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André the Giant, "The 8th Wonder of the World", (May 19, 1946January 27, 1993) was a professional wrestler and actor, born André René Roussimoff in Grenoble, France. His great size was a result of acromegaly, or excessive growth hormone. Andre the Giant has a posse sticker. ... Graffiti is a type of deliberately inscribed marking made by humans on surfaces, both private and public. ... Sticker has the following meanings: sticker (paper) - a piece of paper that contains a side that is sticky. ... Andre the Giant has a posse sticker on a stop sign. ... May 19 is the 139th day of the year in the Gregorian Calendar (140th in leap years). ... 1946 was a common year starting on Tuesday. ... January 27 is the 27th day of the year in the Gregorian Calendar. ... 1993 is a common year starting on Friday of the Gregorian calendar and marked the Beginning of the International Decade to Combat Racism and Racial Discrimination (1993-2003). ... Professional wrestling is a form of performance entertainment where the participants engage in simulated sporting matches. ... Actors in period costume sharing a joke whilst waiting between takes during location filming. ... View of Grenoble, 2002, with the snowy peaks of the Dauphiné Alps Location within France Grenoble ( Occitan: Grasanòbol) is a city and commune in south-east France, situated at the foot of the Alps, at the confluence of the Drac into the Isère River. ... Acromegaly (from Greek akros high and megalos large - extremities enlargement) is a hormonal disorder that results when the pituitary gland produces excess growth hormone (hGH). ...

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Career

André was one of the best known and respected professional wrestlers in the world. Born to French parents of Bulgarian descent in a small farm near Grenoble, he left home in his adolescence to become a pro wrestler. He was billed at 7 ft 4 in (2.24 m) and 520 pounds (236 kgs) and he was under 400 pounds when he started but did not train seriously and gained signifigant weight as he got older. Nonetheless, the sight of him alone was enough to draw huge crowds in a day when there were only a handful of people over 6 ft 6 in. After touring the world with different promotions for many years (mostly in Montreal for Ed Carpantier), he was signed by the World Wide Wrestling Federation (which would later change its name to the World Wrestling Federation and is now known as World Wrestling Entertainment) in the late 1970s. By the time WWF owner Vince McMahon began to expand his promotion to the national level in the early 1980s, André wrestled exclusively for the WWF. {{Canadian City/Disable Field={{{Disable Motto Link}}}}} Motto: Concordia Salus (Salvation through harmony) Ville de Montréal, Québec, Canada Location. ... World Wrestling Entertainment, or WWE, is a professional wrestling organization. ... World Wrestling Entertainment, or WWE, is a professional wrestling promotion, currently the largest in North America. ... This article provides extensive lists of events and significant personalities of the 1970s. ... Vince McMahon Vincent Kennedy McMahon (born August 24, 1945), in Pinehurst, North Carolina, is an American professional wrestling promoter. ... Events and trends The 1980s marked an abrupt shift towards more conservative lifestyles after the momentous cultural revolutions which took place in the 1960s and 1970s and the definition of the AIDS virus in 1981. ...


André was a very imposing figure – it is said that he never tested the full extent of his true strength because he was afraid of the damage it might cause. Some of André's opponents were legitimately afraid to get in the ring with him for fear of getting accidentally injured, but those who got to know him soon learned that his personality was perhaps one of the gentlest in the world. It is also said that André could drink an entire case of beer and not feel so much as a buzz. He was offered a professional American football contract with the Washington Redskins after a tryout in 1974 and seriously considered it before turning it down, reasoning that he could make far more money wrestling (which was probably true, especially at that time). A typical mug of lager beer, showing the golden colour of the beer and the foamy head floating on top. ... United States simply as football, is a competitive team sport that is both fast-paced and strategic. ... Conference NFC Division East Founded 1932 Home Field FedEx Field City Landover, Maryland Colors Burgundy and Gold Head Coach Joe Gibbs All-Time Record (W-L-T) (At Start of 2005 Season) 527-477-27 The Washington Redskins are a National Football League team whose team headquarters is based in... 1974 is a common year starting on Tuesday (click on link for calendar). ...


He was one of the WWF's most beloved "babyfaces" throughout the 1970s and early '80s, and was billed as undefeated for over ten years before losing in 1987. André had lost matches before in Mexico to Canek in 1984, seven years into the streak. In professional wrestling jargon, a face is a character who is portrayed as being moral or approving - that is, faces are good guys or crowd favorites. The vast majority of wrestling angles (or storylines) - though not all - place a heel (or bad guy) against a face. ... This article provides extensive lists of events and significant personalities of the 1970s. ... 1987 is a common year starting on Thursday of the Gregorian calendar. ... 1984 is a leap year starting on Sunday of the Gregorian calendar. ...


At WrestleMania I, André defeated Big John Studd in a bodyslam match. After slamming Studd, he attempted to give the $15,000 prize to the fans, before having the bag stolen from him. Categories: Television stubs ... John Minton John Minton (February 19, 1950 - March 20, 1995) was a professional wrestler best known as Big John Studd. ...


At Wrestlemania II, André won a battle royal that featured top NFL stars and wrestlers. Wrestlemania II was the second in the WWEs series of WrestleMania supercards. ...


Afterwards, André continued his feud with Studd and King Kong Bundy. André was suspended after a no-show; he returned under a mask as 'The Giant Machine' part of a team with 'Big Machine' (Robert "Blackjack" Windham) and 'Super Machine' (Bill Eadie). (The 'Machines' gimmick was copied from New Japan Pro Wrestling character 'Super Strong Machine', played by Japanese wrestler Junji Hirata.) Soon afterwards, Giant Machine disappeared and André was reinstated, to the approval of Bobby "The Brain" Heenan. A professional wrestling feud is a staged disagreement between two wrestlers or factions of wrestlers over a purported slight or insult. ... King Kong Bundy Chris Pallies (born November 7, 1955) is an American professional wrestler best known for his work as King Kong Bundy in the 1980s. ... Blackjack Mulligan Blackjack Mulligan (Born Robert Joseph Windham on November 26, 1942 in Sweetwater, Texas) was a professional wrestler and a former football player. ... Bill Eadie as Ax Bill Eadie is a professional wrestler who has competed under the names of Ax as part of Demolition and The Masked Superstar. ... New Japan Pro Wrestling (新日本プロレス, shin nihon puroresu) is a major professional wrestling federation in Japan, founded by Antonio Inoki in 1972. ... Bobby The Brain Heenan Raymond Louis Heenan (born November 1, 1943 in Chicago, Illinois), better known by his stage name of Bobby The Brain Heenan, is an American professional wrestling manager and commentator. ...

André the Giant in a police mugshot after being arrested for assaulting a cameraman

André was turned heel in 1987 so that he could face Hulk Hogan for the WWF Championship in the main event of WrestleMania III. In early 1987, Hogan was presented a trophy for being the WWF champion for three years. André came out to congratulate him. Shortly afterwards, André was presented a slightly smaller trophy for being undefeated for "15 years" (in the storyline - André had suffered key defeats once in a while, most notably to Japan's Antonio Inoki). Hogan came out to congratulate André, but André walked out in protest. Then, on an edition of Piper's Pit, Hogan was confronted by Heenan. Heenan announced that his new protege was André. André then challenged Hogan to a title match at WrestleMania III, ripping the t-shirt and crucifix off of Hogan. André the Giant arrest photo believed to be public domain as police mugshot photos cannot be copyrighted This image has been released into the public domain by the copyright holder, its copyright has expired, or it is ineligible for copyright. ... André the Giant arrest photo believed to be public domain as police mugshot photos cannot be copyrighted This image has been released into the public domain by the copyright holder, its copyright has expired, or it is ineligible for copyright. ... In professional wrestling, a heel is a character who is portrayed as behaving in an immoral manner; sometimes they are humourously referred to as evil. In non-wrestling jargon, heels are often bad guys in professional wrestling storylines. ... 1987 is a common year starting on Thursday of the Gregorian calendar. ... Terry Hulk Hogan Bollea Terrence Gene Bollea, best known as Hulk Hogan and Hollywood Hogan (born August 11, 1953 in Augusta, Georgia), is an American professional wrestler and actor. ... WrestleMania III was the third pay-per-view in the WWEs annual WrestleMania series. ... Antonio Inoki (born February 20, 1943) is a retired Japanese professional wrestler now residing in California. ... Roderick George Toombs (born on April 17, 1954 in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan), best known by his stage name of Rowdy Roddy Piper, is a Canadian professional wrestler of Scottish descent. ... A small, handheld crufix. ...


It was at WrestleMania III that the public first really saw the pain that André was going through, by this stage his body was weighed in at about 550 pounds and his bones and joints were finding it hard supporting such a huge weight. Prior to the match, André had undergone surgery to strengthen his back but despite this, he agreed to let Hogan win the match with a bodyslam. Before being signed to the WWF, André had wrestled in Japan. It was here that a doctor diagnosed André with his condition and told him that those with the same problem were generally lucky to reach forty. André never told his family of the diagnosis and his closest friends believe that it was this motivation that led André to live life to the fullest until he died.


The Hogan-André face off in WrestleMania III was likely the most highly anticipated professional wrestling matchup in history – the apex of wrestling's most recent golden era. The event, held at the Pontiac Silverdome, broke the indoor attendance record with 93,173 fans in attendance, with millions watching on Pay-Per-View, and established great permanent value in the WrestleMania franchise. Hogan defeated André, in what many experts believe was a passing of the torch from André, wrestling's biggest star of the '70s, to Hogan, wrestling's biggest star of the '80s. The feud between André and Hogan simmered, even as André's health declined. The Pontiac Silverdome is a domed stadium in Pontiac, Michigan, in the suburbs of Detroit. ... Pay-per-view is the name given to a system by which television viewers can call and order events to be seen on TV and pay for the private telecast of that event to their homes later. ... A professional wrestling feud is a staged disagreement between two wrestlers or factions of wrestlers over a purported slight or insult. ...


André won the WWF title from Hogan on February 5, 1988 in a match where the original referee was knocked out and a replacement made a three count on Hogan while his shoulders were off of the mat. The replacement was referee Earl Hebner, who replaced his twin brother David Hebner. André then "sold" the title to "The Million Dollar Man" Ted DiBiase and the title was vacated. February 5 is the 36th day of the year in the Gregorian Calendar. ... 1988 is a leap year starting on a Friday of the Gregorian calendar. ... A football (soccer) player is cautioned by a referee A referee is a person who has authority to make decisions about play in many sports. ... Earl Hebner (born May 17, 1949, in Richmond, Virginia) is a professional wrestling referee currently working for World Wrestling Entertainment as the Raw brand Senior Referee. ... The Million Dollar Man Ted DiBiase Theodore Marvin Dibiase, better known as Ted DiBiase or The Million-Dollar Man (born on January 18, 1954 in Omaha, Nebraska) is an American professional wrestler and Christian minister. ...


At WrestleMania IV, André and Hulk Hogan went to a double DQ in a WWF title tournament match. Afterwards, André and Hogan's feud died down after a series of 'cage matches.' WrestleMania IV was the fourth annual pay-per-view event in World Wrestling Entertainments annual WrestleMania series. ...


André won the WWF tag team titles with his partner Haku but they lost their titles at WrestleMania VI to Demolition. André had a (real life?) falling out with Heenan and soon retired. André starred in several movies towards the end of his career, most notably as Fezzik in The Princess Bride. He had a cameo appearance in 1984's Conan the Destroyer as Dagoth, the resurrected horned giant beast, which is killed by Conan, the character portrayed by Arnold Schwarzenegger, later Governor of California. In his final film, he appeared in something of a cameo role as a circus giant in the comedy Trading Mom, which was not released until the year after his death. ... WrestleMania VI was the sixth pay-per-view event, and the first WrestleMania to be held outside of the U.S. Its venue was the SkyDome in Toronto, Canada, on April 1, 1990. ... Film refers to the celluloid media on which movies are printed Film is a term that encompasses motion pictures as individual projects, as well as the field in general. ... The Princess Bride is a comic adventure novel, with a touch of romance, by William Goldman. ... Since its first use in 1851, a cameo role or cameo appearance has been a brief appearance in a play (or later, a movie) that stands out against the general context for its éclat or dramatic punch. ... 1984 is a leap year starting on Sunday of the Gregorian calendar. ... Conan the Destroyer is a fantasy-adventure film released in 1984 starring future Governor of California Arnold Schwarzenegger before he was an established star; featuring swordplay and wizardry, it was a sequel to the highly-successful Conan the Barbarian ( 1982). ... Arnold Schwarzenegger as governor of California, with the gubernatorial seal in the background. ... Governors Arnold Schwarzenegger and Gray Davis with President George W. Bush (2003) The Governor of California is the highest executive authority in the state government, whose responsibilities include making yearly State of the State addresses to the California State Legislature, submitting the budget, attending a grand meeting with all the... The term circus originates from Latin and can mean several things: A public equipped space for shows and other spectacles of the Classical period (e. ... Comedy is the use of humour in the performing arts. ...


The disease that granted him his immense size also began to take its toll on his body. By the late 1980s André was in constant, near-crippling pain and his heart struggled to pump blood throughout his massive body.


He stopped competing entirely in the very early 1990s due to the increasing pain his illness was causing him, retiring to his winery in France. His heart finally failed him in 1993, and André passed away peacefully in his sleep at a hotel in Paris while in town for his father's funeral. He was cremated and his ashes were spread over his ranch in Ellerbe, North Carolina. Events and trends The 1990s are generally classified as having moved slightly away from the more conservative 1980s, but keeping the same mind-set. ... A winery is a facility where fruit, usually grapes, is processed into wine. ... 1993 is a common year starting on Friday of the Gregorian calendar and marked the Beginning of the International Decade to Combat Racism and Racial Discrimination (1993-2003). ... A hotel is an establishment that provides lodging, usually on a short-term basis. ... The Eiffel Tower has become a symbol of Paris throughout the world. ... Ellerbe is a town located in Richmond County, North Carolina. ...


To honour André the WWF created the WWF Hall of Fame in 1993 and made him their first inductee. The WWE Hall of Fame is an event held annually to honour the greatest wrestlers in World Wrestling Entertainment history. ...


He has since become an ironic icon, stemming in part from a series of ubiquitous André the Giant Has a Posse, now known as "Obey Giant", art, which can be found on street corners and building walls in cities big and small all over the world Andre the Giant has a posse sticker on a stop sign. ...


Profile

May 19 is the 139th day of the year in the Gregorian Calendar (140th in leap years). ... 1946 was a common year starting on Tuesday. ... View of Grenoble, 2002, with the snowy peaks of the Dauphiné Alps Location within France Grenoble (Occitan: Grasanòbol) is a city and commune in south-east France, situated at the foot of the Alps, at the confluence of the Drac into the Isère River. ... Bobby The Brain Heenan Raymond Louis Heenan (born November 1, 1943 in Chicago, Illinois), better known by his stage name of Bobby The Brain Heenan, is an American professional wrestling manager and commentator. ... The Million Dollar Man Ted DiBiase Theodore Marvin Dibiase, better known as Ted DiBiase or The Million-Dollar Man (born on January 18, 1954 in Omaha, Nebraska) is an American professional wrestler and Christian minister. ... Lou Albano (born July 29, 1933) was a professional wrestler and one-time voice of the video game character Mario. ...

Finishing/Trademark moves

Attacking maneuvers in professional wrestling are mainly used to wear down an opponent for a submission hold, or set up for a throw. ... Much of the action in professional wrestling involves the application of techniques that involve lifting the opponent up and throwing or slamming him/her down. ... Attacking maneuvers in professional wrestling are mainly used to wear down an opponent for a submission hold, or set up for a throw. ... Professional wrestling holds include a number of set moves and pins used by competitors to immobilize their opponents. ... Attacking maneuvers in professional wrestling are mainly used to wear down an opponent for a submission hold, or set up for a throw. ... Professional wrestling holds include a number of set moves and pins used by competitors to immobilize their opponents. ...

Filmography

See also: 1993 in film, other events of 1994, 1995 in film, list of years in film. Events October 3 - George Lucas begins writing the three Star Wars prequels. ... The Princess Bride is a comic adventure novel, with a touch of romance, by William Goldman. ... See also: 1986 in film, other events of 1987, 1988 in film, list of years in film. Events May 9 - Actor Tom Cruise marries actress Mimi Rogers. ... Conan the Destroyer is a fantasy-adventure film released in 1984 starring future Governor of California Arnold Schwarzenegger before he was an established star; featuring swordplay and wizardry, it was a sequel to the highly-successful Conan the Barbarian ( 1982). ... See also: 1983 in film 1984 1985 in film 1980s in film years in film film Events Tri-Star Pictures, a joint venture of Columbia Pictures, HBO, and CBS, releases its first film. ...

Championships/Awards

World Wrestling Federation


Other Titles John Cena after winning the WWE Championship at WrestleMania 21 The World Wrestling Entertainment Championship or WWE Championship or WWE Heavyweight Championship, is one of the two top prizes in WWE. It was exclusive to the Smackdown! brand from August 26, 2002 through June 6, 2005, while the World Heavyweight... The World Wrestling Entertainments World Tag-Team Championship is the WWEs original tag-team championship and is now exclusive to the RAW brand. ... Fifita as Haku Uliuli Fifita was a professional wrestler for both World Championship Wrestling and World Wrestling Federation. ... The WWE Hall of Fame is a group of noteworthy former professional wrestlers and other performers and employees of World Wrestling Entertainment (WWE) during its existence. ...


Pro Wrestling Illustrated Butch Miller Robert Miller was a professional wrestler best known as Butch Miller. ... The American Dream Dusty Rhodes Virgil Runnels, Jr. ... The NWA Florida Tag Team Championship is the primary tag team title in NWA Florida. ...

  • Pro Wrestling Illustrated (PWI) gave André the 1993 Editor's Award that goes to the most inspirational wrestling personality each year. André also won several PWI Awards over the years. He won Most Popular Wrestler in 1977 and 1982. He won Most Hated Wrestler in 1988. He won Match of the Year in 1981 (vs. Killer Khan) and in 1988 (vs. Hulk Hogan).
  • PWI also named him # 3 of the 500 best singles wrestlers of the "PWI Years" in 2003.

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See also

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External links

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