Dalip Singh Rana, known as The Great Khali in WWE, appeared in a 2006 episode of SmackDown and quickly joined the race for the championships. But before his debut as a wrestler and actor, he had other jobs in India.
The Great Khali was actually a security guard before a police officer helped him join the police. The Punjab Police also gave his brother a job. But Dalip Singh Rana also started training in a local gym, where he learned a few things about wrestling. He continued his training and was then selected for more training, this time in the U.S.
Before his SmackDown appearance in 2006, The Great Khali was part of other wrestling promotions for six years. He signed with WWE in 2006 and trained for three months before appearing in his first episode of SmackDown. His first appearance was not for a match, it was to attack The Undertaker. In the following episode, it was revealed by his manager that his name was The Great Khali. A week later, he appeared in his first match and won. Fans were impressed by his size and strength.
Main Event Matches
Khali continued to win matches against Rey Mysterio and The Undertaker. The Great Khali was going to face The Undertaker again at a WWE PPV, but was not medically cleared. The Undertaker then challenged him to a match and the two faced each other after he was medically cleared. The Great Khali lost that match but he was still one of the most dominating superstars in the WWE.
The Great Khali and his manager, Daivari, moved to ECW, when the brand returned in 2006. He was unstoppable in ECW, winning his matches and leaving the brand with a PPV win. He appeared in WWE Raw in January of 2007 and it was announced that he had signed with the brand. He was also given a main event match in the episode. Khali then feuded with Kane and the two superstars faced each other at Wrestlemania 23.
Title Matches, Films and TV Shows
In June of 2007, he was drafted to SmackDown. A month later, he won a Battle Royal for the WWE World Heavyweight Champion. He held the title for a few months and then joined the race for the WWE Championship. He did not become the number one contender but did feud with other superstars. The Great Khali switched brands a number of times before appearing in the SmackDown Elimination Chamber PPV for the WWE World Heavyweight Championship. Khali did not win but in December of 2012, he won a twenty man battle royal to become the number one contender for the United States Championship. The following week, he competed for the title but did not win.
In 2014, The Great Khali was part of the Wrestlemania 30 Andre the Giant Memorial Battle Royal. Khali then competed for the WWE Intercontinental Championship, a match he did not win. In November 2014, his contract with WWE expired and he left the company. The Great Khali was with WWE for eight years, but during that time, he also appeared in a few films and TV shows.
He has been in movies such as The Longest Yard (2005) and Get Smart. The former WWE superstar has also appeared in two Bollywood films. In 2011, he was part of a television reality show, which he finished in second place.
What’s The Great Khali Doing Now in 2023 – Recent Updates
The Great Khali left the WWE in 2014. Following his retirement, he opened up a wrestling school called Continental Wrestling Entertainment (CWE) in Punjab; they later held their first event in December 2015. As of 2023, they are the largest professional wrestling promotion in India, with more than 4.4 million subscribers. Not only that, but they’re also one of the largest training academies in the country. Professional wrestlers Ethan HD, Xavier Justice, Horney, and Matt Static currently serve as trainers for CWE.
And despite having left the WWE, he has made sporadic appearances over the years. In 2017, he returned to Battleground, WWE’s fifth annual professional wrestling pay-per-view event to assist WWE champion Jinder Mahal in a prison match for the championships. More specifically, he prevented his opponent Randy Orton from leaving the structure, which allowed Mahal to retain his title.
A year later, he participated in The Greatest Royal Rumble match, where he lasted for less than a minute; he was ultimately eliminated by Bobby Lashley and Braun Strowman. It would be his last match for WWE.
Fast forward to March 2021 and the former wrestler has been inducted into the WWE Hall of Fame. What else has he been up to? In February 2022, he announced that he had joined the Bharatiya Janata Party, one of the two major political parties in India besides the Indian National Congress.
In terms of television appearances, he recently appeared in the TV special WrestleMania 37. According to IMDb, he will also be appearing in a number of upcoming films including Zombie Brothel, Raduaa Returns, and Zombie Rome, the latter of which is in the pre-production stages.
For those who are looking for more updates, why not follow The Great Khali on social media? You can find him on Instagram at @thegreatkhali, where he has over 5.2 million followers.