Sunday, January 27, 2013

20 Years Gone

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Twenty years ago today, Andre the Giant passed away after the disease that made him a giant, acromegaly, caused the congestive heart failure that claimed his life. Andre is best remembered to longtime fans as one of the top draws for the (W)WWF in the late '70s and early '80s, but most younger fans (and by younger, I mean those in their thirties and below like myself), he's the guy Hulk Hogan bodyslammed at WrestleMania III.

Either way, the man was a veritable legend in the business and perhaps the second most iconic pop culture crossover in history after The Rock. I mean, what role has noted "movie star" Hulk Hogan taken in his life that was more memorable than his turn as Fezzik in The Princess Bride? He was also legendary for his drunkery, as the man once consumed 156 beers in a single sitting, a total which would have killed an entire fraternity if consumed.

The man was truly larger than life. I will never forget Andre the Giant, and as long as people who love wrestling and wrestling history continue to honor his memory through repeated viewing of his various feats, he'll continue to be one of wrestling's greatest iconic figures throughout history.