Saturday, July 24, 2010

Andre - A Giant Loss

Frank Zicarelli's wrestling column from the Saturday Sun in Toronto Jan 30 1993 on the event of Andre the Giant's death at the age of 46.
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Andre was a regular both at MLG and on the Ontario circuit for Dave 'Wildman' McKigney and in Ottawa for the Quebec side promotions. 

It was always a special night when Andre came to town, when he got out of the car on Wood St (the whole side of the car would pop up once unencumbered by the weight) and rise up and walk through the crowd. I saw him once at Toronto International Airport around 1980 and everyone just stopped what they were doing as he walked by.

Andre wrestled at MLG between 1971 and 1986. A series of bouts vs The Sheik in 1974 saw Andre with a rare defeat when The Sheik threw fire at the Giant. He would often take on two men and once faced The Kelly Twins in a handicap bout at the Gardens.

below is my favorite poster in the collection, featuring Andre in Port Elgin Ontario 1977