Former 1990s WWF and WCW Superstar El Gigante / Giant Gonzales Passes Away

Lords Of Pain is reporting that former basketball player turned professional wrestler Giant Gonzales passed away on Wednesday in San Martin, Argentina. Gigante will be most remembered for his run in the early 90s with WCW and then the WWF, where he feuded with the Undertaker for the majority of his career, peaking with a match at Wrestlemania IX in Las Vegas, billed as allegedly being 8 feet tall and wearing a padded bodysuit when he worked. He was 44.

After his run in WWF, he had a short stint in New Japan Pro Wrestling until he retired in 1995. He’d been suffering from poor health for years and his height did not help matters. We send our condolences to the family of Jorge Gonzalez.

Redemption: Thoughts on Kane’s shocking World Title win

If you would’ve told me anytime after 2004 that Kane would be the champion of the world, I would’ve thought you were insane.

It was unarguable that in the fall of 2002 in WWE, nobody other than Brock Lesnar was hotter than Kane. After a change in gimmick and a streak as a true monster, Kane was thrust into a major main event angle with Triple H. As with many Triple H victims of the time, Kane was embarrassed, pinned, and left for dead by the Game. He was made the centerpiece of the infamous “Katie Vick” angle, which was one of the most uanimously hated storylines in the history of WWE. In 2003, WWE attempted to refreshen his character by unmasking him and turning him heel, which worked for about a year until he was thrust into yet another ridiculous storyline where he was turned face yet again and defended his aborted baby fetus from a woman whom he raped to impregnate (and you wonder why people hate wrestling.)

Smackdown had been almost single handedly built around Kane for the past few weeks, so in reality it isnt as if this could not be telegraphed, but it seems just so bizarre after the face. Kane was the stalest character in WWE for years, quite often filling the gatekeeper role (losing to the up and coming guys and having TV main events), and now he’s become the only man other than Big Show to hold the WWE, World, and ECW titles. WWE did a commendable job in making us care about Kane in 2010 moreso than ever in half a decade, with his winning of Money In The Bank and his cashing in on a beaten up Rey Mysterio realistic (and also smart because the insider fans feel Rey is as stale if not moreso than Kane).

It is more than obvious to me that Kane winning the World Title in 2010 has absolutely nothing to do drawing power and everything to do with the company wanting to thank Kane for 15 years of hard work and service. It’s odd because Kane winning is essentially a TNA move – giving the title to a long-time stale star rather than an up-and-comer – but I suppose with Raw having Sheamus as a figurehead, giving a veteral the “other” title is not only forgivable, but intruiging. I don’t see him having the title for long, perhaps losing to Undertaker as early as Summerslam (which I don’t WANT to see nor do I think they should do due to Taker’s limited schedule). But regardless of what happens, WWE’s first Money In The Bank PPV will always be remembered as the KANE SHOW from now on and forever.

Listen to QCW Wrestling Radio tonight at 11:30 after Raw right here on as the boys recap the PPV, the shitty TNA invasion, Raw and much more~!