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On January 18, 1970, Monster Rousimoff (Andre)
and Michael Nador defeated Thunder Sugiyama and
Great Kusatsu in Fukuoko, Japan for the International
Wrestling Alliance Tag Team title.
Moving to the United States, Roussimoff hired Vince
McMahon Sr. as his booking manager. McMahon Sr. booked
Andre domestically and internationally - including
Canada, Japan, Europe, and Australia.
On September 1, 1972 in Chicago, IL, Andre Rousimoff
beat Larry Hennig and Butcher Vachon in a "handicap"
On June 26, 1976, Andre The Giant defeated boxer Chuck
Wepner via count out Shea Stadium.
On July 17, 1976, Andre The Giant and Buck Robley
defeated Ken Patera and Bob Sewn in New Orleans, LA.
Andre The Giant and Ron Miller defeated Butcher Brannigan
and Ox Baker on October 27, 1978 in Sydney, Australia
for the Australian Tag Team title.
On Christmas Day '78, Andre The Giant and Dusty Rhodes
defeated Ron Bass and Ron Slinker, Ernie Ladd and
Stan Hansen, and Bobby Jaggers and Jerry Brown to
capture the United States Tag Team title.
Andre The Giant defeated Hulk Hogan on August 2, 1980
at the Superdome in New Orleans.
- Andre The Giant and Rhodes defeated the Cowboy Connection
in Ft. Lauderdale, FL on February 15, 1981 for the
Florida Tag Team title.
On May 2, 1981, Andre The Giant suffers a broken left
ankle in Rochester, NY during a match with Killer
In late 1981, Andre The Giant and Rene Goulet won
the 2nd Annual MSG Tag League.
On June 4, 1982, Andre The Giant won a "bodyslam
battle royal" at Fritz Von Erich's Retirement
Show in Dallas, TX.
Andre The Giant defeated Kamala on April 16, 1983.
Andre The Giant gained revenge on June 2, 1983, defeating
Khan at a New Japan Pro Wrestling show at Sumo Hall.
In late '83, Andre The Giant and Stan Hansen won the
4th Annual MSG Tag League.
On June 14, 1984, Andre The Giant and Masked Superstar
beat Seiji Sakaguchi and Tatsumi Fujinami.
At Wrestlemania I, Andre The Giant defeated Big John
Studd in a "body-slam" match.
At Wrestlemania II in Chicago, IL, Andre The Giant
won the "NFL/WWF" battle royal.
Andre The Giant, One Man Gang, King Kong Bundy, Rick
Rude and Butch Reed defeated Hogan, Bam Bam Bigelow,
Paul Orndorff, Don Muraco and Patera in an elimination
match at the 1987 Survivor Series.
On NBC's "Main Event" on February 5, 1988,
Andre The Giant defeated Hogan for the WWF title in
Indianapolis, IN. Afterwards, Andre sold the title
belt to Ted DiBiase, but the title was eventually
On December 13, 1989, Andre The Giant and Haku defeated
Demolition in Huntsville, AL for the WWF World Tag
At All Japan's December 4, 1991 Budokan Hall show,
Andre The Giant, Rusher Kimura and Mighty Inoue defeated
Masa Fuchi, Haruka Eigan and Motoshi Okuma.
On March 4, 1992, Andre The Giant, Giant Baba and
Dory Funk Jr. downed Toshiaki Kawada, Kenta Kobashi
and Tsuyoshi Kikuchi at the Budokan Hall.
On October 21, 1992, Andre The Giant, Terry Gordy
and Jumbo Tsuruta defeated Giant Baba, Stan Hansen
and Funk Jr. in Tokyo, Japan.
Andre The Giant, Giant Baba and Rusher Kimura defeated
Haruka Eigan, Motoshi Okuma and Masa Fuchi on December
In 1993, Andre The Giant was elected into the WWF's
Hall of Fame.
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was the largest athlete the world had ever seen, and
was professional wrestlings most famous attraction
throughout the 1970s and much of the 1980s. Standing
74 and weighing between 475 and 540 pounds
over the course of his career, he truly earned his
nickname of The Eighth Wonder of the World.
the time he was 12, the boy stood 63 and
weighed in at 200 pounds. This was due to the fact
that he was born with acromegaly, a disorder that
causes the bones to grow at an accelerated rate, and
to continue to grow beyond the age of physical maturity.
to use his abnormal size to his advantage, Andre entered
the world of professional wrestling as a very young
man. At the beginning of 1973, the 27-year-old Rousimoff
came under the wing of Vincent K. McMahon and the
World Wide Wrestling Federation. Though the company
would change dramatically, Andre would remain with
the McMahon family for the next 20 years.
an era when the sport was very regionalized, Andre
the Giant became one of the rare exceptions: a performer
who was at the top of the card wherever he went, a
major star who was known to fans in every territory.
His crossover celebrity status was such that he appeared
as a guest on the Tonite Show, and even had a cameo
role on the Six-Million Dollar Man playing Bigfoot.
rivalries with the likes of Big Cat Ernie
Ladd, Don Leo Jonathan and Blackjack Mulligan are
the stuff of legend. At the WWEs 1976 Shea Stadium
event, he engaged in a boxer vs. wrestler confrontation
with Chuck Wepner, in which he hurled the Bayonne
Bleeder out of the ring and into the third row.
Four years later, he had his first encounter with
Hulk Hogan when the WWE returned to Shea. One of the
most memorable rivalries of the time was with Killer
Khan, who broke Andres ankle in 1981, leading
to the infamous Mongolian Stretcher Match
between the two. Through it all, Andre maintained
an incredible undefeated streak the likes of which
has never been seen before or since.
the mid 80s, his condition was beginning to
take its toll on his body. He was slowing down and
putting on more and more weight. Still, he remained
an integral part of the WWEs national expansion
during the era of Hulkamania. He was victorious over
Big John Studd in the Bodyslam Challenge at the first
WrestleMania in 1985, and added to his record for
most battle royals won by surviving just such a match
the following year at WrestleMania 2.
career took an alarming turn in 1987 when he turned
on his long-time friend Hulk Hogan and hired Bobby
The Brain Heenan as his manager. The result
was his first-ever shot at the WWE Heavyweight Championship.
With 93,173 fans in attendance, Andre clashed with
the Hulkster at WrestleMania III in the biggest match
of all time.
did finally win the title from Hogan in a controversial
match the following year, only to give it up moments
later. He also held the WWE Tag Team title with
Haku for a few months in 1990. But much more than
those accomplishments, Andre will be remembered
for the years he reigned supreme as the most famous
Superstar wrestling had ever produced. He finally
succumbed to his life-long illness in 1993, and
shortly thereafter became the first inductee of
the WWE Hall of Fame. Truly a fitting honor for
the one and only Andre the Giant, the Eighth Wonder
of the World.