1. Biography of the Wrestler Khali :
The Great Khali is the stage name of Dalip Singh Rana, a World Wrestling star performer. A mountain of a man, Rana, who stands a reported 7 foot 3 inches and weighs 420 lbs., was the first World Wrestling Entertainment star from India. The winner of one WWE Heavyweight Championship, Rana has carved out an excellent career as one of the bad guys and later as one of the good guys on the pro wrestling circuit. He has starred in several movies, including Get Smart and The Longest Yard.
2. The Great Khali Personal Life :
Dalip Singh alias Khali married Harminder Kaur on February 27, 2002. He is very attached to his village and his aim in life is to support his family and help his entire village in some way or the other. He is a role model to the youngsters of Punjab. He advises them to stay away from drugs and lead a healthy and disciplined life by taking up sports.
3. Early life :
Singh was born to a Punjabi Rajput family in Dhiraina, Himachal Pradesh, the son of Jwala Ram (father) and Tandi Devi (mother). He has six siblings. Although his parents are of normal stature, his grandfather was well over 6 ft 6 inches tall. Singh has acromegaly, a disease closely associated with gigantism that causes facial deformities, as evidenced by Singhs large brow, nose, chin, and ears.
4. Early Wrestling Career :
Rana entered the pro wrestling scene in 2000. Dubbed as one of the bad guys, Rana made his mark with his size and a variety of holds, including the Khali Bomb, a two handed chokeslam, and an overhead chop to the skull. Rana wrestled in Japan for two years before he was signed by the WWE. True to the theatrical showmanship of the WWE, Rana was involved in challenging such established characters as the Undertaker, becoming a pay per view star in the process. The over the top nature of WWE is exemplified by the following line from the Monster and Critics website, Khali then challenged The Undertaker to a Punjabi Prison Match.
5. Khali Film Career :
Dalip Singh alias Khali has also starred in a film titled The Longest Yard . Khali played the character of a jail inmate named Turley. An announcement made on March 16, 2007 stated that he was to begin shooting for Get Smart along with The Rock.
6. Entertainment and Danger :
Although professional wrestling is largely staged entertainment with predetermined outcomes, the performers are athletes with a high degrees of skill. Even staged wrestling can be extremely dangerous. In 2001, Rana was involved in a match that resulted in the death of wrestler Brian Ong. Intending to execute a flapjack toss, the maneuver went awry and Ong suffered a fatal injury. The Ong family sued the WWE and was awarded $1.3 million by a jury after testimony revealed that Ong had previously suffered a concussion and was allowed to keep training and entering the ring. Other professional wrestlers have been injured, killed or died young after problems with steroids and other drugs.
7. Television and film :
From October 2010 until the final in January 2011, Khali appeared on the television reality show Bigg Boss, on which he finished as first runner up. The show made special arrangements only for Khali, including a custom made bed to fit him.In March 2011, Khali had a brief cameo in episode 18 of NBCs Outsourced, and appeared on the Disney Channel TV program Pair of Kings as Atog, a rock smashing giant, in the episode Fight School.
8. World Heavyweight Champion :
On the 30 April edition of Raw, Khali attacked Shawn Michaels, Edge, and Randy Orton (all three top contenders to the WWE Championship at the time) backstage.He then attacked WWE Champion John Cena as well, sending a message that he wanted Cenas title.The next week on Raw, Khali defeated Michaels in a No. 1 contenders match for the WWE Championship at Judgment Day.At the event, Khali lost via submission for the first time ever, tapping out to John Cenas STFU. However, Khalis foot was under the rope when he tapped out, which went unnoticed by the referee.The next night on Raw, Khali expressed his outrage over the outcome via his newly established translator and manager, Ranjin Singh.At One Night Stand, Khali lost to John Cena after he was FUd off a crane bed. This was the first time Khali had been pinned in a singles match.
9. Feud with The Undertaker 2006 :
With Daivari as his manager, the unnamed Singh debuted on WWE television on the 7 April 2006 episode of SmackDown, attacking The Undertaker and leaving him defenceless during his match with Mark Henry, and thus causing a no contest ruling.The next week he was introduced as The Great Khali. Daivari explained that he finally had a client who would destroy The Undertaker (after Muhammed Hassan and Mark Henry had previously failed).Khali made his in ring debut on the 21 April edition of SmackDown defeating Funaki.
On the 12 May edition of SmackDown, Khali was John Bradshaw Layfields hand picked opponent against World Heavyweight Champion Rey Mysterio. Khali had a height advantage of 21 inches and a weight advantage of 250 pounds, and defeated Mysterio in a squash match.In his match against The Undertaker at Judgment Day, Khali defeated The Undertaker with a kick to the head after receiving some illegal help from Daivari.Khali continued on a rampage for several weeks, winning handicap matches,beating superstars up in a display of power,and mocking The Undertakers signature pin and victory pose.Khali then challenged The Undertaker to a Punjabi Prison match at The Great American Bash.However, Khali was not medically cleared to compete in the match, and was instead replaced by Big Show, who lost the match despite Khalis interference. After he was medically cleared, Khali was challenged by The Undertaker to a Last Man Standing match at SummerSlam.The match was moved to the SmackDown just prior to SummerSlam and was won by The Undertaker, giving Khali his first definite loss in WWE.
10. Brian Ong incident :
On 28 May 2001, Brian Ong died after receiving a flapjack from Singh.Ong had suffered a previous concussion during the session, but the trainers gave him a lower evaluation for not avoiding injuries and told him to continue training. In addition, it was proven that Ong did not receive protective gear or supervision by All Pro Wrestling (APW) staff. This second concussion ultimately proved fatal for him. As Singh inadvertently caused his death, Ongs family brought a lawsuit against APW.APW was found liable for recklessness after less than a day of deliberations, awarding the Ong family for damages of over $1.3 million.
11. Khali SmackDown :
The Great Khali stands tall at a remarkable height of 7 foot 3 inches and weighs around 420 pounds. The list of Khalis achievements is long and one of them includes walking through the dense forests of India fearlessly of the venomous pythons and wrestling the White Bengal Tiger. His feats in the wrestling world are no less. He beat the World Champion Rey Mysterio effortlessly in a non titled match between the both of them. Khali signed a contract to fight with the Undertaker on Judgment Day on May 21 2006. He hardly faced any difficulty in defeating the WWE legend Undertaker. The same night he intervened in the WWE Cruiserweight Championship #1 Contenders Triple Threat Match. The match was being fought among Super Crazy Kid Kash and Nunzio. Khali fought all the three men with equal ease.
12. Later Career :
After winning a World Heavyweight Championship belt in 2007, Rana became a hero or villain, as the promoters saw fit. Surgery to both knees slowed The Great Khali for a time. In a typical WWE turnabout, Rana became one of the good guys, hosting activities for SmackDown TV broadcasts such as the Khali Kiss Cam, where Rana chose random women from the crowd to smooch. In another typical turnabout, The Great Khali once again became a bad guy, leaving his own brother incapacitated after placing his sibling in the Vice Grip in May 2011.