51 - Andre the Giant
2006 Ranking: honourable mention (164)
#1 Votes: 0
#2 Votes: 0
Top 10 Votes: 7
# of Ballots: 105
Average Vote: 53.81
High Vote: 5 (Mando>Eddie)
Low Vote: 100
"I am all in on Andre. Footage issues aren't something I care about if you can paint a picture with what's there, and what's there shows just how great Andre was at the pro wrestling. Glimpses of him in his physical prime show a force of nature. He is literally other worldly in the way he looks and moves and wrestles. The way he throws his body around is just absurd for a guy his size.
So many giants of vaguely comparable size come off as lumbering oafs. They're hard to knock down, but in turn they don't really offer up much offense, because they're so slow and cumbersome. But with Andre, when he goes on the attack he gives the impression that he could kill someone without even realising it. He seems so powerful. I can remember watching him do the over-the-shoulder armbreaker on Hansen in their match, and Andre's hands take up like Stan's whole arm, and it looks like Andre could snap it in half at any moment if he so chose. And Stan is a big guy.
His late 80s WWF career is so great at showing just how smart he was, and just how effective he was at getting the most out of his limited physical ability. I'm such a big fan of this run. The Hogan match is legitimately great in my eyes, just a perfect spectacle match. Andre is so awesome in the first Survivor Series main event, just being a total prick, and generally in this whole run Andre is a great character, heeling it up all over the place. He uses that, his aura and some well-timed shots to create some entertaining matches even when he could barely walk around. Seeing what he can do in 1990 shows just how much this is a mental game, and when you look at guys who have more physical tools than almost anyone on earth and do absolutely nothing compelling with them...another argument perhaps, but it shows you just how much Andre "got it" and how complete a wrestler he was.
Andre vs Stan is one of my favourite ever matches. I think he's the best big man ever. " Jimmy Redman
"Andre had tremendous size, but his great facial expressions make him a great wrestler." Moonsault Marvin
Monster Roussimoff vs Strong Kobayashi (IWE, 5/6/1972)
Andre the Giant vs Stan Hansen (NJPW, 9/23/1981)
Andre the Giant vs Killer Khan (NJPW, 4/1/1982)