In pics: ‘The Great Khali’ bounces back from injury to win in Dehradun

  • Anupam Trivedi, Hindustan Times, Dehradun
  • Updated: Feb 29, 2016 17:03 IST
The Great Khali bounced back from his injuries, as he had vowed he would, to beat Brody Steel, Mike Knox and Apollo Leon. (HT Photo)

International wrestler Dalip Singh Rana, popularly known as ‘The Great Khali’, who was admitted in a Dehradun hospital four days back after sustaining ‘serious’ injuries, bounced back on Sunday night to win the high-voltage wrestling match in which he trounced three foreign wrestlers – Brody Steel, Mike Knox and Apollo Leon.

The drama surrounding Khali’s injuries in the first fight and his vow to bounce back added to the hype in Dehradun. And the crowd loved every minute of it. (HT Photo)

As part of ‘The Great Khali Returns Series’ in association with Uttarakhand government, Khali’s show was organised in Dehradun on Sunday night, which was witnessed by thousands amid chaos and mismanagement.

As the fight started around 10.15pm, thousands of viewers went berserk, shouting ‘Khali-Khali’ and ‘bharat mata ki jai’. Initially, Brody punched Khali but soon the 44-year-old Indian-origin wrestler, who gained worldwide acclaim from the WWE (World Wrestling Entertainment) arena overpowered Brody and then he went out of ring and thrashed two other wrestlers – Mike and Apollo.

Khali started out by overpowering Brody Steel in the ring but Brody did have his moments. (HT Photo)

On February 24, Khali was ‘seriously’ injured after the trio Brody, Mike and Apollo hit Khali hard with a steel chair, in a match that was played in Haldwani in Nainital district. Later he was airlifted to Dehradun.

The hit by a chair that left Khali injured. (Rohit Umrao/HT Photo)

Many of the viewers who saw Khali for the first time were an excited lot. Roshan from Bahadarabad in Haridwar had come to Dehradun to watch the fight. An athlete and wrestler himself, Roshan said “larai to nakli lag ri per maza bahut aa raha (the fight seems staged managed but it is entertaining)”.

Women wrestlers provided entertainment before the main event began. (HT Photo)

Such was the quality of entertainment, that despite knowing it was all staged, fans enjoyed it nonetheless. (HT Photo)

Khali had said that he will take revenge ‘blood for blood’ after he received injuries and expressed happiness after winning the bout.

Mike and Apollo tried the chair attack on Khali once again. (HT Photo)

And Khali did just that, with a chair hit of his own.

After taking them on outside the ring, Khali brought the action back inside. (HT Photo)

Born in a Punjabi Rajput family in Dhiraina, Himachal Pradesh, Khali was an officer with the Punjab state police before he became a professional wrestler. He won his first WWE heavyweight championship in July 2007.

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