It appears that The Great Khali may no longer be with World Wrestling Entertainment. On Thursday, Nov. 13, his profile on WWE.com was moved to the alumni section, as pictured below:
Through the past year or two, The Great Khali hasn’t had any prominent feuds or storylines, instead being used for comic relief and squash matches. In early September, he was featured on “Monday Night Raw,” aiding John Cena, who had locked Paul Heyman away backstage, in an attempt to get his hands on Brock Lesnar that night. Khali served as the “protector” of Heyman. Khali’s last match at a WWE pay-per-view came at “Battleground” on July 20, 2014. He was involved in the Intercontinental Championship battle royal, but would end up being eliminated by multiple competitors.
“The Punjabi Nightmare” was arguably successful during his time in WWE, as he had always been a big draw in India and neighboring countries. He was even the company’s World Heavyweight Champion from July 17, 2007 to Sept. 16, 2007. Khali would end up having a match, the Punjabi Prison match, based on his character. The match would see two bamboo cages surround the ring, and have similar rules to a Steel Cage match.
As of this writing, WWE has not confirmed a possible release of The Great Khali. Though, his bio on WWE.com is written in the past tense, as shown in this excerpt:
“Everyone looked up to The Great Khali – whether you wanted to or not.
That’s because the 7-foot-1, 347-pound skyscraper of a WWE Superstar couldn’t help but tower over all of the WWE Universe. Khali stood out from every crowd not only for his overwhelming size, but also for being the first to blaze a trail to WWE from his native India. His formative years might have inclined The Punjabi Giant toward some good-humored fun like dancing up a storm or courting a lucky lady for the “Kiss Cam,” but Khali frequently called upon his Rajput heritage to become a proud warrior in the ring.”
WrestlingRumors.net will keep you updated on the situation, as more information becomes available.
Wow. If he is indeed released, it’s about time. Still, I didn’t expect it to happen.