Andre The Giant was billed the "Seventh Wonder of the World" and was a fan favorite from the moment he stepped foot in America. He was voted the Most Popular Wrestler of The Year in 1977 and 1982.
In the early 80s, Andre The Giant and Hulk Hogan were the first two names that normally would be mentioned by fans when naming their favorite wrestlers.
His feud with Killer Khan included a match that was voted Match of the Year in 1981.
Since Andre never got a pushed for a title in the early 80s, special matches like Handicap and Battle Royals were conducted in an attempt to push Andre.
This was a similar situation that was conducted three decades earlier with Haystack Calhoun.
You have to give Andre credit for selling the heel turn that occurred during a Piper's Pit. Andre was so popular at that time and only a terrific performance would ensure that the fans would turn against him.
He succeeded and the main event at WrestleMania III was made.
After losing the match, Andre continued to battle for the belt which he eventually won in controversial manner. He sold the belt to Ted Dibiase, which was eventually deemed inappropriate and allowed the belt to be settled in a tournament during WrestleMania IV.
In late '89, Andre won the WWF Tag Team titles with Haku, who were dubbed The Colossal Connection.
At this time, Andre's size and health was deteriorating.
In 1993, Andre The Giant died of a heart attack while he slept.
He continues to be missed by wrestling fans and was selected third in the PWI Top 500 list that was compiled in 2003.
Billed Height: 7'4"
Billed Weight: 540 lbs