The Great Khali will be inducted into this year's Hall of Fame. This was announced by his historic manager Ranjin Singh on the WWE India Instagram profile. The Punjabi giant as well as the former World Heavyweight Champion will therefore join the names already confirmed so far for the 2021 class, namely Molly Holly and Eric Bischoff.
Khali made his WWE debut in 2006 by attacking none other than The Undertaker and eventually defeating him in minutes on Judgment Day. After winning the world title in 2007, Khali then had a drastic change of gimmick, being used in comedy segments and nicknamed "The Punjaby Playboy" His last appearance dates back to The Greatest Royal Rumble event, staged in Saudi Arabia in 2018, where he was eliminated by Braun Strowman and Bobby Lashley.
The giant also kept active outside of WWE, opening a Wrestling school in India called Continental Wrestling Entertainment. He also recently recalled his time in Stamford by posting a photo of him with Rey Mysterio and Kurt Angle.
Who is joining The Great Khali in the WWE Hall of Fame this year?
Despite being criticized by many for his poor athletic skills, The Great Khali has undoubtedly contributed to the popularity of WWE in India, a market on which the Company has relentlessly focused in recent years.
Suffice it to say that Superstar Spectacle, which aired on January 26 on the occasion of India's Republic Day, was seen by over 20 million people: we are talking about numbers clearly higher than those of Raw and SmackDown combined.
This year's Hall of Fame will be mixed together with that of 2020 and broadcast on a deferred basis on April 6 on Peacock and the WWE Network. Precisely due to the lack of the public, the Company has decided to remove Dave Batista from its list of inductees and who, at this point, will have to wait for him to be recognized.
However, Jushin Thunder Liger, the Bella Twins and the complete New World Order remain confirmed, at least for the moment. In addition, Hulk Hogan will be the official presenter of this year's WrestleMania together with Titus O'Neil.
This year, the WWE Hall of Fame will include inductees from both the 2020 and 2021 classes. The 2020 ceremony was forced to be delayed by 12 months due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Batista, one of the marquee names in the 2020 Hall of Fame, revealed this week that his induction has been postponed due to previous obligations.
That means the 2020 class now features the nWo (Hulk Hogan, Kevin Nash, Scott Hall, and Sean Waltman), The Bella Twins, JBL, Jushin “Thunder” Liger, and The British Bulldog. So far, the 2021 WWE Hall of Fame class includes Eric Bischoff, The Great Khali, and Molly Holly.