No, not "Big Daddy Cool"..... Weighing 375 pounds, Big Daddy was a top star in England during the 1970's and 1980's, where Margaret Thatcher and Queen Elizabeth were apparently fans of his. Big Daddy's famous Daddy Splash helped him capture the British Heavyweight Championship.
Wrestling has always been, by its very nature, a sport of giants.
Sure, there have been so-called "small" competitors that have made it to the very top of the business, but the mentality of most promoters is that fans want to see athletes that are physically than bigger them, either in weight or height (or both).
The mentality is simple: a wrestler who is humongous has a perceived advantage over someone the size of you or I. Whether that's true or not, the physical picture that a "big man" creates suggests that a regular sized wrestler may have to work harder just to be competitive.
For the purposes of this Top 50 list, we're going with wrestlers who were billed at 6"7 or higher. So that disqualifies the likes of Hulk Hogan, Barry Windham and others who are certainly above-average in height... just not quite tall enough to make the cut. We're also looking at those wrestlers who are billed at 330 pounds or higher. So, Dusty Rhodes, Mankind and others who have done quite well for themselves are a few pounds too light here. And yes.... we realize these billed heights and weights can sometimes be exaggerated.
In counting down the Top 50 Big Men, we looked at the following criteria:
How prominent were they in the wrestling business?
Did they headline big events, sell tickets and pay-per-views?
Were they actually talented enough to participate in a basic wrestling match, or did they just stand there and look big?
How memorable are they today?
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Tipping the scales at 405 pounds, Jeep Swenson was a fixture in the World Class territory, where he once feuded with Bruiser Brody. Jeep was briefly in WCW as The Ultimate Solution, part of a group that challenged Hulk Hogan. But perhaps he was best known as Bane in the film Batman & Robin.
At 6"8 and 460 pounds, Akebono is best known among North American fans for having a random sumo match against The Big Show at WrestleMania XXI. But the former sumo star has since competed in All Japan, New Japan, Dragon Gate and Zero One, capturing a number of top titles.