Living Large

‘From Grenoble France, weighing in at 520 pounds, standing 7 foot 4 inches tall, the Eighth Wonder of the World, Andre the Giant!’

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The classic ring announcing tones of Howard ‘The Fink’ Finkle run through my mind whenever I hear the name Andre the Giant mentioned. My thoughts then immediately turn to the main event of Wrestlemania 3 in 1987 where he faced off against the immortal Hulk Hogan in front of 93,173 in the Pontiac Silver Dome, possibly his most famous match. A true colossus of the professional wrestling world in every sense of the word, Andre was the original giant of wrestling. He had a huge appetite for kicking ass, eating food and drinking beer. Legend has it he once consumed 156 cans of beer in one sitting, though wrestling folklore has been known to exaggerate things every now and then. Nothing stands in the way of a good story I suppose. Non wrestling fans need to get a grip but may know Andre from his starring role in cult comedy The Princess Bride. He gained plaudits for his role as Fezzik in the movie, starring alongside the likes of Carey Elwes, Billy Crystal and Columbo himself Peter Falk.

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Andre died in 1993 but left behind a remarkable legacy with the aforementioned tales still growing arms and legs to this day. HBO have decided to celebrate Andre’s magical career by producing a documentary they plan to release in April. As a fan of all things nostalgia when it comes to wrestling, I for one can’t wait to see this piece when it airs. Now HBO isn’t available unless you’re reading from the good ol’ U S of A, but i’m sure there will be ways and means of seeing it.

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The documentary not only focuses on the in ring career of the Eighth Wonder of the World, but also looks in more detail at the troubles he encountered throughout his life. Alcohol of course played a part, but being the size he was meant he was never short of attention, whether he wanted it or not, and brought difficulties in managing day to day activities you or I would take as the norm. Health implications brought about by being the size he was will also be looked at in the piece. It promises to be an engrossing look into a true legend of the squared circle. In anticipation of the documentary’s release, have a look at the trailer below.

April can’t come soon enough for this wrestling geek, keep it on your radar!