The Great Khali
Dalip Singh Rana, popular with his ring name The Great Khali, is an Indian professional wrestler, promoter as well as an actor. Dalip Singh Rana is called The Great Khali because of his excellent body height and structure. He looks like a giant among average height people. He was begun to notice since his appearance in World Wrestling Entertainment (WWE) from 2006 to 2014. Before he started his career as a professional wrestler, he was Punjabi police.
|Full Name||Dalip Singh Rana|
|Ring Name||The Great Khali|
|Date of Birth||August 27, 1972|
|Marital Status||Married with Harminder Kaur|
|Birthplace||Dharana, Himachal Pradesh, India|
|Profession||Professional Wrestler, Actor|
|Net Worth||Estimated around $6 Million|
|Height||7 ft 1 in (216 cm)|
|Weight||347 lb (157 Kg)|
The Great Khali Early Life and Childhood
Born on August 27, 1972, in a Punjabi village of Dhiraina of Himachal Pradesh India. The Great Khali’s father and mother were Jwala Ram and Tandi Devi. He was the seventh child of the low-income family, which led me to do odd jobs to make a living.
Dalip used to be a security guard in Shimla, where he saw a police officer from Punjab. He then starts showing interest in being a police officer and finally was able in 1993. After that, he began to train his body and become a local wrestler then after many years went to the United States for a professional wrestling career.
Age, Weight, Height, and Net Worth
One of the reasons to name his as The Great Khali is because of his great height of 7 feet and 1 inch. He is an incredibly tall athlete with a giant body structure. Dalip Singh Rana is today 47 years old. He gains a total body weight of 157 kg, which is 347 pounds. Khali, as a professional wrestler, promoter, and film actor, has a total net worth of $6 Million.
The Great Khali’s Wrestling Career
He started his life’s professional wrestling career from All Pro Wrestling (APW) in the United States. The Great Khali made his first appearance in October 2000 against the West Side Playaz. Also, he came to San Francisco and signed a contract with World Championship Wrestling (WCW).
Dalip Singh Rana slowly got famous and started to have offers from more prominent places to wrestle. Khali went to New Japan Pro-Wrestling through a proposal along with another big man, Giant Silva. There, they became the tallest tag team wrestlers in history with a combined weight of 805 pounds and an average height of 7 foot and 2 inches.
Khali also went to Mexico for wrestling in 2002 for promotion Consejo Mundial de Lucha Libre and Japanese promotion All Japan Pro Wrestling until 2006. After many tours and different countries, Khali finally got an offer to sign with WWE (World Wrestling Entertainment). Dalip Singh became the first Indian professional wrestler to be signed and wrestled in WWE.
Because of Khali’s unfluent English, he always had a manager to speak for him. On his debut, he played a villain attacking The Undertaker with the match against Mark Henry. Dalip Singh made his ring debut of SmackDown, defeating Funaki. Great Khali then picked his opponent against World Champion Rey Mysterio, where Khali defeated Mysterio in a squash match. On May 21, against The Undertaken at Judgement Day, Khali defeated The Undertaker with the help of Daivari, his manager.
He competes The Undertaker at SummerSlam as a Last Man Standing Match where The Undertaker defeated Khali, and Dalip Singh got his first definite loss in WWE. On 8 January 2007, Khali went to Raw and would wrestle against John Cena in the main event. Khali got his first Wrestlemania match against Kane, where he won the game with Khali Bomb.
He got to number one contender for WWE Championship against John Cena after defeating Michaels. At Judgement Day against Cena, Khali was defeated by submission to Cena’s STFU. Also, on June 11, Khali was transferred to SmackDown, where He made his next move against World Heavyweight Championship Batista.
During a twenty-man battle royal on July 20 of SmackDown, Dalip eliminated his last two competitors Batista and Kane, and won his first World Heavyweight Championship Title. He dominated both Batista and Kane with his finisher called Khali Vise-Grip. Khali then competes with Rey Mysterio, where Batista interfered to save Mysterio. Suddenly, Batista challenged Dalip Singh for World Heavyweight Championship, where Khali’s 61 days reign ended after Batista delivered Khali with a spinebuster. Khali then challenged Batista for a rematch in a Punjabi Prison match in where Khali lost a game by falling out the Prison after Batista landed.
Championships and Accomplishments
Continental Wrestling Entertainment
- CWE Heavyweight Championship (2 times)
New Japan Pro-Wrestling
- This Hall Six-Man Tournament (2002) with Masahiro Chono and Giant Silva
Pro Wrestling Illustrated
- The Great Khali was Ranked No. 83 of the top 500 singles wrestlers in the PWI 500 in 2008
Wrestling Observer Newsletter
- Most Overrated (2007)
- Worst Gimmick (2008)
World Wrestling Entertainment
- World Heavyweight Championship (1 time)
- Slammy Award for Damn! Moment of the Year (2008)
He is not only a professional wrestler but also a great actor who played many films like The Longest Yard, Get Smart, MacGruber, Kushti, Ramaa: The Saviour, etc. Also, he has participated in Television serials like Big Boss, Outsourced, and Pair of Kings.
Social Media Presence of The Great Khali
- Facebook: 2.8 Million followers
- Instagram: 304 K followers