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It is slightly
uncomfortable to
watch The Great Khali
limp out on Raw or
SmackDown these
days.
Things don’t get much
better when he enters
in the ring, either. The
former World
Heavyweight Champion
appears to be
extremely limited in
what he can do (and he
wasn’t exactly Shawn
Michaels to begin with)
and struggles even
doing and taking the
most basic of moves.
By the looks of it, the
lumbering giant’s body
is quickly falling apart.
This isn’t surprising.
Generally, the freakishly
tall behemoths of
wrestling age badly.
You see people like Khali
tend to be plagued by
physical problems
anyway, on account of
their large frames and
weight. Throw in the
wear and tear of pro
wrestling and you have
a recipe for disaster,
with these individuals
often suffering from
severe health issues in
later life.
Legendary WWF star
Andre the Giant and
WCW’s Giant Gonzalez,
both of whom died
young, are the two
most prominent
examples (in fact,
Gonzalez spent the last
few years of his life in a
wheelchair).
Only The Big Show,
whose body does seem
to be holding up well,
looks to be the
exception to the rule.
Interestingly, on recent
episodes of he
(subscribers-only)
Wrestling Observer
Radio host Bryan
Alvarez have even
suggested that Vince
McMahon, aware that
his employee doesn’t
have much longer in
wrestling, is allowing
him to make as much
money as possible
before he leaves, hence
his prominent role on
TV in recent times.
Alvarez may be spot-on
with this theory (hey,
Vince isn’t all bad you
know) and it seems
likely that WWE brass
know the giant is
winding down, and his
time in the business is
coming to an end.
So, as we look at Khali's
time in WWE, what
exactly is his legacy in
WWE?
Well, all things
considered, his run can
be considered a flop. He
didn’t come close to
emulating the success
of Andre the Giant. Or
even The Big Show.
After debuting in 2006
for a program with The
Undertaker, Khali then
had a main event and
World Heavyweight title
run in 2007, notably only
for some awful
matches, including the
unintentionally hilarious
Punjabi Prison bout at
that year’s No Mercy.
While someone at his
size should have been
guaranteed a secure
main event spot in WWE
for however long he
wanted it, Khali was
hindered by a lack of
promo skills or anything
resembling wrestling
ability.
While no one could
realistically expect
anyone at his size to be
the next Kurt Angle,
even when we lower
our standards, Khali is
still an awful, atrocious
wrestler who really
should have never been
allowed anywhere near
a wrestling ring.
We also feel quite bad
for his opponents who
had to carry the
bumbling giant through
his—usually short—
matches.
Dave Batista, who
worked with Khali
frequently in 2007 and
2008, would say in
interviews that Khali
was an extremely nice
person but
acknowledged that
working with him was
“incredibly hard” and he
considered their
matches the worst of
his career.
Let’s face it: For the
sake of his fellow
wrestlers, WWE fans
everywhere—and his
health, of course—Khali
may have been better
staying out of wrestling
and sticking to picking
up various Hollywood
movie roles to make
himself money (with his
height, the star has
been in fairly high
demand in the film
business, picking up
supporting roles in hit
films like The Longest
Yard and The A Team).
Likely aware of his
flaws, WWE steered
clear of pushing Khali as
a main eventer after his
disastrous world title
reign and stuck him in a
mid-card role and using
him as comedy filler at
various points (anyone
remember the dire
“Punjabi Playboy”
gimmick?).
He also had a brief
unmemorable spell on
Raw after he got
drafted in 2010,
returning to the blue
brand soon after (due
to Khali’s terrible in-ring
skills, SD’s taped
format, in which he can
be heavily edited, is
obviously preferable).
There was also an
absolutely awful soap-
opera style storyline
with Khali and then-
manager Jinder Mahal in
which it was revealed
on-screen that Mahal
was actually Khali’s
brother-in-law and if
the giant didn’t do
every single thing the
ruthless manager
ordered, he would
divorce Khali's sister
back in India and bring
shame upon the entire
family—or something
like that.
Who on earth thought
this was a good idea for
a storyline?
You could call all this a
waste of the money
they were paying and
of Khali’s talents—he’s
a spectacle, if nothing
else—but considering
his inherent flaws are a
performer, it remains to
be seen what suitable
role WWE could have
found for him.
Dreadful matches,
stop-and-start pushes,
abysmal storylines…no,
Khali doesn’t have a
great legacy in WWE. He
may even be considered
one of the biggest flops
in WWE history
considering how heavily
he was hyped upon his
debut.
Despite his problems as
a wrestler though, it is
unfair to heap the
blame on all this the
star himself. After all,
the man is just trying
to make a living.
The blame for this
should probably go on
Vince McMahon, WWE
and their ridiculous big-
man mentality, which
sees the company
often overtaken by the
urgent need to sign
anyone of a massive
size, regardless of their
lack of talent, ability or
overall suitability to
wrestling.
 

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It is slightly uncomfortable to watch The Great Khali limp out on Raw or SmackDown these days.

Things don’t get much better when he enters in the ring, either. The former World Heavyweight Champion appears to be extremely limited in what he can do (and he wasn’t exactly Shawn Michaels to begin with) and struggles even doing and taking the most basic of moves.

By the looks of it, the lumbering giant’s body is quickly falling apart. This isn’t surprising. Generally, the freakishly tall behemoths of wrestling age badly. You see people like Khali tend to be plagued by physical problems anyway, on account of their large frames and weight. Throw in the wear and tear of pro wrestling and you have a recipe for disaster, with these individuals often suffering from severe health issues in later life.

Legendary WWF star Andre the Giant and WCW’s Giant Gonzalez, both of whom died young, are the two most prominent examples (in fact, Gonzalez spent the last few years of his life in a wheelchair). Only The Big Show, whose body does seem to be holding up well, looks to be the exception to the rule.

Interestingly, on recent episodes of he (subscribers-only) Wrestling Observer Radio host Bryan Alvarez have even suggested that Vince McMahon, aware that his employee doesn’t have much longer in wrestling, is allowing him to make as much money as possible before he leaves, hence his prominent role on TV in recent times. Alvarez may be spot-on with this theory (hey, Vince isn’t all bad you know) and it seems likely that WWE brass know the giant is winding down, and his time in the business is coming to an end.


So, as we look at Khali's time in WWE, what exactly is his legacy in WWE?
Well, all things considered, his run can be considered a flop. He didn’t come close to emulating the success of Andre the Giant. Or even The Big Show. After debuting in 2006 for a program with The Undertaker, Khali then had a main event and World Heavyweight title run in 2007, notably only for some awful matches, including the unintentionally hilarious Punjabi Prison bout at that year’s No Mercy. While someone at his size should have been guaranteed a secure main event spot in WWE for however long he wanted it, Khali was hindered by a lack of promo skills or anything resembling wrestling ability.

While no one could realistically expect anyone at his size to be the next Kurt Angle, even when we lower our standards, Khali is still an awful, atrocious wrestler who really should have never been allowed anywhere near a wrestling ring. We also feel quite bad for his opponents who had to carry the bumbling giant through his—usually short— matches.

Dave Batista, who worked with Khali frequently in 2007 and 2008, would say in interviews that Khali
was an extremely nice person but acknowledged that working with him was “incredibly hard” and he considered their matches the worst of his career. Let’s face it: For the sake of his fellow wrestlers, WWE fans everywhere—and his health, of course—Khali may have been better staying out of wrestling and sticking to picking up various Hollywood movie roles to make himself money (with his height, the star has been in fairly high demand in the film business, picking up supporting roles in hit films like The Longest Yard and The A Team). Likely aware of his flaws, WWE steered clear of pushing Khali as a main eventer after his disastrous world title reign and stuck him in a mid-card role and using him as comedy filler at various points (anyone remember the dire “Punjabi Playboy” gimmick?).

He also had a brief unmemorable spell on Raw after he got drafted in 2010, returning to the blue brand soon after (due to Khali’s terrible in-ring skills, SD’s taped format, in which he can be heavily edited, is obviously preferable). There was also an absolutely awful soap- opera style storyline with Khali and then- manager Jinder Mahal in which it was revealed on-screen that Mahal was actually Khali’s brother-in-law and if the giant didn’t do every single thing the ruthless manager ordered, he would divorce Khali's sister back in India and bring shame upon the entire family—or something

like that. Who on earth thought this was a good idea for a storyline? You could call all this a waste of the money they were paying and of Khali’s talents—he’s a spectacle, if nothing else—but considering his inherent flaws are a performer, it remains to be seen what suitable role WWE could have found for him. Dreadful matches, stop-and-start pushes, abysmal storylines…no, Khali doesn’t have a great legacy in WWE. He may even be considered one of the biggest flops in WWE history considering how heavily he was hyped upon his debut.

Despite his problems as a wrestler though, it is unfair to heap the blame on all this the star himself. After all, the man is just trying to make a living. The blame for this should probably go on Vince McMahon, WWE and their ridiculous big- man mentality, which sees the company often overtaken by the urgent need to sign anyone of a massive size, regardless of their lack of talent, ability or overall suitability towrestling.

Oh god fix'd. Please don't post like that with the enters again... I better get something nice for this.

If you're on your phone may I suggest saving the text as a .txt file and bluetoothing it to a laptop or transferring it to a PC then posting it? :)

edit: Now for a response.

It didn't seem like a defence to Khali, really.

Honestly, everyone knows that the guy can't really help his problems he has in the ring because of his stature, there's a difference between Khali and Show, I think they had different growth problems[citation needed]

Anyone who is dead set on hating Khali because of his in-ring abilities is an absolute idiot.

But I don't blame anyone who says that maybe, just maybe, Khali should quit the wrestling business and, as you said, try for a lot of movie roles that require a tall imposing figure.
 

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Oh god fix'd. Please don't post like that with the enters again... I better get something nice for this.

If you're on your phone may I suggest saving the text as a .txt file and bluetoothing it to a laptop or transferring it to a PC then posting it? :)
will do that next time:)
 

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OP, Did you actually type that on your cell phone? Or did you copy and paste it from another site?

Anyway, I did actually struggle my way through it and it is a pretty good read. Somehow you took a guy that I can't stand to see on my TV and made me read a terribly formatted article about him, lol.

I hope Khali is on his way out. I'm sure he is a nice guy and all, but he has absolutely nothing to offer in my opinion. Just too awkward and clumsy. Remember that time he eliminated himself in a Battle Royal by stepping over the top rope? :lol Then the referee just ignored it.

When I see a Khali match on TV, I skip it 90% of the time. So yeah, I agree with the premise of the OP. Khali's major selling point--his freakish size--only got him so far. Now it's just a novelty, and he will leave almost no lasting legacy of any import.
 

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OP, Did you actually type that on your cell phone? Or did you copy and paste it from another site?

Anyway, I did actually struggle my way through it and it is a pretty good read. Somehow you took a guy that I can't stand to see on my TV and made me read a terribly formatted article about him, lol.

I hope Khali is on his way out. I'm sure he is a nice guy and all, but he has absolutely nothing to offer in my opinion. Just too awkward and clumsy. Remember that time he eliminated himself in a Battle Royal by stepping over the top rope? :lol Then the referee just ignored it.

When I see a Khali match on TV, I skip it 90% of the time. So yeah, I agree with the premise of the OP. Khali's major selling point--his freakish size--only got him so far. Now it's just a novelty, and he will leave almost no lasting legacy of any import.
yes you are right Khali got over for his gigantic size bt the point we always like to bash him so came in defence of guy or ;-) whatever he is
 

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i kinda loled since the title said in defence of khali but then for 3/4 of that story i read only about his fail then in the end its like dont blame him blame vince
 

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i kinda loled since the title said in defence of khali but then for 3/4 of that story i read only about his fail then in the end its like dont blame him blame vince
i agree, this post was bullshit

Khali rules and was in no way a disaster.

fun fact: more people paid to see Khali v Cena than they did to see Punk vs Cena
 

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Hmmmm. If Khali was used properly, he could have been a bigger asset to the company. The kids and casuals get a real thrill out of seeing a guy that size and he should have been reserved for special occassions (maybe wrestling only at the big four PPVs, or even once a year exclusively at Wrestlemania) so that there was a genuine buzz of "holy fucking shit! The giant is back!" I also think that they missed a trick by not having Hulk Hogan vs Khali in 2007 - the 20th anniversary of Hogan/Andre. Don't get me wrong, the match would have been dreadful but I think that there would have been real main stream interest in recreating the biggest event in WWF history.

On a side note, I hear that Khali is a great guy off camera.
 

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Hmmmm. If Khali was used properly, he could have been a bigger asset to the company. The kids and casuals get a real thrill out of seeing a guy that size and he should have been reserved for special occassions (maybe wrestling only at the big four PPVs, or even once a year exclusively at Wrestlemania) so that there was a genuine buzz of "holy fucking shit! The giant is back!" I also think that they missed a trick by not having Hulk Hogan vs Khali in 2007 - the 20th anniversary of Hogan/Andre. Don't get me wrong, the match would have been dreadful but I think that there would have been real main stream interest in recreating the biggest event in WWF history.

On a side note, I hear that Khali is a great guy off camera.
yes he is quite humble guy,you are Right about Wwe couldn't cash in on Khali & i'm also trying to say that some members are misunderstood the whole Point
 

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Just because someone has a body that is falling apart doesn't mean I should feel bad for him.

Dude, if your body is falling apart and you look like complete trash in the ring, it's time to quit.

Obviously, we don't expect him to be the next big superstar, he should atleast be able to do A MOVE.

I hate that they hired him just because he is a huge guy. Being big doesn't make you a good wrestler.
 

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Just because someone has a body that is falling apart doesn't mean I should feel bad for him.

Dude, if your body is falling apart and you look like complete trash in the ring, it's time to quit.

Obviously, we don't expect him to be the next big superstar, he should atleast be able to do A MOVE.

I hate that they hired him just because he is a huge guy. Being big doesn't make you a good wrestler.
yeah being big doesn't make you good wrestler b8 it gets you over just think if brock lesnar was size of mysterio would you have taken him as next big thing?then for sympathy i'm trying to say he's on last leg of his career or even his life just accept guy what he's for god's sake for few months
 

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Long story shory, I know that Khali is there only for the support of the Indian fans, but this guy is ridiculous. He cannot wrestle, he cannot do nothing but chops, he's not charismatic or have any special abilities. This guy should go, he's wasting a spot in the roster that some other guy could take.
 
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