Jim Ross has discussed Giant Gonzalez, the giant Argentinian star who fell on hard times later in life and which WWE stalwart helped pay his bills.
Gonzalez competed as El Gigante in WCW for a few years as the eighties turned into the nineties. The 7ft 7inch star competed at The Great American Bash in 1991 defeating One Man Gang. That show was the subject of WWE Hall Of Famer Jim Ross’ Grilling JR podcast.
Following that run, Giant Gonzalez headed to the then-World Wrestling Federation in 1993. He debuted at the Royal Rumble and his biggest moment came at WrestleMania 9 when he faced The Undertaker. The match with Giant Gonzalez is the only one of The Undertaker’s legendary WrestleMania streak that didn’t end in pinfall or submission with The Deadman winning by disqualification.
During his conversation about Giant Gonzalez, Jim Ross discussed the difficulties he found himself him towards the end of his life which ended prematurely at the age of 44 in 2010, and which figure from Gonzalez’s WWE career helped him out.
“I told you the story that [Gonzalez] goes back home and he’s broke because people bled him to death when he was working. Good old Harvey Wippleman was contributing to El Gigante’s bills, a lot of people never knew that. I think Harvey’s a manager or kinda a utility guy and George is making six figures plus and he had no money and good old Harvey comes in to bail his ass out. Shows you the kind of human being he is. I can see why The Rock always took to Harvey, he’s a good person.”
Harvey Wippleman – also known in wrestling circles as Downton Bruno – was an on-screen manager in the WWF in the early nineties. When Gonzalez came to the company he was paired with Wippleman on-screen as the pair looked to wreak havoc on the company.
The Rock recently gifted Wippleman a brand new truck after Wippleman had been instrumental in helping a young Dwayne Johnson during the infancy of his wrestling career.