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Andre the Giant

Andre the Giant

Full NameAndré René Roussimoff

BornMay 19, 1946




What can be said about Andre The Giant? He was a professional wrestler and actor who exhibited the best traits of professional wrestling.

Andre The Giant was born in France and was the son of Bulgarian and Polish Immigrants who immigrated there. At the age of 12, he was already suffering from the traits of gigantism by measuring 6'3". At the age of 18, he decided to train as a professional wrestler with a local promoter. Andre The Giant was originally billed as Géant Ferré or Grand Fairy. Eventually, he started touring across the world in places such as New Zealand, United Kingdom, Africa and Australia. He even wrestled in Japan in 1970 where he was billed as Monster Roussimoff.

Andre The Giant would eventually make his way to the WorldWide Wrestling Federation in 1973 where he finally received his famous name. Throughout the 1970s and 1980s, Andre The Giant was of the company most famous babyfaces as he was billed as having an 'undefeated streak' in the WWF. Though, he did lose two matches outside the WWF to the likes to Canek in 1984 and to Antonio Inoki in 1986.


Andre The Giant would have one of his famous matches with Hulk Hogan in 1987 at WrestleMania 3. It would also mark the first time he would turn heel. On Piper's Pit in 1987, Andre The Giant would appear with Bobby Heenan and challenge Hulk Hogan to a match for the WWF Title. The segment was memorable as Andre The Giant tore Hulk Hogan's shirt off as the truest sign that he had turned heel. Up to this point, Andre the Giant and Hulk Hogan were considered friends but with both men as heated rivals, it lent to one of the most epic wrestling moments in History. As the match ended, Hulk Hogan body slammed Andre The Giant and finished him with the leg drop. This was Andre The Giant's first official loss in the WWF and it was at the Pontiac Silverdome in Michigan.

While Andre The Giant continued to perform in the WWF after that faithful day, his heath was deteriorating. He died in January 27, 1993 of a congestive heart failure in a Paris Hotel Room. Andre The Giant was inducted into the WWE Hall of Fame in 1993.

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