History Wrestling / AndreTheGiant

13th Jan '17 1:32:58 PM Xtifr
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'''Andre the Giant''', real name André Rene Roussimoff (Bulgarian: Андрей Рене Русимов; Polish: Andrzej Renat Russimow; (May 19, 1946 -- January 27, 1993) was a French [[ProfessionalWrestling professional wrestler]] well-known for his impressive size[[note]]Billed at 7'4" (224 cm) and around 500 pounds (226 kg), to be precise; exact measurements are difficult to find, in part due to his slouching posture, and because no promoter at the time wanted an accurate measurement getting out and ruining his credibility. Most sources place him at or around 6'10", possibly shrinking from that later in his career due to damage to his joints.[[/note]]. [[YouMightRememberMeFrom You may also remember him as Fezzik from the]] [[TheFilmOfTheBook motion picture adaptation]] of ''Film/ThePrincessBride''.

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'''Andre Andre the Giant''', Giant, real name André Rene Roussimoff (Bulgarian: Андрей Рене Русимов; Polish: Andrzej Renat Russimow; (May 19, 1946 -- January 27, 1993) was a French [[ProfessionalWrestling professional wrestler]] well-known for his impressive size[[note]]Billed at 7'4" (224 cm) and around 500 pounds (226 kg), to be precise; exact measurements are difficult to find, in part due to his slouching posture, and because no promoter at the time wanted an accurate measurement getting out and ruining his credibility. Most sources place him at or around 6'10", possibly shrinking from that later in his career due to damage to his joints.[[/note]]. [[YouMightRememberMeFrom You may also remember him as Fezzik from the]] [[TheFilmOfTheBook motion picture adaptation]] of ''Film/ThePrincessBride''.
2nd Jan '17 9:39:11 AM IndirectActiveTransport
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* BashBrothers: Wrestling/HulkHogan, Wrestling/JimmySnuka

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* BashBrothers: Giant Baba, Wrestling/HulkHogan, Wrestling/JimmySnuka



* BigFootSasquatchAndYeti: He played big foot on ''Series/TheSixMillionDollarMan''.



* DistaffCounterpart: Here are but three American examples. Before Baby Doll became a valet in then Wrestling/{{N|ational Wrestling Alliance}}WA flagship Jim Crockett Promotions, she wrestled as Andrea The Lady Giant. The [[Wrestling/TheDudleyBoys Team 3D Academy]]'s Betsy Ruth, whose bigger than Baby Doll, turned into Andrea Mother in the Japanese promotion Diana. Then Ring Wars Carolina found a roller derby competitor [[SerialEscalation even larger than Betsy]], who went on to go by Andrea The Giant. (also {{seven year rule}}, as Baby Doll had long retired by then)

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* DistaffCounterpart: Here are but three American examples. Before Baby Doll became a valet in then Wrestling/{{N|ational Wrestling Alliance}}WA flagship Jim Crockett Promotions, she wrestled as Andrea The Lady Giant. The [[Wrestling/TheDudleyBoys Team 3D Academy]]'s Betsy Ruth, whose who was bigger than Baby Doll, Doll and turned into Andrea Mother in the Japanese promotion Diana. Then Ring Wars Carolina found a roller derby competitor [[SerialEscalation even larger than Betsy]], who went on to go by Andrea The Giant. (also {{seven year rule}}, as Baby Doll had long retired by then)
21st Sep '16 7:56:45 AM DeepthroatGhoul
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* EvilCostumeSwitch: As a babyface, Andre wore trunks. Once he turned heel in 1987, Andre wore a black one-strap singlet.
4th Sep '16 5:27:01 PM Dragon95
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** This was apparently how Andre tested people as when Roberts confronted him about it and Andre grew to respect him as compared to others such as Savage who stayed terrified of him.
24th Jun '16 4:51:15 AM tropower
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* MythologyGag: In his appearance in a commercial for Honeycomb cereal[[note]]During the second "Honeycomb Hideout" era.[[/note]], he plays a literal giant.
** While not the case in his Princess Bride appearance, his character Fezzik is nonetheless referred to as a "giant".
22nd May '16 9:52:07 AM SparksOfTheTempest
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** Oddly enough, averted in his heel runs in the US. Him being from France was usually acknowledged, but was never used as part of his character. Andre himself almost never brought it up in promos either.

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** Oddly enough, averted in his heel runs in the US. Him being from France was usually acknowledged, but was never used as part of his character. Andre himself almost never brought it up in promos either. Then again, it was Andre. He didn't ''need'' to act like a foreign wrestling heel to get heat. His size and brutality as a heel were enough.
22nd May '16 9:35:22 AM SparksOfTheTempest
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* ArchEnemy: Wrestling/{{Kamala}}, Big John Studd, Wrestling/KingKongBundy, [[Wrestling/BobbyHeenan Bobby "The Brain" Heenan]], Wrestling/HulkHogan, [[Wrestling/JakeRoberts Jake "The Snake" Roberts]], Wrestling/HacksawJimDuggan, [[Wrestling/UltimateWarrior The Ultimate Warrior]], Wrestling/{{Demolition}}

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* ArchEnemy: Wrestling/KillerKhan, Wrestling/{{Kamala}}, Big John Studd, Wrestling/KingKongBundy, [[Wrestling/BobbyHeenan Bobby "The Brain" Heenan]], Wrestling/HulkHogan, [[Wrestling/JakeRoberts Jake "The Snake" Roberts]], Wrestling/HacksawJimDuggan, [[Wrestling/UltimateWarrior The Ultimate Warrior]], Wrestling/{{Demolition}}
10th May '16 2:41:28 PM SventheCrusader
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** Arnold Schwarzenegger related a story where he was dining with Andre. Knowing Andre's insistence to always pay, Arnold sneaked over to the waiter to ask him to bring HIM the check instead. Before he reached the waiter, Andre picked him *up* and carried him back to his chair, and placed him in it.

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** Arnold Schwarzenegger related a story where he was dining with Andre. Knowing Andre's insistence to always pay, Arnold sneaked over to the waiter to ask him to bring HIM the check instead. Before he reached the waiter, Andre picked ''picked him *up* up'' and carried him back to his chair, and placed him in it. chair.
9th May '16 3:42:41 AM spydre
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* TheAlcoholic: [[http://www.drunkard.com/issues/10_06/10_06_andre_giant.html André. Loved. Liquor.]] Because of his size, he could easily outdrink everyone at whatever function he was at; the stories about his drinking really get into extreme territory. Just check that link for some of the best. When he had to go into surgery, he was [[ReadingsAreOffTheScale so large]] that the anesthetist had to base dosing on what it took to get Andre drunk. So he told the anesthetist that it took two liters of vodka just to make him feel "warm inside."

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* TheAlcoholic: [[http://www.drunkard.com/issues/10_06/10_06_andre_giant.html André. Loved. Liquor.]] And his consumption abilities were comparable to those of a Norse God. Because of his size, he could easily outdrink everyone at whatever function he was at; the stories about his drinking really get into extreme territory. Just check that link for some of the best. When he had to go into surgery, he was [[ReadingsAreOffTheScale so large]] that the anesthetist had to base dosing on what it took to get Andre drunk. So he told the anesthetist that it took two liters of vodka just to make him feel "warm inside."
1st May '16 11:12:36 AM SomeoneElse17
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* {{Badass}}: Many wrestlers got over just by wrestling Andre and lasting, not actually beating him or even wrestling him to a draw.


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* TheDreaded: Many wrestlers got over just by wrestling Andre and lasting, not actually beating him or even wrestling him to a draw.
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