Sorry Hulk Hogan, Hillbilly Jim, and Psycho Sid Vicious. At 6-foot, 8-inches tall or less, you’re just not tall enough for us today. This is a list for only the tallest of the tall.
The “giant” has always held a place in wrestling since its early beginnings. It marries the carnival sideshow of oddities (bearded woman, two-headed goat) with the carnival sideshow of the strongman. Back in the late 1800s and early 1900s, it was a regular thing for traveling carnivals to travel with a giant who would challenge locals to last in the ring with him for 5 minutes to win a cash prize. After a few too many beatdowns, plants were put in the audience and the bouts were rigged. You can see where this will all evolve.
While there are some things that come to a giant without really trying, such as being famous for having no more skill than an overactive pituitary gland, many will tell you that they would trade places with an average-sized wrestler in a second. The toll of wrestling on their bodies is worse than that of a regular wrestler and the hassles that come with their travel schedule are downright inconvenient.
But as long as there are audiences, there will be the thirst for the giant. You’re not going to see guys with the technical skills of Dean Malenko or Eddie Guerrero on this. Nor will you see guys with the charisma of The Rock or “Stone Cold” Steve Austin. They are simply physically incapable of that kind of wrestling, and most are actually shy after a childhood of being tormented because of their size. Most giants are men of few words, and few moves.
Appreciate the giants because they are few and far between. Here is a list of the 14 tallest giants ever to wrestle for WWE.
14 Kevin Nash - 6’9”
13 Ernie Ladd - 6’9”
12 One Man Gang - 6’9”
11 Giant Baba - 6’10”
10 Big John Studd - 6’10”
9 The Undertaker - 6’10”
8 Kurrgan - 6’11”
7 Uncle Elmer - 7’0”
6 The Big Show - 7’0”
5 Kane - 7’0”
So, the Undertaker has a brother who was horribly scarred as a child because of a fire. Paul Bearer (who may or may not be their father) finds this now-adult brother of The Dead Man and brings him to the WWE to get revenge on his brother for what he did as a kid to him. Paul Bearer, of course, found this scarred monster at the dentist’s office, where he was tormenting Bret Hart at the urging of Jerry “The King” Lawler and teaching good oral hygiene under the name Isaac Yankem DDS.
Kane eventually goes on to have a love-hate relationship with his brother, but not before attacking baseball’s all-time hit champion, Pete Rose, multiple times. Kane’s anger subsides as he is unmasked following a tag-team run with Rob Van Dam. Why was he with Rob Van Dam? The same reason he was later teamed with Daniel Bryan. It’s a secret! Once that runs its course, Kane realizes he’s getting older and like his Cincinnati Reds nemesis, management is for him, so he dons a suit and becomes the Director of Operations, except for when he steals his old mask. In order to differentiate, he’s no longer named just Kane. Thankfully, the WWE calls the suit-wearing one Corporate Kane and the mask-wearing one Demon Kane. It makes it easier to follow.
4 The Great Khali - 7’1”
3 Andre the Giant - 7’4”
2 Giant Gonzalez - 7’6”
1 Silo Sam - 7’8”
So, if you were Silo Sam, would you say that your bigger claim to fame was being the tallest professional wrestling in the history of the game (even if your run was largely forgettable) or that you had a bit part in Pee Wee’s Big Adventure, getting to chase the man-child around a dinosaur statue park? Jon Harris competed during the end of the territory era working for the Memphis-based CWA and the Von Erich’s WCCW in Texas. Rumor has it after a tryout match for WWE in the mid-1980s, Andre the Giant petitioned for Harris to not get a spot since he was taller than Andre. The only national exposure Harris ever received was for a brief run, mainly in battle royals, for the AWA, which was airing on ESPN at the time. Since he stepped into a WWE ring, we’re going to count him. How can you not count someone so darn tall?
Sources: prowrestling.wikia.com, wikipedia.org, wwe.com
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