WWE has always had wrestlers of various sizes in order to create compelling storylines and imagery for the shows. Big men in wrestling are what the sport was built on, yet having smaller wrestlers appear and put on technical classics has helped the sport develop.
Every now and then, WWE has put on a big man vs little man match, creating a situation where the sizes simply don't add up and a stunning visual is shown that provides a true underdog storyline for the wrestlers to work with.
The classic David vs Goliath storyline works well within a wrestling format, and over time there have been some amazing encounters of different sizes, and within this article, we will rank the 10 greatest big man vs little man matches in WWE history.
9 Eddie Guerrero vs Big Show (No Mercy 2003)
The Big Show is someone who is going to feature a few times on this list as not only is he one of WWE's greatest ever giants, but he also knows how to work the David vs Goliath storyline perfectly.
His match at No Mercy in 2003 is a perfect example of that as he battled one of the all-time greats in Eddie Guerrero, and Latino Heat was forced to pull out all of the stops in order to give himself a chance.
Eddie hit all his major moves, tried to cheat as much as possible as only Eddie could, yet he still couldn't overcome the sheer power of Big Show, making for perfect storytelling.
8 Floyd Mayweather vs Big Show (WrestleMania 24)
Floyd 'Money' Mayweather may not be a professional wrestler, but at WrestleMania 24 he certainly stepped up and put on an incredible match with the Giant, Big Show, in what was certainly a big man vs little man situation.
Sometimes when people from outside WWE enter the world it simply doesn't work, yet here it really did, with fans being able to take Mayweather seriously due to his incredible boxing career.
While Big Show obviously rag-dolled Mayweather around the ring for the majority of the match, eventually Mayweather was smart enough to use some knuckledusters to his advantage in order to gain the win after a great match.
7 CM Punk vs Brock Lesnar (SummerSlam 2013)
While Brock Lesnar may not boast the same height and size as Big Show, that doesn't mean that he is a small man, with Lesnar dwarfing 90% of his opponents and always feeling like a giant due to how strongly he is booked.
When he came across CM Punk at SummerSlam 2013 through Paul Heyman, there was no doubt that WWE was booking a big man vs little man situation, with Punk having to overcome the odds against the Beast.
While it was Lesnar who ended up winning the match, the two men put on an incredible bout, with Punk pulling out all the stops in order to try and topple his bigger opponent.
6 X-Pac vs Kane (Armageddon 1999)
X-Pac and Kane always had incredible in-ring chemistry, whether it be on the microphone or in wrestling, and that is why their run as tag team partners was so popular with fans, really showing a different side to each man.
Their friendship ended up going sour and the two men began feuding, which led to a steel cage match between them at the Armageddon 1999 PPV, where the two men showed they were just as good as opponents as they were partners.
While the match featured plenty of outside issues as well, once they finally got down to the actual in-ring competition, the two men put on a brilliant match.
5 Bret Hart vs Yokozuna (WrestleMania 9)
While a lot of fans will often talk about the controversial and largely unpopular finish to this match, that doesn't mean that the work Yokozuna and Bret Hart put in is worth looking over, as they put on a fantastic bout.
Yokozuna obviously had both a size and strength advantage over the Hitman, but Bret had the brains, and that was the story that got told here, with Bret attempting to outsmart Yokozuna as often as possible.
Yokozuna was incredibly agile and fast for a man of his size, so he always did work well with opponents smaller than him, and at the time there wasn't anyone greater than Bret Hart.
4 Tyler Bate vs WALTER (NXT UK Takeover: Cardiff)
This is a very recent example of a big man facing a much smaller opponent and proves that it can work just as easily now as it always has done, with WALTER and Tyler Bate tearing the house down earlier this year.
The two men put on what many believe is one of the matches of the year, with the bout earning over five stars from Dave Meltzer and huge reviews from fans as the two pushed each other to their limit for the WWE United Kingdom Championship.
WALTER dominated the majority of the match, yet Bate simply wouldn't give in, continuing to show fight and character throughout the match, although he ended up falling short.
3 Shawn Michaels vs Psycho Sid (Raw 1995)
While Psycho Sid may not be the greatest in-ring talent of all time, Shawn Michaels certainly is and the two men put on a fantastic match which was arguably one of Sid's very best.
While the match was a quick sprint, lasting less than 10 minutes, that doesn't mean it wasn't great as they told the perfect David vs Goliath story from the start to finish with HBK bumping like crazy to make Sid look great.
Eventually, the talent of Michaels was able to stand out over Sid's size as he cut him down with several superkicks to pick up the victory and retain his WWF Championship.
2 Jeff Hardy vs The Undertaker (Raw 2002)
Talk about a career-making performance, Jeff Hardy more than proved what he was capable of as a singles competitor during his Raw ladder match with The Undertaker in 2002, with the two men competing over the Undisputed Championship.
Nobody believed that Hardy, who was nowhere near his prime as a singles wrestler, could actually beat The Undertaker here, yet throughout the match, Hardy certainly won over the fans and made them believe.
While it was Undertaker who would eventually stand tall as champion, the fact he raised the hand of Hardy after the match and endorsed him as a top talent meant that they were both winners in the end.
1 Eddie Guerrero vs Brock Lesnar (No Way Out 2004)
Two of the very best wrestlers of their generation competing in a PPV match, it is no surprise that Eddie Guerrero and Brock Lesnar were able to pull out arguably the greatest big man vs little man match in the history of WWE.
The Beast and Eddie had incredible in-ring chemistry with this being one of the best WWF Championship matches of all time, not just in terms of a bigger wrestler taking on a smaller one, with the two men stealing the show at No Way Out 2004.
Lesnar might have had the power and size advantage, but Eddie had the people behind him and that was enough to get the job done, with Guerrero picking up a huge upset victory.