One of my favorite small touches in wrestling, that makes it feel just a little more legit, is when the ring announcer lists the height and weight of each competitor during their entrance. Sometimes for world title matches, it's done in ring before the match begins. For the following 15 current and former wrestling stars, they might want to just omit that last half. These are the flabbiest, widest, and least-movable wrestlers in the game. They should feel no shame though. Pro Wrestling has always had a very wide range of weights falling under "heavyweight." And the super-heavyweights have always been huge draws in wrestling history, dating back to its infancy in carnival attractions.
These 15 overweight superstars have all enjoyed massive success in the wrestling universe. These are world champions, an Olympic medalist, tag champions, and multiple WrestleMania main eventers in this list. These are wrestlers who have enjoyed a type of home field advantage during any over the top battle royal matches. These are wrestlers who vary in height from six feet tall to well over seven feet. There are a lot of posterior-based signature moves among all these men. And even more who use some sort of splash or bomb to squash the competition. Some have incredible strength to go along with their size. They don't believe quantity is better than quality, they believe quality IS quantity.
These guys are all athletes and turned something most of society would see as a negative into a positive. They're all more than props that are hard to scoop slam. WWE has moved somewhat away from the carnival-type aspects of wrestling, but as long as there are battle royals, these guys will still have steady work and a place in wrestling history. I just think we can all agree that they should wear a shirt when they come down the aisle for their next match.
15 Haystacks Calhoun
14 Mick Foley
Typhoon was one half of The Natural Disasters, one of the bedrock WWE Tag Teams of the 90s. The Natural Disasters clock in at 852 pounds and even more if you include their manager, Jimmy Hart, who was ironically very skinny. On his own, Typhoon accounted for 384 of those pounds. The tag team only won the WWE Tag Titles once, but they were a constant and dominating presence from 1990 to 1992. Both guys used running splashes to crush the rest of the tag team competition.
10 The Great Khali
7 Bam Bam Bigelow
6 Mark Henry
5 Dusty Rhodes
2 Big Show
1 Andre the Giant
Who else could be number one? WrestleMania III was sold on just the idea that someone could pick him up and slam him. He even has "The Giant" in his name. Andre clocks in at 520 pounds, which isn't the highest number on this list, but no one was going to surpass Andre. The last two years have seen an Andre the Giant memorial battle at WrestleMania, ensuring that his name and battle royal legacy will live on. Andre was a WWE World Champ, Tag Champ, and Hall of Fame inductee. But he might be most widely remembered for his crossover appeal and role in the cult classic "The Princess Bride."
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