THE GREAT KHALI Facts:
India’s first wrestler in the WWE Championship winner.
Name – Delip Singh Rana (Khali)
Height – 7’3”
Weight – 430 Pounds
Country – Punjab (Indian)
Place Born – Hariyana (India)
Date of Birth – 1972
Jobs – Sub Inspector of Punjab Police
The Great Khali is often referred to as “The Strongest Man of India” and has made his country proud on the International Wrestling Scene. He is one of the very few Indians to make it to the International Professional Wrestling scene. The only other Indian currently wrestling professionally is Ritesh Bhalla who wrestles under the name of Sonjay Dutt in the TNA (The Wrestler Sabu is billed as being from India but he is neither an Indian nor has any Indian ancestry).
The Great Khali hails from the Dhirana village of Himachal Pradesh (India) and currently resides at Jalandhar in the Punjab State of India. He is one of the tallest and most powerful wrestlers ever to set foot in the World Wrestling Federation, with only Giant Gonzales (also referred to as El Gigante) being taller. The Great Khali has wrestled throughout the world, including Japan, where he is regarded as a popular wrestling icon.
The Great Khali has also worked in a film in Hollywood called The Longest Yard. The film enjoyed considerable success and Khali played his part well.
On 28 May 2001, Brian Ong died after receiving a flapjack from The Great Khali ( known as Singh that time). 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, Ong’s 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.
On 2 January 2006, Singh became the first Indian professional wrestler to be signed to a contract by World Wrestling Entertainment (WWE); he was assigned to their developmental federation, Deep South Wrestling,where he wrestled under his real name.
Very few people know that The Great Khali was also awarded as Mr.India in 1995 and 1996.