The Great Khali is the ring name of Dalip Singh Rana, who is an Indian American professional wrestler, actor, and promoter. He is presently affiliated with the World Wrestling Entertainment (WWE)
The Great Khali has a height of 7 feet 1 inch. His body weighs 157kg. He has black hair and dark brown eyes. He is 44 years old
Great Khali immigrated to the US in 1999 and joined All Pro Wrestling (APW) boot camp as a trainee. Billed as Giant Singh, he made his wrestling debut on October 7, 2000, teaming up with Tony Jones in a match against ‘West Side Playaz’.
On May 28, 2001, Singh was training with Brian Ong. He performed a wrestling move called flapjack on Ong, and Ong, instead of pushing off Singh’s back as per the prior instruction, grabbed Singh’s shirt.
Ong landed on his coccyx or tailbone, violently whipping his head back against the mat. Coupled with the concussion he had suffered earlier that the APW trainers had underdiagnosed, the move resulted in Ong’s death.
Ong’s family sued APW for liability and was rewarded $1.3 million for damages after a day of deliberation.
After moving to San Francisco, Great Khali was signed by WCW in 2001. His time there was cut short by Vince McMahon, the owner of WWE, buying out the promotion.
Great Khali used the Giant Singh gimmick in New Japan Pro-Wrestling (NJPW) as well. Under the leadership of Masahiro Chono, he and Giant Silva formed ‘Club 7’, the tallest tag team in wrestling history.
On October 8, 2001, they scored an easy victory over Yutaka Yoshie, Kenzo Suzuki, Hiroshi Tanahashi and Wataru Inoue in their debut match. The pair eventually split when Silva turned on Singh and defeated him in a singles match in August 2002.
In January 2006, Great Khali signed a developmental contract with the WWE and they sent him to the Georgia-based promotion, ‘Deep South Wrestling’ (DSW).
Wrestling under his real name, Singh worked with Tommy Dreamer, ‘Slaughter Boys’, and Palmer Canon. After much deliberation on what ring name to use, Singh and the WWE management finally settled on ‘The Great Khali’, inspired by the Hindu goddess Kali.
With Shawn Daivari serving as his manager, Khali debuted on the April 7 episode of ‘SmackDown’, interfering in a match between The Undertaker and Mark Henry.
He caused a no contest ruling due to his interference. He also served in the ‘ECW’ brand briefly.
On May 21, 2006, Khali defeated The Undertaker comprehensively in his debut pay-per-view match at the ‘Judgment Day.’
Over the next few years, he feuded with The Undertaker, John Cena, Shawn Michaels, Edge, Kane, and Randy Orton, to name a few and built up a menacing foreign-born heel persona for himself.
The year 2007 was arguably the most successful one of his career so far. He was drafted to the ‘Raw’ brand on June 11, 2007.
The Great Khali is a one-time ‘WWE World Heavyweight Champion’. He received the belt on July 17, 2007, after winning the 20-man battle royal. The ‘SmackDown’ episode was aired on 20 July.
As of 2020, the Great Khali has an estimated net worth over $6 million, mostly earned through his wrestling career. According to the source, his highest-grossing incomes: WWE each salary $974,000 with a bonus of $300,000 and brand endorsements of $2.2 million.
Also, he earned $900,000 and $300,000 as a bonus in the year 2015. Moreover, the great Khali earns $300,000 as a bonus, if he manages to win the match in WWE.
The above-mentioned figure is just an estimation. However, there aren’t any concrete source to claim his actual net worth and career earnings.
Additionally, he also owns a house in Dhiriana, Himachal Pradesh, India but unfortunately, the details about the valuation of his property are still undercover.
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