a legendary WWE superstar known for his impressive height and towering figure. Standing at an astounding 7 feet 1 inch tall, he is truly a force to be reckoned with in the world of professional wrestling.
Born on August 27, 1972, in Dhiraina, Sirmaur, Himachal Pradesh, India, The Great Khali has made a name for himself as one of the most formidable competitors in the WWE. With a weight of approximately 347 pounds, his imposing stature has made him a unique and awe-inspiring presence in the ring.
Throughout his career, The Great Khali has achieved numerous accolades. He made history by becoming the first Indian-born World Heavyweight Champion, a tremendous feat that solidified his place in WWE history. In recognition of his remarkable contributions to the wrestling industry, he was also inducted into the prestigious WWE Hall of Fame in 2021.
Beyond his wrestling career, The Great Khali has ventured into the world of entertainment, appearing in both Hollywood and Bollywood films. His larger-than-life persona and remarkable achievements have made him a national hero in his home country of India.
The Great Khali’s Early Life and Background
The Great Khali, whose real name is Dalip Singh Rana, was born into a Punjabi Rajput family in the Dhiraina village of Himachal Pradesh’s Sirmaur district. Growing up in a poor household, Khali had to take on odd jobs to support his family. However, his towering figure and unique condition set him apart.
Khali suffers from acromegaly, a condition that causes gigantism and chin protrusion. This condition contributed to his impressive height and imposing presence in the world of wrestling. Before his foray into professional wrestling, Khali worked as a security guard in Shimla, catching the eye of a Punjab Police officer.
The Punjab Police officer offered Khali an opportunity to join the police force in 1993. Despite initial reluctance to leave his hometown, Khali eventually accepted the offer. During his time in the Punjab Police, Khali pursued his passion for professional wrestling by training in local gyms.
Khali’s dedication and potential did not go unnoticed. He was selected for specialized wrestling training in the United States, which marked the beginning of his journey as a professional wrestler.
The Great Khali’s Wrestling Career and Achievements
The Great Khali’s journey in professional wrestling took off in 2000 when he entered the ring as Giant Singh for All Pro Wrestling (APW) in the United States. His larger-than-life stature and remarkable skills caught the attention of wrestling organizations around the world.
Khali’s career reached new heights as he made appearances in World Championship Wrestling (WCW) and New Japan Pro-Wrestling (NJPW). Teaming up with Giant Silva, Khali became part of the tallest tag team in professional wrestling history. His dominance extended beyond these promotions, as he showcased his talents in Consejo Mundial de Lucha Libre (CMLL) and All Japan Pro Wrestling (AJPW).
In 2006, Khali signed with the esteemed World Wrestling Entertainment (WWE), marking a significant milestone in his wrestling journey. As the first Indian professional wrestler in WWE, he quickly rose to prominence, capturing the imaginations of fans worldwide.
Khali’s list of accomplishments includes winning the highly prestigious World Heavyweight Championship and being part of historic matches such as the Punjabi Prison match. His legacy as a legendary figure in professional wrestling is undeniable, and his impact continues to resonate in the industry today.