5 WWE Wrestlers Whose Lives Andre the Giant Turned to a Living Nightmare

Andre the Giant Was a Good Judge of Character

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The ‘Million Dollar Man’ Ted DiBiase once said, "Andre the Giant was a very good judge of character.

"If you were a schmuck, he was going to let you know you were a schmuck!"

Andre Did Not Like Ivan Putski One Bit

"The Polish Hammer" Ivan Putski
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Ted DiBiase went on to share more details:

"Way back in 1979, when I was there [in the WWWF] working for Vince Sr. in a tag team match one night, it was me, Andre, and Ivan Putski versus The Valiant Brothers.

“Andre did not like Putski at all. Andre told me, ‘You tag me. No one else.’

"‘You bet boss, whatever you say!’ was my reply.

"He made sure I did that. He made sure Putski stood on the apron the entire match.

"If Andre didn’t like you, he would make your life freaking miserable. Putski wasn’t really one of those guys that a lot of people liked.”

Adjusting the Attitude of Bam Bam Bigelow

Andre the Giant dishing some attitude adjustment to Bam Bam Bigelow
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Ted DiBiase shared another story, this time about Bam Bam Bigelow.

"The night that ‘Macho Man’ Randy Savage and I had the cage match at Madison Square Garden, just prior to our match, Andre worked with Bam Bam Bigelow.

“[After the match], Bigelow walked to the dressing room, threw all his stuff together, grabbed his bag, and walked out the back door, and quit.

"[Bigelow] came back later, and he told me, ‘You know what? That was the best thing that ever happened to me. Because Andre was right.’ He said, ‘Because I had a horrible attitude.’

"Andre has adjusted a few attitudes!"

Andre Liked You, or He Didn’t

"No baby oil!" Andre the Giant wraps his hands around "Macho Man" Randy Savage while "The Million Dollar Man" Ted DiBiase looks on.
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Stories like these are not uncommon for Andre the Giant. When he met you, he either liked you or didn’t like you, and that was that. Randy Savage could attest to that!

"I have respect for Andre The Giant," Randy said in a 2004 interview with IGN.

"Even if I know in his lifetime he didn’t like me at all. (Laughs) That doesn’t mean you can’t have respect for somebody.

"Andre was just that way. When he met you, he either liked you or didn’t like you, and that was that."

Why Didn’t Andre Like Randy Savage?

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Savage continued, "Why didn’t he like me? I don’t know. All I know is that he used to beat the hell out of me every night. (laughs) I mean, what are you going to do against Andre The Giant?

"Everyone had respect for him. Unfortunately, the guy was in pain all of the time. That guy was a warrior, and he was trying to pass the torch the correct way. Andre was a stud.

“Even at the end of the road when he had all of those back surgeries. Even if he never liked me, I’ve got nothing but props for Andre The Giant."

Jake Roberts Stands Up to Andre the Giant

Jake Roberts being goozled by Andre the Giant
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Jake Roberts had some run-ins with Andre The Giant, as well. Here, he explains why it was better to stand up to the 8th Wonder of the World than not, even if it had noxious ramifications!

"We had a little rough road at first,” Roberts remembered with a laugh.

"We had a match in Los Angeles, and he just goozled me the whole match.

“Everything I tried, he blocked it. Just freaking goozled me for 20 minutes, and I was furious.

"I came back to the locker room, and I just started yelling at him.

"‘What the **** you doing out there, man? We ain’t going to make any money with you doing that! That’s BS! You goozled me, man; you didn’t give me [anything].

“We’re not going to make a dime, and I just don’t want to work with you if you’re going to be like that, man. Screw you…’”

Andre’s Response to Jake Roberts

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"He looked at me, and he told me to sit down,” Jake Roberts remembered.

"I don’t know why I did because he could have reached over, and he could have killed me.

“He said, ‘Now, we don’t have a problem. I just wanted to see…’

"Basically, he wanted to see if I would man up. Once I manned up, man, what a cake up.”

“He Brutalized Me Out There”

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“I mean, he still brutalized me out there, but he was just having fun doing it, you know? It’s different then.

"Whether it be him standing on my hair and grabbing my arm, and I can hear my hair popping like piano strings or him sitting on me and farting on me, which was a horrible experience.

“I did not realize how long a Giant could fart. So, it was like 25 seconds of just brutal gas.

“There’s something about vodka and wine with not much food that really gives a man a nasty potion to inhale.

"I know I thought I had a birthmark on my arm, but it was just a wine stain from his ***. [Laughs.]

"He could do some stuff to you out there, man. His strength was just incredible; it was unbelievable. But, I loved the man; I loved working with him. We had a great time."

Hulk Hogan on Andre the Giant Making His Life Miserable Early in His Career

Hulk Hogan and Andre the Giant squared off for the first time at Sea Stadium on August 9th, 1980.
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In an interview on The Voice vs., Hulk Hogan opened up about the epic battles he would have with Andre the Giant in and out of the ring.

"Andre the Giant beat me up every day for the first eight years. I was so nervous I used to puke on the way to the building.

"Then, after eight years, we became friends.

"He even started to like me…"

Andre Loved and Protected the Business

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Hulk Hogan continued, "For those first few years of knowing Andre, I was just another kid who didn’t understand this business.

“When I finally smartened up and started having respect for this business, from that point on, I started to understand what Andre was all about.

"He loved this business. And he protected it.

"You hear people say, ‘Oh, he was arrogant – he did this to me or did that‘ – but a lot of people don’t understand…”

Life Was Never Comfortable for Andre, According to Hogan

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“There was never a situation where he could ever be comfortable,” Hogan remembered. “He was a seven-foot-four giant. There was never a chair, a knife, a fork, a bed…

"He lived in a really cruel world.”

"If he walked ahead of me at the airport, I heard people say horrible things and make fun of him.

"Once you got to know him, he was a very gracious person with a kind heart. But…he didn’t put up with any BS."

Mr Perfect Curt Hennig – A Great Life with an Unfortunate End

On camera, Curt Hennig was arrogant, and he backed up his Mr. Perfect persona brilliantly. However, outside of the ring, it was a different story. Here is the story of an extraordinary life with an unfortunate end.

On camera, Curt Hennig was arrogant, and he backed up his Mr. Perfect persona brilliantly. However, outside of the ring, it was a different story.

Learn the story of an extraordinary life with an unfortunate end.

Katie Vick – Behind WWE’s Most Shameful TV Segment

The Legend of Katie Vick, featuring Kane and Triple H.
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Bruce Prichard: "Vince McMahon was like, ‘I love it! That’s perfect!’ I lost a couple of crew members because of this shoot that were highly offended at the subject matter."

In 2002, Katie Vick was introduced to the WWE audience. Many consider what followed one of the most tasteless segments in television history!

Learn more: Katie Vick: Behind WWE’s Most Shameful Storyline

The Andre the Giant Fight That Turned REAL in Japan!

When Andre the Giant and Akira Maeda met in the ring in May of '86, things did not go to plan!
When Andre the Giant and Akira Maeda met in the ring in May of ’86, things did not go to plan!

Andre the Giant showed up at the Japanese venue more inebriated than usual in May ’86. He was to face Akira Maeda, a wrestler building a reputation as someone hard to do business with. Together, there was a possibility for volatility, and much like a forest fire, it only took a spark!

Read: Andre the Giant and Akira Maeda Fight That Turned REAL in Japan

The Kick That Ruined Bret Hart

Bret Hart and Goldberg - The Kick That Ruined Bret's Career
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BRET HART: "One of the last things I said to Goldberg before I walked out to the ring was, ‘Don’t hurt me. I wish he heard me a little better."
GOLDBERG: "This will forever go down in history as the biggest mistake that I have ever made in my entire life."

What was supposed to be a moment for the two former WCW tag team champions to shine turned into a match with dire consequences.

Read Bret Hart and Goldberg – The Kick That Ruined Bret’s Career

Secret Life and Tragic Passing of WWE Wrestler “Crush” Brian Adams

Wrestler Brian Adams as Kona Crush at ‎April 4th, 1993's WrestleMania 9 pay-per-view at ‎‎Caesars Palace in Las Vegas, Nevada.
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Hailing from Kona, Hawaii, “Crush” Brian Adams was a dominant force who underwent many striking transformations over his 17-year career.

After retiring from the ring, he worked as a bodyguard for “Macho Man” Randy Savage and was excited about opening a fitness spa alongside Marc Mero in Florida. Instead, sadly, tragedy struck.

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