Big men have been a part of professional wrestling for many years. Some of these big wrestlers have been very successful and have been respected by wrestling fans, while others have been more of a laughingstock and were never able to accomplish much.
During the 1950s and 1960s a wrestler by the name of Happy Humphrey competed. Humphrey was the heaviest professional wrestler of all time. Although his weight was sometimes disputed, he averaged about 750 pounds, sometimes weighing in at more than 800, or even going above 900 pounds. Happy Humphrey once wrestled a bear for 28 minutes and was a frequent opponent for Haystacks Calhoun. In fact, he had a modified 1951 Pontiac to transport him around, and that car was once driven by a young Harley Race.
Several big men did not make this list because they fell shy of the 400 pound requirement. All of these men managed to win championships, even if it was not in the WWE. Their size and strength helped make them feared in the eyes of their opponents and immortalized them as some of the best, and especially heaviest, wrestlers in recent memory.
11 One Man Gang
10 Big Daddy V
8 King Kong Bundy
7 Haystacks Calhoun
5 Gorilla Monsoon
3 Big Show
1 Andre the Giant
Andre the Giant was one of the best known wrestlers of the 1970s and 1980s. Andre really was a giant who weighed 520 pounds and was 7’4”. Andre was so big that he could tolerate lots of alcohol, and was known to drink cases of wine or even up to 120 beers in one sitting! He was known as “The Eighth Wonder of the World” and was so big because of gigantism from an excess of growth hormones. Andre the Giant held the WWF World Heavyweight Championship and the WWF Tag Team Championship with Haku. He was inducted into the WWE Hall of Fame in 1993. Andre had big matches against the likes of Hulk Hogan and Big John Studd during his career and will be remembered for being the best of the biggest.
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