Wrestlers portray villains or heroes as they follow a series of events that build tension and culminate in a wrestling match or series of matches. [thanks wikipedia]
So not a huge amount of people know this, but I’m wee bit of a wrestling fan.
Or more accurately, I was a wee bit of a wrestling fan. From watching 4-5 hours a week when I was 17 or 18, nearly a decade later I now only really tune in once or twice a year for novelty reasons.
As anyone who has ever had even a passing interest in pro-wrestling will attest, the annual WWE showcase Wrestlemania is a big deal and I gotta admit even I get a little bit nostalgic this time of year.
And so in honour of tonight’s show, Wrestlemania XVII from the Georgia Dome in Atlanta, here’s a top 5 wrestler deaths. Now this may seem a little morbid but I’m always kind of sad when I hear about these guys dying, so eh, what better way to pay tribute to them than by featuring them in a wheatln2 top 5?!
Andre the Giant - squaring up to Hulk Hogan at Wrestlemania III
5. ANDRÃ‰ THE GIANT
AndrÃ© Rene Rousimoff was born in France in 1946 with a condition called acromegaly which caused his large size. He is one of the largest wrestlers ever, weighing in at 500lb with a height of 7″4′. This is him bitch-slapping Arnold Schwarzenegger in Conan the Barbarian. He wrestled in the WWF through the late 70s and 80s, with his immortal moment coming at 1987’s Wrestlemania III where a roided up Hulk Hogan body-slammed him (watch).
AndrÃ© died in his sleep due to congestive heart failure on the night of January 27, 1993, in a Paris hotel room. He was there to attend the funeral of his father. Sad stuff. As an act of commemoration, the WWF created their hall of fame and made him their first inductee. Continue reading