Big and tall athletes have been making names for themselves in the NBA since it's inception. But pro wrestling has also been filled with cherished giants loved by fans for years. What fan doesn't love seeing these towering beasts totally destroy a smaller opponent in a wrestling match? It's TV gold, and the WWE is fully aware this. With more height sometimes comes less skill, so some of the guys on this list might not be known for their quickness or any signature aerial assaults they brought to their opponents. When the rare combination of size and skill come together in the same package that is when legends are made. All these men are known for their shear strength and size, in the WWE that is always the show stopper, the one thing that no one can take their eyes off of.
This list is compiled of the tallest men so far to have ever entered a professional wrestling ring. It doesn't matter if they only competed once or if they lost every single match, if they were the tallest, they're on this list. Some of these guys weren't known as the greatest wrestlers ever, but some of the characters created just from their natural size will go down in history as some of the best ever. Every generation of wrestlers will have a few giants because there will always be a need for a monster of a man in the ring. It is important that we recognize these unique characters, no one can recreate what these guys bring to the sport of wrestling. While other lists of this nature have pointed to the girth of wrestlers, this one will be focusing strictly on their height.
Here is a list of the top 13 tallest wrestlers of all-time.
14 Kevin Nash - 6-foot-9
Kevin Nash had the height and the skill to be a star and went on to be one. He was known for some pretty awful gimmicks early in his career, such as Oz, Vinnie Vegas, and Master Blaster, none of which the fans really enjoyed. Luckily for Nash, Shawn Michaels gave his career some new life with his new character, Diesel, HBK's bodyguard. During his long career, he was most successful as Diesel and Big Sexy.
13 Big John Studd - 6-foot-10
12 The Undertaker - 6-foot-10
The Undertaker debuted 32 years ago and is still going strong today. The Undertaker has cemented himself as one of the greatest wrestlers ever and surely one of the best big men to ever enter the ring. The Undertaker is known for "The Streak", an unprecedented run of 21 straight wins at WrestleMania. The Undertaker is also an eight-time world champion, having held the WWE Championship four times, the World Heavyweight Championship three times and the USWA Unified World Heavyweight Championship one time as well. He was also winner of the 2007 Royal Rumble.
11 Kurrgan - 6-foot-11
10 The Big Show - 7 feet
9 Uncle Elmer - 7 feet
8 Kane - 7 feet
7 The Great Khali - 7-foot-1
6 Giant Silva - 7-foot-2
Giant Silva was known as another part of The Oddities after making his WWE debut. Like several others on the list, the Brazilian giant has a background in basketball, having played for the Brazilian national team in the preliminary rounds for the 1988 Olympics. Silva could barely move in the ring and was out of the WWE after less than a year, when the entire Oddities stable was released.
He then made a transition to New Japan Pro Wrestling, where he stayed for a few years. He also had a brief MMA career with the Japanese promotion PRIDE, but finished his MMA career with a 2-6 record.
4 André The Giant - 7-foot-4
3 Silo Sam - 7-foot-4
2 Giant Gonzalez - 7'6"
1 Paul Bunyan - 7'7"
Paul Bunyan's height sometimes listed him at an astounding 8'6" but more realistic measurements have him at about 7'7". He started out his career as an actor, playing several roles in movies that required a man of his stature. He then moved onto professional wrestling in Salt Lake City, Utah. After his short stint as a wrestler ended he traveled all over the country as a preacher calling himself "Goliath for Christ". Possibly the tallest man to ever wrestler as a pro, Paul Bunyan will forever be remembered as a wrestling giant.
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