Professional wrestling has always had an obsession with larger than life characters. Even before Andre the Giant rose to prominence, the likes of Haystacks Calhoun in America and “Big Daddy” Shirley Crabtree in the UK were consistently some of the biggest draws. It seems as though those who are large in stature always have a leg up in the land of giants. But once you’re in the door doesn’t mean you get to have a lengthy career. In fact, it seems like the more enormous the competitor, the shorter their stint between the ropes.
What happens to the big boys after years of being in the ring has taken its toll? How do these imposing figures adjust to day to day life? Going by both height and girth, we’re going to take a look at what some of the largest wrestlers of all time are currently up to. Sure, some of them are still grappling in the ring, but others have had to find other ways to make a living. We also take a look at what’s happened to their gigantic bodies. Have they been able to keep them up? Or have they proved too difficult to maintain? For this list, we’re only looking at wrestlers who are still alive, so you’re not going to find Giant Gonzalez or King Mabel/Viscera. Check here and here for articles including those who have unfortunately passed.
Let’s step up to the super-heavyweight division and examine what twenty of the most massive superstars of all time currently look like.
20 SNITSKY – 6-FOOT-8 AND 307 POUNDS
Appearing to be your run-of-the-mill jobber (only much, much bigger), Gene Snitsky’s first time on television was against Kane in a No Disqualification Match. Kane’s pregnant wife Lita would soon enter the fray. During the chaos, the hulking Snitsky hit “The Big Red Machine” with a chair, knocking him into Lita, causing a miscarriage. When asked for his thoughts on the incident, Snitsky replied, “It wasn’t my fault!” Thus began the career of the monstrous baby-punting, foot-enamored psychopath.
Snitsky can currently be seen on the independent scene, wrestling for various promotions in and around his home state of Pennsylvania. While outside the ring, Gene is a bit of a salesman. He was the spokesperson for Power Pressure Cooker XL, a device that allows for healthy home cooked meals 70% faster! He also owns his own line of designer beard care products. The combination of the two may have helped Big Gene transform his body into the ridiculous sculpture it is today while maintaining a great mountain man beard. It’s safe to say his current look WAS his fault.
19 SID – 6-FOOT-9 AND 310 POUNDS
You’d be hard-pressed to find a wrestler with a better look than Sid. In addition to his eye-catching height, Sid had more than enough muscles to boot. Going by a variety of names throughout his career like Sid Vicious, Sid Justice, and Sycho Sid, it is one of his earliest monikers that fit the best; “Lord Humongous.” Despite never putting on a six-star clinic like Omega and Okada could, Sid would go on to have a very successful in ring career, winning world championships in both WWE and WCW and main-eventing two WrestleManias and one Starrcade. His final main event match was at WCW’s Sin pay-per-view in 2001 where, after leaping form the second rope, he fractured his fibula and tibia.
It would be over three years before “The Master and Ruler of the World” would make his return to in ring action. He would go on to wrestle for many independent promotions like Memphis Wrestling and Juggalo Championship Wrestling. In 2012, Sid returned to WWE to squash Heath Slater who had made a habit out of calling out legends. Still maintaining his incredible physique to this day, Sid wrestled his final match in August of 2017, ending his 30-year long career.
18 KURRGAN – 6-FOOT-10 AND 350 POUNDS
Given a few shakes at stardom, first with the Truth Commission then with the Oddities (a group that managed to have an even larger and ever more incompetent giant), Kurrgan was never able to become more than a massive, dancing joke. However, this list is only about size and not what you do with it. So, congratulations, Kurrgan! The former “Interrogator” is more than big enough to earn a spot on this list.
As his wrestling career began to die down, Kurgan set his sights on Hollywood and has appeared television shows like The Strain, where he had an eleven-episode run. He can also be found in a handful of bonafide blockbusters including 300, Pacific Rim, and Hercules, which starred another wrestler you might have heard of, Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson. Not bad for a man who used to wear tie-dye and palled around with the Insane Clown Posse.
17 MARK HENRY – 6-FOOT-4 AND 360 POUNDS
Mark Henry is 6 ft. 4 in. and 360 lbs. of ass-kicking, wig-splitting attitude. Before turning pro, he broke a slew of weightlifting records, proving that “The World’s Strongest Man” isn’t just a catchy nickname. Since debuting in 1996, Henry was given a handful of start and stop pushes that didn’t lead anywhere. It wasn’t until 2011 when he opened the “Hall of Pain” that he was finally taken seriously. Using his incredible strength to best the likes of Big Show and Sheamus, Henry finally won the big one when he beat Randy Orton for the World Heavyweight Championship at that year’s Night of Champions.
After one epic false retirement speech involving a stylish salmon blazer, the former “Sexual Chocolate” announced that 2017 would be his final year as an active wrestler. Currently acting as an ambassador, Henry hopes to take on a producer role where he can bestow his 20-plus years of expertise on up-and-coming wrestlers.
16 ALBERT – 6-FOOT-7 AND 360 POUNDS
The hairy, pierced, and tattooed goliath known as Albert was hardly seen as a threat during his time in the ring. That doesn’t mean that he wasn’t a physical specimen. While mainly being used as mid-card talent, it wasn’t until his WWE run ended that he finally got the credit he deserved. Landing in New Japan and taking the name Giant Bernard, the former A-Train was praised for putting on some amazing matches for a man his size.
In 2012, he returned for disastrous second run with WWE as Lord Tensai. Like many on this list, it started out as a promising monster heel run only to turn into a failed comedy gimmick. The most interesting part of Albert’s story is what happened next. Using the name Jason Albert, then his real name, Matt Bloom, he became a trainer at the WWE Performance Center, eventually being promoted to his current position of head coach.
15 KAMALA – 6 -FOOT-7 & 380 POUNDS
Hot take: Kamala, a savage and uncivilized cannibal from Africa was a racist character. But boy, was he big! They didn’t call him the “Ugandan Giant” for nothing. Despite lacking much natural talent, weighing 380 lbs. and having 381 lbs. of charisma made him a formidable opponent for some of the most popular names of the ‘80s. He made foes like Hulk Hogan and Jake “the Snake” Roberts look small in comparison.
Although his schedule would wind down in the 1990s, Kamala was able to sustain a wrestling career into the mid-2000s. Sadly, in recent years, both of his legs have been amputated due to complications with high blood pressure and diabetes. Kamala is now a published author, having chronicled his lengthy career in Kamala Speaks: The Official Autobiography of James “Kamala” Harris.
14 THE UNDERTAKER – 6-FOOT-10 AND 310 POUNDS
Most entries on this list are going to be ragged on for their inability to take three steps without falling ass over teakettle. The Undertaker is not one of those wrestlers. His WWE career began in 1990 when he portrayed an undead ginger and was managed by the red-faced, Wonderful Ice Cream Suit-wearing Brother Love. Thankfully, Love was soon replaced by Paul Bearer, and the rest is history. Surprisingly spry for a man his size, Undertaker combined powerful moves you’d expect from a super-heavyweight like his patented Tombstone Piledriver with moves smaller wrestlers would have difficulty performing, like the “Old School” rope walk and dives over the top rope to the outside.
The Phenom is one of the most important wrestlers of all time when you factor in his commitment to his gimmick, in-ring prowess, and career length. Since being forcibly retired by the “Big Dog” Roman Reigns at WrestleMania 33, old “Booger Red” has been laying low. That being said, if you do want a peek as to how “Big Evil” is enjoying his twilight years, be sure to check out his wife Michelle McCool’s Instagram.
13 VADER – 6-FOOT-5 AND 450 POUNDS
It’s time! It’s time! It’s Vader time! In addition to being known as one of the hardest hitting men to ever lace up a pair of boots, Big Van Vader is also one of the most athletic performers in the super-heavyweight division. During his glory days, Vader was able to pull off incredible feats of agility, including mind-boggling top rope moonsaults. A showcase performer wherever he wrestled, the Mastodon main evented where ever he went, winning championship gold in the United States, Mexico, and Japan.
Vader still wrestles to this day, looking roughly the same albeit with a little more gray hair. After causing quite a stir for his thoughts on up and coming highflyer Will Ospreay, Vader was able to transition his vocal opinions into a match between the two for Revolution Pro Wrestling in the UK. Sadly, the mammoth Vader announced in 2016 that he is suffering from congestive heart failure and might not have much more time to live. He has since decided that he will continue the profession he loves so dear by continuing to wrestle until his last breath, which we hope is a long way away.
12 KING KONG BUNDY – 6-FOOT-4 AND 458 POUNDS
Described by the late, great Gorilla Monsoon as a “walking condominium,” King Kong Bundy truly lived up to his namesake. While definitely not the tallest person on this list, the behemoth from Atlantic City, New Jersey certainly made up for it in weight. Tipping the scales at 458 lbs., Bundy made a career out of turning smaller adversaries into mat pancakes. Adorned in a simple, black singlet and looking like a gigantic, angry thumb, he was a staple in the early days of Wrestlemania with a cage match main event against Hulk Hogan being King’s crowning achievement.
Being the inspiration for the last name of the Bundy family from Married with Children isn’t KKB’s only comedic credit, as the once fearsome brawler has also made a foray into the world of standup comedy. If hearing the master of the five-count crack wise isn’t your cup of tea, you can catch him at wrestling conventions all over the northeast.
11 11. NATHAN JONES – 6-FOOT-10 AND 335 POUNDS
When you’re as large as Nathan Jones, becoming an athlete just makes sense. Unfortunately, before the big Australian figured that out, he had already served seven years in prison. Upon his release, Jones used his size and brute strength to participate in multiple World’s Strongest Man competitions before embarking on a career in wrestling. When he reached the WWE, a very green Jones was undeservedly given the Undertaker as a mentor. This led to Jones helping ‘Taker defeat the imposing duo of A-Train and Big Show at WrestleMania XIX. Not long after Mania, Jones became a villain and was billed as “The Colossus of Boggo Road,” a reference to his size and past incarceration.
The daunting travel schedule soon took a toll on Jones after less than a year in the WWE and he was granted his release in 2003. Like a few other entries here, Jones has been successful as an actor. He has gained a reputation for portraying menacing titans, most notably in the Academy Award-winning Mad Max: Fury Road.
10 ONE MAN GANG – 6-FOOT-9 AND 450 POUNDS
If someone’s finishing maneuver is called the “747 Splash,” they had better be almost as large as the plane it’s named after. Thankfully for One Man Gang, that is definitely the case. Certainly, living up to his name often times participating in handicap matches against two or more opponents. His most notable achievement was placing second in the first ever Royal Rumble after “Hacksaw” Jim Duggan was able to use the much larger Gang’s size and momentum against him for an elimination. Gang would go on to receive a makeover from his manager Slick becoming “Akeem, the African Dream,” but the less said about that, the better.
Following a heart attack in 2000, One Man Gang’s schedule became much more limited. Though he still appears at a few independent shows, often times reigniting his feud with Duggan. In 2016, his Louisiana home was partially submerged after massive flooding. Sadly, he was without flood insurance and most of his belongings had been destroyed.
9 KEVIN NASH – 6-FOOT-10 AND 328 POUNDS
Whether he was Steel, Oz, Vinnie Vegas, Diesel, or his real name, there is one thing Kevin Nash has always been: huge. When making his entrance into the ring the man from Motor City would always step over the top rope to really drive home his stature. The only thing bigger than his size were his accomplishments. Nash was a triple crown champion while in WWE, but it was his return to WCW when he truly became larger than life. After forming the nWo, the big man won the WCW World Heavyweight Championship five times, the World Tag Team Championship nine times, the World War 3 battle royal, and ended Goldberg’s undefeated streak.
Not one to abandon the limelight, Nash has transitioned into a career in Hollywood. He landed roles in some big budget movies like Rock of Ages and John Wick. Most notably, doing his best to live up to his nickname “Big Sexy,” Nash also strutted his stuff in both Magic Mike films playing the stripper Tarzan where he appeared to be in tremendous shape.
8 KANE – 7 FEET AND 323 POUNDS
Before becoming Kane, Glenn Jacobs’ build made him a logical replacement for Kevin Nash’s Diesel. According to WWE’s resident doctor (whom we reckon is the keeper of each and every wrestler’s height and weight), The Undertaker’s younger brother is a full two inches taller and 13 lbs. heavier than “The Dead Man.” Being one of wrestling’s greatest tag team competitors, Kane’s size is often magnified when paired with smaller partners like X-Pac, the Hurricane, and Daniel Bryan.
Kane, who has been a constant in the WWE for over 20 years, has recently shifted his goals from wrestling to politics, recent appearance on TLC notwithstanding. In March of 2017, trading his spandex in for sweatervests, he announced that he would be running for office in Knox County, Tennessee as a Republican. Meaning we could very well see “The Big Red Monster” become “The Big Red Mayor.”
7 MATT MORGAN – 7-FEET AND 330 POUNDS
When Matt Morgan first auditioned for Tough Enough in 2002, the producers must have known they had something special in their hands. Even though the 7-foot-tall and 330-pound Morgan left the show early due to injury, he was still offered a WWE contract. A year later, he debuted on SmackDown and immediately teamed with the gargantuan “Team Lesnar” Survivor Series team that included Lesnar, Big Show, Nathan Jones, and A-Train. After floundering around in the mid-card, Morgan left the WWE for TNA where he was big enough to hold both TNA Tag Team Championships all by himself. Currently, he is focused on politics and is running for commissioner of Longwood, Florida.
There couldn’t be a better nickname for Matt Morgan than “The Blueprint.” Morgan’s superior anatomy was recognized in 2008 by The Immortality Drive, a device containing digitized DNA of some of the brightest, most creative, and most physically gifted humans. This way his genetic makeup can potentially live on.
6 ELI COTTONWOOD – 7-FOOT-1 & 330 POUNDS
One word comes to mind when you hear the name Eli Cottonwood. Well, after “tall.” That would be “mustache.” A quizzical promo he cut on the original game show version of NXT where Cottonwood lamented over his lack of ‘stache, while sporting a full beard, perplexed the audience. The facial hair-obsessed rookie of John Morrison’s career sadly never took off despite being slated as the original heavy for Bray Wyatt. Although he lacks the sheer mass that most of the entries of this list have, Cottonwood’s towering frame is enough to earn him a spot.
Eli is now partially retired from the ring and chooses to spend the majority of his life and energy running a yoga gym. It's a dedication that definitely has paid off, as the lanky grappler is capable of some expert level poses that would no doubt impress the likes of Diamond Dallas Page.
5 THE GREAT KHALI – 7-FOOT-1 AND 346 POUNDS
Before becoming a professional wrestler, The Great Khali was a police officer in Punjab, India. Really let that sink in, a 7 ft. 1 in, 347 lb. cop. Crime must have been at a record low until someone soon realized how easily they could outrun him. Once signed by WWE, Khali was thrust into a multitude of feuds with top talent like The Undertaker, John Cena, and Triple H. In 2007, the Great Khali managed to awkwardly trudge his way to a World Heavyweight Championship victory.
To pay back the sport that was so good to him (or curse it, depending on your take), Khali opened his own wrestling school in India in 2015 to train up-and-coming talent in his winning ways. America is far from finished with the hulking Indian, as he returned for a one night only appearance at Battleground 2017. At the event, Khali, looking like he hadn't aged a day, helped fellow countryman Jinder Mahal retain his WWE Championship against Randy Orton in a Punjabi Prison Match.
4 THE YETI – 7-FOOT-2 AND 365 POUNDS
We’ve all seen the infamous video of the first time the Yeti (or Ye-taaay, as Tony Schiavone proclaimed) awkwardly shuffled down to the ring after the main event of Halloween Havoc 1995 and gave Hulk Hogan the most awkward double-team bear hug (with an emphasis on the “hug." Despite resembling a mummy and looking nothing like a yeti, it was clear that the man underneath the dirty, dusty bandages was enormous. The next time Yeti (now spelled Yetti) was on television, his wardrobe had changed from that of a mummy to a ninja, making even less sense. Knowing they had dropped a seven-foot-two and 365-pound icy turd, WCW decided to double down on his lack of martial arts ability and renamed him the Super Giant Ninja. His final role in WCW was that of grunge-obsessed giant Reese (a nod to his real name, Ron Reis) in Raven’s Flock.
After brief stints in Japan and for Dusty Rhode’s Turnbuckle Championship Wrestling Yeti teamed up with the one and only Vince Russo in his Christian wrestling promotion Ring of Glory. There he wrestled as the personification of Evil (no relation to NJPW’s EVIL). Today, the former Dungeon of Doom member resides in Atlanta, Georgia where he is a manager for a wine distributor.
3 GIANT SILVA – 7-FOOT-2 & 385 POUNDS
We have a few folks on this list who boast being 7-feet-tall (which I’ve been told is an unteachable feat), and Giant Silva is one of the few to actually bypass the 84-inch Club. Silva was the largest member of the already freakishly oversized Attitude Era stable “The Oddities;” dwarfing the 6 ft. 6 in. Golga and even the previously mentioned 6 ft. 10 in. Kurgan. The height (pun intended) of Silva’s brief WWE run was winning a 3-on-4 Handicap Match with the rest of the Oddities against the diminutive Kai En Tai at SummerSlam 1998.
After the WWE, Silva gracelessly bungled his way through match after match for both New Japan and Hustle. If you ever want to see the definition of “lumbering,” check out some of Giant Silva’s matches in New Japan where he formed a truly monstrous tandem with a younger and slightly more mobile Great Khali. Later, he began an MMA career where he was the tallest man to ever compete for PRIDE. Despite boasting a record of 2-6, he managed to gain a victory over Akebono in 1:02.
2 AKEBONO – 6-FOOT-8 & 551 POUNDS
WrestleMania XXI was the year WWE went Hollywood. And nothing says “Hollywood” quite like a good old-fashioned sumo match. Pitting WWE’s own Big Show against one of the greatest sumos of all time, Akebono. Now, Akebono may have only had two televised matches with the WWE (the aforementioned WrestleMania sumo match and a warm up against jobber Eddie Vegas), but we would be utterly remised if we left him off of our list. Just by looking at him, you can tell Akebono is huge even by sumo standards. He was also the first wrestler not born in Japan to reach Yokozuna, which is the highest rank in sumo. (Sorry, Rodney Anoa’i.)
Nowadays, Akebono looks to have lost a good amount of weight. Currently weighing in at a slim and trim 462 lbs., he splits his time between pr -wrestling and MMA in Japan. His wrestling career has proved especially fruitful, winning various belts in All Japan, Dragon Gate, and DDT. He also participated in an infamous run for Hustle when he emerged from an egg to tussle with The Great Muta, because wrestling is amazing. However, the less said about his winless MMA record, the better.
1 BIG SHOW – 7 FEET & 500 POUNDS
Well…it’s the Big Show. We could spend all day making jokes about the dizzying amount of face and heel turns “Show” has made since he debuted in WCW 22 years ago, but that doesn’t change one thing. He is the world’s largest athlete and is a well-deserved successor to Andre the Giant’s throne.
Throughout his career, his body has gone through many drastic changes (about one for each of his heel and face turns!), at one point, becoming so large WWE management took him off the road to focus on weight loss. Thankfully, earlier this year, "The World's Largest Athlete" nearly broke the internet when he tweeted out a photo of him with abs blew the wrestling community’s collective mind. However, it’s his most recently look that we’re examining. Still maintaining the physique he lost nearly 100 lbs. to attain, he now looks like he was involved in a full-body wax job gone awry. Thanks to his new clean-shaven look, Big Show looks like the world’s largest new-born baby.