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The W - Pro Wrestling - RIP Jorge "El Gigante, Giant Gonzalez" Gonzales
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#1 Posted on
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El Gigante. Giant Gonzalez. No one will ever forget that furry airbrushed suit. Giant Gonzalez was the first guy to try to beat Undertaker by knocking him out with ether at WrestleMania IX. Rest in Peace.

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I met him the night he debuted at Capital Combat, his feet were at least 15 inches long. He was wearing the weirdest looking sneakers I had ever seen in my life. They looked like they had been hand made (probably were) and looked almost suede, but with a thick white sole on them. There was an interpreter who was helping him talk to some of the other wrestlers, and I could hear him asking questions like "where does the blood come from" and "does it hurt to get punched". It was like he had never been around any locker rooms before.

After he was done talking to Ricky Morton (who was a total dick to me and my friend) we went over and just shook his gigantic hand and said hello.

Very nice man, it's a shame he became so ill and frail.

RIP Big Man.
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Gonzales had serious problems from diabetes for a long time. Back in 2008, there was an article about him being in the later stages of the disease and stuck in bed 20 hours a day. That story got him some help; the national basketball team publicly gave him clothes and food in 2009. Hope he was at least more comfortable the last year.



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That's sad. He wasn't great in the ring, of course, but he was a real attraction.
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He came around when I was still barely in that age of "wow that guy is really big he can probably take anybody" stage of life.

Now I'm starting to wonder if he was any better or worse than Khali. He was taller though wasn't he?

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He's the tallest person I've ever stood next too. (And I've met Kevin Nash and the Big Show) I think his legit height was 7'7".
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    Originally posted by BigDaddyLoco
    He came around when I was still barely in that age of "wow that guy is really big he can probably take anybody" stage of life.

    Now I'm starting to wonder if he was any better or worse than Khali. He was taller though wasn't he?








Main reason he became a wrestler is he couldn't make Ted Turner's Atlanta Hawks, so Turner thought 'I have a rasslin' company. I'll make him an attraction like that Andre guy.'
Growing to an unnatural height does sadly seem to lead to a shortened life. Still never understood why Vince put him in that outfit though.
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#8 Posted on | Instant Rating: 4.48
    Originally posted by redsoxnation
    Still never understood why Vince put him in that outfit though.
There are a lot of things Vince has done that I have never understood.
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    Originally posted by redsoxnation
    Still never understood why Vince put him in that outfit though.


So he'd look like Bigfoot. Bigfoot with airbrushed abs.



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Saw him live once at the only WCW show I ever attended (Sioux Falls, SD, around 1991?) El Gigante vs Flair.

All I remember about that whole card was him and Flair standing in the middle of the ring with Flair staring up at him with this sort of dumbfounded look on his face, then suddenly shouting "Wooooooo!" at him.

He was an impressive sight.
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    Originally posted by Mr Heel II

    All I remember about that whole card was him and Flair standing in the middle of the ring with Flair staring up at him with this sort of dumbfounded look on his face, then suddenly shouting "Wooooooo!" at him.


VINTAGE Flair!
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No way is that gonna happen. They will not turn Gowen heel. Vince has gotta this as way too big of a big time media attention getter. They want Gowen to be the inspirational handicapped kid who achieves a dream.
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