The Great Khali is a professional wrestler currently working for the World Wrestling Entertainment’s SmackDown brand.
Khali hails from India and was born as Dalip Singh Rana on August 27, 1972 to Jwala Ram (father) and Tandi Devi (mother). He is one of seven siblings and is married to Harminder Kaur. They were married on February 27, 2002. Due to the nature of his work, Singh stays away from alcohol and tobacco. In order to maintain his size, he does 2 hours of weight training everyday and his diet consists of consuming one gallon of milk, five chickens, 2 dozen eggs, juice, and fruit everyday.
Prior to his wrestling career, he worked as an officer of the Punjab state police. He was also a former powerlifter, having won the Mr. India competition in 1995 and 1996. Aside from his wrestling work, he has also appeared in a couple of movies. He appeared as part of Adam Sandler’s team in the 2005 football comedy “The Longest Yard” and as a seemingly indestructible henchman in the cinematic adaptation of “Get Smart” in 2008.
He debuted as a professional wrestler in October 2001, having been trained by the All Pro Wrestling camp. Singh inadvertently caused the death of wrestler Brian Ong after a flapjack move. Prior to their match, Ong had already suffered a previous concussion but the trainers allowed him to continue wrestling, aside from the fact that Ong didn’t get any Ong’s family sued APW and received over $1.3 million for damages after APW was found liable for recklessness.
He then moved to New Japan Pro wrestling and spent the better part of 2001-2002 in the circuit. During his NJP stint, he was paired up with a fellow big man, Giant Silva. Their team stood at an average of 7 ½ feet and had a combined weight of 805 pounds. Due to their staggering sizes, they were booked mostly in handicap matches. Although his presence is dominating, he was not booked to win any titles in his career until his arrival in the WWE.
The WWE offered Singh a developmental contract, making him the first Indian to be signed by the company. He was sent to the Deep South Wrestling developmental territory for training and spent several months wrestling in the facility.
Khali, accompanied by Daivari, debuted in SmackDown on April 2006 as an unnamed wrestler, interfering in a match between Mark Henry and The Undertaker. He was then introduced as “The Great Khali”, in reference to the Indian death goddess Kali. Daivari and Khali were out to destroy The Undertaker. Khali was pitted against other wrestlers in several matches, dominating them in the process. Khali was scheduled to face the Dead Man in a Punjabi Prison Match but was not medically cleared so the Big Show had to replace him.
Khali’s next stop was in ECW in 2006, feuding with Tommy Dreamer. By January 2008, Khali was sent to Raw and set his sights on John Cena’s WWE Championship title. The two men feuded and fought in several PPVs but Khali always came up short. When Khali was transferred to SmackDown, he captured the World Heavyweight Championship in a battle royal after eliminating Kane and Batista. He held the title for 3 months, eventually losing it to Batista in the Unforgiven 2007 PPV. Khali also went on to wrestle at WrestleMania 23, defeating Kane after a choke bomb. When Triple H was moved to SmackDown, Khali feuded with The Game over the WWE Championship but the Cerebral Assassin always came up victorious.
Khali has since then turned face and began hosting fun activities in SmackDown, including a “Khali Kiss Cam” where he would choose random women from the crowd and kiss them. He is also involved in a storyline love angle with Santino Marella’s “twin sister”, Santina.
Real Name: Dalip Singh Rana
Date of Birth: August 27, 1972
World Heavyweight Championship (SmackDown) – July 17, 2007