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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" match.

- 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 Khan.

- 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 declared vacant.

- On December 13, 1989, Andre The Giant and Haku defeated Demolition in Huntsville, AL for the WWF World Tag Team title.

- 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 4, 1992.

- In 1993, Andre The Giant was elected into the WWF's Hall of Fame.


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Bio (Credit WWE Hall Of Fame)

He was the largest athlete the world had ever seen, and was professional wrestling’s most famous attraction throughout the 1970s and much of the 1980s. Standing 7’4” 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”.

By the time he was 12, the boy stood 6’3” 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.

Determined 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.

In 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.

His rivalries with the likes of “Big Cat” Ernie Ladd, Don Leo Jonathan and Blackjack Mulligan are the stuff of legend. At the WWE’s 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 Andre’s 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.

By 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 WWE’s 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.

His 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.

Andre 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.






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