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
Sometimes it's easiest to start at the beginning. Haystacks Calhoun was a huge attraction of the 1950s and 1960s, touring the country to take on anyone that dared try to challenge his 600+ pound frame. His constant moving between territories made him one of the first big national wrestling stars. He also was one of the first super heavyweights to dominate battle royals and handicap matches in side attractions. He never won any world titles, but has a few tag championships on his resume. Also, Haystacks Calhoun is just a great name for a huge brawler type of wrestler.
14 Mick Foley
Through ECW, WCW, WWE, and through all three Faces of Foley, the one constant was Mick Foley's flab. He might not have the sheer size, just topping 300 pounds, but Foley always seemed to carry all of it around his gut and hips. And he threw those 300 pounds with reckless abandon into anything that moved. And even things that don't move (sorry, Spanish Announce Table). Foley rode his cushion to World Title success through the late 90s, before finally headlining WrestleMania 2000. It might have looked absurd for him to go toe to toe with The Rock and Triple H, but he was always a challenger made most dangerous by his ability to take a huge amount of punishment onto his big frame.
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.
In a sad piece of trivia, while with WCW, Typhoon was the poor soul behind the disastrous Shockmaster gimmick.
Speaking of The Natural Disasters, we'll now look at Typhoon's tag partner, Earthquake. If you thought Typhoon was big at 384 pounds, then you'll be shocked by Earthquake's weight, which was 468 pounds! As mentionned earlier, they did win the Tag Team belts together, but after the tag team's breakup, neither would see much success.Earthquakes and Typhoons never really go together in the weather world, but the Natural Disasters were a great and memorable pair. Sadly, Earthquake passed in 2006 due to bladder cancer.
The first, but not last, Samoan to make the list is Umaga. He clocks in at only 350 pounds, but it looks much heftier on his short frame. After initially surviving being saddled with the 3 Minute Warning dead-end tag team as Rosey, he was (thankfully) repackaged into the monster Umaga, and his career really started to take off. He never won the WWE Title, but he had a long feud with John Cena with several good title matches and showdowns where Cena could show off his strength by giving a massive AA to Umaga. Before leaving the WWE, he was also able to win the Intercontinental Title twice. Sadly, Umaga passed away at the young age of 36, due to a heart attack.
10 The Great Khali
It seems unfair to call Khali overweight at around 400 pounds (he's listed at 347 by WWE, but many other sites speculate differently). He usually appears in pretty decent shape, but he has made a fairly long career in WWE the last 10 years out of being a threat solely based on his size. He's been in several Royal Rumbles as the guy that half the ring has to work together to eliminate, which is one of the minimum big-guy requirements. He did reach the top of the mountain, winning the world title once during a long feud with John Cena. He was released just this year, but I'd still expect to see him again as a surprise Royal Rumble entrant or tag team partner.
By whichever name you want to call him, Viscera has had one constant throughout his career - being almost impossible to pick up. For 25 years in the WWE, he bounced around fringe gimmicks as a rapper, king, then demonic lackey. He was a staple in Royal Rumbles, as the one man you don't want to have to throw out alone. He also won the King of the Ring and had a memorable SummerSlam title match against Diesel. Viscera was never great in the ring or involved in many memorable matches. However, he proved a versatile performer doing the over-the-top corny gimmicks of the 90s, the dark Corporate Ministry gimmick, and then being a part of the attitude-era comedy gimmicks as well. He had a long WWE career, racking up that King of the Ring as well as a Tag Title reign and Hardcore title reign.
The master of the "Stinkface",,Rikishi got as much mileage out of his huge backside as humanly possible. Another Samoan (father of the Usos, brother of Umaga, cousin of The Rock), Rikishi clocks in at around 425 pounds. His success with Too Cool as a comedy gimmick is well-known, but he was also a long time wrestler, as part of the Samoan Swat Team and Headshrinkers gimmick in the late 80s and 90s. Rikishi was a surprisingly versatile performer through those drastic gimmick changes, winning the tag titles with three different partners. He was also a World Title contender when he turned heel as the driver that attacked Stone Cold in 2000. His Hell in a Cell bump from the top of the structure into a truck at ringside will live on forever.
7 Bam Bam Bigelow
Another journeyman, Bam Bam Bigelow made a career throughout the 80s and 90s from throwing his round 390 pound frame at people and through things. He had a distinctive run through all three of the major promotions at the time. In the WWE, he headlined WrestleMania XI with NFL superstar Lawrence Taylor. He found singles success as the ECW World and Television Champion. And finally, in WCW, he was a two-time tag champion, as well as a WCW Hardcore Champion. Throughout it all, Bam Bam was always one of the most versatile and innovative big men.
6 Mark Henry
It's also not fair to be listing Mark Henry here as overweight, as he is 412 pounds, but a lot of that is muscle. But that is some huge muscle. Regardless, he's still much heavier than most people his height. The "World's Strongest Man" and legitimate Olympian has had a long WWE career. His two devastating finishers, the World's Strongest Slam and World's Strongest Splash, all use his size to his advantage. In the WWE, he's been World Champion, ECW Champion and European Champion over his last 20 years. Henry's still on the active WWE roster waiting for a creative opportunity after not being used much in the last few months.
5 Dusty Rhodes
Dusty isn't the largest wrestler, only clocking in at 300 pounds at his heaviest, but he is definitely one of the worst in shape. At only 6'2", Dusty carries most of that in a flabby upper body. He never won matches through technical brilliance, strength, or even a devastating body splash. Dusty Rhodes was just a brawler through and through. In addition to the great name, he also was very decorated as a three-time NWA Champion. Dusty's greatest big man accomplishment just might be how many generations he's grossed out just by taking off his shirt. Kids watching his late 2000s resurgence might thing that he really let himself go in his old age. But anyone popping on an NWA match from the 1980s can tell you that he always looked that bad.
With a gimmick of "unmovable sumo wrestler," Yokozuna was a given for the list. Clocking in at 589 pounds makes him also the biggest wrestler on the list by sheer numbers. He's also one of the most decorated in his short time in WWE, winning two WWE titles, two tag titles, one Royal Rumble, and participating in two WrestleMania main events. After only a few years, he was unfortunately phased out of WWE after unsuccessful attempts to lose weight in 1996. But he still was able to make a huge impression in that short period of time.
It's time. It's Vader Time. The 450-pound Vader is one of the best big men of all time and also one of the most decorated. He won titles across WCW and WWFE the 80s and 90s crushing opponents with the Vader Bomb turnbuckle splash and an amazing top rope moonsault. He was also infamously known as the man that ripped off part of Mick Foley's ear in a ring in Germany. Most of his success was in the WCW, winning the US Title once and Heavyweight title three times. He was also the Battlebowl Battle Royal winner in 1990, continuing the long-standing big man tradition of battle royal dominance. In the WWE, he was often a credible world title contender as well, having big matches with Shawn Michaels and The Undertaker among others.
2 Big Show
The 500+ pound successor to Andre The Giant's WWE legacy has had a super-sized career. He won his first battle royal last Sunday at WrestleMania, which is aptly named the Andre the Giant Memorial. He's been a multiple time world champion in WCW and WWE, and always a credible threat. He's often billed in WWE today as The World's Largest Athlete, and he likes to prove it in matches by sometimes hitting a huge sunset flip. He also cemented his legacy as one of the top big men by breaking the ring in a match with Brock Lesnar on SmackDown.
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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