The big man. Every wrestling promotion needs a big man. He’s the guy that you put against your smaller babyface so your babyface can look strong. He’s also the guy that you can send into the ring and have him clear house of everything breathing.
Back in the old days, Vince McMahon saw a big guy and immediately tried to give him stake in the company. Nowadays you have many wrestlers that are 6’2” and under and they’re doing stuff that bigger wrestlers can’t do. That doesn’t mean that big men can’t do crazy stuff, just watch Keith Lee vs. Dominik Dijakovic and you’ll see what I mean.
With all that being said, I wanted to look at every big promotion in the United States and pick out their best big man. For the sake of the article, I’m going to consider Raw, Smackdown and NXT their own independent promotions.
6’3″ 286 lb.
A couple of weeks ago, this pick may have been a little different, but ever since current WWE Champion Brock Lesnar “quit” Smackdown and moved to Raw, he is by far the best big man on the Raw brand. It’s no secret Brock has been booked to be one of the toughest men on the entire WWE roster, and it shows.
Brock Lesnar has been on a tear ever since he returned in 2012. He defeated the Undertaker’s undefeated streak at WrestleMania, and became the WWE Champion and Universal Champion for a record 3 times. He also won the 2019 Royal Rumble, which was the first time in his career he has done so. Brock Lesnar might be the strongest booked wrestler in the WWE in some time.
Many people see Brock Lesnar’s name and automatically hate whatever is being talked about. But in my opinion, when Brock Lesnar actually appears on TV and cares, he’s really good at what he does. Not to mention he has one of the best talkers in the entire wrestling business, Paul Heyman, to do all his talking for him. Hate him or love him, Brock is easily the best big man on Monday Night Raw.
6’8″ 386 lb.
So I kind of struggled with this selection, and that’s because of one name….Bray Wyatt. Do you consider Bray Wyatt a big man? Sure he’s in the middle of being booked like nobody on God’s green earth can beat him, but he’s listed at 6’3”, 285 lb. I mean, Roman Reigns is the same height and only 20 pounds lighter. So no, I do not consider Bray Wyatt a big man.
But Braun Strowman? Now that’s a big, big man standing at 6’8” and weighing 386 lb. His championship accolades may not be all that impressive, I mean hell, he won the tag titles with a child. But besides the titles? The guy has been crushed by a garbage truck only to be seen next week completely fine. He tore apart a little red car and a limousine and was half responsible for tearing apart the Raw set.
WWE had Braun squashing local talent, sometimes on 2-on-1 matches and even a 4-on-1 match. He has looked incredibly strong ever since he left the Wyatt family, but for some reason, WWE has been very hesitant to put a major title on him. I enjoy Braun and all his crazy dominant moments, and it seems that it’s only a matter of time before they strap the rocket on Braun’s back and make him the top guy.
6’2″ 320 lb.
Hey, remember when I said big guys can move, and I said just look at Keith Lee and Dominik Dijakovic? So yeah, that’s who NXT was between in my opinion. NXT is full of incredible talent that will put on 5-star matches every week for Uncle Dave, but not many of them are really that big. Lee, Dijakovic, and maybe Damian Priest? He stands 3 inches taller than Lee but obviously is much smaller.
Keith Lee made his NXT in-ring debut by defeating Marcel Barthel, and immediately became a fan favorite. The guy is always smiling and just seems to have an all-around positive personality. He ended up losing to Lars Sullivan, which almost seemed to slow him down a bit.
But then…the Dominik Dijakovic match happened. Dijakovic and Lee battled on an episode of NXT and put on an incredible match that ended in a double count-out which definitely disappointed some fans. Lee vs. Dijakovic 2 was an instant classic, immediately being regarded as a possible Match of the Year candidate. Even though Lee lost the match, many fans began taking notice of Lee and seeing all the insanely incredible stuff he could do in the ring.
Side note: I decided not to include NXT UK a part of NXT, due to me trying to keep it in the United States. If I did, this selection would obviously be WALTER.
6’5″ 233 lb.
A still-new promotion, AEW’s talent pool is still growing. As of right now, Luchasaurs, Jake Hager, and Dustin Rhodes are the only male wrestlers listed taller than 6’5”. Jake Hager hasn’t done anything in AEW except be the muscle of the Inner Circle. Dustin Rhodes has definitely competed in more matches than Luchasaurus and has a better record, but does anybody consider Dustin a “big man”?
Luchasaurus is a 6’5”, 233 lb. man that moves like a cruiserweight. His move-set is full of great looking moves and fierce looking kicks. If you want proof of Luchasaurus’ incredible athleticism, just check out his hot-tag during his match at All Out. His team with Jungle Boy works out so perfectly in my opinion.
Dustin Rhodes is still an incredibly talented wrestler, even at the age 50 years old. But I just don’t see him as a bonafide big man. Even though Luchasaurus is unfortunately hurt right now, I expect him to take AEW by storm when he returns. Possible an AEW Tag Team Championship reign for him and Jungle Boy?
6’5″ 285 lb.
Forewarning, I’m a huge Marty Scrull fan. I love everything the guy does, and Villain Enterprises is one of my favorite teams in all of wrestling today. Brody King, of course, is a part of Villain Enterprises. Brody made his ROH debut in December of 2018, along with PCO and Villain Enterprises was born.
At the ROH 17th-Anniversary Show, Brody and PCO defeated the Briscoe Brothers to become the new ROH World Tag Team Champions. At the next Ring of Honor TV tapings, Villain Enterprises would defeat The Kingdom (Matt Taven, TK O’Ryan, & Vinny Marseglia) to become the new ROH World Six-Man Tag Team Champions, making Brody himself, a double champion. King also won the NWA World Tag Team Championships with PCO in the finals of the Crockett Cup.
King hasn’t been wrestling for all that long despite being 32 years old. When you watch his matches, however, it feels like he is a seasoned veteran. He has a great look and despite his 6’5”, 285 lb. frame, he moves around the ring with terrific quickness. Being paired up with PCO, you better be ready to do some crazy stuff, and Brody King has definitely filled those shoes, and hopefully will continue to in the future.
6’5″ 295 lb.
I have to be honest here, I’ve legitimately changed this selection three times as of right now. I like Impact, I think they’re doing very well considering they’re looked at as the red-headed stepchild of the wrestling world. But when I was looking at their roster on paper I realized they have some really talented guys and girls.
For big man though? I struggled. Is Brian Cage a big man? I mean sure, he’s a big man, but he only stands 6 feet. Michael Elgin is considered big as well, but he’s just under 6 feet. Then there’s Madman Fulton. I was in attendance when Fulton made his Impact debut and I was totally stoked. He was my favorite member of Sanity even though he rarely got used. So I’m going on this long tangent just to say, it’s Moose. It has to be Moose right?
Standing at 6’5”, 295 lb. the former offensive lineman for a number of NFL teams began wrestling in 2012, and joined Impact in 2016. Later that year, Moose would win his first title in Impact, defeating Aron Rex to become Impact Grand Champion. Moose would then challenge for a number of titles, including the Impact World Heavyweight Championship, and the GFW Global Championship.
Moose is the definition of a big man. He came into the company and was the muscle for Mike and Maria Kanellis, and eventually turned on them and began killing everybody. Even though Moose did lose to Austin Aries at Slammiversary XVI, Moose did have a chance to go up against wrestling legend Ken Shamrock. Moose defeated Shamrock at Bound for Glory 2019, and also defeated another wrestler legend, Rob Van Dam, earlier at Slammiversary XVII.
There have been some incredible big men to step foot in a wrestling ring. Andre the Giant, Big Show, Kane, Undertaker, the list goes on and on. You can be under 6’2″ and be a great wrestler, we see that all over the country right now. But there’s nothing like a big guy coming in the ring and destroying everything he sees.
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