ANDRE THE GIANT - FAQ
Andre have a drinking problem?
Andre was a very large man and could drink a lot more than a normal man
could. In fact he could drink a six-pac of beer and not be affected by
it at all. Andre also had his own winery in France for the later part
of his life. But it wasn't a cause to his death like some rumors have
really undefeated for 10 years?
Yes. From 1977
to 1987 Andre was really undefeated and it wasn't just a gimmick to get
Andre over in the WWF. Some fans even say Andre's undefeated streak went
past 1977 but records weren't kept as much back then and there is no real
proof of it.
ever wrestle Hulk Hogan before Wrestlemania 3?
Yes. Hulk and
Andre fought a couple times before "Hulkamania" including a famous WWF
match at Shea Stadium in 1981 which Andre won. The claims that the match
at Wrestlemania was their first was made up by the WWF to increase buildup
for the show.
bad were Andre's health problems?
In an interview
Bobby Heenan said Andre would lean on him while walking up the stairs
to the ring and that Andre wouldn't be able to move at all after his matches.
I guess you could say they were pretty bad.
How did Andre die?
Due to Andre's
huge size he suffered all his life from weakness in his heart. When Andre
reached his 40's his heart had become weaker and was no longer able to
circulate blood throughout his body. In 1993 he died in his sleeping after
attending his father's funeral. Andre did not feel any pain.
WWF make Andre a championship belt?
Yes. To buildup
his match at Wrestlemania 3 the WWF made an extra large belt for Andre.
The story was that the WWF had doubts that Hulk Hogan could beat Andre
so a belt was made for him to wear after his title win. The belt was shown
on Roddy Piper's Pit and Jake Robert's Snake Pit. The WWF still
has the belt locked in a safe at WWF Headquarters.
the Giant's last match at Wrestlemania 6?
No. Andre officially
retired after his match at Wrestlemania 6 but he still wrestled on occasion
for All Japan Pro Wrestling. In most of the matches he tagged with Giant
Baba and his time actually wrestling was very short. Andre's last
match was on December 4, 1992 at Budokan Hall teaming with Giant Baba
and Rusher Kimura against Haruka Eigen, Motoshi Okuma, and Masa Fuchi.
the Giant's ankle really injured by Killer Khan?
Andre did suffer an ankle injury but it was out of the ring. The injury
was made part of the feud with Killer Khan.
Andre suspended from the WWF in 1986?
The real reason
for Andre's leaving was to give him time to rest his back which gave him
terrible pain. It also gave Andre time to film his role in the Billy Crystal
movie "The Princess Bride". Andre wasn't really suspended and it was just
an explanation for his time off.
The storyline on WWF television was that Andre missed a tag team with
Hillbilly Jim against King Kong Bundy and Big John Studd who were managed
by Bobby Heenan. Heenan was upset with Andre's no show and demanded WWF
President Jack Tunney to suspend Andre for it. Tunney didn't want to suspend
the fan favorite but had to agree with Heenan and suspended Andre indefinitely.
Andre did return during his suspension though as a part of the masked
team The Machines. The Machines were a thorn in the side of Bobby Heenan
and his stable of wrestlers. After a couple appearances with the Machines
Andre disappeared even though the other Machines still appeared on WWF
television for a while longer.
Andre made his official return in January 1987 and shocked fans after
joining up with Bobby Heenan and challenging friend Hulk Hogan for his
world title. Heenan tricked Jack Tunney to lift Andre's suspension and
soon after Hogan and Andre had their historic Wrestlemania 3 match.
The main event at Wrestlemania 3 was Hulk Hogan against Andre the Giant. At the beginning of the match Hogan attempts a body slam. He couldn't get Andre fully up so he fell on him. Was that supposed to happen, or was Hogan suppose to body slam him then and win the match right away?
Everything went as planned. It was suppose to be that way. Can you imagine a one-minute main event WWF title match in front of the largest WWF audience of all-time? That would have been disappointing
Please could you run through the storyline involving the Hebner Brothers and I think Andre The Giant and something to do with the WWF Championship Belt. I think the plot involved the Hebner's tricking someone as no one knew they were twins? This may have happened just before I started watching the WWF in 1988.
Yes it was Andre The Giant vs. Hulk Hogan for the WWf title, in 1988. Instead of writing a huge paragraph about it, I found a site that has the whole match written out and the information you need. The article is written by Leonard 'The Deacon' Hayhurst and you may read it by clicking here.