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Most people know Dalip Rana as his wrestling name, The Great Khali. He was associated with WWE from 2006 to 2014, quickly becoming a fan favorite. Not only was Rana a professional wrestler, but he also had experience as a promoter, model, and actor.

If you ever see the now-retired Indian wrestler out in public, it’s easy to spot him. You’ll probably see him from far away because of his size. So how big is The Great Khali?

The Great Khali’s wrestling career

Born in Himachal Pradesh, India, he started his professional wrestling career for All Pro Wrestling, first appearing in October 2000. A year later, he signed a contract with World Championship Wrestling and spent eight months there.

In 2006, Rana became the first Indian pro wrestler to be signed to a contract by World Wrestling Entertainment. He made his debut on SmackDown!, and the world got to see The Great Khali.

Rana fought some of the best WWE wrestlers, like The Undertaker and John Cena. In 2007, he won his first World Heavyweight Championship after being the last man standing in a 20-man battle royal event. He would also become the first Indian World Champion in WWE history.

Rana quickly became a household name in wrestling. Everyone knew who The Great Khali was, and he continued wrestling until his WWE contract expired in late 2014. In 2015, Rana opened a wrestling school in Punjab called Continental Wrestling Entertainment.

He appeared in a few wrestling matches sporadically beginning in 2017. He joined Continental Wrestling Entertainment, the largest professional wrestling promotion in India, in 2016 and earned the CWE World Heavyweight Championship that same year.

How big is The Great Khali?

Rana stands at 7-foot-1, 347 pounds, as WWE reports. Just take a look at that height and weight again. According to Percentage Calculator, 2,800 people worldwide are over seven feet. It’s rare to find someone that tall; it’s even rarer to find someone that tall with a substantial weight.

Being that size, The Great Khali embraced his height and weight. Several memorable moments in WWE history involved Rana. It’s difficult to succeed as a WWE wrestler and gain a big fan base. But Rana was able to create a brand for himself and become one of the bests.

The Great Khali’s acting career

Rana made several appearances on TV shows and in movies. His first film role, in 2005, was in The Longest Yard, starring Adam Sandler. He also appeared in Get Smart and MacGruber.

In 2010, he starred on the Indian reality TV game show Big Boss. The series had multiple seasons, and Rana finished as the runner-up of season four. Even though he was a big guy, he was talented and had a good entertainment career.


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