Andre "the Giant"

image image image

AndreTheGiant.com


Real Name - Andre Rousimoff
Lifespan - 5/19/46 - 1/29/93
6'10"? 350 lbs. - Ellerbe, NC

Aliases - Jean Ferre, The French Giant, The Giant, Monster Eiffel Tower, Monster Rousimoff, Giant Machine

Athletic background - Soccer, Football, etc.

Teachers - Eduard Carpentier

Professional background - France(`63-`70), North America(`70-`84), WWWF(`72-`84), New Japan(`7?-`86), WWF(`84-`86), WWF(`87-`91)

Groups - Heenan Family

Peak Years - `73-`80

Career Highlights - n/a

Finisher(s) -
- Corner Butt-Ram

Favorites -
- Bodyslam
- Bearhug
- Big Boot
- Big Splash
- Headbutt

Ringwork Rating -
move set - 4
science - 0
aerial - 2
power - 10
strikes - 5

Intangible Rating -
entertainment - 8
selling - 6
bumping - 5
carrying - 5
heat - 10
legacy - 9

Serious Injuries - Acromegaly, Back (Required Surgery)

Place in History - In his career, Andre saw few titles, but unbelievable success. His size and strength took him to a pinnacle that few big men have ever or will ever reach. In the wrestling world, he was a huge draw and outside of it he was a big star as well. He had a roles in "The Princess Bride" and the "Six-Million Dollar Man" and had a big feature in Sports Illustrated. The Giant commanded attention and lived a challenging, but fun-filled life inside in outside of the ring. He roamed the Earth from the late 60s until the early 80s before settling in the WWF and collected a paycheck to do very little. He was arguably the biggest star of the 70s with perhaps only an "NWA Champion" tag could equal his drawing power. His international fame is unprecedented as he captured huge followings wherever he competed from France to Australia and Japan to New York City, Andre was an icon of wrestling. Modern fans remember him for the Wrestlemania III match with Hulk Hogan that drew an exceptional crowd of roughly 70,000.

1