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SLAM! Wrestling Canadian Hall of Fame: Andre the Giant

Andre the Giant Memories

 Andre the Giant was here in my hometown of Opelika, Alabama. I was able to see him in person and it was truly wonderful. He was a very big man but exciting to watch. I too was hurt when he turned heel in the WWF.
 Angela Waldon
 I have a GIANT memory. I can't recall the year, but it was the first of three headline matches with his first nemesis, Don Leo Jonathon. Both men were huge and agile. After the match our scout leader knew the people at the Verdun Auditorium and took us backstage to meet Giant Jean Ferre. He was a gentle, kind man who spoke to us for over half an hour on the merits of being honest and helping out where possible, I guess his mentor Edouard Carpentier summed it up best when he said the Giant's heart is so big it is surprising it can fit into THAT body. I'll never forget when I lost sight of my hand when he shook it. Guess I was 12 or 13 at the time.
 David Henden
 I live in Montreal and I remember always seeing him walk the streets downtown. He was a very friendly man who always took the time to talk with some fans. It is a shame that Vince McMahon Jr. had to ruin his career by turning him into a mid-carder. Throughout his career he brought joy and great entertainment to all the wrestling fans wtaching.
 David Varano
 I remember the memorable feud that Andre had with Hulk Hogan, it lasted almost 2 Years. But I don't think the heel role was fitting well with Andre, he was too a kind man to handle a heel role.
  Being from Quebec, I know that Andre saw his first professionnal wrestling action in our province, although I was too young my father told me that Andre came often to our hometown for wrestling cards. For me, I remember the most in the WWF but I'm sure he was one of the most recognizable wrestler in the world. It's a shame he had to go so soon. We love you, Andre.
 Andre fan
 I remember watching Andre winning all the battle royals he was ever involved in, most notibly at WM2 when he beat future 5 time WWF champ Bret Hart last to win the match, I will always remember his indestructible look which struck fear into every wrestler.
  Most of all I will always remember Andre as the kindest big-hearted man to walk the planet..
  We will always love you Andre, you will always be "The Boss"
  Andre's greatest fan
 Believe it or not my Aunt Carol dated Andre the Giant for a short period of time. She would always meet him at local bars when he wrestled around town.
 BlueEyeDev@aol.com
 I remember Andre when he wrestled as Jean Ferre with Grand Prix Wrestling out of Montreal. It was a big event when he would come down to Burlington, Vermont to wrestle. I only attended wrestling twice in my life, as a teenager, and it was because Andre was in town. He had the nicest demeanor and of all the famous people in this world he is the only one that I would have loved to meet. I regret that I never had the opportunity. Rest In Peace Andre. We sure do miss you and love you.
 lglesag, lglesag@erols.com
 I will always remember how sorry I used to feel for Andre's opponent when Andre stepped in the ring, I know if it had have been me I would have fled in fear. Andre had a kind heart and didn't deserve to die so young. I used to be so excited waiting for Andre to rematch Hulk Hogan and he is a wrestler I will never forget.
 Matt Robertson
 I remember when Andre won the belt from Hogan and then the Million Dollar Man tried to buy it. Jack Tunney put his foot down as president and said that the belt wouold be vacated. This set up up the greatest WrestleMania ever with the 14 man tournament. This started Savage's jump to stardom as he defeated DiBiase in the final
 shaney@telusplanet.net
 I remember meeting Andre around 1988 in Boise Idaho. It was not the first time I met him but it was the last time I saw him in person. He was goining to wrestle Randy Savage that night. When I first met him, and before we became friends, I was petrified because he was my idol and he was so big. He was a kind man and hated that children were scared of him but inside that huge 7'4" body beat the heart of a caring person. He truly was a role model for everyone and most of all a sweet gentle person who really loved his fans. The fondest memory I have of him was the night that my friend Bob Lee, Dennis Stamps, Terry Funk and I had dinner with him in Amarillo Texas at the Big Texan Steak Ranch. That was the best night of my life. Andre I miss you and those few occasions when we got together. Rest in peace Lil' Dude.
 The Skinny Boy
 Andre was one of the WWF's finest. Andre held both the WWF championship belt and co-holder of the WWF tag team belts. He was the first wrestler in the WWF Hall of Fame. Andre had a heart like no-one else.
 TWILIGHT
 Unfortunately, this is not a wrestling memory. Andre was indeed a world wonder. And if the world wonders, yes, his heart was bigger than his body. Even when he was a "bad guy", you could always hear the best things about him. What astonished me was I could not believe, that anyone ever could take this man down. Andre was all heart, and he always did alot to entertain the fans, but he was cut short on his time here on earth, and I know that he has a huge spot up there in Heaven. I really do miss him.
 Barbara D.
 I barely remember Andre the Giant. I do remember the match between him and Hogan. There were two referees, they were twins. Even though Andre was a bad guy I still looked upon him as a hero and true wrestler. I know wrestling is fake and the reason I said that is because there is no way he could have been a bad guy and got beat. This was a man of power and heart. He is the true giant. Kevin Nash and this fake Giant can step down. There is only one Andre The Giant.
 Cnote, cnote@rocketmail.com
 I watched Andre wrestle in Timmins, Ontario when he first started off. All you had to do if you were a wrestler was to honestly irritate him, and then your ass would be grass. That is also by the way the first time I ever got hooked on professional wrestling. I believe the person that he was wrestling was Ronny Garvin. He only weighed 325 Lbs at the time. Hulk Hogan and WCW try to make people think that he is the icon but I remember when it used to be.
 Rick Sherman
 I saw Andre the Giant wrestle in 1985 in Denver Colorado. It was him and Hillbilly Jim vs. Big John Studd, King Kong Bundy, and Bobby "the brain" Heenan in a handicapped match. Of course Andre and Hillbilly won and after the match I went up to ringside and I remember being stunned at just how big he was. When I read in 1993 that he had died I remember being truly sad because I knew he was such a nice person in real life and it brought back memories of watching him wrestle many years earlier. I hope that if there really is an afterlife I might get to meet him in some form someday.
 Jackie Dworske
  I havn't been a wrestling fan to know the highlights of Andre's career. But I do remember the Wrestle Mania III match. It was incredible. Hogan almost was pinned when he first tried to slam the giant and the giant fell on him. I will also never forget when the people just hated Andre. I wanted him to win at Wrestle Mania III. I never did like Hogan and I still don't. I think the Giant was the greatest wrestler to come along. He could do many things for his size. I will never forget him, or the day I read in the paper that he died.
  M7980825@aol.com
 I remember hearing how great this man was. I have downloaded a few clips of some of his great moments. One was he threw Bret Hart out the ring to win the WM2 battle royal. Another was when he gave a big boot to Hogan at WM3. I also seen clips of him bodyslamming Big John Studd. I really wish I could see him in person but he is gone now. You are the true GIANT. I remember when he said:" This is the end to Hulkamania!". Rest In Peace big fella.
 Dpankey711@aol.com
 I love Andre The Giant. Hes my favorite wrestler. I remember on Wrestlemania when he was on a miny ring and it was moving down the isle.
  Lets all remember Andre The Giant, The 8th Wonder
 Love, Craig
 I'm only 12 years old but I remember the first time I watched Andre wrestle. He was huge and yet suttle though everybodyI knew hated him I never could route for Hogan.
 Andre was, still is my favorite wrestler of all time. I was going to see him live and in person at an event in Rockford. I went around bragging that I was going to see my favorite wrestler, and possibly get to talk to him. I was heartbroken and cried when I found out he died and I wasn't going to see him. I collected his figures, posters, pencils, an autographed picture, a miniature porceline statue, videos with him in it, magazine articles, and even the obituary I now so very much cherish.
 I've heard from people who met him that he was probably the nicest wrestler of all time, and that he was very sensitive. Vince McMahon Jr. is the stupidest person in the world for making Andre be a second card wrestler. I wish Andre was alive today so I could meet him like was scheduled 5 years ago. My sister knew how much I loved Andre and I'll bet that when she was killed one of the first things she did was told him how much I enjoyed seeing him on tapes, and live television.
  Love, Adam Roddewig
  I rented an old WWF tape that had a cage match w/Andre the Giant fighting Big John Studd. I remember Andre won the match after he climbed to the top rope and did a CANONBALL onto Big John's chest. My brother and I were shocked. I clearly remember how much the top rope was sagging down as Andre stood on the top rope. I thought it was going to snap
  Gerry Villapando
 Andre The Giant was one of my favorite wrestlers ever. I saw WMIII and NBC when he won the title. It was just too bad to see him lose his talent and stamina because of McMahon.
 Mary Hartmann
 I remember the date I met Andre. It was January 29, 1981, my 13th birthday. He was wrestling in a town close to me, and my brother took me to see him. We had ringside seats, and he came right past me. I got to shake his hand, and he took a moment of his time when my brother told him it was my birthday to wish me happy birthday. It was the best present I have or will ever recieve. I had a couisin that was a wrestler, and got to wrestle him on a show in Alabama. He told me that Andre was the nicest man he had ever met, and a true gentleman. Andre the Giant was, is, and will always be the greatest wrestler that ever lived.
  Barry Woods, Summerville, Georgia
 Andre the Giant... Wreslting's ONLY Giant!! Anybody else notice that they are calling Chyna the 9th Wonder of the World?? Its obvious the WWF has not forgotten that there was indeed and Eighth Wonder of the World, Andre the Giant. I'll never forget when Andre turned on Hogan in the Piper's Pit segment. When he ripped the crusifix off Hogan's neck, it felt like my heart was ripped out (I was about 9 or 10 at the time, before I knew it was a work). This 'monster heel' helped continue Hogan's dominance throughout the 80's. Rest in Peace, Andre!
  MAK
 I am 12 years old and I love Andre. He rules. His best match was in 1987 when he faced Hulk Hogan in Pontiac SilverDome in front of 93,173 people. He lost to Hogan from a bodyslam then the Hogan legdrop. Then his fifteen year winning streak ended.
 Hogan686@aol.com
 I remember watching The Princess Bride at the movies and I saw Andre in it. He was bigger than ever. He is my favorite wrestler of all time and when he died I was very hurt
 sbwilliams
 Back in the small card days, I remember Andre and Bruno Sammartino like they were family. Such a wonderful man, he often would come out of the locker room before the card began to talk with people, and everybody loved the big guy. His heart was like no other famous or infamous person I can remember. Now some 5 1/2 years after his death, I still think of him as a lost family member. We miss you and love you Andre.
 The Simons family.
  Andre could tear a mean ass fight and I wish that I had met him, for he is the best there ever was and always will be, wrestling is so fake hogan could have never beat him that is crap oh well Hogan will see him in the big one some day and it won't be fake... Well I hope that god is strong enough to hold Andre up there. To my favorite wrestler Andre The Giant...
  Justin
  I don't remember Andre the Giant very much because I am only 14 but I know how great of a wrestler he was and as much as a wrestler a person. I have some wrestling cards and I've seen a lot of videos of him. I wouldn't be surprised if I saw him in Heaven.
  DX9899@aol.com
  Andre, you were the best! From the 70's I've seen many tapes of you when you were younger and faster. I've seen you wrestle with, Bruno Sammartino, BlackJack Mulligan, Big John Studd, King Kong Bundy, Roddy Piper, Kamala, but some of the matches I'll never forget were the feuds with the Sheik and Abdullah the Butcher.
  I was outside the back entrance of Maple Leaf Gardens in Toronto, Ontario one night after a card, and I waited with a friend and we saw Andre get into a special Caravan. It is a memory I'll never forget. To Andre, and family. Best wishes, We will NEVER forget him.
  Peter, thumper@connection.com
 I remember Andre the Giant when I was a litle kid when he wrestled Hulk Hogan. I would always get this shivering chill in my body when those big events came up on pay per view they were the best matches and i will never forget them. Those are the only true memories of wresting that we should cherish. Andre the Giant I love you and God bless you and I will meet up with you one of these days wait up for me.
 JOE
  I remember in the late 70"s when Andre was wrestling a the "Incredible Hulk Hogan," and he lost that match due to Hogan putting a foreign object in his elbow pad and delivering a clothes-line lariat, thus ending his victory streak. I watched this on the Superstation in a late 70's edition on a Saturday night.
  judy.rodriguez@cibavision.Novartis.com
  In memory of the late Andre the Giant. He is a legend of the past, present, and future. I first saw him in a tag team match in 1977. I cried when he lost to Hulk Hogan. Even though I can't see him because he is dead, But he still lives, in my heart.
  kgoodsman_98@yahoo.com
  It really broke my heart when Andre turned bad and it really broke my heart when I heard about your death.....for you have done more for wrestling by simply being in it wrestle and with your heart of gold......I hope that you are resting peacefully and happily in heaven.......may God be with you...and may you rest in peace even though I never knew you..I always felt that you were my friend may almighty God take you with him your friend that you never knew...
  Frank
  My dad was involved with the Bob Luce promotions in Chicago in the late '60s, early '70s when Andre would come in for special events. It always went like this: The Bruiser and the Crusher were the top draws (even though Vern Gagne was the champ) and they'd dominate for awhile. Then the bad guys would get a few weeks' advantage, leading up to the main cards at the old International Ampitheater near the Chicago stockyards. Just when it appeared as if the Blackjacks or the Vachon brothers or the Valiant brothers would have the advantage, Andre would come in and clean the area up again for awhile. It was always a special event when he came in. And he never let the fans down.
  Mike Siroky
  I am older than most of you,and still remember the three geatest men I worshiped Rick Flair,Roddy Piper.and the KING, ANDRE THE GIANT. I saw them many times in those days (live in person) not on t.v.in Tampa, Miami, West Palm beach (the leaky teepee) auditoriam,my favorite was at Lynchburg,Virginia,where I was CHEF at the RAMADA INN for three years. All the wrestlers stayed there, and guess who cooked for them,and brought them their meals (ME). My favorite was of course Andre the giant. One day I took my 8 year old son who just had a cast put on his arm and was very depressed, to the INN#114 Andre's room I knocked 5 times. Well the door opened and there he stood this huge giant of a man with a sheet around him, he had just came out of the shower. He invited us in and signed my boy Craig's cast and showed us his champ.belt. That was a day I'll never forget, he was a very smart, quiet, shy man. May you rest in peace your personal friend chef-sal you will never be forgotten.
  SAL
  I just remember when that big guy would grace the arena with his precence and when he would wrestle he would kick butt because he was so big. I think Andre was one of the greatest wrestler in the World Wrestling Federation. Like Hulk Hogan, Bret Hart, Shawn Michaels, and Ultimate Warrior
  Matt Lytle
  I remember watching Wrestlemania 3 live on the big screen at Maple Leaf Gardens in Toronto. This was before "home" pay-per-view in Canada, so you had to buy tickets and see it in an arena. It was almost better that way, because people were cheering, screaming and gasping as though the matches were taking place right there and not on the big screen. It was amazing. The anticipation of Andre vs. Hogan was overwealming, it was all anyone could talk about (although Savage vs. Steamboat was a big match too). The shock of seeing Hulk Hogan actually PICK UP and slam Andre was unbeleivable, no one could believe it, and the cheers were the loudest I had ever heard at the Gardens. Only later on in life did I learn about "works" and "shoots", and the fact that Andre let Hogan beat him like that is a testimant to his greatness, both as a person and as his character "The Giant". Here's to Andre the Giant, the greatest Pro wrestler of ALL TIME!
  Tim Knapp
 I saw Andre wrestle at The Boston Garden a few times in the early 80s. I have to admit that some of his matches were kind of dull - Andre was just too big for his opponents and won his matches without much effort - but it was always exciting to see him take that first giant step into the ring. I saw him against Adrian Adonis and several others - he pinned all of his opponents easily.
 The one exception was the time he fought big Blackjack Mulligan. Blackjack charged out of his corner at the bell and ripped into Andre. He backed Andre into a corner and slugged him without letting up for four or five minutes. The audience was roaring. (The closest thing I've ever seen to it was the first round of the Hagler-Hearns fight in '85). Blackjack rocked Andre from one side of the ring to the other; the ropes and turnbuckles didn't look strong enough to support these two big men. I'd never seen Andre take such punishment. He lost a few matches later in his career but in 1982 he was still untouchable, especially at The Boston Garden.
 Andre eventually slowed the pace down and pinned Blackjack, but I'll never forget the first few minutes of that match. It really looked like Mulligan was going to shock us all!
 Andre won me over that night. He took some lumps and still came out on top. Mulligan won me over, too. He came right at The Giant and showed no fear (a rarity for a WWWF heel of that era). What a show!
 DS
 Well, what can I say? I was born in 1980, and I first saw Andre in 1987, just before WM3, and his feud with Hulk Hogan. (When Hogan was a man.) The next time I saw him, he had Hogan on his knees, choking the crud out of him. Strike Force, Koko B. Ware, The British Bulldogs, JYD, and Jim Duggan had to get this big dude off. Eventually they all did, but made Andre really mad, and they did the best thing they could do, run.
  I also saw a match up recently, on video, from 1985. Andre, and Hogan vs. Big John Studd, Adrian Adonis, and Dick Murdoch. Of course, Andre and Hogan kicked butt, but it was a great match to watch. One more word for you, WM1. Bodyslam match, and don't forget when he tossed Bret Hart from the battle royal at WM2. I got to see Andre fight at WM6, and that was great, because he pummbled Hennan, and Haku, and that was the last time I ever saw him wrestle.
 Derek M. Ellis
  I don't recall seeing him at WMIII, but my jaw dropped to the floor when he made his appearance at WMVII. Don't you just love to see Andre WHACK the crap out of Mr. Perfect with a belt!? That was awesome. At the time, I was 7. At that time, I was 5' 0" & I weighed 95 lbs. Now, almost 16, I'm 6' 6" 360 lbs. Reading up about him, I found that he was 6' 3" & 200 lbs. at 14.....I was 6' 1" & 285 lbs. Even though I'm real close to his size (age-wise, that is), there's a hard truth to face.....neither I, nor anyone else, will EVER fill his shoes....or boots, I should say. I think it's VERY DISRESPECTFUL for someone like Paul Wight (The "Giant".....hahaha, reality check! Paul Wight is not 7' 4", he's only 6' 10". I know this because I'm 6' 6" & when I saw him up close in Houston, he DEFINATELY didn't appear to be over 7' 0" ) to claim that he's His son! I don't condone the fact that Paul went ahead with the idea, & WCW allowing it to go through. NO ONE IS WORTHY.
  This message was written 6 years to that very day. :-(1/30/99)
  We love you, Andre!
  -Tony
  I remember wm3 and i was about 4 yrs old and a big hogan fan well, at the time who wasnt but now looking back i wish i was an andre fan. I seen the Andre documentary and now i finally realized that Andre had a tough life and in my mind he would have destroyed Hulk a wreslemania but they knew Andre wasnt the "future". Andre was one of the greatest wrestlers of all time
1)Andre the Giant
2)Bret Hart
3)Undertaker
4)Mic Foley
5)Shawn Michaels

 Bal Bonnie
 P.S, all the new wrestlers know nothing about tradition

  I only met Andre once, I sent him (or his fan club) and he visited me in a hosipital in Greensford,IA on June the second of1985, when I was 41.
  He was my favorite wrestler of all time and it made my dreams come true when he came to see me.
  I am 55 years old now and when he died in 1993 I was crushed and that is really all I have to say I wish I could have seen him one more time before he passed on.
  Signed, Thomas Redford, Greensford,IA
 He was the best there was and the best there ever well be in my heart , Andre the giant was the greatest wrestler of all .. he was everything i wanted to be big strong and caring .. i never got to meet him but i hope someday people well like me just as much as i like andre .. when i say all the fights that andre a hulk went through , i was always thinking what it would be like to be in the ring with him .. if he was here today i think i would at least want to have him as my mentor and my teacher .... we love you andre and you'll always be in our hearts .....
  paul harrington
  I remember when I was about 2 or 3 years old I watched Wrestlemania 3. It was so cool. I still have it on tape. I remember wanting Hogan to win because I was a huge Hogan fan (who wasn't back then?) But now I see all of these memories of him and just wish I had the chance to meet him. He looked and sounded like a great guy. I couldn't believed when I heard he died. He was a good man and will live with us forever.
  B316MAN@aol.com
  My fondest memory of Andre is remembering him strangle Bob Uecer.The of course there was him at Wrestlemania 6 after losing the tag belts to The Demolition being slapped by Bobby "The Brain" Heenan and then turning face by taking his anger out on both Heenan and Haku(Meng).
  Dominic Traverse
  Andre was the greatest big man of all time. I wish he could have had a real reign as WWF World Champion. The five-minute reign after the screwjob was less than he deserved. Andre was so successful for so long that he should have had a nice long reign as World Champion.
  Here are two of my favorite Andre moments. In the book _The Illustrated History of Pro Wrestling: The Good, The Bad and The Ugly_, there is a color picture of Andre trapping Abdullah the Butcher in the ropes. This is notable because nobody was bleeding even though it was an Abdullah match. That alone proves the overwhelming power of Andre.
  The other can be found on a videocassette from the mid-1980's called "All Star Wrestling." It was taped somewhere in Texas. Andre battled The Spoiler. Andre did a clever spot where he was holding The Spoiler in a side headscissors. Andre then sat up and did a mini-piledriver while Spoiler was upside-down and trapped in the headscissors. Andre eventually pinned Spoiler after slamming Spoiler off the top turnbuckle while Spoiler was holding Andre with his clawhold.
  Andre as a face world champion would have been the greatest thing in the world. Sadly, it was not to be. He was one of the very greatest of all time.
  Jason Kreitzer
  I was a wrestling fan when younger, and I remember all the Hogan/Andre the Giant feud matches, including WM3. I never got to meet Andre, but my fiancee used to see him in Louisiana whenever the wrestlers came to town. She worked at a convience store and she recalls talking to him and other wrestlers when they came into the store. She also recalls talking to him at a Fan-Appreciation party after one of the House Shows in Lafayette, LA. He put his hand on her head, and his fingers reached down below her nose! Here's to a great wrestler, a wonderful man, and someone who is sorely missed. Wrestling just isn't the same without you, Andre.
  S.A. Jones
  Andre was my favorite wrestler , he was so agile! He was always having fun with that big toothy grin from ear to ear. It was great that the documentary showed Andre when he started in Quebec. All wrestlers should be taught and educated on how Andre learned the game and carried himself in and out of the ring. He came from very humble beginnings and worked extremely hard for everything. He was the man who carried wrestling to its greatest heights and graciously, and with honor, passed the torch to Hulk Hogan. He was extremely well liked by his peers and was humble, and never complained of the many annoyances that came with being the 8th wonder of the world. My favorite Andre moments were in that cage match in the late 70's early 80's when the bloodied Andre late in the match picked up and slammed Kamala in the center of the cage. Also just before WM3, on SNME, in the Battle Royal when Andre headbutted Leaping Lanny Poffo (I think), and they had to carry him out on the stretcher. On behalf of all wrestling fans, I'd like to thank Andre for the lifetime of memories he gave us. It is painful to remember that after 1986, the Giant was slowly dying, yet he continued to wrestle at a vigorous pace. The towering Frenchmen paved the way for guys like Big John Studd, King Kong Bundy, and todays big men, Undertaker, Paul White, Kevin Nash. Andre, you are an inspiration , let us pray that all wrestlers and people are able to know your biography. I am extremely honored and fortunate I was. Rest in Peace
  Andrew Azonwanna
  One of the most beloved WWF Superstars who had his life ended tragically. I remeber when he tought Hulk Hogan a lesson and then he was WWF World Heavyweight Champion. I also remember when he was a Tag Team Champion with Haku(Meng). My last memory is when he slapped Bobby The Brain Heenan.
  Richard Morin
  Andre was the best of all best who ever wrestled.For all of you who don't remember Andre he was caring loving and much much more.His biggest match was probably against Hulk Hogan in the Pontiac Silverdome in front of 93 173 fans at Wrestle Mania 111 or when he had his re-match with Hulk when Hogan tried to body slam him but he couldn't(Could you blame him look at his size)and Andre fell on him and nearly pinned him.I still till this day say he pinned him for three count.He was robbed.
  KORY
  I remember when I first started watching wrestling with my Grandfather(around3) and the one of the first wrestlers I watched was Andre,I thought he was an actual giant I loved him in that Battle Royal of Wrestlemania 3 even though I wanted Bret Hart to win I knew he wouldn't win.
  Dominic Traverse
  When Hogan beat Andre on WM11 I thought he would have retired because he was undeafeated for 15 years.
  Tyler
 Simply the best! Andre, hogan, and Bret Hart made wrestling into the game it is today. I miss you man. Your legend will live on forever!
 Mike van der Zalm
 I remember when Andre the Giant came to Australia.
 I was only a kid and we use to go watch wrestling every time it was on, I remember waiting outside at the dressing room door when Andre the Giant kinda picked me up and gave me a kiss his lips were so big he was so unreal. He is sadly missed he was the great one
 Helen from Australia
 this isn't my favorite memory, but everyone else's memory has been about intercontinental and tag team and world title reigns. well before any of that bret made his first wrestlemainia apearence. wrestlemania 2. there was to be a battle royal between wrestlers and football stars, bret and the anvil were wearing blue and bret and ANDRE THE GIANT were the last two left, but bret didn't win, but he's still the greatest.  shaun.crawford@home.com
 A lot of people say they realized McMahon was a jerk when he screwed Bret Hart. I realized he was a jerk when he screwed Andre. After his heel turn, McMahon(Jr, that is) repeatedly gave him ridiculous roles, like Dibiase's bodyguard, or that gimmick of him being scared senseless of Damien, Jake Roberts' snake. The biggest screwjob of all was that Andre hardly ever left the states after that. He didnt get to travel the world, which he mentioned he loved doing the most. He lost his worldwide star status that he so much deserved. Actually, I take that back. The biggest screwjob is that all of the younger fans only got to see the heel, and much lamer Andre, and therefore dont respect him like they should. And I dont blame them, cause that was just the product of Vince McMahon Jr's horrible mistake, not the kind hearted, multi-talented, charasmatic wrestler that we all know he could be. I guess we can only take comfort in the fact that there ARE people out here that know who he really was, and recognize all the tragedies that hurt his career that he loved so much. It really is a shame that this happened to such a great man, and I'm pretty sure that Andre never complained about his career turn, even if he knew it was killing him. Why? Cause thats just the kind of person he was. A lesson that every professional athlete can learn these days. Andre, I know that they probably love as much up there as we all did down here.
 TheTacoKid@aol.com
 I remember Andre on Grand Prix Wrestling when I was very young. He was awesome! It was almost comical when he would wrestle the villans of the day, like Mad Dog Vachon, for he was so much larger. Even though there are several wrestlers taller than Andre today, none towers over the competition like Andre did in his day.
 Dave
 When I was about 9 yrs old I had the chance to met Andre at MSG in NYC. I remember being scared when he first popped out of his dressing room, but as soon as we got to talking I noticed that he was a special man. Andre told me about how important school was and to respect my parents (among other things). Im now 30 and lost interest in wrestling before the WM3 crap, but when I learned of Andre' death I was rocked. Rest in peace
 Grady27@aol.com
  Andre the Giant is truly a legend. I remember when i was 5 in '87 and they had the big WM III match between him and Hogan. I also remember him real well from the Princess Bride. I cried my eyes out when he died,(i was 9) and i'll never ever forget him.
  Mockets@aol.com
 I remember when that fatso Earthquake jumped on his legs continually. This was around 1990. I didn't really see any Andre before that, because I was seven. Then, in 1991, my dad took my family to Omaha to see the main event, Ultimate Warrior versus the Undertaker, and before the main event Andre was there on crutches, he was in terrible shape after Earthquake crushed his legs, but he still was as tall as the second rope. I once asked my dad when I was real young how big he was, he responded fingers as big as your hands, or in Freddie Blassie's terms, like bananas. Now I am 5 feet 7 and a half and 150 pounds, but 7-4 and 500, wow! It wasn't until A&E had that show on pro wrestling I started to like him again, then they had that awesome Biography. Although in his later years he may have looked bad, there are few human beings on earth that could've bodyslammed all 375 pounds of John Studd. And the alcohol consumption, amazing. I always thaught he lived in Grenoble. He was ther best, and it was a fluke he lost to Hogan, but his disease took over, and he was 41. He was great. If the term GIANT was to fit anyone, it's him.
  jjwhyte@nque.com
 I saw Andre wrestle in the AWA before the WWF became big. He was a great draw the few times he came to town. I remember reading a story about him in The Readers' Digest. According to the article, a silver dollar could easily pass through one of his rings. The other memorable thing in the article was how he would go into a restaurant and order every item on the menu to be brought to him one at a time. Amazing.
 Dean
 I still remember his last match against Hulk Hogan.It was amazing!I will always miss him.Rest In Peace Andre!
 spot@worldchat.com
 I don't member that much of Andre because I was so young i am 16teen now but my most member time of Andre was when he fight Hulk Hogan at wrestlemania 3 even that he lost that night.
 God bless Andre R.I.P.
 Richard Kreitzer
 As a huge Hulk Hogan fan in the mid eighties, as i was only a little kid, I loved the cartoon "Holk Hogans Rock'n Wrestling", it was the best. I thought thar Jimmy"Super Fly" Snauka was the best wrestler going around, and why didn't any one ever give him the respect he deserved. Any way my best memory of the The Giant was on Trading Card, that i got from the shop with bit of gum ( you know thw ones ) along time ago, I got a card with Andre The Giant standing in the corner, with Jimmy " Super Fly" standing on his shoulders, about to jump off and kill the opponet, and as I loved both these wrestlers so much, I thought that it was the greatest, my two fav wrestlers as a tag team. What a move.
 Legge from Australia
 Andre the Giant was the best wrestler ever. He had a big, loving heart. I remember him as my GOD! I was very young when I first saw him, but from the very first time I saw him, I knew he was bigger than anyone ( not in size ) I wish Andre was here today, than wrestling would have meant much more to the world... When he died from a heart-attack, it felt like it was my heart that stopped. God bless you Andre...
 The Viking (Stig Harvik)
 I read the notes posted, and 2 famous moments are missing: The Andre-Chuck Wepner fight in Shea Stadium (with Gorilla Monsoon as Andre's corner man), and the details of the first slam of John Studd. Studd & his manager (Bobby Heenan) had a $10,000 challenge open to anyone who could slam Studd. For weeks, many had tried & failed. Then one night, Chief Jay Strongbow came through the curtain. The commentators were wondering if Jay was the challenger, but I correctly sensed that Andre would be coming in, since Andre & Strongbow were tag team partners at the time. Sure enough, in came Andre. After he slammed Studd, he took the bag of money & threw the cash into the crowd. I also remember a time in Philadelphia when Andre & Gorilla Monsoon were tag team partners. They were considered the largest WWF tag team ever. Monsoon picked up the referee & sat him on the top turnbuckle so he wouldn't get squashed, & then they proceeded to clean house. The referee only came down to count the pinfall.
 john615@webtv.net
 You know in this day in age and any other for that matter I always found it so DISRESPECTFULL when so-called "smarks" would complain about Andre and Studd's lack of mobility. These guys are pro wrestlers people, but in all reality you just have to take the non-reality of pro wrestling and enjoy guys like Andre, Uncle Elmer, Studd,(all have passed on so unfortunately), Hogan, Kamala, Ernie Ladd and countless others who were merely pro wrestlers and not olympic athletes and so forth. You know back in the '80's people actually have to buy a ticket to a wrestling event, this was the very grass roots of this business anyway. I'd much rather pay for a ticket and see Andre live once again then be given a decades worth of worthless P.P.V.'s in which the angles come a mile a minute and are meaningless in today's environment as well as title changes. I remember the Andre turn in '87 and man was that a shock. Do you really think when Stone Cold returns anyone will be shocked when he turns? Wrestling has lost its grass roots and a true giant of a legend. We'll never forget you Andre, lots of love,
 Tony Myers
 The first time I ever saw Andre I was only 11 years old he and my next door neighbour were friends and he took me to see him, when I met him I was afraid because of his size but after 2 min.'s I felt so comfortable around him he was truly a gentle giant.
 Thanx for the memories Andre, I truly miss you.
 Mike From Ont. Canada
  I'm from Florida and when I first heard about Andre's death I almost cried. He was a great wrestler who had a heart of gold. My cousin met him in 1992 aout a year before he died and got me an autograph. She told me that he was so nice and so fun to be around. I only wish I would have gt the chance to see how he really was. I can imagine. We love you Andre. God has someone in Heaven to make sure everyone stays in line. Rest in Peace Andre.
  Diesel420Power@aol.com
 I'm only 14 years of age and its weird you would think I'm an Andre fan but I was, how? Well I've taken many many trips to the video store to see some of his matches, I only wish he would of been world champion more often. Vince, you made a big mistake not making more out of this man, cause he deserved more, but your just luckly he was a friendly giant or it would of been lights out. One of my many favorite memories is when he is doing the interview after his Wrestlemania 4 tournament match with Hulk Hogan, and Bob Uecker is interviewing him and at the end of the interview Andre gets frustrated with Uecker and puts both of his hands completely around Bob's neck and starts choking him, I watch it over and over again, I can honestly say I have memorized word for word everything andre says in that interview, I also love the 15 thousand dollar slam match at WrestleMania 1 were he body slams big John Studd with such ease I was amazed, thanks for your time, and rest in peace ANDRE.
 Zeiler316@aol.com
 I have a very fond memory of Andre the Giant that I would like to share. My name is Korsita Korchenko and the year was 1983 at Memorial Hall in Kansas City, Kansas. I was wrestling on the card and the main event was a battle royal. The last four wrestlers in the ring during this match were Dewey Roberson, Harley Race, Andre and myself. Dewey and Harley were locked up with each other and I was locked up with Andre. He threw me into the ropes and as I came off, he bent over to give me a very big backdrop but I thought to myself, this is really gonna hurt so I gave him the big boot to the chest instead. I then front face locked him and to my amazement, he put those giant hands on my hips and with no effort, lifted my 360 pounds up walked to the ropes and gently set me down on the outside ring apron. I still had the front face lock on him and at that moment, Harley and Dewey ran over and each grabbed one of Andre`s legs and heaved him over the top. All of his 500 plus pounds came crashing down on top of me all the way to the floor. I thought I`d become a permanent part of the concrete. But Andre says in my ear, Are you still alive boss, and I said , Too early to tell. This was one of the rare times that he did`nt win a battle royal. I`ll never forget him and it was a honor to be in the ring with him.
 Korsita Korchenko
  Andre the Giant was the greatest WWF wrestler of all time. He was undefeated in the first 15 years of his unparalleled WWF career. He was then defeated at Wrestlemania 3 by the Immortal Hulk Hogan. His final match was at Wrestlemania 6, when he & Haku lost the tag team championship to Demolition. He nailed Bobby "The Brain" Heenan after Heenan slapped him, and then left the Sky Dome to a tremendous ovation. He was simply the best.
 David S. Ford, 3-22-00
 He has wrestled in many great mathches but my most memorable moment was when he knocked out Curt Hennig with the IC belt! boy it was
 great!
 Andre's #1 fan! MATT THOMPSON
 I met Andre in 1971 or 72 in Welland, Ontario. He was wrestling eight men -- Black Gorham, The Love Brothers, King Curtis -- I can't remember them all. He was so awesome. Then when I saw him I was just in awe. He ran around the ring with his arm sticking out knocking the wrestlers down like twigs. He piled them all on top of each other and pinned them. They tried attacking him after the fight only to be thrown out one by one
 MZ*
 Andre The Giant was number one and still number one as true favourite giant wrestler of mine I love him soooo much ! I remember when Hulk and Andre was still enemies and wrestled each other that time I was only 6 years old. Believe or not ! One of my classmate at school told me he met Andre The Giant when he was young in South America and he knew Waild (my classmate ) was deaf and he was such nice guy. I wish I meet him to make me feel comfortable because his size. And also I wanted to give him big smile on his face from me before he died. Another memories was I asked my mother what was his name before I didn't know his name on WWF she said Andre The Giant he was so big. When I found his death that time I was 18 last year, my heart was broken and still break and begun to cry . I still miss him.
 Andre, You are number one ! I missed you !!!!!!
 GO Andre go Andre! And so I will put picture of you from net that I found on my wall to remember you. Miss you
 your fan.
 Elisabeth age of 19
 Andre always wanted a family. I believe that God blessed him with a family...his fans all around the world. I never got to witness Andre wrestle in person, but I've seen him many times on tv. There never will be another Andre. He is truly a legend, a sports legend. For me, he's right up there with Muhammed Ali, Hank Aaron, and Babe Ruth. I am a die hard wrestling fan, and contrary to the stereotype that wrestling fans are ignorant and God know what else, I am an educated woman with a Master's degree. Because of great wrestlers like Bret Hart and Andre the Giant, I proudly proclaim my undying loyalty to Professional Wrestling. And I'm sorry that my twin nephews will never get to see Andre the Giant. God Bless you, Andre, you've gone where the good guys go!
  Yolanda Dupre, New Orleans, LA
 I woke up this morning and heard you were gone, "say its not so" I cursed at the television set. But my cries were in vain, for you have gone to a better place. A man a of giant stature, not only in body but also in heart. Not only were you a fearsome opponent in the ring, but a warm, cuddly colossous. I know that you have gone to join the big Royal Rumble in the sky along with such greats as JYD and Gorilla Monsoon and I want you to know that you were always my chief! Most people will remember you for your monstrous physique and undoubted wrestling ability, but i will remember you for the unadulterated beauty that you truly exuberated.
  Big guy. I miss you so much. Not only were you a fearsome athlete in the ring, but you were also a big cuddly colossous. I doubt we will ever witness a character as warm, geniune and huge as you again in the WWF. What I wouldn't give to see those big size 22's gliding towards the ring today. Your curly hair was remarkable - true unadulterated beauty. Your big smile, so big you could fit ten bananas in there. You're still my hero Andre. Andre The Giant, pride of Grenoble. You were the first, you were the last, and now you're a thing of the past. Je t'adore homme grande. Giant forever,
  I will always cherish your memory, good-bye chief!
 Matt, from Derry, Ireland.
 Andre Roussimoff, A Thing Of Beauty.
 by Mungo Doherty
  French Giant how fine you are,
 How glorious your technique, how colossal your physique.
 French Giant how sweet you are,
 pride of Grenoble, sweet heart of wrestling.
 French Giant how graceful you are,
 Scourge of the WWF, winner of our adoration.
 French Giant how pretty you are,
 7ft 5 550lbs of beauty, you are so pretty in our hearts.
 French Giant we miss you,
 How ever can we replace you? Your lovely afro and your big size 22's.
 French Giant until we meet,
 For I know some day we shall meet in the big pie in the sky, and maybe then we can have a cold one together!
 A Hero, a champion, a leader, a princess a Giant!
 In loving memory of the greatest wrestler that ever graced God's green earth, until we meet, Mungo!
 What can I say, Andre was one of the legends of the ring, who will ever forget his encounter with the Hulkster at Wrestlemania 3, or his feud against Demolition as a member of the Colossal Connection. He was an obese monstrosity and when he died it made me realise that I should cut down on the cheeseburgers and stop drinking 128 bottles of beer a day! Heres to Andre, Lord of all the beasts of the Earth and Fishes of the Sea.
 Your obese pal, Daddy Bundy.
 Andre was truly beautiful. He was the major heart throb back in early WWF days. He was such a pretty man. I loved that guy. Not only was he a 7ft 5 monsrosity, but he was a truly gorgeous person, and cute in a funny sort of way. Many of my friends say "Andre was a 7ft mongoid" and come out with silly things like "The Big Show would make short work of that Roussimoff creature" but I just have to remind them that this was a man who remained undefeated for 15 years of bliss. J'adore L'Andre. I hope that this message is displayed as it would mean a lot to me and my partner Grizzlor. Thank you for all those years of fun big guy!
  Bernard Rainey
  Although I never had the great pleasuure of meeting the great Andre the Giant, I know that he was truly a great man. My father met him in Rhode Island once at an amusement park. When Andre arrived my father immediately walked up to him and started speaking French (knowing Andre was French). My father said Andre was polite to everyone and gave lots of autographs, but I'm not surprized because Andre was just like that. I also have a large collection of Andre tapes and memorabilia. My favourite is Andre vs. Killer Khan in a "Mongolian Strecher Match" (not to give the match away,but Andre kicks Khan's Mongolian butt). So now all I have to say is that Andre the Giant is truly the one and only giant!!!!!
  Max Anctil, 14 yrs. old
 I was at the very first WM1 back in 1985 and remember how surprised I was when Andre beat Big John Studd in the $15,000 body slam match. I sure took a lot of class to take the bag of money from Bobby the brain and start tossing loose cash out to the crowd. His was the first person to teach me that "Money isn't everything!"
 I know Jesus is taking care of you...
 Eric
 Andre the Giant was a fanstastic man.
 JOBOO
 I remember when I was about 4 years old in the year 1989 and I was a HUGE ANDRE fan, never did I ever think Hulkster was the best, the first time I laid eyes on that big 7' 5" well over 500 pound mastadon. I admired him forever. I collect figures of all the old wrestlers including a bunch of Andre the giant figures. It's too bad he died in a hotel after his dad died in 1993 of a heart attack. I always thought of him as the type of guy who would give the shirt off his back. Like a very nice, fun, cool guy.
 Regards- James Sykes
 Andre The Giant was and is pro wrestling. Recognized or not, he made it larger than life.
 JOHNNO
 This letter is about my memories about Andre the Giant, and a personal thank you for all the great memories of him. First of I was lucky enough to be raised in WWF's hometown of Stamford, CT. The first time I saw Andre was at Stamford high school around 1979 or so. He wrestled against "The World's Strongest Man" Ken Patera. Granted I was truly disappointed the match only lasted about two minutes, as Patera went running from the ring. But my fondest memory happened outside the ring as Andre was sitting at a bar I was at in the center of town. I didn't have the opportunity to talk to him but I did have the chance to buy him a drink.
 THANK YOU
 MAS
 Andre the Giant was an unbelievable man. The man had the strenth of a mammoth. I wasn't even alive yet in WM3, but I still got to see him wrestle in December in 1992. It was a tagteam match with Andre and Giant Baba. I believe that was his last match before he passed away. I still have that amazing memory when he got bodyslammed by Hulk, because I have the WM3 tape. I have collected figures of him in 1998. Even though he was 7'5", 550 lbs, his heart was bigger. He is what got me into wrestling. What was depressing about Andre is that in his later years he went to be in the circus to be a carnival freak. But Andre is nothing but a carnival freak. He is a kind man who was loved by everyone. Even though I just turned 13. I know everything about him. REST IN PEACE ANDRE,AND MAY GOD TAKE CARE OF YOU.
 Sincerely, JC
  Andre was a great wrestler.
  GNIBBER@aol.com

  The two best memories are when Hulk Hogan, I believe, was on Piper's Pit and Hulk Hogan went to congratulate Andre and Andre started feeling that Hogan was trying to steal his spotlight and just ripped Hulk Hogan's cross off his neck.
  And my best memory I was 16 years old when I saw on George Michaels' Sports Machine how to me by a split second Hulk Hogan got the belt from the late, great Andre the Giant.
  carmen, latinay2k1225@aol.com
 I remember watching Andre The Giant when I was 8 years old I've cried a few times in my life but I remember when Bundy and Studd cut the hair of Andre I cried. l'll never forget that everyone talks about the match he had with Hogan at WrestleMania 3 in Pontiac Siverdome in front of 93,173 people. I remember on a Saturday Night's Main Event when Andre squeezed the life out of Hogan and they cut the promo with him saying "Hogan" I'm gonna squeeze and squeeze again in his French accented voice. I love that man. R.I.P. Andre
 Phenom3ccc@aol.com
 When Andre teamed with Haku he was cool.
 LMideon@aol.com
 I thought that Vince McMahon made Andre look bad at the end, by losing to Hulk Hogan and by turning him heel. But that will not stop me from the fond memories I have of him. I didn't realize how physical Andre was until I saw tapes of him against Stan Hansen in Japan. Hansen is nothing more than a bully, but an aggressive and younger Andre did well against the Bad man from Borger, TX.
 Andre will be missed.
 Jonathan Hood, Chicago, wrestlemaniacs670@hotmail.com
 Oh man, Andre man. He was such a lovin man, man. Lots of times he said to me, "Man, I wish I was your size man" and I said "Man I wish I was your size man" and he said, " No man I wish I was your size man, just a regular size man, man". You know it had to be hard on him man, 'cos you know he'd go into a restaurant man, he'd sit down at the table and pick up a little fork! There's just a little bit stickin' out man! He couldn't get up and dance of course, except when we were in Hawaii man he got up and danced some time, and there was no room for anyone else on the floor! It was a good thing he didn't do the shake!
 Man, I'll love you always man!
 Frenchy Bernard, Colorado.
 I remember Andre back in the 80's when he came to Barton in Little Rock, Arkansas. Andre was wrestling Kamala the Ugandan Warrior, managed by Skandar Akbar. Who now lives in Haskell, Arkansas. Also on the card that night was Junk Yard Dog who beat Kabuki who wore the metal mask and carried the kendo stcik also blew green powder in his oppenents face. Needless to say Kabuki lost the match. He (Kabuki) knocked JYD out. But Mr. Wrestling II came out from the dressing room and slapped JYD on the face who was laying on the mat and woke him up (JYD). Mr. Wrestling II gave JYD Kabuki's powder, who then blew the powder in Kabuki's face. Then JYD picked up Kabuki's kendo stick and hit Koboki over the head and won the match.
 Back to Andre the Gaint and Kamala to make a long story short, Andre slapped Kamala on the chest open handed. I was sitting in the 5th row from ringside, when that hand connected with Kamala's chest it sounded like a cannon going off. Then Andre stepped on Kamala's foot, Kamala tried to climb out of the ring and leave. I won't forget the words Akbar said to Kamala --'Get back in the ring you're making me lose money!' Andre won the match that night over Kamala.
  Charles, Bauxite, Arkansas
 I remember Andre The Giant like it was yesterday. All the famous battles with Hogan and teaming with Haku . He was truly one of the greatest wrestlers in all of the WWF and history for that matter. It's only a shame he never got much of a chance . Not even The Big Show can compare. Thank you Andre and rest in peace buddy.
 Gamer4747@aol.com
 I consider myself as a true Andre fan and only wish I could of had the privilege of meeting him. I am in training to be a wrestler with the great Afa the Wild Samoan, and I have had certain privileges of meeting different wrestlers. However I believe that if I could of met Andre it would of fulfilled my wrestling dream. One of the wrestlers that I've met is King Kong Bundy, and I think he has the most respect for Andre and the newcomers of this great sport. I feel that when Andre passed away the whole civilization of man had lost a true friend and hero. King Kong Bundy had talked with me at one of the WXW shows and I feel that he also has the aspirations of Andre and these two should be recognized as the best of the best. I as well as all of Andre's wrestling and/or acting fans will miss him and the possibility of what may have been. Andre seemed to be a model of a human being, and according to other stories on this site and King Kong Bundy; you must wonder how a heart that big fit in that body. I don't believe the new wrestlers have lost sense of tradition, they only do what the people want, as when Andre let Hogan win the belt at WM3 and passed on the torch of professional wrestling. Andre I hope you rest in peace and that I may join you some day to meet you in heaven, and if you would give the privilege of having a match with you. I know you loved people as you did your ranch, but so you know you were loved just as much by all of us!! Your time was cut short on this Earth, that is only because you were deserving the Peace and the Rewards of Heaven. You are a beautiful person and the best entertainer. Wrestling pain may be mostly fake, but the way you entertained the world with the sport as well as your acting could only be summed up as being a real-life fantasy. We all love and miss you!!
  One of your many great fans, Chad Hoffman
  What, I liked about Andre was his acting part in The Princess Bride he just really made that movie a fairytale, guess thats how you'd explain his life.
 POOKIEPEANUT924@aol.com
 He was the biggest and the best we all will miss you. You truly were larger than life.
 johnb 111
 My fondest memory of Andre (and probably many other peoples) is Wrestlemania III. This PPV had it all. Celebrities, Music, a crowd of 93,175, but more importantly it had Andre The Giant. I only wish Vince McMahon had given Andre more of a chance because he deserved it more than anyone. I can still remember to this day the news broadcast over here in England in January of '93, my sister called me downstairs, and as sat stairing at the TV I watched the man that I had followed for so very long leave me and join the man above. I cried, I actually cried for someone whom I had never had the pleasure of meeting yet thought so much of.
 Maybe now although at an early Andre is finally resting in peace.
 God Bless Andre
 Richard Cloughton.
 I remember meeting Andre back in the early '70s at the Berwick arena in Nova Scotia. I was only 13 or 14 at the time. My father has the same disease that Andre had, and was 6'5" and weighed about 300. He also has extremely large hands and wears size 15 shoes. Andre was walking around the arena and we went up to say hello. My father shook hands with him and Andre completely dwarfed him. It was quite a sight seeing someone shake hands with my father and making his hands look small. I will never forget this.
  I was a huge fan of Andre and truly miss him.
  Rest in peace Boss
 Larry
 When I was about 3 years old or so I remember meeting Andre in Baltimore, Maryland. I guess it was the late '70s-early '80s. He was a very nice man. He asked us one night after a show if all of us kids would walk him to his hotel. So we all did. I didn't think he would remember me after that night but every time he came back he was always looking for "us kids". He gave us all hugs and bought us dinner the next time he came in town. He truly was a sweet man with a very big heart. I miss him dearly. He was like an adpopted uncle to me. R.I.P. Andre.
 Clarissa
 Andre the Giant is my second favorite wrestler behind the Undertaker, even though I consider Andre to be the #1 phenom. My favorite moment of Andre was seeing him in the Princess Bride and he put his hands on one of his costars face and amazed me at the size of his hands! Andre the Giant is truly a legend and not even the Big Show will not ever fill his shoes!
 freda1217@thrifty.net
 I remember when I first saw Andre. It was on WM1 when he won the batle royal I was in total shock when I saw how big he was. The my father and I got a chance to talk to us. He was verry kind. He even invited us to have a drink with him, but we couldn't go. I would do anything to be able to go back to that day and go have that drink with him. When I heard he died I was very sad. He will allways be in are hearts.
 SDMarinoG85@aol.com
 My great memory of Andre was during a Maple Leaf Gardens wrestling event. I believe it was Andre vs. Bundy. I think. Anyway, Andre was of course the good guy and I of course was heckling the hell out of him, every possible criticism you could imagine. I was sitting one row above where the wrestlers entered and exited the ring (ie. over the walkway). At the end of the match as Andre was walking out I continued to badger him and just as he got under where I was sitting he looked up at me right in my eyes with the meanist look and then reach up right to the bar in front of my seat. I almost died. He had scaared the absolute hell out of me. From that moment on, I respected the big man and I was sad to see him go.
 The memory is still very vivid.
 Robyn Solomons
 Andre, I could never believe a man could be so big. Standing next to you one night in Melbourne, Australia and shaking your hand and you speaking to me.
 You might have been a giant of a man but also a giant of a human being. You were a man who made wrestling what it is today .
 Gone but you live in my memories forever.
  Greg Kelly, Melbourne, Australia
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