The truth behind six Andre the Giant legends

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January 31, 2013

True or false? Hulk Hogan was the only competitor to bodyslam Andre the Giant.

The unforgettable sight of Hulk Hogan scooping up Andre the Giant and slamming him to the mat in front of more than 93,000 WWE fans at WrestleMania III has become one of WWE’s most enduring images. (WATCH) And why not? In the two decades “The Eighth Wonder of the World” had been wrestling professionally, no man had ever been able to slam the 500-pound monster. At least that was the claim.

A simple Google search unravels this myth pretty quickly. Stan Hansen, Kamala and Harley Race can all lay claims to having slammed the giant before WWE’s iconic moment. Even Hogan himself dumped Andre when the two rivals battled in Shea Stadium in 1980. (WATCH FULL MATCH) And he did it again later that same year in the Philadelphia Spectrum. Truth be told, the giant was larger than he had ever been when he faced The Hulkster in the Pontiac Silverdome, but it was certainly not the first time he left his feet in the ring.

Sorry, Hulkamaniacs, this legend is FALSE.

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