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16 Remarkable Truths You Did Not Know About The Great Khali

1. He debuted in WWE alongside Daivari and had alliances with Ranjin Singh and Jinder Mahal.

2. However, he spent most of his career as a singles superstar; in 2007, he became the World Heavyweight Champion.

3. Before embarking on his professional wrestling career, he was an officer for the Punjab state police. He has appeared in four Hollywood films, two Bollywood films, and a handful of television shows.

4. Singh was born to a Punjabi Rajput family in Dhiraina, Himachal Pradesh, the son of Jwala Ram (father) and Tandi Devi (mother).

5. Although his parents are of normal stature, his grandfather was well over 6ft 6 inches tall.

6. Under the ring name Giant Singh, Singh first became a professional wrestler for All Pro Wrestling (APW) in the United States, making his first appearance in October 2000, when teaming with Tony Jones against the West Side Playaz.

7. When Singh came to San Francisco, he signed a contract with the World Championship Wrestling (WCW).

8. He spent 8 months until the WCW was bought by the rival promotion, World Wrestling Federation. They were the tallest tag team in professional wrestling history at an average height of 7 foot 2? inches, and a combined weight of 805 pounds.

9. The two teamed up for the first time at the Tokyo Dome in October, labeled Club 7 by Chono, and defeated Yutaka Yoshie, Kenzo Suzuki, Hiroshi Tanahashi, and Wataru Inoue in a Handicap Match when Silva pinned Tanahashi and Inoue at the same time. He suffered another big tag defeat during March, being pinned by Manabu Nakanishi after a German suplex pin.

10. His most critical loss came in August at Tokyo Nippon Budokan when, after a falling out, he was pinned by Silva in a singles match.

11. He also wrestled in the Mexican promotion Consejo Mundial de Lucha Libre and the Japanese promotion All Japan Pro Wrestling until 2006, when he signed with WWE.

12. On 2 January 2006, Singh became the first Indian professional wrestler to be signed to a contract by World Wrestling Entertainment (WWE);

13. With Daivari as his manager, the unnamed Singh debuted on WWE television on the 7 April 2006 episode of SmackDown!, attacking The Undertaker and leaving him defenceless during his match with Mark Henry, and thus causing a no-contest ruling. The next week he was introduced as The Great Khali.

14. Daivari explained that he finally had a client who would destroy The Undertaker (after Muhammed Hassan and Mark Henry had previously failed).

15. On the 12 May edition of SmackDown!, Khali was John “Bradshaw” Layfield’s hand-picked opponent against World Heavyweight Champion Rey Mysterio.

16. Khali then challenged The Undertaker to a Punjabi Prison match at The Great American Bash. However, Khali was not medically cleared to compete in the match, and was instead replaced by Big Show, who lost the match despite Khali’s interference.

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