WWE World Heavyweight Championship - Andre the Giant

February 05, 1988 - February 05, 1988

Hulk Hogan defeated his former longtime friend Andre the Giant at WrestleMania III, but Andre was able to get a rematch on an edition of The Main Event. During the match, Andre went for the pin, but Hogan got his shoulder up at the count of one. The referee continued to count, however, and awarded the match to Andre. Andre then almost immediately gave up his WWE Championship to "The Million Dollar Man" Ted DiBiase. It was finally revealed that DiBiase paid Andre the Giant a large sum of money to receive the WWE Championship. Hogan, who was furious about the referee continuing to count even though his shoulder was up, knew something was fishy. It was also revealed that Earl Hebner, who was said to have been refereeing the match, wasn't even in the ring. Instead, DiBiase paid for another referee to have plastic surgery to look like Hebner so that he could guarantee Andre would win the WWE Championship. Once Andre gave the championship to DiBiase, President Jack Tunney vacated the title, putting it up for grabs in a 14-man tournament at WrestleMania IV.


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