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Wrestling: Giant Silva

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, wrestling in the Consejo Mundial de Lucha Libre as a popular, incredibly nimble foreign giant, mostly as a face. 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 in the darkness.

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"Giant Tropes":

  • Acrofatic: Despite his enormous size, Silva could maneuver like none other giant in pro wrestling. He could perform 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: According to some.
  • 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
  • The Brute/Evil Is Bigger: As a heel.
  • Carry a Big Stick: In Japan, he used to enter 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.
  • 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 equalled 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.
  • Downer Ending: His team with Giant Singh broke up just before gaining the IWGP Tag Team titles.
  • Evil Counterpart: 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.
    • Silva himself had a short career in Memphis Wrestling as "Giant King", an enforcer brought by Randy Hales to defeat Jerry "The King" Lawler.
  • 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.
  • Finishing Move: Giant Press, Chokeslam, Powerbomb.
  • Gentle Giant: In real life.
  • The Giant: Well, duh.
  • Giant Mook: As heel.
  • Hero Killer: He and Singh 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 in his face instead.
  • 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: The main reason behind his poor MMA record was his lack of training. 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 (see Semmy Schilt and Choi Hong-man as examples).
  • The Juggernaut
  • 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.
  • Mighty Glacier: In WWE, where he didn't used his high-flying offensive.
  • 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.
  • The Voiceless: He had not 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. Aside him, Manabu Nakanishi was the only other Japanese wrestler who managed to defeat him in a singles match, this time in a count-out upset.
  • World's Strongest Man: The Largest Man in the World
  • Wrestling Monster
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