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NFT: Andre the Giant documentary on HBO

Route 9 : 4/10/2018 10:33 pm
Lol this is quality. Hogan, Vince, Arnold, Flair telling stories about him ripping gas.
That  
Mr. Nickels : 4/10/2018 11:52 pm : link
was amazing
Very well done  
Route 9 : 4/10/2018 11:55 pm : link
Gonna watch that again tomorrow night
Not to diminish  
Mr. Nickels : 4/11/2018 12:01 am : link
the 8th wonder but i hope they do more of these. I enjoyed this and Flair's 30 for 30 so much. Hell I could watch an entire "season" of docs about these guys on a medium like Netflix.
I didn't finish it, but  
BigBlueDownTheShore : 4/11/2018 8:17 am : link
what I watched was excellent.
Will watch tonight  
JonC : 4/11/2018 8:21 am : link
was more a fan of the era than the wrestler, but it's often really interesting for me when the curtain is pulled back on the era.

Saw Andre twice in person circa '84, and while he was yoog he was under 7 foot, and probably never anywhere near 7'4. Overbilled as rasslers always were.
well done documentary IMO  
mfsd : 4/11/2018 10:12 am : link
I became a wrestling fan in about 82 or 83, right around when the transition from territories to a national company was underway, so enjoyed the clips and history they showed of what wrestling was like in the 70s.

Documentary focused a lot on Andreís struggles, especially as he got older, which made sense - would have loved more funny Andre stories too.
I was staying at a Hyatt  
RinR : 4/11/2018 10:17 am : link
near SFO airport back in the 80s; got off the elevator on my floor and who is walking towards me? Andre the Giant. And I am not exaggerating when I say he filled the entire hallway.

A true giant of a man.
Thought it was excellent  
gmen9892 : 4/11/2018 10:26 am : link
The Andre the Giant/Hulk match was one of the first wrestling matches I remember as a kid. Really brought back some good memories. Thought they covered everything and just a well-done doc.
Pretty cool to see clips of Andre wrestling in his prime  
mfsd : 4/11/2018 10:29 am : link
which was really the 70s...he looked pretty athletic and talented for a guy his size.

By the time many of us got to know him in the early 80s, he was already on the downhill due to physical problems and much more limited in the ring.

Amazing he kept it going in the ring through Wrestlemania III and for a couple years after.
From Grenoble in the French Alps...  
fanofthejets : 4/11/2018 10:31 am : link
Did they play the clip of Heenan telling the story of getting on a plane with Andre and him getting stuck in coach seat. Like literally not being able to get the armrests up. Just impossibly wedged in there. Stewardess asks him if she can get him anything...he blurts out "SCREWDRIVER" so she comes back with a Black and Decker screwdriver.

Andre looks at her and says "What would you have brought me if I said Bloody Mary?!"
I can't imagine..  
FatMan in Charlotte : 4/11/2018 10:35 am : link
Andre was much shorter than advertised.

Part of the reason for his short life was his giganticism. He towered over Hulk Hogan and Big John Studd So he's probably around 7'1" or taller.

Just as George the Animal Steele wasn't from parts unknown, I'd imagine Andre wasn't exactly 7'4", but the gigantism would indicate being 7'1" or 7'2" as a "real" height
RE: From Grenoble in the French Alps...  
mfsd : 4/11/2018 10:44 am : link
In comment 13909159 fanofthejets said:
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Did they play the clip of Heenan telling the story of getting on a plane with Andre and him getting stuck in coach seat. Like literally not being able to get the armrests up. Just impossibly wedged in there. Stewardess asks him if she can get him anything...he blurts out "SCREWDRIVER" so she comes back with a Black and Decker screwdriver.

Andre looks at her and says "What would you have brought me if I said Bloody Mary?!"


They did not tell that story, but itís hilarious, hadnít heard that before.
Hey Fats  
JonC : 4/11/2018 10:59 am : link
Dave Meltzer is a long time rasslin writer, I think he had Studd at 6'7, Andre around 7'0 but later he amended it to 6'9 ... don't recall if it was when Andre was older and shrinking or not, tbh.
He looked..  
FatMan in Charlotte : 4/11/2018 11:02 am : link
7'7" when rassling the midgets!!
I can tell you that he was pretty damn big  
NY-Fan : 4/11/2018 12:36 pm : link
I met him, Flair, the Von Erichís and others in person back in the day. I helped set up their ring. It was funny because they were all hanging out joking with each other and then got to the ring and put on the show like they hated each other. Kerry Von Erich looked like Conan in person.
RE: Hey Fats  
Mr. Nickels : 4/11/2018 1:59 pm : link
In comment 13909210 JonC said:
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Dave Meltzer is a long time rasslin writer, I think he had Studd at 6'7, Andre around 7'0 but later he amended it to 6'9 ... don't recall if it was when Andre was older and shrinking or not, tbh.


Vince specifically addressed this on the documentary. He said he was not 7'4 but what's a couple inches matter? He was over seven foot though.
1st round  
SHO'NUFF : 4/11/2018 2:03 pm : link
Offensive Lineman?
Asking Flair about going out and drinking with Andre  
PSIMMS 22-25-268 : 4/11/2018 2:19 pm : link
and Flair says: "What was it like drinking with him? (laughs). I was once out with him and saw him drink 106 beers. A Hundred and six beers."
I would have liked to have seen interviews with sold old timers  
weeg in the bronx : 4/11/2018 6:57 pm : link
Race and Funk wrestled him in his prime, there are some others. Perhaps some guys he faced in his many battle royal wins. Or guys he manhandled.
It was great to see t be young Andre, the shot at the end of him holding up Snuka and Backlund, imagine effortlessly hoisting two 6 foot plus 230-260 pound guys like that.
RE: I can't imagine..  
Route 9 : 4/11/2018 9:38 pm : link
In comment 13909165 FatMan in Charlotte said:
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Andre was much shorter than advertised.

Part of the reason for his short life was his giganticism. He towered over Hulk Hogan and Big John Studd So he's probably around 7'1" or taller.

Just as George the Animal Steele wasn't from parts unknown, I'd imagine Andre wasn't exactly 7'4", but the gigantism would indicate being 7'1" or 7'2" as a "real" height


I think Hogan had to realistically be 6-5, 6-6, no? When he stood with Nash and Hall, Hall was a bit taller than Hogan and I think Hall was 6-7.

I remember reading it somewhere in a magazine Nash thought Hogan was way taller because of how Hogan was presented on TV and Nash was left shocked when the two met because Hogan was shorter than Nash had expected.
And yes people it's called billed height and weight  
Route 9 : 4/11/2018 9:39 pm : link
Shawn Michaels was always over exaggerated, if I remember correctly
I loved the part when they talked about Andres  
mfsd : 4/11/2018 9:47 pm : link
female admirers...Flair snickered and said something about Andre having size 24 feet...lol
Andre said in old 70s footage on the doc he was 7'1  
JonC : 4/12/2018 8:07 am : link
that's probably accurate, Hogan was probably 6'6 in his prime, Studd probably 6'7 or 8.

I met Snuka in the early 90s, he was 5'10. These dudes were larger than life on TV, good memories watching the doc.
Great stuff on The Boss  
BIG FRED 1973 : 4/12/2018 8:59 am : link
Very happy they touched base on the Hogan vs Andre feud from 1980 .They actually wrestled on channel 9 and Hogan slammed Andre ,I always wondered why they never mentioned that when they were getting ready for WrestleMania 3 but Vince wanted everyone to forget that it happened and they explained that .How funny was it where the camera was backstage in the Kayfabe era and Andre goes get the fuck out of here lol ..It was Dusty and Dick Murdoch but I could not make out who the other guy was maybe Arnold Skaaland ,it looked like they were playing cards .Good to see my old buddy Johnny Rodz in some of the clips ,he wrestled Andre a ton in the 70ís and early 80ís before the wrestling boom
I thought it was Skaaland too  
JonC : 4/12/2018 9:06 am : link
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Got a great laugh seeing Rodz  
JonC : 4/12/2018 9:08 am : link
Rene Goulet, Ox Baker, and all the dime a dozen bleached blondes of the 80s like Dave Schultz, etc.
My bubble burst..  
FatMan in Charlotte : 4/12/2018 9:10 am : link
regarding wrestling when Jimmy Snuka was arrested for trashing a hotel room and slamming a prostitute up against a wall the night after wrestling in Elmira. In the time it took to sort out the situation, the WWF kept saying he was back in Fiji training.

Up until then I'd clung to the idea the sport was legit.

That and fucking John Stossel. I'd have smacked him upside the head too!!
Yup, sadly a violent drag-raged pattern with Snuka  
JonC : 4/12/2018 9:23 am : link
who was by far my favorite rassler in those days.
One thing they left out was  
BIG FRED 1973 : 4/12/2018 10:59 am : link
When Andre got his hair cut by Big John Studd and Ken Patera ,I remember it was a huge angle at the time .Studd and Patera were such awesome heels . That 1984-1985 WWF was the best era imo ..On the John Stossel stuff from 20/20 Dr D got blackballed right after that .He was supposed to be a big part of the first WrestleMania but Vince had no choice but to fire him .Such a shame too .The TNT skit where they go to his house and he is going nuts on his wife is gold .There was a book that came out a few years ago on the whole alleged Snuka murder case ,I saw it a convention a while ago and I should have bought it .Its definitely out of print and hard to find like the Gary Hart book I would think
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