When it comes to the list of giant wrestlers, the name of The Great Khali is on the top of the list. The reason behind The Great Khali’s popularity is not only his humungous size. He is also famous for being the first Indian to participate in WWE and win the World Heavyweight Championship. Apart from being a professional wrestler, The Great Khali has also shown his skills as an actor. He has played different roles in Hollywood and Bollywood movies. Did you know that WWE was paying Khali around $1 Million salary? Currently, The Great Khali Net Worth is whooping over $6 Million. Who would have imagined that an Indian wrestler would play in millions?
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The Great Khali was the first Indian Wrestler who signed a contract with World Wrestling Entertainment (WWE) for Deep South Wrestling in 2006. At that time, he wrestled under his actual name (Dalip Singh Rana). He made his debut as a villain on SmackDown in WWE television in which he attacked The Undertaker. Later he was introduced as The Great Khali. In his in-ring debut, he defeated Funaki. At Judgement day, Khali won a match against the Undertaker after getting some illegal assistance from Daivari. He kept on beating different dominant wrestlers and mocked victory pose of Undertaker hence was on the rampage for a few weeks.
At the American Bash, he challenged the Undertaker but could not compete with him due to issue in medical tests. However, when The Undertaker again challenged him, Khali faced his first WWE definite loss.
Khali, along with his manager, switched to ECW brand. He wrestled against John Cena and won the match as Cena got disqualified. Khali easily defeated The Highlanders and was looking for a better competitor. Then he appeared for the first time in WrestleMania and won his match.
In another episode, Khali slammed Randy Orton, Shawn Michaels, and Edge in the backstage. He also attacked John Cena, who was the WWE champion at that time to tell that he wants that title. However, at One Night Stand, Cena won from Khali.
In 2007, Khali was drafted by the SmackDown as their first draft pick. He won his first World Heavyweight Championship in a twenty-man battle royal. He defeated Kane as well as Batista in a triple threat match at The Great American Bash. He also introduced his new finisher and named it as “Khali Vise-Grip.”
He retained his title even after getting disqualified for using a steel chair. He was informed that he would need to defend his title against Batista. Khali lost his title even after having a Punjabi prison rematch against Batista. He participated in different matches like the Elimination Chamber but failed to win.
The Great Khali was one of the officers for Punjab state police before starting wrestling. In 2000, he started his wrestling career from All Pro Wrestling and had a ring name, Giant Singh. During this time, Khali’s opponent Brian Ong died after receiving flapjack from him. Despite Brian’s old concussions during his sessions, his trainers permitted him to carry on the training. And it was verified that the death of Brian occurred due to inadequate supervision of APW staff. So the family of Brian filed a case against APW.
Khali then joined World Championship Wrestling for eight months. He got an offer from New Japan Pro-Wrestling by Team 2000 Leader, Masahiro Chono. He lost two tag team matches at Tokyo Nippon Budokon. Till 2006, Khali wrestled in All Japan Pro Wrestling and Consejo Mundial de Lucha Libre. In result, it increased The Great Khali net worth significantly.
Khali kiss cam was weekly hosted by Ranjin Singh (his brother) in which he will choose a random woman to kiss him in 2008. The Great Khali had fought against Dolph Ziggler but lost matches against him. Khali got knee surgery and officially came back on 14 December 2009.
Khali took some time off for his family in India but appeared as Khaluber in Raw. Khali was drafted back to Raw brand in 2010, and he made the team including John Cena, Bret Hart, Chris Jericho, and R truth against The Nexus at Summer slam. He then went to an Indian reality TV show, Big Boss, and was runner up in it. Khali came back in 2011 Royal Rumble but within no time was eliminated. He won dark match battle royal at WrestleMania XXVII. World Heavyweight Champion, Mark Henry, fractured Khali’s fibula after winning the match against him on SmackDown.
Khali made a comeback to WWE at Royal Rumble in January 2012 as 15th entrant but was eliminated. He won United States Championship at a 20-man battle royal. Khali played in several matches like 2013 Royal Rumble match, Battleground, 2014 Royal Rumble Match, and Intercontinental Championship but failed to win any of them. The Great Khali’s last appearance in WWE was in 2018 at the Greatest Royal Rumble Match. He got eliminated in less than a minute in this match.
Other than the earnings from wrestling career, The Great Khali net worth also includes income from his appearances in Bollywood, Hollywood films, and reality TV Shows.
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