The WWE is often considered "The Land Of The Giants", and it's not hard to see why. Compared to other companies, WWE always favored the big, strong guys compared to smaller, more agile wrestlers. Yet sometimes, Vince McMahon's fascination with beefy dudes with attitudes backfires.
Fans have been able to pinpoint what will happen pretty frequently too. A large wrestler will debut, destroying a beloved babyface (oftentimes the Undertaker) only to slowly drift into the world of comedy before getting unceremoniously released a few years later. Not every wrestler's journey is the same, however, but in this list, the end result is the same.
10 The Great Khali
The Great Khali debuted out of nowhere, destroying The Undertaker in a way no one had ever seen before. The sheer size of the Indian mega-star was so astonishing that there was no doubt he'd set the world on fire. That's not what happened, unfortunately. It turns out the massive-man was extremely clumsy, could use more time in development, and wasn't prepared to learn on the job. So after a run against the company's top stars like the aforementioned Deadman, along with Batista, and John Cena — which astonishingly resulted in a World Championship win — Khali ditched his dastardly persona, and became a fun-loving playboy. Admittedly, he was pretty fun in that role, but that's because his wrestling was kept to a minimum.
He returned for one night to help Jinder Mahal retain his WWE Championship, though he disappeared shortly after that. Thankfully, fans got one last memory of the hilarious Khali when he refused to hand the title back to the champion to close out the night. Classic stuff right there.
9 Gene Snitsky
Upon his debut in the WWE, Gene Snitsky was quickly placed in a feud with fellow large-person Kane. Causing Lita to "miscarry" her baby, Snitsky quickly became public enemy number one. Taking the logic out of the entire storyline (Kane kidnapped Lita and impregnated her against her will), Snitsky really flourished in this feud. His catchphrase "it's not my fault" was memorable, and the segment where he kicked a toy baby into the crowd to mock Kane and Lita was something to remember.
Unfortunately, he was never able to carry that momentum past his initial feud with Kane. He popped back with a new look (mostly gross teeth), but he was never anything more than a big guy a babyface could get a win over. It's a shame too because he seemed to have more to offer.
8 Tyson Tomko
Tyson Tomko's run in WWE didn't see him do much else aside from being Christian's heavy during his run as Captain Charisma. Originally debuting as Christian's "Problem Solver" when he feuded with Chris Jericho, the duo worked really well too. Christian could talk the talk and was one of the more underrated in-ring performers in the company, while Tomko made up for the Canadian Superstar's size. We're not saying Christian is small, by any measure, but when going up against guerrilla-people like John Cena, Tomko was the perfect equalizer.
Tomko went on to have a bit of a monster run before being pinned by The Face That Runs the place, and following that, he eventually left WWE. To his credit, the big man eventually found himself in TNA, where he really showed off his power game. It's a shame WWE didn't see that kind of potential in him, though.
7 Nathan Jones
WWE clearly had big plans for Nathan Jone back in the day, and it's not hard to see why. He's massive. We're not talking about regular old WWE big guy, however. No, he's tall, and he looks like a sentient refrigerator. So, Vince McMahon saw money in him and teamed him up with Undertaker at WrestleMania XIX. Now, "The Streak" wasn't really as big of a deal at the time, but it was something the WWE would mention every now and then, and even if it wasn't — he's wrestled alongside Undertaker! That's a big deal.
Unfortunately, as the event drew closer, the cracks in the Australian Powerhouse started to show, and they removed him from the match altogether. Instead, Undertaker fought off A-Train and The Big Show on his own.
6 Lord Tensai
Whether you call him Prince Albert, A-Train, Lord Tensai, or the funk-loving Sweet T, Mat Bloom is one of the most talented big-men to ever step into a WWE ring, but you wouldn't know it based on his runs with the company. Instead, one would have to watch some tapes from Japan to see just how monstrous the now NXT trainer could be in the ring.
Still, he managed to have some long runs in WWE, and it's clear Vince McMahon saw something in his look. Unfortunately, that wasn't much, but we wish we got more out of this wrestler.
5 Big Daddy V
Big Daddy V went by many names during his 13-year on again off again time with the WWE. Debuting as Mable, he quickly became the new big new superstar in the promotion, and he won the King Of The Ring in 1995. Unfortunately, Mable crumbled under the pressure of the spotlight, and he got a reputation for being a little hurty in the ring — whether that was a fair assessment or not didn't matter at that point either because it was clear WWE wanted to move in a different direction. By 1996, he was gone from the company.
That hiatus didn't last too long, though. In 1998, he returned, was dubbed Viscera, and hung around with the Ministry. Eventually, he dropped the dark gimmick and became "the worlds largest love machine", changed his name to Big Daddy V, and made hit on ring announcer Lilian Garcia. What a wild career.
Heidenrich was another big man who really got his character recognized by brutalizing the Undertaker only to be beaten up by the Deadman at every turn afterward. Still, it was clear WWE had big plans for him. He was managed by Paul Heyman, he assaulted Michael Cole in a Bathroom, he recited poetry, and he became a Road Warrior.
Despite this strange push, he never really took off, and he eventually faded away into obscurity. Yet, no one can take away his accomplishments in his short time with the company — he really did a lot.
3 Big Cass
Big Cass was seven feet tall, and you can't teach that. Yet, he's just the latest example of a failed push to make the next big man in the company. Debuting alongside Enzo Amore, the duo were one of the most popular tag teams in NXT, despite not putting on high-quality matches the show was known for. Instead, they had personality and lots of it. So, when the two debuted on the main roster, they quickly got over with fans. Unfortunately, WWE was quick to break them up, and Cass turned heel in the process.
A poorly timed injury to Enzo pulled the carpet out from under Cass, and he was never able to recover. Recently, he appeared alongside his old tag-partner at a Ring of Honor event, but following that one run-in, they haven't been seen.
2 Giant Gonzales
Jorge González was the first-ever Argintenian-born player drafted by the NBA, but was bought out when, following a knee injury, he was bought out by the Atlanta Hawks. So he took his eight-foot-tall body to the WWE where they dressed him up in some kind of weird, hairy, flesh-colored singlet with muscles painted on. Yet, while his look was absolutely hilarious, in-ring he was, to put it gently, it was clear he wasn't a wrestler.
So, like most other big-man in WWE history, WWE put him in a feud with Undertaker. Technically, their match at WrestleMania IX is the only "Streak" match that ended in disqualification. So, he has that's something he'll go down in history for.
Vader could go down as the biggest blunder in WWE history. A celebrated star in both the NWA and NJPW, Vader dominated wrestling in the 1980s into the 1990s, so when news broke that he'd be coming to WWE, fans got excited. That quickly turned to disappointment, however, as backstage politics and injuries derailed whatever they had planned for him.
In reality, Vader should have been a multi-time WWE champion, only to be defeated by the next mega-star the company had lined up. Instead, he had a relatively short and uneventful run in the mid-1990s.