Giant Silva
Birth name Paulo César da Silva
Born July 21 1963 (1963-07-21) (age 56)
São Paulo, Brazil
Professional wrestling career
Ring name(s) Giant King
Giant Silva
The New Giant
Height 218 cm (7 ft 2 in)
Weight 175 kg (385 lb)
Trained By Dory Funk Jr.
Tom Prichard
Debut 1997
Retired 2010

  Paulo César da Silva (born July 21, 1963), is a Brazilian former national basketball player for the Brazilian national basketball team and later mixed martial artist and professional wrestler, better known by his ring name Giant Silva. A super-heavyweight wrestler, he was both a face and a heel in several professional wrestling promotions. Known for his great height, in 2014 he was described as the sixth tallest professional wrestler in history.[1]


World Wrestling Federation (1998–1999)Edit

After turning pro in late 1997, Silva signed with World Wrestling Federation. After debuting he was given the name: "Giant Silva" and was a member of the Oddities stable. For most of his WWF tenure, Silva was a cornerman for the Oddities and his matches on TV were tag matches, teaming up with Golga and/or Kurrgan.[2] His only highlight was at Summerslam 1998 when he, Golga, and Kurrgan defeated Kai En Tai in a 3 on 4 Handicap match. Silva was released around February 1999.

New Japan Pro Wrestling and Hustle (2001–2008)Edit

In 2001, Silva joined New Japan Pro Wrestling. He originally debuted on August 12, 2001 as a member of Masahiro Chono's stable: Team 2000[3] where he was paired up with another Giant: Giant Singh (better known as The Great Khali) as the tag team: Club 7. Silva made his in-ring debut for New Japan when he took part in the G1 World Climax tournament where he finished in 4th place with 4 points.[3] He and Singh made their debut as a tag team at Indicate of Next on October 8, 2001 where they defeated Hiroshi Tanahashi, Kenzo Suzuki, Yutaka Yoshie, & Wataru Inoue in a 4 on 2 handicap match.[4]

In the fall of 2001, Silva teamed with Chono in the 2001 G1 Tag League with the team finishing in 7th place with 6 points.[5] In 2002, Silva took part in several tournaments. In February he was part of the a tournament for the vacated IWGP Heavyweight Championship but lost in the first round to eventual winner: Tadao Yasuda.[6] Two days later on February 3, Silva, Singh, and Chono won the Teisen Hall Cup 6 Man Tag Team Tournament.[6] In March, Club 7 then entered a tournament for the vacated IWGP Tag Team Championship.[7] In the first round, they defeated fellow Team 2000 members: Scott Norton and Super J, but lost to Yuji Nagata and Manabu Nakanishi in the semi-finals.[7]

In the spring of 2002, Club 7 broke up and began feuding shortly afterwards. The two were scheduled to face each other at Toukon Memorial Day on May 2, 2002 but an injury to Singh prevented the match from taking place.[8] The two finally fought at Cross Road on August 29, 2002 with Silva defeating Singh.[9]

From 2004–2008, Silva wrestled for HUSTLE where he took part in a variety of matches and formed teams with Scott Norton, Toshiaki Kawada, and Mark Coleman.[10]

Independent circuit (2008–2010)Edit

Silva also competed in National Wrestling Superstars and Inoki Genome Federation.

In wrestlingEdit

  • Finishing moves
    • Chokeslam
    • Giant Press (Diving splash)
    • Giant Slam (Gorilla press slam)
    • Powerbomb
  • Signature moves
    • Backbreaker
    • Bearhug
    • Big boot
    • Cactus clothesline
    • Clawhold, sometimes transitioned into an STO
    • Diving crossbody
    • Elbow drop
    • Forearm club
    • Gorilla press drop
    • Plancha
    • Running splash
    • Scoop powerslam
    • Spear
    • Thunder fire powerbomb
    • Vertical suplex, sometimes from the top rope
  • With Masahiro Chono
    • Union Sky High Lariat (Chokeslam (Silva) / Flying clothesline (Chono) combination)[11]
  • Managers
  • Nicknames
    • "Paulao"
    • "The Largest Man in the World"
    • "The South American Soldier"
  • Entrance themes
  • "Victory" by P. Diddy and the Family
  • "Godzilla" by Racer X
  • "Giant Press" by Project-E (in New Japan Pro Wrestling)

Championships and accomplishmentsEdit


  1. Binks, Elliot 2014-05-02. WWE: 10 Tallest Wrestlers Ever (And How Giant They Actually Were) . Retrieved on 2016-04-29.
  2. [1]
  3. 3.0 3.1 Strong Style Spirit. Retrieved on 2012-11-08.
  4. Strong Style Spirit. Retrieved on 2012-11-08.
  5. Strong Style Spirit. Retrieved on 2012-11-08.
  6. 6.0 6.1 Strong Style Spirit. Retrieved on 2012-11-08.
  7. 7.0 7.1 Strong Style Spirit. Retrieved on 2012-11-08.
  8. Strong Style Spirit. Retrieved on 2012-11-08.
  9. Strong Style Spirit. Retrieved on 2012-11-08.
  10. [2]
  11. New Japan Pro Wrestling - "G1 Tag League 2001" (in German). Retrieved on 2014-02-13.
  12. New Japan Pro Wrestling tournaments .
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