For a long period of time, pro wrestling was full of larger than life, over the top characters, and most of them were large in stature, and were impressive sights to see. Not all of wrestling big men have had the ability and skill that the 15 on this list possessed. They all had their own unique abilities, and all possessed agility that made the crowd take notice.
From Yokozuna, to Earthquake, and even The Big Show, these were the impressive and agile big men of pro wrestling, all their matches contained a great deal of technique and a unique move set. Most of them were able to capture championships in the course of their careers, and some were able to capture more than one, and on more than one occasion.
It's been long conceived that Vince McMahon is absolutely enamored with size and any wrestler with a big frame automatically has an advantage over smaller workers, even if they're more talented. These were wrestlers who were his dream talent, because they actually had skill to go with their size.
This list goes through 15 pro wrestling big men who had a mix of technical skill, power and agility and used it all together to create memorable matches and moments, and to solidify themselves among the greatest in wrestling.
18 15. Mark Henry
17 14. Abdullah the Butcher
16 13. Yokozuna
15 12. Rosey
14 11. Umaga
13 10. Rikishi
12 9. Tensai
11 8. The Big Show
10 7. Earthquake
9 6. Gorilla Monsoon
WWE fans of this generation may know Gorilla Monsoon as the voice of the golden generation, but before that, Monsoon was a monster heel through the 60s and 70s. Weighing in at 400 pounds, Monsoon was mostly a grappler and a powerhouse, which made life tough for the likes of Bruno Sammartino and Superstar Billy Graham. Monsoon moved surprisingly well for his size. To this day, Vince McMahon holds him the highest regard.
8 5. Bam Bam Bigelow
7 4. Kane
Kane took a while to get going in his WWE career. Being a victim of bad gimmicks did that to Glenn Jacobs, but since debuting as Undertaker's kid brother at Badd Blood '97, Kane blossomed as a performer. While many fans today are sick of him, for many years, Kane was extremely over on the roster and moved incredibly well for his size. Not many 300-pound guys would do missile dropkicks off the top like Kane. He was definitely a special talent in his prime.
5 3. Vader
One my personal favorites, and an all time great. Once again, the common theme in this list is all these guys, despite their mass, had great agility and speed. Vader is no exception, he had all the tools and was a very big star. A former WCW World Champion, The Man They Call Vader left a huge mark. His in-ring style was a mix of brawling and high speed, full force action. a man of his size and strength showed great agility everytime he went to the top.
He won the IWGP Heavyweight Championship (the first non-Japanese holder) and the WCW World Heavyweight Championship three times each, the WCW United States Heavyweight Championship once, and won the battle royal main event of the 1993 Battlebowl pay-per-view. Although he never held a championship in the WWE, Vader challenged for all of the promotion's heavyweight titles, including multiple WWE World Heavyweight Championship matches on pay-per-view and cable television.
3 2. Andre the Giant
It would be hard to have a list about the big men in wrestling, and not have Andre on it. Let's be honest, he did not have great technical ability, but his ability to evoke emotions and tell a story were second to none. Andre was a one of a kind performer, and a giant who will never be matched in wrestling. Andre was a lot more athletic earier in his career, which warrants the no.1 spot here. Although most remember him being slammed by Hogan, he had a long career full of moments and matches that were classic, and was once part of The Million Dollar Corporation, and Ted DiBiase even tried to buy the World Title from Andre on Saturday Night's Main Event.
1 1. The Undertaker
The Undertaker's longevity in the business is remarkable. Some people say that anybody could have been given the gimmick and succeeded, but that's laughable. Mark Calaway has talent in the ring to go along with his skill. His over-the-top suicide dive to the outside is still a thing of beauty to watch. His best days are well behind him, but The Phenom was undoubtedly the most athletic big man in the company.
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