Giant Gonzalez Dies

Anthony1975

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From Figure 4 Online


Jorge "Giant" Gonzalez, a former member of the Argentina Olympic basketball team in the 1988 Olympics, who wrestled as a headliner for WCW and WWF from 1990-93, passed away today in a hospital in San Martin, Argentina.
Gonzalez was 44.
Gonzalez, who was a legitimate 7-6 1/2 and 405 pounds, was first drafted by the Atlanta Hawks, but was considered too slow to play in the NBA. Jim Herd and Jim Ross spearheaded the Turner organization to sign him to a wrestling contract, where he used the name El Gigante, with the idea of creating a next generation Andre the Giant, as Gonzalez was more than eight inches taller than Andre and a better athlete. But he never fully grasped wrestling and only lasted two years before his big-money contract wasn't renewed. He was a headliner most of his run.
WWF brought him in shortly after, billing him as "the eight foot Giant Gonzalez." He was given a similar push as Great Khali, first overpowering Undertaker before a blow-off match at WrestleMania. He put Undertaker over at house shows for the rest of the summer and was done with the company at that point.
He wrestled a few times after that outside North America. In recent years he had been wheelchair bound due to the effects of a long battle with diabetes.
Never a great Wrestler but his feud with Undertaker was pretty intense for what it was RIP.
 

Millz

LGB
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#2
RIP Giant Gonzalez...

I knew he was having some issues with his health. Sorry to hear it all caught up with him.
 

Bubbles

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#3
When I first read this, I kept thinking 'who the heck was Giant Gonzalez?' It was a complete brain fart moment. Never really the greatest wrestler. Infact this match with the Undertaker at Wrestlemania 9 was awful, but 44 is pretty young to go.

RIP Giant Gonzalez.
 

generalblue

Where is my Queen?
#6
Never seen the man wrestle before, from what I heard he was pretty bad. I have heard of him but never watched his stuff. I will do that tonight. Him dieing at 44 is very young. RIP
 
#8
Never really liked him all that much, but his best run was in WCW. Hate to hear about his death though, from what i've heard he was a very kind person.

RIP Giant Gonzalez.