André the Giant: A Legendary Life
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The unforgettable story of everyone’s favorite giant—and a life cut short—wrestler and actor Andre the Giant.
At seven-foot-five, four hundred and fifty pounds, André the Giant was a living, breathing legend—a behemoth taking on all comers. Billed as “the Eighth Wonder of the World,” he was the greatest attraction in sports entertainment and one of the most famous athletes in the world.
André the Giant: A Legendary Life is the story of how his enormous charisma and undeniable presence aided World Wrestling Federation's explosive rise to the forefront of popular culture. André's battles with such rivals as Ernie Ladd, Killer Khan, Big John Studd, Jake “The Snake” Roberts, and Randy “Macho Man” Savage are certifiable classics, while his epic WrestleMania III match with Hulk Hogan—before 93,000—still holds the record for largest attendance.
Outside the ring, André Roussimoff was equally formidable—his voluminous appetite for life is the stuff of legends. Moreover, André was among the first wrestlers to cross over into pop superstardom with roles in such television series as The Six Million Dollar Man and films like The Princess Bride.
André's incredible tale is told through his most memorable matches, with reminiscences and recollections from the people closest to him. In addition to blow-by-blow analysis of his greatest in-ring triumphs, author Michael Krugman takes us behind the curtain to see how this amazing athlete struggled with his size and his stardom, as well as his fight with crippling pain caused by both his profession and the disease that made him who he was.
André the Giant: A Legendary Life is the true-life tall tale of one of the most influential and adored Superstars in sports entertainment history.
noticed it right off the bat, was he came in with an attitude, like ‘I’m a star and you’re gonna treat me like one.’ André just let him know, you know what, we’re all the same here. When Bam Bam came back, he really was a different guy. I think if he were still with us, he’d tell you, ‘I needed that.’” TIM WHITE: “I remember what he did to Bam Bam Bigelow in the Garden. Bam Bam got this big push, but he didn’t show the proper respect. So André gave him a little dose of reality in that ring. He
takes a few steps backward, always keeping a close watch on the sack. He keeps going, winding up safely behind Brother Love’s pulpit. “Well, you see, ladies and gentlemen,” the crimson preacher declares at last, finally having been shown the light, “you have witnessed a miracle! A miracle! Brother Giant fears no man! He fears no serpent! He’s not afraid of some snake in the bag! And he certainly is not afraid of you, Jake ‘The Snake’ Roberts!” Brother Love returns the mic to its holder and hugs
knees. Perfect breaks the choke with forearms to André’s back, but gets a huge headbutt for his efforts and comes very close to elimination. Back against the corner, André chops and punches Perfect and Ax as the capacity crowd counts down the entry of number 5, “Rugged” Ronnie Garvin. Garvin runs down the aisle as André beats on Ax. Perfect goes for André’s gut and is joined by Garvin, dropping André again to the mat, his back up on the ropes. André is tied up in the top two ropes as Perfect and
& Ernie Ladd in the final round to win the titles. But when André was unable to make the first championship defense, he was replaced by Don “The Spoiler” Jardine, and the team quickly dropped the titles. HOWARD FINKEL: “He didn’t need a title. There are wrestlers here who need titles to really ascend to the top. Because of the novelty that André was, he didn’t need a championship belt around his waist.” 3 Those who knew him remember André as a man who didn’t see gray when it came to his
on Ax’s traps with chops and a grip. Smash extends into the ring, but Haku chases him away with a kick. Smash comes in, and Haku chops Ax toward André as the ref is distracted. André chokes Ax with the tag rope while Haku goes to the ref to keep him busy. André throttles Ax, Haku making sure the ref continues to debate with Smash. Haku comes back over, and Ax fires back to little effect as Haku chops him across the thigh and sends him to the canvas. He goes to work on Ax’s leg with kicks and