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The Great Khali Is Working With TNA


In today's we-didn't-see-that-coming news, it looks like former World Heavyweight Champion (and recent viral sensation) the Great Khali will be working with TNA in some capacity.

We reported a while back that TNA would be looking to expand its presence and forge some partnerships in India, and what better way than to recruit the talents of the most successful wrestler to hail from the Indian continent to play a probable spokesman role?

TNA's answer to Chandler Parsons. 

We expect people to laugh about TNA snapping up yet another WWE cast-off, but this move is both savvy and smart on their part. Name-wise, you don't get bigger than the hulking Khali.

TNA issued the following lengthy statement as regards its Indian initiative:

Sony SIX (a part of Multi Screen Media Network), India’s premiere sports entertainment channel, and TNA Wrestling, the international professional wrestling entertainment organization, have teamed up for India’s first ever LIVE televised wrestling event. Mr. Prasana Krishnan, Business Head, Sony SIX & Sony KIX, and John Gaburick, Executive Vice President of Television and Talent Relations for TNA, today announced three historic LIVE TNA Wrestling events scheduled to take place in Mumbai December 2-4, a pioneering move that brings an internationally broadcast sporting event to India featuring the Stars and Knockouts of IMPACT WRESTLING, TNA’s flagship.
The final show, TNA One Night Only: Mumbai, on Friday Dec. 4, will air LIVE in India and broadcast in the United States and all around the world. Full information, including broadcast details, will be released in the coming weeks.
Also present at the launch were three of TNA’s most recognisable names. India’s own Mahabali Shera, former TNA World Champion Ethan Carter III and Knockout Rebel, who are currently undertaking a seven-day international media tour of four of India’s major cities to promote the upcoming LIVE events.
In addition to this, Sony SIX and TNA announced the launch of their second search for India’s next big wrestling star—to join Mahabali Shera on the TNA roster.
The project will give aspiring wrestlers from India an opportunity to showcase their talents on a global platform. The announcement follows 2014’s grand unveiling of TNA’s first ever Indian wrestler, Mahabali Shera – after a year-long talent search led by TNA Hall of Famer and Olympic Gold Medallist Kurt Angle.
World-renowned wrestling star and Indian hero Dalip Singh will lead the talent search alongside Gaburick. Singh will be a part of the selection process and help mentor the contenders. He has also given his endorsement to December’s LIVE TNA events. 
Building on the success of TNA Wrestling on Sony SIX in India, today’s announcement highlights the pair’s partnership to promote professional wrestling in the region. It is a testament to TNA’s growth and the on-going commitment of Sony SIX to cultivate the sport’s viewership in mass markets.
Mahabali Shera, Ethan Carter III and Rebel are currently on an expansive promotional tour, engaging fans through a series of activities. The expansive media and fan engagement tour kicked off in Mumbai today and will head to Ahmedabad, Hyderabad and Bangalore. TNA fans in India can look forward to meeting and interacting with their heroes in each city.

We just hope to God we don't have to suffer through an in-ring return for the massive 7-footer. Khali, if you'll remember, looked like he was always in physical pain during his final months in the WWE, and deserves to take things easy for a while. We haven't seen him in a wrestling ring since Rusev humbled him on the October 31, 2014 episode of SmackDown, and that's probably for the best.

Khali's last moment in a WWE ring. 

Do you think signing the Great Khali was an intelligent move for TNA? Let us know your thoughts in the comments below.

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