Wrestling / Giant Silva


"I have brought a wrestler able to bring you hustlers down. Tell your boys to get ready. Any number of them."
Nobuhiko Takada introducing Silva in HUSTLE

Paulo César da Silva (b. 1963) is a Brazilian Professional Wrestler and Mixed Martial Arts fighter, better known as Giant Silva. He debuted in 1981 and signed with World Wrestling Entertainment, where he was put in the Oddities stable along Kurrgan, Golga and other characters. After the group's demise, Silva was fired to make place to The Big Show. He moved to Mexico for the Consejo Mundial de Lucha Libre, where he became incredibly popular as an athletic face giant. He then was recruited by Antonio Inoki and left for New Japan Pro Wrestling, joining Giant Singh (after known as Great Khali) to form the team Club 7, Masahiro Chono's giant bodyguards. The two titans eventually turned on each other and both left NJPW, with Silva landing in Dream Stage Entertainment. He gained popularity after starting a rather unfortunate MMA career and simultaneously competed in HUSTLE, where he served as Generalissimo Takada's main enforcer. After the fall of HUSTLE, Silva kept wrestling in the American wrestling circuit before fading into the darkness. He is apparently retired, and according to rumors, works as a bouncer.

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"Giant Tropes":

  • Acrofatic: More "big" than "fat" example, but valid nonetheless. Despite his enormous size, Silva could maneuver like none other giant in pro wrestling. He could perform sunset flips, slingshots, top rope attacks and even hurricanranas (those with some assistence, that is).
  • Arch-Enemy: Akebono, the only name in puroresu who could top him in size. They even had a MMA fight in PRIDE, with Silva coming victorious. In real life, however, they were close friends.
  • Ass Kicks You: One of his old spots was cornering the entire enemy team against the turnbuckle and bumping them hip-first.
  • At Arm's Length: Used this technique in MMA, seriously. His arms and legs were so long that he could fend his attacker away from him even when mounted, at least for a time.
  • Barbarian Longhair: After the WWF.
  • Bash Brothers: With Giant Singh until their falling out. Also with Brazo de Plata in CMLL and Giant Vabo in HUSTLE.
  • Big Fun: The Oddities's gimmick. Also, he was featured in this funny promo in CMLL where he helped Tzuki and some other midget wrestlers to win a basketball match.
    "Did you see, Dr. Wagner? Here on the field I am the king. The king! And on the ring, same. So I want to invite you to a match against us, here or there. Bring in your most valuable players."
  • The Big Guy: As a face.
    • He also had this role in the Oddities. Granted, ALL of the three main male Oddities, Golga, Kurrgan and Silva were huge, but he was the tallest and the least experienced when he entered in WWE.
  • Brazil
  • Breakup Breakout: Among the Club 7 tag team, Giant Singh went to became the most worldwide famous of the duo, as he moved to WWE and became The Great Khali, so he was the one who broke out. Silva nonetheless is the most famous and remembered in Japan thanks to his career in PRIDE and Fighting Opera HUSTLE, but American fans barely remember or even know him.
  • The Brute/Evil Is Bigger: As a heel.
  • Carry a Big Stick: In Japan, he used to come to the ring carrying a big wooden club. He even appeared in MMA events with it, which led to this weird (and probably staged) incident after his fight against Takashi Sugiura.
  • Celebrity Resemblance: With his long hair, he looks very like Carles Pujol, which was noted by European fans.
  • Chuck Cunningham Syndrome: He left wrestling without an official retirement in 2010.
  • Circus of Fear: His gimmick as part of the Oddities.
  • Colour-Coded for Your Convenience: Always wore in black.
  • Curbstomp Battle: The majory of his wins. He has wrestled more handicap matches than single ones, but he has never allowed it to bother him.
  • David Versus Goliath: It's easy to see why.
  • Death from Above: The Giant Press, a diving splash performed generally from the second rope and sometimes from the top rope.
  • Demoted to Extra: The team match against Kaientai was the one which saw most of Giant Silva in the WWF, as he was relegated to a cornerman to the main team of the Oddities (Golga and Kurrgan) and he was barely tagged in if all in their trios matches, often only to finish an opponent and dance afterwards.
  • Deus Exit Machina: Before a match between Oddities and Too Much in 1999, Droz came and challenged Silva, who promptly slingshotted his way out the ring and went after him. It turned out that it was a ruse concocted to keep Silva away from the ring and impede him to aid his partners, who lost the match via interference from Disciples of Apocalypse while the giant was attacked by Droz In the Back
  • Downer Ending: His team with Giant Singh broke up just before gaining the IWGP Tag Team titles.
  • Evil Counterpart: He had a short career in Memphis Wrestling as "Giant King", an enforcer brought by Randy Hales to defeat Jerry "The King" Lawler.
    • In México, CMLL briefly brought Kurrgan to have another giant wrestler to feud with Silva, who was a solid face. They had some clashes before Kurrgan disappeared from Mexican TV.
  • Evil Is Bigger: Giant Singh and him were brought by Masahiro Chono to substitute the team of Hiroyoshi Tenzan and Satoshi Kojima in his heel stable.
  • Expy:
    • The WWF commentators noted him as one to André the Giant, and in fact, Silva is taller than him, albeit much more slender. In Japan, Silva used Andre's music theme.
    • He also echoes Giant González, who was a basketball player and had South American nationality like him.
  • Finishing Move: In WWF, he used the chokeslam and the powerbomb. He later added the Giant Press (a diving splash from the second or top rope).
  • Gentle Giant: In real life.
  • The Giant: Well, duh.
  • Giant Mook: As heel.
  • Hero Killer: Silva and Singh basically dedicated their NJPW careers to destroy established veterans like Yutaka Yoshie, Wataru Inoue and Hiroshi Tanahashi, among others.
  • Hoist by His Own Petard: Lost a match against HUSTLE Rikishi when Silva picked up a TV monitor to bludgeon him and Rikishi kicked it right on his face.
  • I Know Basketball: Was part of the Brazilian Olympic team, and occasionally used his basketball ability during gimmick matches in HUSTLE. He was paired with Giant Vabo, a former volleyball player.
  • Incompletely Trained: Barely had MMA training when he stepped in the ring. He only had a crash course in Brazilian jiu-jitsu with the Gracie family and never learn proper striking, which would have been his strong point thanks to his abnormally long reach (watch Semmy Schilt and Choi Hong-man as examples).
  • The Juggernaut: In Mexico and Japan. It used to take entire teams of wrestlers and/or copious amounts of Heroic Willpower only to take him down.
  • Lightning Bruiser: Stood among the CMLL luchadores for his gigantic size (of course) and his incredible aerial capability. The rudos who opposed him freaked out whenever he came from the top rope against them.
  • Older Than They Look: Was already 34 when he debuted on WWE TV on the May 25 (taped May 19th), 1998 Raw, and was 35 when he had his first televised match at SummerSlam 98.
  • Power Stable: The Oddities, Team 2000 and Takada Monster Army.
  • Praetorian Guard: With Singh to Masahiro Chono.
  • Red Baron: "The Largest Man in the World", "The South American Soldier" and "Paulao".
  • Screaming Warrior: Often roared during his matches.
  • Sore Loser: He beat up Manabu Nakanishi after losing by countout to him.
  • The Voiceless: He had absolutely no spoken lines during his WWE tenure (although he once made the chorus for a singing Kurrgan). His stay in HUSTLE was the time who saw Silva speak the most.
  • The Worf Effect: Has this tendency towards fellow giants. Despite having defeated Giant Singh in a singles match, Silva was mostly beaten up by him when they met again in a team match in Mexico, which amusingly was won by Silva's team. Years after he had another fluke with HUSTLE Titus (but again winning the match).
    • Silva also jobbed to Tadao Yasuda, who was being strongly pushed in New Japan thanks to his MMA victory against Jérôme Le Banner.
  • World's Strongest Man: The Largest Man in the World
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