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Giants typically have a typical moveset associated with them, with the [[NeckLift chokeslam]] being the obligatory move to show their raw power and simple approach to wrestling. It also includes clawholds if the wrestler has particularly huge hands, and the classic big boot or stationary kick right to the face of a running, puny opponent. And, ultimately, if the Giant has a big belly or otherwise a heavy torso, a big splash is the most adequate finishing move.

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Giants Moves done by giants enough to typically have a typical moveset become associated with them, with them first and foremost include the [[NeckLift chokeslam]] chokeslam]], being the obligatory move to show their raw power and simple approach to wrestling. It also includes wrestling, with clawholds if the wrestler has particularly huge hands, and the hands not being far behind. The classic big boot or stationary kick right to the face of a running, puny opponent. And, opponent is another and, ultimately, if the Giant has a big belly or otherwise a heavy torso, a [[BellyFlopCrushing big splash splash]] is the most adequate finishing move.
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* Jorge Gonzales, billed as El Gigante in WCW and Giant Gonzalez in WWE. May be more well-known for the "naked" bodysuit he was required to wear as the latter. He feuded with Wrestling/TheUndertaker while "The Deadman" was in his prime (who he can be seen towering over in the top left of the page image; 'Taker is 6'10" himself). His profile at the wwe.com Alumni Gallery lists his height as ''8 feet'', but it was actually more like 7'6". Incidentally, he was a member of the Argentine national basketball team; he would have competed in the 1988 Olympics, but he was drafted by the Atlanta Hawks two months before the games.

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* Jorge Gonzales, billed as El Gigante in WCW and Giant Gonzalez in WWE. May be more well-known for the "naked" bodysuit he was required to wear as the latter. He feuded with Wrestling/TheUndertaker while "The Deadman" was in his prime (who he can be seen towering over in the top left of the page image; 'Taker is 6'10" himself). His profile at the wwe.com Alumni Gallery lists his height as ''8 feet'', but it was actually more like 7'6". Incidentally, in spite of his lack of finesse in the ring he was good enough at basketball to be almost become a member of the Argentine national basketball team; he would have competed in the 1988 Olympics, but he was drafted by the Atlanta Hawks two months before the games.



* Just try to stop Wrestling/{{WWE}} from using these. In addition to Big Show, everyone else in that picture has been on their television programming at one time or another. They've currently still got Big Show along with Wrestling/MarkHenry, Undertaker, and Wrestling/{{Kane}}. Relative to the WWE's size, that number's fairly conservative though. Of course, Wrestling/TheUndertaker is arguably one of the very best big man wrestlers ever, Wrestling/{{Kane}} has always been solid--in his prime he could do hurricanranas, and Wrestling/MarkHenry was pretty mobile in the 90s and worked to improve in 2005.

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* Just try to stop Wrestling/{{WWE}} from using these. In addition to Big Show, everyone else in that picture has been on their television programming at one time or another. They've currently still got Big Show along with Show, Wrestling/MarkHenry, Undertaker, and Wrestling/{{Kane}}. Relative Wrestling/{{Kane}} are particular favorites whom WWE can't seem to get enough to of, although relative to the WWE's size, that number's fairly conservative though.conservative. Of course, Wrestling/TheUndertaker is arguably one of the very best big man wrestlers ever, Wrestling/{{Kane}} has always been solid--in his prime he could do hurricanranas, and Wrestling/MarkHenry was pretty mobile in the 90s and worked to improve in 2005.



** Team Lesnar, in ''Wrestling/SurvivorSeries 2003'', was built on this trope. It featured Wrestling/BrockLesnar, A-Train, Matt Morgan, Nathan Jones and the Big Show together as the largest team in the history of the pay per view. Two had just surfaced on TV and 3/5ths of them were gone by next year.

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** On the flip side, Team Lesnar, Lesnar in ''Wrestling/SurvivorSeries 2003'', 2003'' was built on this trope.trope but had no longevity. It featured Wrestling/BrockLesnar, A-Train, Matt Morgan, Nathan Jones and the Big Show together as the largest team in the history of the pay per view. Two had just surfaced on TV and 3/5ths of them were gone by next year.



* WCW had Midnight (real name Ann Marie Crooks). She was a face and accompanied Wrestling/BookerT, but was only around for a few months. Website/{{WrestleCrap}} would also like to remind you of one of her opponents, [[DontExplainTheJoke Asya, who was bigger than Chyna]]. In a different induction, Midnight was described as "better than Stevie Ray", though.

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* WCW had Midnight (real name Ann Marie Crooks). She was a face {{face}} and accompanied Wrestling/BookerT, but was only around for a few months. Website/{{WrestleCrap}} would also like to remind you of one of her opponents, [[DontExplainTheJoke Asya, who was bigger than Chyna]]. In a different induction, Midnight was described as "better than Stevie Ray", though.



* The late Rhonda Singh, who played former [[http://www.wrestling-titles.com/wwe/wwf-wm.html WWF Women's Champion]] Bertha Faye, and Monster Ripper in Japan. She briefly worked in WCW under her own name as well.

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* The late Rhonda Singh, who played former [[http://www.wrestling-titles.com/wwe/wwf-wm.html WWF Women's Champion]] Bertha Faye, and Monster Ripper in Japan. She briefly worked in WCW under her own name as well. She was especially this in WWF, where she wasn't allowed to do most of the moves that got her over in CSP/WWC or [[Wrestling/AllJapanWomensProWrestling Zenjo.]]



* Wrestling/BobSapp was tall and heavy enough to fit the trope, even more in Japan.

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* Wrestling/BobSapp was tall and heavy enough to fit the trope, even more in Japan. Ironically he was even more this trope in kick boxing and mixed martial arts than traditional pro wrestling. As a pro wrestlers Sapp had a lot of moves, even if almost all of them involved picking up and dropping the other guy or running into them. His professional fight could almost always be described as him charging forward flailing his arms, however.
22nd Mar '18 9:01:23 PM nombretomado
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** Shaquille O'Neal is another prominent example, at least as far as his lane presence is concerned. His free throw ability, not so much--[[ScaryMovie famously so]].

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** Shaquille O'Neal is another prominent example, at least as far as his lane presence is concerned. His free throw ability, not so much--[[ScaryMovie much--[[Film/ScaryMovie famously so]].
5th Jan '18 2:01:32 PM KYCubbie
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* Jorge Gonzales, billed as El Gigante in WCW and Giant Gonzalez in WWE. May be more well-known for the "naked" bodysuit he was required to wear as the latter. He feuded with Wrestling/TheUndertaker while "The Deadman" was in his prime (who he can be seen towering over in the top left of the page image; 'Taker is 6'10" himself). His profile at the wwe.com Alumni Gallery lists his height as ''8 feet'', but it was actually more like 7'6". Incidentally, he was a member of the Argentinean national basketball team; he would have competed in the 1988 Olympics, but he was drafted by the Atlanta Hawks two months before the games.
* Starting in All Pro Wrestling, moving to Wrestling/{{CMLL}}, Wrestling/{{New Japan| Pro Wrestling}} and finally winding up as the biggest man in WWE, The Great Khali, who at 7'1" is (slightly) taller than the Undertaker, Kane, and the Big Show. He's also one of the least mobile examples in wrestling history, due to the strain his gigantism puts on his body. He's still a huge attraction though, managing to draw a crowd of sixty thousand in his native punjab to see CWE students, well after his WWE run was over.
* One example that only concerns the wrestler's weight and not height was Wrestling/{{Yokozuna}}, who combined this trope with the ForeignWrestlingHeel angle (He was born in the American territory of Samoa, but was only billed as being from the Polynesian Islands).

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* Jorge Gonzales, billed as El Gigante in WCW and Giant Gonzalez in WWE. May be more well-known for the "naked" bodysuit he was required to wear as the latter. He feuded with Wrestling/TheUndertaker while "The Deadman" was in his prime (who he can be seen towering over in the top left of the page image; 'Taker is 6'10" himself). His profile at the wwe.com Alumni Gallery lists his height as ''8 feet'', but it was actually more like 7'6". Incidentally, he was a member of the Argentinean Argentine national basketball team; he would have competed in the 1988 Olympics, but he was drafted by the Atlanta Hawks two months before the games.
* Starting in All Pro Wrestling, moving to Wrestling/{{CMLL}}, Wrestling/{{New Japan| Pro Wrestling}} and finally winding up as the biggest man in WWE, The Great Khali, who at 7'1" is (slightly) taller than the Undertaker, Kane, and the Big Show. He's also one of the least mobile examples in wrestling history, due to the strain his gigantism puts on his body. He's still a huge attraction though, managing to draw a crowd of sixty thousand in his native punjab Punjab to see CWE students, well after his WWE run was over.
* One example that only concerns the wrestler's weight and not height was Wrestling/{{Yokozuna}}, who combined this trope with the ForeignWrestlingHeel angle (He (he was born in the American territory of Samoa, but was only billed as being from the Polynesian Islands).



* As Enzo Amore reminds everyone, [[https://s-media-cache-ak0.pinimg.com/originals/a2/67/59/a267593bc40f418f5912d2f028984025.jpg Big Cass]] is 7 feet tall [[CatchPhrase and you can't teach that!]] He was easily the tallest person during his {{Wrestling/WWENXT}} run. The second tallest was Baron Corbin at 6'8.

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* As Enzo Amore reminds everyone, [[https://s-media-cache-ak0.pinimg.com/originals/a2/67/59/a267593bc40f418f5912d2f028984025.jpg Big Cass]] is 7 feet tall [[CatchPhrase and you can't teach that!]] He was easily the tallest person during his {{Wrestling/WWENXT}} run. The second tallest was Baron Corbin at 6'8.6'8".



* The NBA has also had its share of giants on the basketball court. Effective big men are hard to come by, though, and misfires like Gheorge Muresan, Jake Vohskul, and Wang Zhizhi are all too common. 7 footers and up are always in demand, based on the reasoning that if the 7'0" guy needs polishing, you can teach him to be better, whereas you ''can't'' teach a guy who's already good to be 7 feet tall.

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* The NBA has also had its share of giants on the basketball court. Effective big men are hard to come by, though, and misfires like Gheorge Muresan, Gheorghe Mureșan, Jake Vohskul, Voskuhl, and Wang Zhizhi are all too common. 7 footers and up are always in demand, based on the reasoning that if the 7'0" guy needs polishing, you can teach him to be better, whereas you ''can't'' teach a guy who's already good to be 7 feet tall.



** Manute Bol was literally the tallest man to ever play in the NBA (tied with Muresan, technically), and while he was a dominant blocker and good three point shooter, he was also dangerously underweight for his size -- 7'7" and just ''200'' lbs.

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** Manute Bol was literally the tallest man to ever play in the NBA (tied with Muresan, Mureșan, technically), and while he was a dominant blocker and good three point three-point shooter, he was also dangerously underweight for his size -- 7'7" and just ''200'' lbs.



* Emmanuel Yarborough is a little-known sumo wrestler and MMA fighter, but his main claim to fame is as the holder of the Guinness World Record for World's Largest Athlete, at 6'8" tall and over 800 pounds. Interestingly, although he is a shoot fighter he resembles a Giant pro wrestler very strongly, with a moveset that mostly consists of basic punches and trying to crush his opponent under his weight, and his fairly limited MMA record consists mostly of losses to scrappy, much smaller underdogs.
* In the NHL by Zdeno Chara, the tallest player ever to play in the league, who is considered one of the top defensemen playing at the moment. Ironically, some thought that his height was the only reason he even had a job during his rookie season, disregarding his actual skill. On the flip side, the second tallest [=NHLer=] of all time, Steve [=McKenna=], was not very good at all, and found himself a frequent healthy scratch before going to Australia to become the coach of their national team.

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* Emmanuel Yarborough is was a little-known sumo wrestler and MMA fighter, but his main claim to fame is was as the holder of the Guinness World Record for World's Largest Athlete, at 6'8" tall and over 800 pounds. Interestingly, although he is was a shoot fighter he resembles very strongly resembled a Giant pro wrestler very strongly, wrestler, with a moveset that mostly consists consisted of basic punches and trying to crush his opponent under his weight, and his fairly limited MMA record consists consisted mostly of losses to scrappy, much smaller underdogs.
* In the NHL by Zdeno Chara, Chára, the tallest player ever to play in the league, who is considered one of the top defensemen playing at the moment. Ironically, some thought that his height was the only reason he even had a job during his rookie season, disregarding his actual skill. On the flip side, the second tallest [=NHLer=] of all time, Steve [=McKenna=], was not very good at all, and found himself a frequent healthy scratch before going to Australia to become the coach of their national team.



* Another MMA Example, even among the UFC Heavyweights, Stefan "Skyscraper" Struve stands out at 6'11 and 260. His tallest opponent was 4 inches shorter. His shortest, a full foot shorter than him. However, he owns a 25-6 record and is very accomplished on the ground.

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* Another MMA Example, even example: Even among the UFC Heavyweights, Stefan "Skyscraper" Struve stands out at 6'11 and 260. His tallest opponent was 4 inches shorter. His shortest, a full foot shorter than him. However, he owns a 25-6 record and is very accomplished on the ground.
23rd Jun '17 8:10:26 PM ArcaneAzmadi
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* [[SnakePeople Vibora]] on Wrestling/LuchaUnderground is the resident giant. His performer, Austin Matelson, is actually only 6'5" tall (although booked at 6'11"), not ''particularly'' gigantic by the standards of this trope, but since Lucha Underground is on average a much shorter promotion than WWE, he ''towers'' over most of the roster in a most intimidating manner.

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* [[SnakePeople Vibora]] on Wrestling/LuchaUnderground is the resident giant. His performer, Austin Matelson, is actually only 6'5" tall (although booked commentary put him at 6'11"), 7'), not ''particularly'' gigantic by the standards of this trope, but since Lucha Underground is on average a much shorter promotion than WWE, he ''towers'' over most of the roster in a most intimidating manner.
23rd Jun '17 7:58:02 PM ArcaneAzmadi
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* [[SnakePeople Vibora]] on Wrestling/LuchaUnderground is the resident giant. His performer, Austin Matelson, is actually only 6'5" tall, not ''particularly'' gigantic by the standards of this trope, but since Lucha Underground is on average a much shorter promotion than WWE, he ''towers'' over most of the roster in a most intimidating manner.

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* [[SnakePeople Vibora]] on Wrestling/LuchaUnderground is the resident giant. His performer, Austin Matelson, is actually only 6'5" tall, tall (although booked at 6'11"), not ''particularly'' gigantic by the standards of this trope, but since Lucha Underground is on average a much shorter promotion than WWE, he ''towers'' over most of the roster in a most intimidating manner.
5th Apr '17 2:24:06 PM Gimere
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An important distinction between The Giant and just being large is that The Giant will have [[ImmovableObject sheer immovability]] and too often a noticeable lack in the talent department, having a very small repertoire of basic strikes and throws or not possessing WrestlingPsychology. While some with the Giant gimmick will disprove some of the stereotypes by showing a more diverse range of moves along with decent fitness and mobility, their in ring style and psychology are still built almost entirely around being large and hard to budge, as it is the easiest/most credible way to build matches with guys like them. And they will rarely be in a hurry either which, when worked well, can go a long towards making them seem that much larger. Wrestling/JimRoss used to refer to these types of wrestlers as 'Hoss'es, after Hoss Cartwright from Bonanza.

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An important distinction between The Giant and just being large is that The Giant will have [[ImmovableObject sheer immovability]] and too often a noticeable lack in the talent department, having a very small repertoire of basic strikes and throws or not possessing WrestlingPsychology. While some with the Giant gimmick will disprove some of the stereotypes by showing a more diverse range of moves along with decent fitness and mobility, their in ring style and psychology are still built almost entirely around being large and hard to budge, as it is the easiest/most credible way to build matches with guys like them. And they will rarely be in a hurry either which, when worked well, can go a long towards making them seem that much larger. Wrestling/JimRoss used to refer to these types of wrestlers as 'Hoss'es, Hosses, after Hoss Cartwright from Bonanza.
''Series/{{Bonanza}}''.



** Eli Cottonwood, one of the rookies in Wrestling/{{WWE NXT}} season 2. He was ''bad'', but he was about 6'10". In vignettes about him the other pros struggled to have anything nice to say about him other than "He's tall." He managed to stick around WWE's developmental league FCW (and later the revamped NXT) for a couple years, based entirely on being large and having no other upside.

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** Eli Cottonwood, one of the rookies in Wrestling/{{WWE NXT}} Wrestling/{{WWENXT}} season 2. He was ''bad'', but he was about 6'10". In vignettes about him the other pros struggled to have anything nice to say about him other than "He's tall." He managed to stick around WWE's developmental league FCW (and later the revamped NXT) for a couple years, based entirely on being large and having no other upside.



* The late Rhonda Singh, who played former [[http://www.wrestling-titles.com/wwe/wwf-wm.html WWF Women's Champion]] Bertha Faye, and Monster Ripper in Japan. She briefly worked in WCW under her own name as well

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* The late Rhonda Singh, who played former [[http://www.wrestling-titles.com/wwe/wwf-wm.html WWF Women's Champion]] Bertha Faye, and Monster Ripper in Japan. She briefly worked in WCW under her own name as wellwell.



* The 6'1, 316 lbs Betsy Ruth or Rosie Lottalove to TNA viewers. However, she went to the Diana promotion in Japan in 2011 and fell off the radar by mid 2012 before resurfacing in late 2014, 127 lbs lighter(still much larger than most but the giant gimmick's been shredded, mostly)

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* The 6'1, 316 lbs Betsy Ruth or Rosie Lottalove to TNA viewers. However, she went to the Diana promotion in Japan in 2011 and fell off the radar by mid 2012 before resurfacing in late 2014, 127 lbs lighter(still lighter (still much larger than most but the giant gimmick's been shredded, mostly)mostly).
3rd Apr '17 7:53:08 PM ArcaneAzmadi
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* [[SnakePeople Vibora]] on Wrestling/LuchaUnderground is the resident giant. His performer, Austin Matelson, is actually only 6'5" tall, not ''particularly'' gigantic by the standards of this trope, but since Lucha Underground is on average a much shorter promotion than WWE, he ''towers'' over most of the roster in a most intimidating manner.
3rd Apr '17 7:41:52 PM ArcaneAzmadi
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* The 6 ft 9 Isis the Amazon (real name Lindsay Kay Hayward), of the American indie scene. That's her dominating the lineup in the bottom-right corner of the page pic. She's done a bit of acting too, and consequently holds the Guinness World Record title for the tallest women ever to play a leading role.

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* The 6 ft 9 Isis the Amazon (real name Lindsay Kay Hayward), of the American indie scene. That's her dominating the lineup in the bottom-right corner of the page pic.pic; you can see that the top of Wrestling/AJLee's head is about level with Isis' breasts. She's done a bit of acting too, and consequently holds the Guinness World Record title for the tallest women ever to play a leading role.
24th Mar '17 7:22:48 AM StubbyPenguin
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* '''HOLY CRAP,''' [[VideoGame/PokemonXandY PokemonXAndY Az]] is HUGE at 9 feet. Subverted due to that he is quite [[RealMenWearPink soft and kind.]]
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* Several villains in ''Manga/{{Kinnikuman}}'' and ''Anime/UltimateMuscle'' get by mostly on superior size and strength. Perhaps most emblematic is the Mountain, one of the largest and heaviest wrestlers in either series. His ultimate finishing move is a simple frog splash (with the NameOfPower "Mountain Drop"), but it's absolutely devastating because of how massive he is.



* Several villains in ''Manga/{{Kinnikuman}}'' and ''Anime/UltimateMuscle'' get by mostly on superior size and strength. Perhaps most emblematic is the Mountain, one of the largest and heaviest wrestlers in either series. His ultimate finishing move is a simple frog splash (with the NameOfPower "Mountain Drop"), but it's absolutely devastating because of how massive he is.
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