For a lot of people that Wrestlemania 3 match was the first time they ever saw Andre the Giant, who was going up against the champion, Hulk Hogan.
Prior to being in the WWF, both Hogan and Andre fought in Japan, where Andre eventually finished his wrestling career in the early 90’s. But that’s not the point.
Andre was definitely larger than life in basically every sense of the word, however, like already mentioned, a lot of people didn’t see Andre back when he was younger. That was nearly a completely different man.
In the late 80’s, Andre was billed at being over 500 pounds in the WWF. In the early-mid 80’s he was over 400 pounds.
Now, what exactly did we not know about Andre the Giant? First of all – Andre could do dropkicks! Check out this piece from Wikipedia:
Roussimoff wrestled numerous times in 1972 for Verne Gagne’s American Wrestling Association (AWA) as a special attraction, until one day his manager Frank Valois appealed to Vince McMahon, Sr., founder of the World Wide Wrestling Federation (WWWF) for advice.
McMahon suggested several changes. He felt Roussimoff should be portrayed as a large, immovable monster. To enhance his size, McMahon discouraged Roussimoff from performing maneuvers such as dropkicks.
So, as it turns out Andre was much more mobile when he was younger, and thanks to Vince McMahon’s dad, he was turned into an “immovable monster”.
But that’s not all. We all remember Andre as Fezzik from that silly fairy tale “Princess the Bride”. But that was towards the end of Andre’s career as a wrestler.
Back in 1967 Andre starred in…a martial arts film! As a martial artist! Yes, imagine Andre the Giant doing martial arts… in fact, don’t imagine, just view the clip from the film “Casse-tete chinois pour le Judoka” from 1967.