Himachali wrestler in WWF

This is what wikipedia has to say about Dalip Singh, our own pahalwaan who has made it big in WWF wrestling and now is moving towards Hollywood.

Dalip Singh (born August 27, 1972 in Dhirana, Himachal Pradesh) is an Indian powerlifter and professional wrestler. Singh is currently working for World Wrestling Entertainment in the United States of America on its SmackDown! brand under the ring name The Great Khali. Before embarking on his professional sports career, Singh was an officer in the Punjab state police, champion bodybuilder, and a Pehlwan athlete.


glitterati_dalip_singh_20050606.jpgDalip Singh was born into a poor family in the village of Dhirana in the state of Himachal Pradesh and is the third of eight siblings. At a young age, he earned a daily wage as a roadside stone breaker to help provide for his family. When asked about the size of his family members, Singh said, “all other members of my family, including my parents and siblings, are of normal height, but my grandfather was very tall.”

In 1993, Singh was still working as a road laborer in the Himalya hills when his life’s circumstances began to change. By this time he had tried his hand at many sports. He excelled in all of them, but showed exceptional talent in bodybuilding. The Director General of the Punjab Police Department took notice of Dalip and helped him join the police force. The change in employment allowed Singh to further his body building training and he subsequently won titles of Mr. India in 1997-98. His success and hard work led him to train as a wrestler in the United States of America in 1999, where he developed the skills necessary to compete on a global stage, enabling him to win numerous wrestling titles in Japan, where he is currently a very popular figure. Singh’s training schedule consists of two hours of weight training, morning and evening, every day. Maintaining his size requires a strict, and intimidating daily dietary regimen. Dalip consumes five gallons of milk, five chickens and two dozen eggs along with chapatis, juice, and fruit daily.

Dalip Singh’s goal in life is to support his family and aid the entire village that is his home. He hopes to benefit the welfare of disabled persons and children born into poverty. He is an active mentor to young people in Punjab, encouraging them to stay away from drugs and urging them to find discipline, health and success by taking up sports.

He married Harpinder Kaur on February 27, 2002.

Professional wrestling career

Under the ring name “Giant Singh“, Dalip Singh became a pro wrestler for All Pro Wrestling in the United States of America, making his first appearance in October 2000, when teaming with Tony Jones against the West Side Playaz 2000.

On May 28, 2001, Brian Ong volunteered to receive a flapjack from Dalip Singh, a wrestler being specially trained by All Pro Wrestling. Singh did this move with two others in the gym that night, including one of the trainers, so Ong could see how it was done. Brian Ong messed up the move, as he grabbed Singh’s shirt instead of pushing off his back as the coaches had instructed him. He landed wrong and suffered a severe injury. He had a previous concussion and the second consecutive concussion proved fatal for Ong. This led to Singh inadvertedly causing the death of trainee wrestler Brian Ong. All Pro Wrestling lost a lawsuit brought by Ong’s family over his death, and were forced to award damages of over $1.3 million to his parents.

In August 2001, Singh was brought into New Japan Pro Wrestling by Team 2000 leader, Masahiro Chono, along with another big man, Giant Silva. The two teamed for the first time at the Tokyo Dome in October, labelled “Club 7” by Chono, and they defeated Yutaka Yoshie, Kenzo Suzuki, Hiroshi Tanahashi and Wataru Inoue in a Handicap Match when Silva pinned Tanahashi and Inoue at the same time. Singh suffered his first loss in a tag match at the Tokyo Dome in January 2002, being cradled by Hiroyoshi Tenzan. He suffered another big tag defeat during March, being pinned by Manabu Nakanishi, and falling to a German suplex hold. His most critical loss came in August at Tokyo Nippon Budokan though, when, after a falling out, he was pinned by Silva in a singles match.


On January 2, 2006, Singh was signed to a contract by WWE and assigned to the Deep South Wrestling developmental territory for training. With Daivari by his side, the un-named Singh debuted on WWE television on the April 7, 2006 episode of SmackDown!, attacking The Undertaker during the course of his match with Mark Henry, causing a no-contest.

The next week he was identified as “The Great Khali“. He made his in-ring debut on the April 21, 2006 edition of SmackDown! defeating Funaki in a squash match.

On the May 5, 2006 edition of SmackDown!, Khali signed a contract to face The Undertaker at WWE Judgment Day on May 21, 2006. Later that night, he attacked Super Crazy, Kid Kash and Nunzio.

On the May 12, 2006 edition of SmackDown!, Khali was pitted against Rey Mysterio, whom he decimated with just a few blows. The only offense Rey could get in was a Springboard Dropkick, which had no effect on Khali. Soon Khali handed Rey Mysterio a crushing defeat.

It is rumored that Khali may be released from the WWE soon, due to his brash style in the ring. It has been stated by WWE that he may accidentally injure others in the ring, because of his stiff, overpowering wrestling style.

Finishing and signature moves


Acting career

Singh played the role of “Turley” in the 2005 remake of the film The Longest Yard.

Singh appeared as a surprise guest on Late Night with Conan O’Brien with scheduled guest Adam Sandler on May 26, 2005. Even though he doesn’t speak much English, Singh did say that he was 7′ 2″ and weighed 408 pounds.



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  1. says: Cody Dziekan


    I was just wondering if there was a certain weight lifting schedule that you use everyday. If so could you e-mail me a copy please. I’m big on weight lifting.

    Thank You

  2. says: kumar aditya chambyal

    dear dalip singh,
    i am also from himachal (dharamshala) and i am a great fan of yours,currently i am doing job in pune.thats all i am just a simple guy and always prya for your success .

  3. says: anuran mandal

    hi biiggg man

    i was just wondering that whats ur 1-max benchpress.

    strongest man in the world is scott mendelson with benchpress of 458 kgs( 1008 pounds)

    “u r certainly not the strongest !!!!!” but ur are probably stronger than bob sapp whom u acted along in “the longest yard”movie.bob sapp has benchpress of above 272 kgs(600 pounds)

    according to me ,given ur weight (190 kg) and height(7’3.5”) ur bench press must be above 700 pounds ,atleast. please answer

  4. says: ramanjot singh

    hey i like u and ur style of fighting can u please take an advise,please join the good peoples in wwe

    ur are our indian proud

  5. says: viki

    dalip i am from haryana and i tell u about my village my whole village watching ur every fight on tv and our young club want to meet u because they love you. you are the proud of haryana, punjab, himachal and all of india i will meet soon. buy

  6. says: X_Fusion

    O The Great Khali é um grande lutador de Wrestling e um bom ator.
    A sua estatura fisica é impresionante !

    Metam aqui mais informaçoes sobre ele .

  7. says: Daniel

    Ye.. What is your 1rm bench press?

    Btw. Scott Mendelson lifted with a shirt, i doubt Khali gets one thats fits 😉 heh.

    Why not try out strongman? u would be ggreat!

  8. says: Gindu

    HI Dalip Singh,

    when i saw ur wrestling i was shoked!!!!!
    than i found out that ur indian i want to know how did u make that big body and how ur too tall?


  9. says: Gurman

    hey big man i am one of your biggest fans.
    I am a 14 year old boy in Canada and i really enjoy weight lifting
    and i just wanted to know if u can help me out with some stuff

    can you help me out ? Please e-mail me back when u get this.

    Thank you

    Gurmanpreet S. Kalair

  10. says: JOEL

    Hey Big Guy…Im Just Wondering why didnt u beat that punk john cena 4 the wwe championship lol…anyways im a big fan of yours…and i cant wait for u to beat da hell outta batista at The Great American Bash =)

  11. says: Joel Colon

    Hey Big Guy I Just Wanted to tell u i cant wait to see u beat da hell outta batista at The Great American Bash….Oh & Do Me a favor next time u get in da ring with Cena pleeease beat da hell outta him too =) Thanx

    From 1 of ur biggest FANS!!

  12. says: JAT

    hey Dilip you are #1 hero of all America nd India We all want you to beat evry1 in the ring witout putting u down. email me bak how much u eat nd stuff please…cuz i also workout a lot jus wnt u to advise me fo that.

  13. says: G star raw

    hi great khali ur a great wrestler

    first i used to hate u but when i saw how poor and that you were then i started likin u

  14. says: kashif mahmood


    The great khali from india i m bigest fans u.

    but thanx for u. i m pakistani punjabi but i

    like u and i m miss u any game.i m glad whene

    u r talking: mein india ka hoan koi hay jis nay

    maan ka dodh piya hay samnay aayy

    your fans

    kashif sharak rashif asif and kashif

  15. says: Gursimran

    Hello Mr. Dalip Singh,

    I was wondering if you know my chacha ji who is also a bodybuilder from Punjab. His name is Raju Gill and he owns a couple of gyms in Moga. He tells me that he knows you and I just want to make certain. Anyway, I always enjoy watching you on TV and I’ve seen THE LONGEST YARD over 1,000 times. Beat up Batista and show everyone what real Punjabi power is!

  16. says: GURJEET PUNNU

    i am GURJEET from (MOGA) PUNJAB .I love the most great khali .he is biggest than other


  17. says: aruna nishantha kariyawasam ( Sri Lanka - Negombo )

    Hey Mr. Dalip Singh

    Even though its true that everybody prefers batista than you still it does not make
    any difference to me because you make us proud.

    So keep doing the same, try to change things to earn a place in peoples harts

    Kali ma ka ashirwad thumhari sath hai

  18. says: Paramjit singh

    As I am doing marketing for WWE from germany and I am sure one day I will do the same for you being a singh I feel proud to be Indian.
    Keep going my best wishes are always with you


  19. says: ramen

    hello dalip !!!
    the first time i saw u in the WWE i was shocked, surprised but mostly proud of you.
    to have an asian in the USA and who is not fear to fight anyone there is just absolute mind blowing…

    keep it up and keep us proud and allows we asian to walk on the steet with our head up our shoulder..
    thank you so much..



  21. says: Holden&Josh

    I hate that you lost to undetaker.I hope you are feelig better from the triangle choke hold.We are nine and we are realy big fans of you.Please type us back.

  22. says: Kunal Khanna

    I am Kunal …. its a request to all Fans of “THE GREAT KHALI” Please Vote as much as you can for DALIP SINGH “THE GREAT KHALI”. Our support is the only way out to help him. I cann’t see Dalip Singh loosing matched only because we Indians are not Supporting an INDIAN “THE GREAT KHALI”. Please vote him if its reuired on websites.

  23. says: stefan

    he sucks!!!!!!!I hate the great khali. Batista and undertaker are better then him, even finlay.i cant believe he hit hornswoggle right in the head….OMG!!!!

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