He has accomplished everything he has set out to do in the world of professional wrestling. He is a seven-time world champion, having won the WCW World Heavyweight Championship twice, the WWF/E Championship twice, the ECW World Championship once, and the World Heavyweight Championship twice, making him the first and only wrestler ever to hold all four championships.
The list cannot be that long before his name is crossed off. Is he the best considering his size, at 7’0” and 425 pounds? Is he the best considering his agility and his ability in the ring? Again, the list cannot be that long.
Here are my best big men of all time.
The Big Red Monster continues to be one of the greatest workers in the business and one of the most respected men in the locker room.
Singles championships won by Kane during his WWF/E career include the WWF Championship, ECW Championship, World Heavyweight Championship, WWF/E Intercontinental Championship and WWF Hardcore Championship.
He is also a multiple time tag team champion, having held the WWF World Tag Team Championship, WCW World Tag Team Championship and WWE Tag Team Championship with various partners.
He holds several records in the Royal Rumble match, including most eliminations in a single match (11), most appearances (16), and the quickest elimination of another competitor.
6. Mark Henry
Possibly one of the most underrated wrestlers of all time. Henry was an Olympic power lifter before bringing his talents to the WWF/E and has also been involved in some of the most interesting and humiliating programs in company history (Sexual Chocolate, Mae Young).
Since joining the World Wrestling Federation (now WWE) in 1996, he has become a one-time WWF European Champion and a two-time world champion, having held the ECW Championship in 2008 and the World Heavyweight Championship in 2011.
The only major title to elude him is the WWE Championship.
5. Hulk Hogan
Some of you may be surprised, by this, but when you see the list below him, it is justified. He helped define professional wrestling in the 1980s and helped usher in the Rock and Wrestling Connection as well as WrestleMania.
Hogan is a 12-time world champion being a six-time WWF/E Champion and six-time WCW World Heavyweight Champion. He is the second longest combined reigning WWF Champion of all time (after Bruno Sammartino), the longest-reigning champion of the 1980s.
He holds two of the ten longest title runs in WWF/E history, having held the title for 1,474 days from 1984-1988 (the fourth longest reign of all time) and 364 days from 1989 to 1990 (the 9th longest reign of all time).
He is also the longest-reigning WCW World Heavyweight Champion of all time, with a 469 day reign from 1994-1995. Hogan won the Royal Rumble in 1990 and 1991, making him the first man to win two consecutive Royal Rumbles.
Part of the famed Anoa’i, Rodney Anoa’i was the biggest and potentially the best of them all. Although he was portrayed at a Japanese Sumo Wrestler, Anoa’i never actually competed in the sport.
In the WWF, Anoaʻi was a two-time WWF Champion and two-time Tag Team Champion (with Owen Hart), as well as the winner of the 1993 Royal Rumble. Anoa’i was the first wrestler of Samoan descent to hold the WWF Championship as well as the first Royal Rumble winner who as a result of a direct stipulation received a world title shot at WrestleMania.
He defeated WWE Hall of Famers Bret Hart and Hulk Hogan.
3. Big Show
The Most tenured wrestler in the WWE, he is the only man on the current roster who was around for the first airing of Monday Night Raw in 1993.
While he is a multiple-time singles champion and a tag team champion as well, the man with the greatest gimmick in wrestling is more important to the company for his marketing and The Streak more than anything. There will come a time when the big man will no longer be around, an end of an era of 1980s and 1990s big men in this business.
He has proven over the years he is the “go to” wrestler to liven crowds and promote big matches. He is also old school, which connects an older generation of fans to the current ones in the WWE Universe.
1. Andre The Giant
The biggest big man of them all. How could Andre not top this list? He was an entertainer, who the WWF worked hard to make sure he was not oversaturated in one area of the country.
While it was reported he never lost a match in 15 years at one point, Andre toured the world to promote the business. Not as a carnival sideshow, rather as an ambassador. His feud with Killer Khan which led to his “broken ankle” in the 1970’s heightened his persona as a wrestler in the business.