What Happened to Giant Gonzalez?

Jorge González (31 January 1966 – 22 September 2010)[7][8] was an Argentinebasketball player, professional wrestler and actor, better known for his appearances in World Championship Wrestling under the ring nameEl Gigante between 1989 and 1992 and in the World Wrestling Federation under the ring name Giant González in 1993.

González competed as Giant Gonzalez during his time in the WWF as a villain, and managed by the despised manager, Harvey Wippleman. González grew a beard and wore a full body suit that featured airbrushed muscles with bushy hair attached. He was introduced at the Royal Rumble in January 1993, where he eliminated Wippleman’s nemesis The Undertaker from the Royal Rumble match despite not being an official participant.[5] At WrestleMania IX, Gonzalez lost to The Undertaker by disqualification after he knocked out the Undertaker using chloroform. After another loss to The Undertaker at SummerSlam, the feud came to an end, and after the match, Wippleman berated him, before Gonzalez turned on Wippleman himself, turning face in the process.[5] Though the foundation was later set for a feud between González and Adam Bomb, it never truly began. His last appearance in WWF was on 4 October episode of Monday Night Raw in a 20-man battle royal match for the Intercontinental Championship. Before the match started, González was first eliminated by “Macho Man” Randy Savage, Diesel, Bastion Booger, 1-2-3 Kid, Marty Jannetty, Adam Bomb and Bam Bam Bigelow. Three days later, WWF announced that Gonzalez left the company after his WWF contract had expired on 7 October 1993. Unlike WCW, in WWF his height was exaggerated, as he was billed as 8 feet despite being 7 feet and 7 inches.

In December 1995, González retired from professional wrestling due to serious health issues and returned home to Argentina.

After his retirement from wrestling, González lived on a ranch in Argentina in his later years.[11] His former manager Harvey Wippleman send he his own money to mantain González and his family.[12] In October 2009, he was confined to a wheelchair, and also had to use a dialysis machine due to his failing kidneys.[11] González was married and had one step-daughter.

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