The untold story of André the Giant

Wrestling is one of the most popular sports in the world. As a combination of performing arts and fighting, professional wrestling is the kind of sport that is both entertaining and intense and has wowed dedicated fans across the globe for decades. Yes, the acrobatic maneuvers, the throws, the punches, the strongholds and the intense storylines between some of the greatest wrestlers of all time have kept us busy for years, and we have the WWE to thank for that. Known as the World Wrestling Entertainment Inc. this body is largely in charge of bringing together all of the matches we watch on the television or in person. Over the years, they have represented some of the most famous wrestlers in the business, including Hulk Hogan, Ric Flair, Dwayne Johnson, Stone Cold Steve Austin, The Undertaker, and one of the most notorious wrestlers of all time, André the Giant.

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Although we know him as André the Giant, this professional wrestler was actually called André René Roussimoff. This French wrestler is one of the most famous faces within the WWE, and he’s also one of the most famous bodies! Yes, unlike many of the other wrestlers in the business, André did not get to the top through intense bodybuilding, training, or exercising. Instead, he was diagnosed with acromegaly when he was a child – a disorder which causes the pituitary gland to release an uninhibited amount of growth hormone into his body. Because of this, André soon became one of the largest people in the world and stood at a whopping 7 ft 4 inches at his highest. However, it wasn’t just the height that made his so extraordinary.


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André’s features were also overly large, and his weight came in at a whopping 520 lbs, which is just over half as heavy as a Grand Piano! With his huge stature, André was the perfect fit for the world of wrestling. He was a crowd favorite, he struck fear in the eyes of his opponents, and he became the perfect marketing technique for the WWE. Over the course of his career, he managed to score the title of the WWF World Heavyweight Champion, as well as the WWF Tag Team Champion. As if that wasn’t enough, André was also picked up by the top executives in Hollywood, who decided to use his height to their advantage. Most notably, he appeared in the romantic classic, The Princess Bride, as well as the action movie, Conan the Destroyer.

While it may seem as though André made the most out of his disorder, his personal and professional life was not as it seemed. Due to his condition and the stress of his weight on his body, André was in chronic pain for most of his life. He often used drink to numb this pain, and struggled to fit into everyday society. This eventually took its toll on the wrestler, who sadly passed away in 1993. However, André the Giant will always leave a lasting legacy on the world, and these juicy facts will always hold a place in our hearts…

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