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The Great Khali: Words from an Indian fan September 5, 2007

Posted by skribbel24 in WWE.
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The Great Khali is the WWE World heavyweight champion.

This is the same title that was held by guys like Triple H, Kurt Angle, Rey Mysterio, Undertaker, and Edge–superstars who have electrified fans around the world not only because of their comic book hero looks, but also their in-ring abilities.

Enter the Great Khali. An intimidating 7-foot monster, probably the meanest-looking giant of all. In a sport that saw its share of giants (Andre, Big Show, Giant Gonzales, etc.), no one has ever seen a man whose height is matched by the muscles in his body. Andre and Big Show weren’t exactly bodybuilding candidates, and Giant Gonzales’ physique was laughable. But Khali? Man, that’s the kind of guy you don’t want to face in a dark alley.

Unfortunately, for many critics, the attraction for Khali ends there. Lackluster match after lackluster match, it became evident especially to Internet fans that Khali had quite a presence but, unlike the former World champions, couldn’t perform in the ring.

Granted, Khali is slowly gaining fans. I like watching Khali in the ring, although I must admit as a wrestler he is definitely no Shawn Michaels. Unfortunately, he is still criticized by many.

We turn to India, 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 generated several comments from the fans of India, voicing out their pride and support for the Great Khali. And why not? They know Khali’s story better than we do. Here are words from amitdoc2b, a WrestlingFigs.com forums member and a wrestling fan:

I’m Indian. The Great Khali isn’t like a superstar in India like some of their big named Bollywood actors (i.e. Aishwarya Rai, Hrithik Roshan, Priyanka Chopra, Akshay Kumar) – but he certainly is known by the wrestling population [as much as an American would know their wrestlers].Watching WWE is pretty big in India just like it is here. They did a segment on an Indian news channel (Aaj Taak, the CNN equivalent to India) showing Khali winning the championship. After all, its the first time an Indian has been a champ in the WWE after all those years of watching – it is inspirational, wouldn’t it be to you if you were from a foreign country and never saw someone from your homeland in the show?

Also, Khali was dirt poor.. completely homeless. He was eventually given a job as a police officer because of his size. But he was like the lowest rank of them, and the money is still like 10X less than the minimum wage here.

To see him make it this far as an Indian is inspirational for others who are in the same situation there. He also plans to open some sort of wrestling camp there (yea yea I know the jokes are coming about him teaching wrestling, but its the thought that counts). He also donates a lot of money and time to the unfortunate.

So yea, he does deserve to be a hero. But if you’re asking if he’s one of the big stars of India – not even close. Kinda like here, if you ask 10 random people who Triple H is – nobody the heck will know who he is unless they watch wrestling.

Khali’s background, from his early beginnings to how he became a champion, is an eye-opening story and makes me appreciate him. I also relate to what was said about the news channel showing Khali being the first Indian champion. I’m Filipino, and Batista is half-Filipino, so when he won the World title, tattooed our flag on his arm, and visited the Philippines, he was treated like a national hero.

Sometimes what a wrestler does outside of the ring is more important than what he does inside the ring. I’ve become more of a Khali fan now than I ever was before I posted that blog about the title win.

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Comments»

1. Labya - September 7, 2007

Great Khali’s Biggest Fans Site

http://www.greatkhali.net

2. thagwana humbulani - September 9, 2007

great khali is indeed a gigantic person.if you are facing against him, is better to leave the ring before attempting to wrestle against him.

3. joe - November 8, 2007

m also 7 foot tall.

4. Ezzy - November 24, 2007

I LOVE YOU REY!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

5. big - December 2, 2007

ill

6. ABHINAV - December 13, 2007

THE GREAT MAN OF INDIA MAKING ALL WWE CHAMPIONS LIE BEFORE HIM
“THE GREAT KHALI
I LOVE IT

7. Shiv - December 19, 2007

Hey man he is rocking the name of INDIA…..
Hatts off to you Khali…….

8. batista RUles - January 3, 2008

batista is way better~!!!!!

9. batista RUles - January 3, 2008

batista won the world title- he jumped from the inner cage to the outer!!! he was awesome!!!!! batista is the bomb!!
the batista bomb is his famous move!

10. Myrna - January 9, 2008

I hope we get to see a lot more of Khali!

I never watched wrestling until I saw him come on the screen. Now I watch if he is on… he sounds like an extraordinary person and I wish all the best for him and his family. I hope he gets to be a well known and prosperous actor also. Such a difference, usually sports figures are spoiled, useless brats… what a difference this man is.

11. hamad - February 13, 2008

khali 7 foot tall

12. lei-pain - March 17, 2008

kane batista taker hogan and gonzalez will take him out and triple chokeslamthe over grown basturd he is only in the wwe cause his size not wrestling ability im a better wrestler then khali i can beat him up badly and im stronger to

13. deepak prakash - March 23, 2008

he is the devil of all wwe players

14. zain - March 30, 2008

Rai misterio is best of the best!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

15. labib - ur - rahman - April 7, 2008

from labib, to undertaker
I known you will be the champion in wwe.
I am your fan.
Best of luck to undertaker from America in death valley

16. anant kumar - May 1, 2008

HUH! rey is just 5’4″, so khali will obviously look gigantic against him! khali should stand against giant gonzalez and then feel the shortness!

17. lei-pain - May 1, 2008

true true hes quite a lage geezer but rey a midget 5’4 so khali is 1’11 bigger then rey but if he were to go face to face with a giant like gonzalez hes not so tall now is he ha’ha’ha he is 4 inches bigger so khalis not so big now

18. keon moore - September 24, 2008

hey how do you make better toyz than jakks

19. rey - October 4, 2008

REy mesterio Rules all!!!

20. rey rocks - June 15, 2009

rey misteryo is da bomb!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! rey is the best he’s a beast in da ring

21. Jay - July 10, 2009

Do you smell what the ROCK is cooking?

22. Duke Dude - August 16, 2009

haha- khali teaching wrestling- i dont think so

23. MUHAMMAD - December 10, 2009

REY CAN 619 THAT BITCH KHALI WITH HIS EYES CLOSED CAUSE HES SO TALL

24. S /Rana - September 11, 2010

Great khali should retire soon.


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