Jorge González (January 31, 1966 September 22, 2010) was an Argentinian basketball player, professional wrestler and actor known for his work for WCW and New Japan Pro-Wrestling as El Gigante and for WWE as Giant González. He is remembered, unfortunately, for being one of the worst professional wrestlers of all time. He debuted for WCW in 1990, after an injury ended his basketball aspirations. While he never won a title, he came in second behind "Stunning" Steve Austin for Pro Wrestling Illustrated's "Rookie of the Year" Award for 1990. He left WCW in 1992 and arrived in WWE at Royal Rumble 1993, surprising everyone by eliminating The Undertaker. At WrestleMania IX, he became the third victim of The Undertaker's Streak, losing by disqualification for using an ether-soaked rag on Taker, the only time this ever happened. He left after losing the feud and went back to New Japan, and had his last match for Genichiro Tenryu's Wrestle Association R promotion in 1995. He died of diabetes and severe heart issues on September 22, 2010 at the age of 44, after years confined to a wheelchair.
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"I WANT DA TROPES!"
- Arch-Enemy: (as El Gigante) Sid Vicious, The One Man Gang; (as Giant Gonzalez) The Undertaker
- Beard of Evil: As Giant Gonzalez. He was a clean-shaven Face as El Gigante.
- Big Damn Heroes: In EVERY sense of the words. At WCW WrestleWar 91, February 24, 1991, The Four Horsemen (Ric Flair/Barry Windham/Sid Vicious/Larry Zbyszko [subbing for the injured Arn Anderson) defeated Sting/Brian Pillman/The Steiner Brothers (Rick and Scott) in War Games when Sid knocked out Pillman by hitting his head on the ceiling of the cage while going for his Powerbomb. Gigante ran to the ring and threw in the towel to make the save for Pillman.
- David Versus Goliath: Inverted when he won a Squash Match. While Sid, The One Man Gang and The Undertaker were considered giants during their active careers, they became Davids by default against Gonzalez.
- Eloquent in My Native Tongue: A real-life example—Giant Gonzalez's promos were notoriously bad because he knew almost no English. His native language was Spanish.
- Finishing Move: (as El Gigante) Clawhold; (as Giant Gonzalez) Chokeslam
- Gentle Giant: Out of the ring, Gonzalez was actually a pretty nice guy.
- The Giant: Well, duh. It's only what his name meant in Spanish. At 7'7, he was the second tallest person to ever wrestle (technically the tallest to wrestle on regular basis, as 8'3 Edouard Beaupre only wrestled one match in his entire life), noticeably dwarfing The Undertaker during their feud. Mind you, the guy didn't have much in the way of wrestling ability and he was too nice of a guy to convincingly pull off the "vicious monster" character that he was given. Still, it would be hard not to feel scared going up against this guy.
- Gimmick Matches:
- He sent Sid out of WCW by defeating him in a Stretcher Match at WCW SuperBrawl, May 19, 1991.
- Teamed with Sting and The Steiner Brothers to defeat Cactus Jack, Abdullah the Butcher, Big Van Vader and The Diamond Studd in the Chamber of Horrors Match at WCW Halloween Havoc 1991, October 27, 1991.
- The Undertaker defeated him in a "Rest In Peace" Match at WWE SummerSlam 93, August 30, 1993.
- HeelFace Turn: After the Undertaker defeated him in the "Rest in Peace" match at SummerSlam on his way out the door.
- Hijacked by Ganon: Debuted at the 1993 Royal Rumble as Dr. Harvey Wippleman's revenge for how the Undertaker's win over Kamala at Survivor Series 92 caused Kamala to turn face and side with Reverend Slick.
- I'll Kill You!: Jim Ross once tried to interview El Gigante, and all he said was, "Ric Flair, I kill you."
- Lean and Mean: He was legitimately taller than André the Giant, and his lack of fat reinforced just how tall he was.
- Mighty Glacier: Huge, strong, intimidating, not very mobile.
- Power Stable: Was part of Sting's "Dudes With Attitudes" group in 1990.
- Spell My Name with an "S": It's Gonzalez, not Gonzales.
- Spiritual Successor: Giant Silva and The Great Khali both drew comparisons to him, some of them positive and some negative.
- Wrestling Monster: His first TV match, on the February 13, 1993, WWF Superstars, was a 1-on-3 handicap match against Louie Spicolli, Scott Bazo, and Dan Farren, which he won by countout in 1:21, after all three guys ran back to the locker room.