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Jorge Gonzales

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Jorge Gonzalez is a former basketball player and professional wrestler who competed in the World Wrestling Federation in the early 1990s under his best known name, Giant Gonzalez.

In 1989, Hawks owner Ted Turner offered Gonzales a job as a professional wrestler with another of his ventures, WCW. After a year of training, Gonzales was introduced to fans as El Gigante on May 19, 1990 at the Pay-per-View Capital Combat event. Wearing shorts, he competed as a face, and was billed as being close to eight feet tall (244 cm) (he was actually 7 ft 7 in ), as measured by the Guinness Book of Records in 2000).

Gonzales competed as Giant Gonzalez during his brief WWE tenure as a heel, and was managed by Harvey Wippleman. Gonzalez grew a beard and wore a bizarre and memorable full body suit that consisted of airbrushed muscles with bushy hair attached. He was introduced at Royal Rumble in January 1993, where he quickly overpowered and eliminated Wippleman's nemesis The Undertaker from the rumble match despite not being an official participant. The Undertaker defeated Gonzalez at WrestleMania IX after he and Wippleman knocked Undertaker unconscious using 'chloroform'.

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