Okay, so it’s no secret that wrestling is considered a big man’s sport. Heck, most of the time that’s just the case when it comes to sports altogether. I’m sure you’ve heard longtime WWE commentator, Micheal Cole, go on and on about how the Big Show is 7 feet tall or selling the fact that The Great Khali was taller than The Undertaker when he made his debut. Or hey, even Enzo Amore boasting that his now ex-tag team partner, Big Cass, stood at 7 feet tall and you couldn’t teach that when they were still a tag team. The point I’m trying to make with all of these examples is that being a tall man in the wrestling industry is like being tall in the fashion industry. It’s a given. Now being a giant when it comes to this line of work is like playing your favorite video game during a time you should be at work. You don’t care if you get fired, you don’t care if you’re girlfriend leaves you because you’re about to get laid off and become a big fat loser, heck, you don’t care if four weeks down the line, you lose your house and live the life of a homeless guy. The game is going to get played. Screw the consequences, darn it!
Anyway, let me just inform you that this list isn’t about all that. Because at the end of the day, It’s not about the giants of the wrestling world, it’s not about how tall you are. It’s about how tall people think you are. Corny, I know, but with that being said, let’s get started.
15. Dean Ambrose – 6’4″
Being arguably the least successful member of The Shield, you’d think that with Ambrose being 6’4″ that would’ve helped him with impressing the higher-ups just a little bit more than say, Seth Rollins or Roman Reigns, who are only 6’1″ and 6’3″ respectively. Rollins was initially Triple H’s chosen one. He would go on to become WWE World Heavyweight Champion, holding the title twice that year. Then there’s Reigns… well, everyone has an opinion about his run with the company and one thing you can’t deny is that he has had quite a wrestling career. Most people know this, many don’t like it. Finally, we get to Dean Ambrose. You know, when it comes to holding a secondary championship in the WWE, you can always count on him, I guess. Still, this isn’t to say that the Lunatic Fringe hasn’t made an impact since he, Rollins and Reigns burst on the scene some years back. He’s even won the world title once. I’m just saying it’s been one heck of a roller coaster ride with plenty of ups and downs.
14. Bayley – 5’6″
Okay, so maybe it’s not the most shocking thing you’ve heard for a cup of coffee, but you have to admit, you weren’t expecting to read that. For anyone wondering, yes Bayley is billed as 5’6″. Her buddy, Sasha Banks is billed as 5’5″. Do you know what that means? It means that despite her championship run being overshadowed by Banks, Bayley can say that she’s billed as one inch taller than The Legit Boss. What’s more is that is that if Banks ever reverts back to being a heel and calls Bayley terrible names, she’ll never be able to take away the fact that Bayley is taller than she is. All trolling aside, much like Roman Reigns, Bayley was at one point a traditional babyface that fans just simply adored. Her music would hit, She’d throw her hands up, out would come the wacky inflatables and the fans went wild. Now things are similar to that but with a slightly different twist these days. Now when her music hits, you’ll notice a mixed reaction. This hasn’t seemed to hurt her all that much as she seems to still have the same positive attitude she had when the booing was non-existent. This, as you probably know, makes matters worse because in some cases, it just makes the fans want to boo her character even more.
13. Nathan Jones – 6’11”
Quick! By a show of hands, how many people remember when Nathan Jones was a WWE superstar? If you don’t, then congratulations! You’re like 90% of people reading this article and you don’t have to worry about haters thinking you have some serious issues for remembering something that is regarded “unmemorable.” Regardless of whether you know or not, for all 100% of you, Nathan Jones was a pretty big deal in 2003. The highlight of his run with the company arguably has to be his match at WrestleMania 19 that year when he and The Undertaker were set to face the team of The Big Show and A-Train. The tag team match ended up being a handicap match instead, as Jones got jumped earlier that night before the match took place. He would get his WrestleMania moment during the end of the match when Jones gave The Big Show a well-executed spinning back heel kick. He then followed that up with a big boot to A-Train. Shortly after WrestleMania, Jones would continue his acting career.
12. Enzo Amore – 5’11”
So as many WWE fans already know, Amore isn’t going to be winning any “greatest wrestler of all time” awards anytime soon. What he can do is cut promos and he’s made that work well for him. If you don’t think that’s the case, he’s a two-time Cruiserweight Champion. It’s rumored that many people don’t like this decision, but hey, it is what it is. Anyway, during Enzo Amore & Big Cass’ feud after splitting up as a tag team, it was made pretty obvious that Cass was a giant and Amore was rather small. I mean seriously, it got to the point where you thought Amore was like 101 pounds and went about 5’2″ – 5’3″. What made it even worse was Amore’s inability to give the big man a run for his money. I mean, sure, no one and their mother expected for Amore to damage Cass all that much, but wow. With Amore standing 5’11”, I don’t think most would call him a small man.
11. Sienna – 5’10”
Some years back, a wrestling promotion called Total Nonstop Action Wrestling was a hot topic. It was the year 2010. Everyone from Hulk Hogan, AJ Styles, Kurt Angle, Awesome Kong, Gail Kim, Ric Flair, Jeff Hardy, Austin Aries, Bobby Roode, Samoa Joe and such were there. Well, seven years have passed and the promotion has changed drastically, some say for the worst, many say for the better. The good news is they have some new talent and one their names is the former GFW/Impact Knockouts Champion, Sienna, who stands an impressive 5 feet 10 inches tall, which is taller than the average man. The bad news is, out of all the talent I’ve just mentioned, none of them are there anymore and were or still are in the WWE, except for Gail Kim, because as some may know, she retired at the Bound For Glory Pay Per View this month.
10. Tye Dillinger – 6’3″
Coming in at number 10 is Tye Dillinger, because why wouldn’t he be coming in at number 10. Anyway, besides the number 10, I have some different numbers I’d like to share with you. 6 and 3. Yup, that right. Mr. All 10 Everything is 6 feet 3 inches tall. Do I think that his height is going to mean much in terms of a push? No, I don’t think it will. Unfortunately for Dillinger, I think he’s probably going to be another superstar whom the WWE just uses as a gimmick wrestler, kind of like Santino Marella, Tyler Breeze, Fandango, and Brodus Clay. In other words, I think Dillinger falls into the category of a WWE superstar with the right amount of fans and the right amount of buzz but just doesn’t have any direction. Still, don’t let this distract you from the fact that this list is now a perfect 10… or perfect 5, I guess.
9. Charlotte Flair – 5’10”
For whatever reason, WWE commentators don’t emphasize the fact that Charlotte Flair is 5-foot-10 inches tall. I mean, if Nia Jax is 6’0″ and Flair is only two inches shorter… that has to count for something, right? Regardless, Flair has made quite a name for herself, as she is a multiple-time Divas/Raw Women’s Champion. She was also one of the two wrestlers that competed in the first-ever women’s Hell in a Cell, with her opponent being Sasha Banks. She was also one of the five participants in the first-ever women’s Money in the Bank ladder match, along with Tamina, Natalya, Becky Lynch and the winner of that match, Carmella. Seeing as how her father is the legendary Ric Flair, it’s safe to say that she had a chip on her shoulder. It’s also safe to say that over the past couple of years, she has managed to brush that chip off and burn it to the ground. By the way, the burn it to the ground punchline wasn’t a reference to anything.
8. Grado – 5’11”
Hey, look, it’s no secret that Grado is probably one of the last people anyone would think of when they think world champion. He simply just doesn’t have the “look” or at least that’s what the people in charge would say. What he does have are some pretty surprising measurements. By that I mean he is 5’11”. For the most part, he’s mainly used for comic relief, but he has his moments. His recent clash at Bound For Glory against Abyss proved that he could definitely be more than just a comedy act. It proved that he could tell a decent story. It also proved that he has more guts than 99% of us do. It proved he could take one heck of a beating. The type of beating that makes a grown man want to close his eyes. The type of beating that makes you want to call your mom and tell her you’re staying at Aunt Karen’s house. He didn’t just take a beating during that match, though, he actually dished some out as well. He also lost… but that was kind of expected.
7. Jack Swagger – 6’7″
Jack Swagger may not have been the most popular WWE superstar. Heck, there were some fans that downright thought he was boring. This doesn’t take away from Swagger’s many accomplishments with the company, however. He’s a former ECW champion, a former United States title holder and in 2010 he was able to successfully cash in his Money in the Bank briefcase and beat Chris Jericho for the World Heavyweight Championship. Keep in mind that this was after Edge attacked Y2J and beat him down pretty good, but hey, that’s one of the advantages of being able to say that you’re Mr. or Ms. Money in the Bank. Not going to lie, his World Title run was slept on. Not on a soft fluffy velvet pillow by any mean. What I mean to say is, it was slept on the type of pillow that your best friend would call soggy and broken. It sucks because Swagger’s run with the title included matches with the likes of Rey Mysterio, The Big Show and even The Undertaker. With names like that, how could you possibly go wrong?
6. Jinder Mahal – 6’5″
I’m sure you’ve heard the news that Jinder Mahal is no longer the WWE Champion. I’m sure there are plenty of people out there who are extremely happy because the Superstar to beat him was AJ Styles. Furthermore, there are many people that think Mahal was a paper champion and didn’t deserve to hold the title for five seconds, let alone for over five months. You can say Mahal was just given the championship because of WWE doing business with India, you can say his title was lackluster simply because the WWE creative team didn’t care about giving Mahal any development, you can even say that Mahal would’ve been a better champion if he did an angle with Vince McMahon where they brought back the Kiss My A** Club for one night just so Mahal could become a member of said “elite” group. The one thing that Mahal did have on his side was size, as he stands at an astounding 6’5″ and whether the guy’s on some sort of illegal drug or not, that’s pretty darn impressive. Not saying that he is, I’m just saying the guys pretty jacked.
5. Mick Foley – 6’2″
Ah, good old Mick Foley. For multiple decades, wrestling fans worldwide could always count on him to be entertaining. Whether it was by his desperate attempts for the fans to cheer him with a cheap pop, his sometimes bipolar-like interviews, especially in the original days of ECW or thrilling and dangerous feats of hardcore moments, the hardcore legend certainly knew how to wow a crowd. Foley’s latest run with WWE involved him being Raw‘s General Manager. He and Raw’s reigning commissioner, Stephanie McMahon almost never got along. This was all in the name of kayfabe, sure, but that didn’t take away from too much. Foley’s reign as General Manager came to an end on March 20, 2017, when he was forced to read a handwritten apology on index cards… index cards? As he was trying to explain his frustrations, his mic kept cutting off. McMahon came down to to the ring, as she had two words for Foley. They weren’t “suck it,” they were “you’re fired.”
4. Eddie Edwards – 6’0″
Some may know Eddie Edwards, some may not. He’s managed to capture both the ROH World Championship and the TNA/Impact Global Championship, is a two-time ROH tag champion with Davey Richards and he has won the TNA/Impact tag titles with Richards as well. If you’re wondering what Richards and Edwards are up to nowadays, they’ve split up as a tag team and decided to pursue singles careers. This all happened in a calm respectable manner… that is if you want to call Richards turning on Edwards, thus starting a feud also involving their wives, where they beat the snot out of each other calm and respectable. Recently, he was involved in a 6-man tag team match at the Impact Wrestling pay-per-view event, Bound for Glory. His partners were James Storm and EC3. Together they were able to defeat the team of Texano, El Hijo del Fantasma, and Pagano.
3. Randy Orton – 6’4″
It’s safe to say that if Randy Orton were to retire today, he’d be in the Hall of Fame next year. The Viper’s credentials match the likes of John Cena, Brock Lesnar, and Kurt Angle. While he might not always be the greatest babyface wrestler, his skills as a heel are legendary. Oh and let’s not forget about the heated rivalry he has with the announce table. For some strange reason, it has a hard time breaking when Orton attempts to drive his opponent through it. One time the table attempted to break Orton’s leg during a match against The Big Red Machine, Kane. If you’ve watched the clip you probably remember Orton hilariously trying to play it off like it didn’t hurt. Anyway, in more recent news, Orton is set to represent team SmackDown Live in their 5-on-5 Survivor Series match against Raw. Will The Viper turn on his SmackDown allies and turn heel? Will he be the first eliminated? Will the announce table pay Orton a visit during the match and cause his team to lose? Find out by tuning in to Survivor Series… and not DragonBall Z!
2. Cesaro – 6’5″
So what if he doesn’t have the muscular physique of a Hulk Hogan, a Bobby Lashley or a Brock Lesnar. Cesaro is one of WWE’s best talents and the fans don’t care about a guy who can bench press 500,000 pounds if he can’t perform well. As far as being tall enough, Cesaro fits the bill, as far as everything else, besides wrestling, that’s apparently another story and so starts yet another classic case of the fans vs. the creative team. Thing is, the WWE creative team have an idea of which wrestler is going to be a star and which wrestler isn’t. Most of the time, the fans don’t have much to do with the decision making process. Should they? I certainly think so. Is it acceptable that this isn’t the case? Yeah, it kind of is. When I’m at the store and I pick some new deodorant that I’ve never tried before, I’m either going to like it or not. If I don’t, I can voice my displeasure on YouTube and nothing would be wrong with that. They can also continue to sell the same product that I think is crappy.
1. Batista – 6’6″
Hey, want to hear a fun fact? Batista’s real last name is Bautista, so if you remove the u, it’s the same exact spelling. In other news, although his return to the WWE was ultimately and utterly crapped on, there was a lot of good that came out it. OK, so besides Daniel Bryan getting to win the World title at WrestleMania, not much can be said about the good, simply because that was the only good thing that came out of his return. This isn’t to say that Batista sucks or anything. I feel his return would have been way better if they were to have waited and picked a better time. Instead, we got what we got. A lackluster return featuring Bootista and of course Bluetista. As you probably know, both Blue and Boo weren’t well received. Still, outside of this return, Batista has managed to have a pretty successful film career and it’s safe to say that no one will forget about the run he had with the WWE prior to his return.
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