1/28/20 10:31 AM
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Was a huge Andre fan as a kid in the 80's.

I've heard all the great stories of him on the road from the youtube shoot interviews and I've seen the HBO doc and the other doc that is on youtube.

I think it would be interesting to learn of his life from the time he left home at 14 years old to the time he returned at 19 (once he had made it in French pro wrestling and was on French TV).

Is this period of time covered in any books, any interviews?

 

1/28/20 10:32 AM
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1/28/20 10:36 AM
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I understand his giant liver played some role in his ability to drink 100+ drinks in a day but I wonder about his brain and if his neurotransmitters got all fucked up from the booze. You wonder if he ever experienced alcohol withdrawal and if he ever had to tapper back to "normal" drinking levels after benders.

1/28/20 10:43 AM
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I have never heard of anything about his teenage years, so no help there. A lot of his drinking was to deal with the pain of his condition, so withdrawls aside he likely would have been in a great deal of pain if he didn't keep up with his drinking.

1/28/20 10:43 AM
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For anyone interested, there is a new Andre book coming out called "The Eigth Wonder of the World: The True Story of Andre the Giant".

It comes out in April. I'm gonna give it a read.

1/28/20 10:58 AM
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BigWilliam - I have never heard of anything about his teenage years, so no help there. A lot of his drinking was to deal with the pain of his condition, so withdrawls aside he likely would have been in a great deal of pain if he didn't keep up with his drinking.

Yeah hopefully his teen years are covered in that new book I just found. At a glance it sounds like it could be solid book on his entire life.

From what I've read the WWE bio on him is trash.

1/28/20 1:10 PM
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There was a doc on him that interviewed his daughter and seeing her burned an image in my mind I'll never not see.

 

Some poor woman was getting absolutely destroyed by Andre The Giant. 

1/28/20 2:25 PM
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I don't remember which doc I saw, but I remember seeing one that had b&w video footage of a very young Andre in great shape doing things like drop kicks and such, running the ropes and looking amazing. It was definitely not the "big man" Andre I remembered as a kid.

1/28/20 2:29 PM
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Lurker99 - I don't remember which doc I saw, but I remember seeing one that had b&w video footage of a very young Andre in great shape doing things like drop kicks and such, running the ropes and looking amazing. It was definitely not the "big man" Andre I remembered as a kid.

Oh yeah, there are matches on youtube of him doing stuff like that.

I'd post a couple here but the video embed is broken.

Edited: 1/28/20 2:34 PM
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A lean Andre wins his first title with a bodyslam in 68 in France.

1/28/20 2:46 PM
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WrestlingSucks - 

There was a doc on him that interviewed his daughter and seeing her burned an image in my mind I'll never not see.

 

Some poor woman was getting absolutely destroyed by Andre The Giant. 


I heard a quote from someone, another wrestler, that said they saw Andre with a fan once and they described it as a lion fucking a rabbit.
1/28/20 5:00 PM
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It's an HBO documentary 

1/28/20 9:06 PM
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BJ Penn Forever - 

A lean Andre wins his first title with a bodyslam in 68 in France.


They did so much of a better job back then at at least trying to make it look somewhat like a legit contest. The ref quickly jumping in with the rope breaks and knockdown counts and such. I get back then not as many people knew it was an act, but still, they could at least still try to pretend. Then and now makes the current stuff look like a Power Rangers show.
1/29/20 12:05 AM
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Lurker99 -
BJ Penn Forever - 

A lean Andre wins his first title with a bodyslam in 68 in France.


They did so much of a better job back then at at least trying to make it look somewhat like a legit contest. The ref quickly jumping in with the rope breaks and knockdown counts and such. I get back then not as many people knew it was an act, but still, they could at least still try to pretend. Then and now makes the current stuff look like a Power Rangers show.

Speaking of trying to make shit look real. Check this inoki vs thesz match. "Basic" mat work but looks vicious like hell. If I had been in that audience id 100% believe its real.

 

1/29/20 12:07 AM
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Ugh my YouTube post didnt show cause of the current og overhaul

1/29/20 10:02 AM
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I do wonder what sort of numbers Andre could have done in squat, bench and deadlift in training in his 20's and early 30's.

I assume he only touched weights a little since he had such natural size and strength and suffered a lot of pain even in his 30's from all accounts.

WWE has a video on their youtube of him lifting a 2000 lb weight about a foot off the ground. I assume its legit. I've heard the stories of him lifting and fliping cars with ease.

1/29/20 2:18 PM
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BJ Penn Forever - 

I do wonder what sort of numbers Andre could have done in squat, bench and deadlift in training in his 20's and early 30's.

I assume he only touched weights a little since he had such natural size and strength and suffered a lot of pain even in his 30's from all accounts.

WWE has a video on their youtube of him lifting a 2000 lb weight about a foot off the ground. I assume its legit. I've heard the stories of him lifting and fliping cars with ease.


Yea, was going to say the same about flipping cars. Seems to be the thing to do for an angry giant.
1/29/20 2:40 PM
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TheBearStare -

Ugh my YouTube post didnt show cause of the current og overhaul

Bear with the top men, they will fix it.

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There is a great photo of him holding like five women up in the air at the same time.

Edit: Oops, four women not five.

1/30/20 9:27 AM
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https://i.pinimg.com/originals/3a/7a/a5/3a7aa5066d3e19a1e6fe93eeb69cf405.jpg

2/2/20 2:16 PM
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Here is a link for the new book for anyone interested:

https://ecwpress.com/collections/wrestling/products/the-eighth-wonder-of-the-world-andre-the-giant

2/4/20 10:32 AM
1/1/01
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Has anyone read Piper's autobiography that his kids finished after he passed? Sounds like it could be interesting. Has good amazon reviews.