The Icon body slammed “The Eighth Wonder of the World” at what sporting event in front of close to 100,000 people?
Though Wrestlemania 25 will have its share of big men and giants wreaking havoc through memorable matches I’m sure, I will never forget the real “boss,” the Eighth Wonder of the World, and the one true giant of professional wrestling, Andre. In a moment, I felt the hand of the security guard take me by the arm back to my seat, and with a smile on my face, knew I had experienced a rare and candid moment with a true giant, “the eighth wonder of the world.”
André René Roussimoff (May 19, 1946 – January 27, 1993), best known as André the Giant, was a French professional wrestler and actor.
Andre the Giant and Hulk Hogan, round one, circa 1980. Photo by Mike Lano
He famously feuded with Hulk Hogan, culminating at WrestleMania III. His best-remembered film role was that of Fezzik, the giant in The Princess Bride. His size was a result of gigantism caused by excess growth hormone, which later resulted in acromegaly. It also led to him being called “The Eighth Wonder of the World”.
In the World Wrestling Federation (WWF, now known as WWE), André was a one-time WWF World Heavyweight Champion and a one-time WWF Tag Team Champion. In 1993, André was the inaugural inductee into the WWE Hall of Fame