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Second ICON - Andre the Giant280 weeks ago
 
ICON number 2 ? Andre the Giant

Probably the most recognisable wrestler around in the world. Andre is sadly not with us anymore but his memory and legacy will continue for years to come. Andre was known as ?Monster Eiffel Tower? and ?Monster Roussimoff?. Not many people know this but Lord Alfred Hayes was the man who discovered Andre. Andre wrestled in Europe, Japan and Canada before been asked to perform for Vince McMahon Senior. Andre beat Buddy Wolfe at Madison Square Garden in March 1973. Andre had memorable feuds with the likes of The Sheik, Abdullah the Butcher, Killer Khan, Stan Hansen and a young Hulk Hogan in the late 70s and early 80s.
Andre was a regular visit to Japan in the early 80s and was a monster western star in the land of the rising sun. Participating in the first Wrestlemania, Andre would defeat Big John Stood in a Body Slam Match. Andre is probably best remembered for turning heel on Hulk Hogan on Pipers Pit and completing in the biggest wresting card of the 80s. The truth is that Andre left the WWF back in 1986 due to injuries and was persuaded to return by Vince McMahon junior. Andre was trying to move into a acting career but when Vince flew to England, the purswassion was just too much and Andre subsequently came back to feud with Hulk.
It was only decided the night before the card that Andre would put Hulk over. The match would draw an incredible crowd to Pontiac, Michegan. Hogan cleanly pinned Andre that night. Their feud was such a money maker. Andre and Hulk would battle at numerous house shows over 87 and 88. Andre finally reached the pinnacle when he pinned Hogan on Saturday Nights Main Event in February 1988. His victory was so short lived as he ?sold? the belt to Ted Debiase and was subsequently declared vacant. Andre and Hogan would battle in the second round of the world title tournament at Wrestlemania 4. Neither man would progress to the next round.
Over the next couple of months Andre and Hulk continued to wrestle in tag matches on the house circuit. Andre would later become tag team champions with Haku and would wrestle his last proper match at Wrestlemania 6 in Toronto. Turning face, leaving towards the entrance, Andre got a standing ovation. Andre would appear on WWF tv for the next 12 months in a non wrestling capacity. Andre sadly died in January 1993. The then new tv show Monday Night Raw rang the bell ten times as a mark of respect. Andre was subsequently the first person inducted to the hall of fame in 1993.
Reading various wrestling autobiographies, Andre or ?Boss? as he was known to all the other wrestlers was a great character behind the scenes. His pranks are legendary and his alcohol consumption is second to known. Andre is a true ICON and his name should rightfully be associated with the term ICON.
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