Jorge González

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نویسنده : MR WRESTLING
González in a body suit.

[edit] Basketball

González stood 2.32 m (7 ft 7 in)[1][7], making him the tallest Argentine basketball player in history.[7][9] He started his career with the youths of Hindú Club de Resistencia at the age of 16 (and already 2.15 m (7 ft 1 in) tall).[7] Subsequently, León Najnudel, then coach of the Argentine national team, recommended the board of Gimnasia y Esgrima La Plata to sign the player for the team's Argentine second division roster.[7] During 1986, González helped Gimnasia achieve promotion to the Argentine first division.[7] The player then signed for Sport Club Cañadense, but saw little action due to an injury that left him out of the fields for 9 months.[7]

In 1988, González was drafted by the Atlanta Hawks in the third round of the NBA Draft, after the American team bought the player's rights from his Argentine team for a 30,000 Argentine australes fee.[1][7] However, he was unable to adapt to the physical demands of NBA basketball.[7]

[edit] National team

Coach León Najnudel included González in the Argentine national team that took part of the 1985 South American Basketball Championship (bronze medal) and the 1988 Tournament of the Americas (5th place), where he attracted the attention of the Atlanta Hawks' scouts.[7][9]

[edit] Professional wrestling career

[edit] World Championship Wrestling (1989–1992)

In 1989, Hawks owner Ted Turner offered González a job as a professional wrestler with another of his ventures, World Championship Wrestling (WCW). After a year of training, González was introduced to fans as El Gigante on May 19, 1990 at the pay-per-view Capital Combat. Wearing shorts, he competed as a fan favorite and was billed as being close to eight feet tall.

Over the next two years, he feuded with Ric Flair over the WCW World Championship, participated in a 'Chamber Of Horrors' match in 1991 and also had a date on TBS with Missy Hyatt. He also had a cross promotional stint in the New Japan Pro Wrestling promotion before signing with the World Wrestling Federation in 1993.

[edit] World Wrestling Federation (1993)

González competed as "Giant Gonzales" during his time in World Wrestling Federation (WWF) as a villain, managed by 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.[2] Gonzalez lost to The Undertaker at WrestleMania IX by disqualification after he knocked Undertaker unconscious using chloroform. This remains the only instance where the Undertaker has not had a decisive victory in his WrestleMania streak.[2] After another loss to The Undertaker at SummerSlam, Wippleman berated Gonzalez leading Gonzalez to turn on Harvey Wippleman.[2] Though the foundation was later set for a feud with González and Adam Bomb, it never truly began. His last appearance in WWF was on the October 4, 1993 episode of Monday Night Raw in a 20-man battle royal for the Intercontinental Championship. Gonzalez's WWF contract expired three days later.

[edit] New Japan Pro Wrestling (1994–1995)

After his departure from WWF, González wrestled in the Japanese promotions New Japan Pro Wrestling and WAR (Wrestle and Romance) until his retirement from wrestling. His last singles match was in Sendai, Japan on February 8, 1995, against The Great Muta and his last Japan tour for WAR in December 1995.

[edit] Personal life

González lived on a farm ranch in Argentina in his later years.[10] As of October 29, 2009, González used a wheelchair full time, and had to use a dialysis machine to treat kidney failure.[10]

[edit] Death

Gonzalez died on September 22, 2010 at age 44, due to complications of diabetes, in his hometown of San Martin, Argentina.[8]


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