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The Great Khali is the World champion–is the title cursed? July 18, 2007

Posted by skribbel24 in WWE.
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Absurd as it may sound, the Great Khali is now your World heavyweight champion. Edge relinquished the title due to a pectoral tear, and WWE needed to come up with a last minute plan to get the title off Edge. Khali was the lucky duck, while everyone is wishing he drops the belt real, but real soon.

Pretty good read from WWE.com:

Just more than two years ago, the World Heavyweight Championship came to SmackDown when then-champion Batista was selected in the 2005 Draft Lottery. As the richest prize in sports-entertainment, the World Heavyweight Championship instantly became the object of desire for the SmackDown Superstars.

But since becoming the (pun intended) gold standard on Friday nights, the title has seemingly become a curse to anyone who holds it.

Okay, so after reading that statement, you’re probably wondering the same thing everyone else is: How the hell can reaching the pinnacle of your profession actually be a BAD thing? Well, really, it’s not…if you’re a surgeon, that is.

Since Batista brought the gold to SmackDown, EVERYONE that has held it has been put on the sidelines within six months of their title reign. From The Animal on down to most recent ex-champion Edge, the infirmary has become SmackDown’s most popular post-championship destination.

Think that idea is a little bogus? Sorry, but the following chronology doesn’t lie:

January 2006: Batista suffers a torn triceps during a match with Mark Henry at a WWE live event. As a result, The Animal surrenders the World Heavyweight Championship on January 10 in Philadelphia; Theodore Long holds a Battle Royal to determine a new champion while Batista undergoes surgery and is out of action for six months.

Summer 2006: After losing the gold at WrestleMania in April, Kurt Angle suffers a multitude of injuries throughout the summer, most seriously a torn groin muscle in August. Later that same month, Angle is released from WWE.

October 2006: Rey Mysterio, who won the gold from Angle, suffers a serious knee injury at the hands of Chavo Guerrero. Mysterio, only three months removed from being champion, is put on the shelf indefinitely; as of this article, he still has yet to return.

April 2007: King Booker, who defeated Mysterio for the gold but lost it to Batista at Survivor Series in late-November, is knocked out of action by then-champion Undertaker. Thanks to a Tombstone on the announce table, Booker suffers a sprained and strained neck. He was never seen on SmackDown again, as he was drafted to Raw on June 11, and has since returned to action on Monday nights.

Later that same month, Undertaker suffered a torn biceps just weeks after winning the gold. Edge swooped in, picked the bones and took the title while The Deadman took a trip to the disabled list; Edge, however, solidified the curse theory by relinquishing the gold due to injury on Tuesday night.

Quite a streak, isn’t it? Sure, you might say that being a champion is tough, and many WWE Superstars will admit that keeping a title is much harder than winning it. All true, but look no further than WWE Champion John Cena. He’s been WWE Champion for the majority of the time SmackDown has had the World Title on Friday nights; however, no matter what anyone has done to him over the last two years, he’s barely missed a match, let alone been put out of action for a significant period of time. Is this simply a coincidence, or evidence of a curse?

If you’re still thinking this is silly, I present to you the “John Madden Jinx” as evidence. Much like what holding the World Heavyweight Championship has done to SmackDown Superstars, gracing the cover of the EA Sports annual John Madden Football video game has ended up becoming a harbinger of bad things for the NFL players who have done it.

From Garrison Hearst in 1998 to Shaun Alexander in 2006, every athlete on the cover of the game has been injured or had an awful season the year they appeared. Just as brief examples, Hearst broke his ankle in the 1998 playoffs and was never the same again, QBs Michael Vick (2004) and Donovan McNabb (2006) suffered major leg injuries that cost them most of the season, and Barry Sanders (1999) actually retired abruptly before that season even began.

So can this curse be broken? Well, sure; after all, the Boston Red Sox finally “reversed the curse” in 2004 when they broke the almost century-old “Curse of the Bambino” and won the World Series. The Chicago White Sox ended a similar curse a year later. And even in sports-entertainment there’s hope; Batista again held the World Heavyweight Championship from last November to this April, and he’s still healthy. Of course, the disdain of the Chicago Cubs for Billy Sianis’ goat has kept them out of the World Series for 62 years, but maybe that’s just the exception these days.

So what does the future hold? Well, only time will tell whether The Great Khali will suffer the same fate as his predecessors. As he embarks on his first championship reign, many of our fans may be wondering how anyone can survive against the 7-foot-3, 420-pound Punjabi powerhouse.

But in the devil’s eyes, the real question might be this: Can The Great Khali survive his own situation?

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1. fridge - August 3, 2007

u all no its rigged and the WWE decide who will be champ. The great khali cant even wrestle y not have a Triple threat match with him against the Undertaker and Kane then see how he goes. I love watching the WWE but i think the WWE need to led someone else win and for god sake let someone beet John Cena he is a steroid taking meet head.

2. Rahul - August 3, 2007

the great khali desare for title

3. Rahul - August 3, 2007

no one will able to take title from khali because he is great wreasler

4. gautam - August 6, 2007

gr8 khalli is the best

5. gautam - August 6, 2007

gr8 khalli used ti fight with pythons and elephants…other WWE superstars are just nuts in front of him……….

6. SWASTIK - August 9, 2007

The great Khali has made everyone proud and he deserved it.You are really the gr8 and the most powerful man of WWE history.

7. jaan - August 10, 2007

shabash great khali chak de fatte

8. sudhir saini - August 11, 2007

I am very impressed you are very great all indian proud of you khali chak de india

9. viney - August 12, 2007

great kalhi is the best

10. Naresh - August 13, 2007

Khali is a Indian Super Man. We Proud of Him. Rock The World

11. Anonymous - August 18, 2007

Desi WWE Wrestler, Now world heavyweight champion

Sorry for posting this a bit late, but on July 18 a fabulous thing happened which has brought international recognition to India. The Great Khali became the wwe heavyweight champion. Bravo Dalip well done for yourself and the country and all the punjab…

12. kali - August 20, 2007

Khali rocks.

13. ragu pathi - August 22, 2007

great KHALI is great india wrestler ,also best of the best fighter in the world.No body can stop him.

14. Ramesh - August 23, 2007

Gr8 Khali is a true Champion,
Congratulation to all Indian,
He is able to carry this title upto a long time.

15. raman - August 24, 2007

no words to say u r great khali. b (indians) r proud of u and u make a history. n now taking the hollywood too. great work. looking forward to see u making more records .

16. akash - August 24, 2007

khalli u proved dat u r truly punjabi lion
shabash

17. Amaresh - August 27, 2007

khali,khali,khali…….no one in history of india it seems…we are proud to tell you are an indian and you will be a great(No 1) entertainment for all of us….Just kick off everyone and say proudly am an indian…..Wish you bright future in kicking off everyone and making a world records…

18. Kamara - September 1, 2007

Khali we are proud of you, and we know that no one can defeat you in a fair match.

19. rakesh gaba - September 4, 2007

khali you are the best i am proud of you
tum hi ho bharat ki pahchan

20. The Great Khali: Words from an Indian fan « Skribbel24 Wrestling Figures & Customs - September 5, 2007

[…] the birthplace of Dalip Singh, where wrestling is as big as anywhere else. After I posted that Khali had just won the World title, the reactions took me by surprise. That post became the most viewed article on my blog and […]

21. Labya - September 7, 2007

Hello, Friends Here is the Great Khali’s Biggest Fans Site
http://www.greatkhali.net

22. aman bagga - September 7, 2007

well done my grat khali.

chak de fate.

munda punjab da

23. aman bagga - September 7, 2007

i see your wresling.

wining championshish you have done great work my dear.
i am also from punjab ( hoshiarpur)

the great great wrestler

24. hulk hogan - September 15, 2007

hey everyone this is hulk hogan. and i would like to say congrats on winning the world heavyweight championship. You really earned it out there and all the legends are proud we cant wait to see you win it all out there at the 2007 hall of fame awards ceromony.It will be a good time.Im sure your wife and all of India is proud to watch you and you really put on a show for them.Im very grateful that the title is in your hands and not anyone else. You are really doing your job out there and I hope you keep on doing it because when you are done with WWE-smackdown-raw- you will be very proud of your self with how amazingly well you have done with yourself . Once again thanks

Yours truly.
– Hulk Hogan

25. anonymus - September 15, 2007

OMG HULK HOGAN!

26. WWEFAN - September 22, 2007

You see no body can defeat Khali without a story line.
http://www.greatkhali.net

27. ajay ranawat - October 1, 2007

Great Khali U r the best

28. LOVEPREET SINGH - October 7, 2007

I LOVEGREAT KHALI.
I AM LOVEPREET SINGH FROM PUNJAB

29. LOVEPREET SINGH - October 7, 2007

I LIKE FRIENDSHIP TO KHALI
KHALI IS GREAT
CHAK DE BATISTA

30. chief ifeanyi adije nwaezemilli - October 7, 2007

from nigeria chief nwaezemilli mbaise i love batista to be the world champion becouse he is very strong

31. Neeraj Kumar - November 14, 2007

I think he is good and storng indian. Everybody know’s in the world every indian famous in the world for all rounder . so Khali also is indian therefore he is won world championship.

Regards
Neeraj

32. D.G.Srikanth - November 22, 2007

khali is good & better than everyone,no one will stand before him,he is super strong.

33. antonio - November 30, 2007

eres mas gilipollas que miabuela y retrasado

34. antonio - November 30, 2007

ylov shit

35. antonio - November 30, 2007

yuo ay love shit

36. manmeet - December 1, 2007

we love khali

37. gbharathsingh - December 2, 2007

proud of kali. send some fotos of kali

38. catsal - December 6, 2007

gr8 khali is teh best indian champ he can beat any1 in WWE he will beat betista.

39. catsal - December 6, 2007

he will get a super wwe champ belt LOL! good maden belt!!@@!!@@!!@ss

40. Devil Boy - December 7, 2007

The Great Khali Will Return Back To India. After……….

Hey Guys Visit http://www.greatkhali.net for news more information.

41. San74sd - February 15, 2008

This is a late post…But he is a very good wrestler and a even better person. I met him and spent time with him. He is a all around nice human bieng. HE ROCKS.!! IF any one has negative things to say.. well you walk a mile in his big ol shoes, or ther shoes of any wresteler.

42. jerson - March 10, 2008

khaly es elmejor me gustaria conocerlo o tener un cinturon vivo en chile en la ciudad de victoria calle angamos1460 soy clase mediaperonunca e idoa ver en realidad a esmack down megustaria viva khali is en mejor bay

43. lei-pain - March 17, 2008

init someone beat cena and see what happens when khali goes against kane and taker or hogan or see what happens when ho goes against the 8 foot monster called giant gonzalez and then u will see him bleed and be beaten by someone alo bigger then him about time he will bleed and get a 8 foot chokelam and then 1….2……3……. and your loser is crapy khali and he will be out he will give khali a 8 foot giant chockslamandit will beoverlike that and i agree with u fridgetotaly agree

44. k-dog - March 31, 2008

my man undertaker had beet the khali befor and the look on his face was priceless man it like you tell some one u love them when u hate them but never get between a dead man yard and his traingle choke blood start to come throught your mouth and that how khali and up losing because he a FAKE ?

HALLA

45. remo - April 4, 2008

Dear,Friend
The real name of Great Khali is Dalip Singh Rana (Birth date: August 27, 1972), from Dhirana village of

Himachal Pradesh (India) and he currently resides at Jalandhar in the Punjab State of India. He is man who

has created his own destiny from a road side street Laborer to a Punjab State Police officer and then from a

Great Legendary Professional Wrestler to a Hollywood Mega Star The Great Khali has wrestled throughout the

world, including Japan, where he is regarded as a popular wrestling icon.
Please Visit For More Detail.
http://desidirectory.com/desi-indian-blogs/

46. Patricio farfan age 13 - April 20, 2008

Hey whats up man I am a big fan of Mick foley and I like the three faces of Mick foley. Mankind, Dude love, Cactus jack. You sould make all three of them in the same box. It would say on the box the
three faces of Mick foley.Now that would be cool man.

Have a nice day!

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48. AMIT K SHARMA - June 30, 2008

KHALI I LIKE U U ARE GREAT AND AJAY. GOD MAY BLESS U .. BASS ITNI PRARTHNA KARTA HUN KE TUM AAB KOI BHI FIGHT NAA HARO. SAB KO MUH TOD JABAB DO

THANX

AMIT K SHARMA (HIMACHALI) AND (LUDHIANA)

49. AMIT K SHARMA - June 30, 2008

KISKI MAZAAL JO CHEDE DILER KO

GARDISH MAIN BHI GHER LETEN HAIN …….. GEEDAR BHI SHER KO …

CHAK DE INDIA … THE GREAT KHALI. SABKO UTH KER BAHAR KER DO

AMIT K SHARMA (HIMACHALI)

50. ASIM MUNIR FROM PAKISTAN - July 2, 2008

hello khali u r great.
i realy like ur stand hands also all steps of fight
i realy pray for ur best fights and all the best
with best wishes

51. SAQIB MUNIR ATIF MUNIR FROM PAKISTAN - July 2, 2008

O MR KHALI
U R LOOKING SO HANDSOM WHEN U R FIGHTING.
I REALY PRAY FOR U
THAT U BECOME A MUSLIM SO U AVOID THE PUNISHMENT
THAT WILL OCCUR AFTER THE DEATH.

BEST WISHES FOR U
MAY ALLAH HELPS U IN EMBRAESSING THE ISLAM.

52. imran - July 21, 2008

india is proud of u

53. ayose - July 22, 2008

ola
me yamo ayose
unsaludo

54. Kim - December 9, 2008

Yeah the Great Khalli is a real masterpiece. And please leave religion out of it would be better. He is excellent in the place where he is. Yeah we all our proud of him.

55. DIMPLE. - September 8, 2009

hai kahli u r gret yaar. u r indian super boy

56. Aravind - August 22, 2010

No one can stand in front of punjab lion

57. mohan - June 3, 2011

hai khali is real and excellent person in the world our best indian wresler


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