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From Punjab Police to WWE Hall of Fame: The Great Khali’s Story

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Who is The Great Khali?

Indian-American retired professional wrestler Dalip Singh Rana – aka The Great Khali – was born in Dhiraina, Himachal Pradesh, India, on 27 August 1972, making Virgo his zodiac sign. He’s probably known best for the time which he spent signed to World Wrestling Entertainment (WWE), and for becoming the first WWE World Heavyweight Champion from India; The Great Khali became a legend in India after being crowned a WWE Champion, and was in 2021 inducted into the WWE Hall of Fame.

Education and early life

The Great Khali was raised in a Rajput family in Sirmaur, by his mother Tandi Devi and father Jwala Ram; he has six siblings, and their parents struggled to provide for them all.

The Great Khali was born with acromegaly, which is a disorder that leads to overgrowth of certain body parts. He studied at a local high school, and was mostly into sports during his time there, playing cricket, soccer and wrestling.

The Great Khali matriculated in 1990 and then found work to financially support himself, rather than to pursue a college degree.

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Wrestling career

The Great Khali became a security guard in Shimla upon completing his high school education, and was noticed by a police officer who had previously aided several officers to become international athletes; he offered him a job, and The Great Khali thus joined the Punjab Police in 1993. He took wrestling lessons in the following three years, prior to moving to the US and training at a special gym for wrestlers.

It was in 2000 that The Great Khali signed a contract with All Pro Wrestling, and chose ‘Giant Singh’ as his ring name; his first match was in October 2000, when he and Tony Jones teamed up against the West Side Playaz.

The following year saw The Great Khali move to San Francisco, California and sign with World Championship Wrestling (WCW), spending close to a year there before the wrestling promotion was purchased by World Wrestling Federation (WWF).

He signed a contract with New Japan Pro-Wrestling in 2021, and was teamed up with Giant Silva, with them becoming the tallest tag team in the history of the sport, as their average height was 7ft 1ins (2.15m) and their combined weight 800lbs (360kgs). They called themselves ‘Club 7’, and defeated four wrestlers at their first match in October 2001; The Great Khali’s first tag team defeat was when he lost to Hiroyoshi Tenzan at the Wrestling World 2002 in January, while he lost again two months later, this time to Manabu Nakanishi.

From 2002 through 2006, The Great Khali was signed to Consejo Mundial de Lucha Libre (Mexican promotion) and All Japan Pro Wrestling.

He became the first Indian wrestler to sign a contract with WWE on 2 January 2006, and was assigned to their promotion Deep South Wrestling, wrestling under his real name for a while. Dara Shawn Daivari was The Great Khali’s manager, and he made his debut on the 7 April episode of SmackDown!, when he attacked The Undertaker and thus became a villain. It was a week later that ‘The Great Khali’ was revealed as his ring name, and he wrestled his first in-ring opponent on 21 April, defeating Funaki.

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He defeated World Heavyweight Champion Rey Mysterio on 12 May 2006, and then The Undertaker on 21 May; he lost his first match in August of the same year, to The Undertaker.

The Great Khali was then transferred to Extreme Championship Wrestling, defeating ‘The Reject’ Shannon Moore on 31 October 2006, and was signed to Raw on 8 January 2007.

He won his first Raw match against John Cena, as John was disqualified after hitting The Great Khali with a steel chair; he then lost to John on 20 May 2007, tapping out to his signature move STFU. He became the World Heavyweight Champion on 20 July 2007, after winning the 20-man Battle Royal.

The Great Khali lost to Dolph Ziggler in May 2009, and then again on 28 June; he then took some time off to spend with his family, and returned to India; he eventually entered the 2011 Royal Rumble, but lost to Mason Ryan. The Great Khali was then defeated by Kane on 27 May, while he won against Mahal on 23 September.

His contract with WWE expired on 13 November 2014, and The Great Khali chose not to re-sign; he’s since returned for two guest appearances on WWE, on 23 July 2017 and 27 April 2018.

Since February 2015, The Great Khali’s been running his own wrestling promotion Continental Wrestling Entertainment (CWE) in Jalandhar, Punjab, India; its first event was held on 12 December 2015, while he became its World Heavyweight Champion in February 2016. CWE is today the largest wrestling promotion in India.

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Love life and wife

The Great Khali’s today a married man, but many people aren’t familiar with his wife and her career achievements. He and Indian non-celebrity Harminder Kaur exchanged vows on 27 February 2002, two years after their families had set them up on a blind date; she was born on 12 January 1972, and graduated from Delhi University with a Bachelor’s degree in 1994, while she earned her Master’s degree from the University of Alcala (Spain) in 1996.

Harminder gave birth to their daughter Avleen Rana in February 2014.

Neither has spoken of other people whom they’ve perhaps dated, The Great Khali’s married to Harminder Kaur as of April 2023, and they have a daughter together.

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Interesting facts and hobbies

The Great Khali’s an Instagram star, as more than 5.2 million people are following him on the network today, while he’s posted close to 5,400 pictures and videos, with most being related to wrestling.

He exercises with weights for two hours, every morning and evening, every day; The Great Khali’s revealed that he loves to eat vegetarian food, but also eats chicken on a daily basis.

He underwent surgery on 26 July 2012, to remove a brain tumor.

The Great Khali became a US citizen on 20 February 2014.

Although it was initially believed that he chose his ring name after the Hindu goddess Kali, The Great Khali’s revealed that his ring name was chosen for him by WWE.

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He’s deeply religious, as he meditates on a daily basis, doesn’t smoke tobacco nor drink alcohol.

The Great Khali’s favorite actor and wrestler is Hulk Hogan, while some of his favorite movies include “Mr. Nanny”, “Assault on Devil’s Island” and “Assault on Death Mountain”.

Height, eyes and wealth

The Great Khali’s age is 50. His hair and eyes are brown, he’s 7ft 1in (2.15m) tall and weighs around 350lbs (157kgs).

The Great Khali’s net worth’s been estimated at over $6 million, as of April 2023.

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Who is Jared Abrahamson (aka Trevor Holden on ‘Travelers’)?

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Who is Jared Abrahamson?

Jared Abrahamson was born on 19 November 1987, in Flin Flon, Manitoba/Saskatchewan Canada, and is an actor as well as a professional mixed martial arts (MMA) fighter, but best known from rising to fame in his role in the Canadian film “Hello Destroyer”. He was subsequently cast in the Netflix show “Travelers”, portraying Trevor Holden

The Riches of Jared Abrahamson

As of early-2020, Jared Abrahamson’s net worth is estimated to be over $500,000, earned largely through a successful career in acting. He’s also competed in several MMA professional fights, which has helped in building his wealth.

Early Life and Education

Jared grew up in the small mining town Flin Flon in northern Canada. The environment there helped him become strong and adaptable as he navigated extreme weather conditions. At a young age, he began working in the mines, and during his free time he was trained by fighters from his town, learning the techniques of mixed martial arts.

However, while going through all of this, he discovered a strong desire to pursue a career as an actor. After matriculating from high school, he enrolled at Vancouver Film School, intent on paving his way as an actor.

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VFS is a private school in Canada and is internationally renowned, known for producing numerous high-profile names in the entertainment industry, such as Neill Blomkamp, Emily Bett Rickards, Kevin Smith, and Hannah Hall. He completed his studies there, joining its distinguished alumni, then pursued further studies by enrolling in numerous acting workshops, including taking classes in other schools in Vancouver such as the Actors Foundry, which is known for holding weekly and online classes. Shortly afterwards, he began taking a few projects, with his first being in the “Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Dog Days”.

Rise to Fame

In 2014, Abrahamson was cast in a five-episode role in the television series “Awkward”, playing the character Pete. The show follows the story of a female teenager who is in a phase of questioning her identity. The show was well received and ran for a total of five seasons, though he only appeared there during the fourth season. He also had a guest role in “Fear the Walking Dead”, and his second film role was in the drama ‘The Submarine Kid”, starring Finn Wittrock.

In 2016,he got his breakthrough role in the Canadian drama called “Hello Destroyer”, playing the role of Tyson Burr, a hockey enforcer, an unofficial role in which he serves as a goon to disrupt the other team.

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However, during one of his games, he violently hits an opposing player harder than intended. The film was nominated for four Canadian Screen Awards – he gained a lot of praise for his performance – and won four Leo Awards and eight Vancouver Film Critics Circle Awards, with Jared winning in the category Best Actor in a Canadian Film.

Continued Success in Acting

Following this success, Jared was then one of the main cast members in the Netflix show “Travelers”, joining Eric McCormack, Mackenzie Porter, Patrick Gilmore, Reilly Dolman and Nesta Cooper.

It is set in a post-apocalyptic future, where special agents are assigned to fix time by sending their consciousness back where they can inhabit another body, in efforts to save themselves before their impending death. The show covers their lives as agents, the rules they must abide, and the conflicts they face while living another person’s life. In the show, Jared is depicted as the engineer of his team, and one of the oldest humans ever, but when he travels back in time, he assumes the life of an athlete in high school. The show ran for three seasons before it ended in 2019.

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While working on “Travelers”, he also continued taking film work – he had roles in the Canadian drama “Never Steady, Never Still”, and the thriller “Keep Watching” in which he worked with Bella Thorne. He also had a role in the American-Canadian co-production “Sweet Virginia”, which saw him work alongside Jon Bernthal. He also gained a bit of attention for his work in the independent film “Gregoire”, which was nominated for numerous awards. One of his latest projects is “American Animals”, which is based on the Transylvania University library heist of 2004; the film received a lot of positive reviews.

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Mixed Martial Arts

While working as an actor, Abrahamson has not forgotten his roots in Canada and his background in mixed martial arts. He began competing as a professional MMA fighter, labeling himself as a “blue-collar fighter” due to his history and heritage. He is often called Wolfblood Abrahamson, an homage to his ancestry in Canada. He has a professional record of 1-1. He has also competed in professional kickboxing, specifically Muay Thai where he holds a professional record of 2-0.

Personal Life

It is believed that Jared is single, but he hasn’t talked about his romantic life, which he prefers to keep it away from the public, being focused on developing his career further, taking in acting work when he can.

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He is a close friend of Bernie Yao whom he met during the filming of “Hello Destroyer”.

His background in mixed martial arts has helped him land roles, as he already has proper training for most fight scenes. With his budding career, he’s been compared by publications to several other popular Canadian actors, such as Ryan Reynolds and Stephen Amell. With many Canadian action stars being cast as superheroes, there is speculation that he might pursue a similar path in the future.

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10 Things You Didn’t Know About Elizabeth Zaks

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Elizabeth is the new face of the FahionNova clothing brand, and has a number of other brands under her name in the fitness industry, so is slowly taking over the world of fitness. Here are the 10 things you need to know about her.

1. Who is Elizabeth Zaks?

Elizabeth Zaks is a Russian-American fitness enthusiast and Instagram model; she has created her own fitness guidebooks, which contain her routine with which according to many she’s attained the perfect look. Since starting her career, Elizabeth has collaborated with a number of popular brands, and has started her own YouTube channel and website.

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2. Birth Date, Childhood

Elizabeth Zaks was born on the 13th June 1996, in Florida USA, of Russian ancestry, as her parents are both Russian who came to the US just a few months before her birth. Her mother was a doctor in Russia, but once settled in the USA, she had to do over medical education and worked as a waitress and cleaner, among other jobs. Her father Ilya Zaks passed away on the 18th June 2004 at just 31 years of age, when Elizabeth was eight years old. Her mother has since remarried, and Elizabeth now has a half-brother Danny and a step-sister Sasha.

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3. When Did Her Career Begin

Elizabeth was interested in fashion and modeling from an early age, but thought that she wasn’t good enough to become a model. However, her boyfriend in high school, Michael Falco, persuaded her otherwise, and it was in 2013 that she launched her Instagram page, and began uploading pictures of herself. The majority of the pictures were of herself in skimpy clothes, mostly swimsuits, which attracted the attention of people from all around the world, and she steadily became more popular. The next step was going to the gym with her boyfriend, and in no time she embraced training and gym on the whole. Elizabeth then started posting pictures and short videos from the gym on her official Instagram page, which brought even more followers to her page.

4. How Did She Become So Popular

Elizabeth continued to work hard on her body and herself on the whole, eating healthy and dedicating herself to becoming a fitness model. Her efforts didn’t go unnoticed, as she was spotted by a number of modeling scouts which put her career onto the next level. Over the years, Elizabeth has grown her fan base, and now has over 800,000 followers on Instagram. She has used her Instagram popularity to promote career, and has worked with a number of online brands, including EHPLabs, FashionNova, GymShark, and many others.

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5. Elizabeth Zak Fit Guide, Website

Encouraged by her popularity and success, Elizabeth decided to launch something of her own and opted for a guidebook to the perfect body, which she named EZ FitGuide, and has started the website ezfitguide.com of the same name, through which she sells her book. Furthermore, she has created several versions of the guidebook, and now has EZBootyBuilder, EZHomeBootyBuilder, and EZGainz, all of which you can buy from her website.

6. YouTube Channel

In addition to her popularity on Instagram, Elizabeth has also launched her YouTube channel, on which she already has over 300,000 subscribers.

Her videos are related to her gym workouts and healthy diet, but she has also shared some details from her personal life. She started the channel in 2015, and since then she has attracted more than 30 million views – and some of the popular videos include “Bikini Haul- Try On & My Thoughts”, which has over two million views, then “Travel Haul/ LookBook | What I Brought to Hawaii | Outfit Ideas”, (1.8 million), and “What I Eat In A Day | Physique Update | Mini Vlog”, which has been viewed 1.5 million times, among other videos that have increased her popularity and net worth.

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7. Elizabeth Zaks Net Worth

Elizabeth started her career in 2013, and since then has come a long way to become an international fitness star and an idol to many. Her success has increased her wealth to a large degree and according to authoritative sources, as of early 2020 it has been estimated that Zaks’ net worth is as high as $500,000, boosted by earning around $5,000 per Instagram post.

8. Elizabeth Zaks Height, Weight, Body Statistics, and Appearance

Elizabeth has invested so much in her looks, and on account of her beauty, she is extremely popular. She stands at 5ft 6ins (1.68m) tall, while she weighs approximately 130lbs ~ 59kgs, and her vital statistics are 35-24-39 ins.

She has brown hair, though she sometimes dyes it from blonde to black, and she has blue eyes.

9. Elizabeth Zaks Personal Life, Dating, Boyfriend

Elizabeth was in a relationship with Michael Falco; the two started dating back in 2011 when they were still in high school. He helped her a lot in her early career, and continued to support her professional enterprises, however, the couple reached the end of their romance in July 2018. Since then, Elizabeth has remained single, and has talked about how she enjoys her life after being in a relationship for seven long years.

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10. Workout and Diet

Since 2013, Elizabeth has frequently been in the gym; she would work out at least five days a week, and for every day she has special training. Elizabeth has done all to look great, and some of her favorite exercises include:

  • Squats 5×12;
  • Glute pull through with five seconds break in between;
  • Dumbbell deadlifts 4×12;
  • Cable squats with frog walks;
  • Glute kickbacks.
  • Elizabeth is under a strict diet, which includes enough protein and carb to retain her perfect form and muscles. However, she sometimes treats herself with sweets, and has stated that she loves waffles.
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From NFL Star to Convicted Killer: The Tragic Story of Rae Carruth

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Who is Rae Carruth?

Former American professional Football Player and convicted murderer Rae Theotis Carruth was born as Rae Lamar Wiggins in Sacramento, California USA on 20 January 1974, making Aquarius his zodiac sign. He spent three seasons playing for the Carolina Panthers of the National Football League (NFL), and was fired after he was charged and eventually found guilty of conspiring to kill his former girlfriend Cherica Adams, who was at the time pregnant with their son.

Education and early life

Rae and his sister Samel were raised in Sacramento solely by their mother Theodry Carruth, as she divorced their father Charles Wiggins when Rae was still a toddler; Theodry went on to marry her second husband Samuel Carruth, but they divorced when Rae was 14.

Struggling to cope with family issues, as he and his sister were once again raised solely by their mother who worked multiple jobs to financially support them, Rae found comfort in football. He studied at Valley High School and was on the school’s football team, while he was rated to be the best player there.

Rae was offered football scholarships by multiple colleges, and chose to enroll at the University of Colorado, Boulder in 1992.

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College football

Rae began playing for the Colorado Boulder Buffaloes as soon as he enrolled at the university, and was during his final year there named to the first-team All-American; his teammates included future professional Football Players Kordell Stewart and Koy Detmer.

Rae graduated with a Bachelor’s degree in English language and literature in 1996, thus making himself eligible for the NFL draft.

Professional Football Player

Rae was picked by the Carolina Panthers in the first round of the 1997 NFL Draft, and signed a $3.7 million four-year contract with them, which included a signing bonus of $1.3 million.

He started 14 games and caught 48 passes during his rookie season, including four touchdown passes; he was named to the all-rookie team for the 1997 season.

Rae broke his right foot during the first game of the 1998 season, and then caught no passes for the remainder of the season.

He played only the first six games in 1999, catching 14 passes for 200 yards.

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Love life and relationships

Rae was in a relationship with Michelle Wright while attending the University, and she gave birth to their son Rae Jr. in 1994. Following their break-up and Rae’s success in football, he was ordered to pay $5,400 as child support; Michelle later testified that she agreed to have Rae pay half of the money, but only if he were to become a better father.

In 1998 and 1999, Rae was in an on-and-off relationship with American real estate agent Cherica Adams, whom he then conspired to kill.

Crime, arrest and conviction

Cherica was shot four times with a Charter Arms revolver on 16 November 1999, in the vicinity of Rae’s house in Charlotte, North Carolina; she was able to call the police, revealing that Rae had stopped his car in front of hers, and that a person from a vehicle next to hers shot her. The police later identified her killer as American nightclub manager and Rae’s friend Van Brett Watkins Sr.

Cherica was taken to a hospital, where she fell into a coma; she was eight months pregnant with Rae’s son, and the doctors had to perform an emergency caesarean section. Rae was arrested and then released on $3 million bail, while he promised to turn himself in if either Cherica or his son died.

The baby, named Chancellor Lee Adams was without oxygen for more than an hour prior to being born, and this caused cerebral palsy and permanent brain damage; he was 21 when he graduated from Vance High School in 2021.

Cherica died on 14 December 1999, nearly a month after she had been admitted to the hospital, but Rae failed to turn himself in as he had promised, so was arrested by police a day later, after they found him hiding in the trunk of his car in front of a motel. The police also found a cell phone, candy bars, clothes, bottles of his urine and $4,000 in the car; following his arrest, the Carolina Panthers waived him and the NFL suspended him indefinitely.

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During the trial, the prosecution claimed that Van Brett Watkins Sr. was hired by Rae to kill Cherica because she didn’t want to abort their son, while Rae’s lawyers claimed that Watkins was mad and searching for Rae because of a drug deal gone bad, and that he shot Cherica after asking her about Rae’s whereabouts, and after she ‘flipped him off’.

Rae was found guilty of using an instrument to destroy an unborn child, shooting into an occupied vehicle and conspiracy to commit murder, and was sentenced to spend between 19 and 24 years in jail; if he had been found guilty of first degree murder, he could’ve been executed. Watkins was sentenced to spend between 40 and 50 years behind bars for the murder of Cherica.

Rae had served 18 years when he was released from the Sampson Correctional Institution on 22 October 2018, and he’s since been living in Pennsylvania.

Interesting facts and hobbies

Rae was interested in playing various other sports during his teenage years, including basketball, baseball and tennis.

He was physically highly active during his time with the Carolina Panthers, as he attended all of the team’s training sessions, and also worked out at the gym nearly every day.

It’s believed that Rae was addicted to cocaine prior to being sent to prison, but this hasn’t been confirmed.

Cherica’s mother Saundra Adams often spoke badly about Rae in public, and he accused her of lying; Rae sent her a letter in 2018, apologizing for calling her a liar.

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Height, eyes and wealth

Rae’s age is 49. He has brown eyes and black hair, is 5ft 11ins (1.8m) tall and weighs around 190lbs (85kgs).

Rae’s net worth’s been estimated at over $10,000, as of May 2023.

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