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Wrestling Giant's Daughter Wants Father Remembered
411 Wrestling

Posted on 10/01/2002 10:48:02 AM PDT by adam stevens

Wrestling Giant's Daughter Wants Father Remembered

SEATTLE (Reuters) - It would be hard to forget Andre the Giant, whose freakish size belied surprising grace and agility and made him one of the most popular professional wrestlers of all time, even now, nearly a decade after his death.

Andre the Giant, nicknamed "The Eighth Wonder of the World," was billed as 7-foot-5 and 520 pounds with a sprawling 71-inch chest and 16-inch hands that made beer cans look like thimbles.

Yet to his only child, watching today's beefcakes strut for screeching fans at a raucous World Wrestling Entertainment Inc. news conference last week, the man who was one of the foremost worldwide attractions in professional wrestling in the 1970s and 1980s seemed less than an afterthought.

"It seems like they don't honor him. It's almost like he's forgotten," said Robin Christensen, 23-year-old daughter of Andre Roussimoff, born in France in 1946 with overactive growth hormones that would ultimately lead to his death in January 1993 at age 46 after a lifetime with the medical condition known as acromegaly.

Nearly 6 feet tall herself and bearing a striking resemblance to her father, Christensen hopes WWE will mark the 10th anniversary of his death when it brings its signature WrestleMania event next March to Seattle, where she lives.

During his career, Andre the Giant was one of the top attractions in professional wrestling -- a spectacle of matches with predetermined finishes that blends athletics with outlandish showmanship.

Andre wrestled frequently for the World Wrestling Federation, as WWE was known until earlier this year, but also was a wrestling star abroad, particularly in Japan. He also appeared in several films and television shows, most notably a key role in director Rob Reiner's 1987 hit "The Princess Bride."

'WE HONOR ANDRE'S MEMORY'

WWE Chairman Vince McMahon, the world's most-famous wrestling impresario, gave few details about the program for WrestleMania -- an annual pay-per-view extravaganza that is the biggest day of the year for professional wrestling in the United States. But McMahon spoke fondly of Andre the Giant.

"We honor Andre's memory almost every day. Hardly a day goes past where we don't think and/or talk about Andre, but nothing specific (was planned) for WrestleMania," McMahon told Reuters after the presentation.

McMahon promised to pack 50,000 fans into Seattle's Safeco Field and "blow the roof off" at WrestleMania, which dates to 1985. WrestleMania came of age in 1987, when Hulk Hogan pinned Andre the Giant, symbolically taking over as wrestling's biggest star, in front of an announced crowd of 93,000 people at the Silverdome in Pontiac, Michigan.

But handouts detailing the history of WrestleMania focus on attendance and box office receipts, failing to mention any specific wrestlers until the 1995 event.

A stylized version of Andre the Giant's imposing visage is still seen in cities around the world, stenciled across street signs and sidewalks by artist Shepard Fairey beginning in the 1990s, or by followers he inspired.

But while Fairey's work helped rekindle interest in the mountainous wrestler, which his daughter appreciates, Christensen is less enthralled by Fairey's sales of prints including his Giant stencils.

'HE NEEDS TO PAY ROYALTIES'

"I can't get into it because there are legal procedures," Christensen said. "But he needs to pay royalties."

In a similar case involving sales of T-shirts bearing the likenesses of the Three Stooges comedy troupe, the U.S. Supreme Court ( news - web sites) ruled last January that a portrait artist must pay the Stooges' heirs $75,000 in profits plus $150,000 in legal fees.

Christensen enjoys watching the current crop of WWE wrestlers, and she stood and screamed with the young crowd when her favorites were introduced in Seattle, bathed in flashing lights and pulsating music.

"They're unbelievable guys," she said with a grin.

The largest of the current WWE behemoths, "Big Show" Paul Wight, is listed at 7-foot-2 and 500 pounds.

Christensen had no doubts about who would win a match between Andre the Giant and Big Show.

"Oh, I know my dad could take him," she said.


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Only Hulk Hogan and Stone Cold Steve Austin are greater werestlers in my opinion.
1 posted on 10/01/2002 10:48:02 AM PDT by adam stevens
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I'm sorry the link is

http://www.411wrestling.com/news/newsboard.php?news_id=4259
2 posted on 10/01/2002 10:48:42 AM PDT by adam stevens
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To: adam stevens
Nearly 6 feet tall herself and bearing a striking resemblance to her father

!!!!!!!!!

3 posted on 10/01/2002 10:50:50 AM PDT by 2banana
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To: adam stevens
What scares me here is the statement that she bears a striking resembelance to Andre.

He was fun to watch, but he wasn't exactly attractive, to say the least.
4 posted on 10/01/2002 10:50:50 AM PDT by sharktrager
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To: adam stevens
Nearly 6 feet tall herself and bearing a striking resemblance to her father,

Oh, that's scary...

5 posted on 10/01/2002 10:52:08 AM PDT by mhking
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6 posted on 10/01/2002 10:52:15 AM PDT by Mo1
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To: adam stevens
"and bearing a striking resemblance to her father"

Man, she must be one ugly woman.

7 posted on 10/01/2002 10:55:16 AM PDT by Living Free in NH
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To: adam stevens
"Andre the Giant has a posse"
8 posted on 10/01/2002 10:57:20 AM PDT by SandfleaCSC
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To: Living Free in NH
And still, likely to be more attractive than Hitlary, Janet Waco, or Maddie Al-Dim. . .
9 posted on 10/01/2002 10:59:58 AM PDT by Salgak
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To: adam stevens
Only Hulk Hogan and Stone Cold Steve Austin are greater werestlers in my opinion.

Hulk Hogan as a "Great" wrestler. Now that's funny.

10 posted on 10/01/2002 11:00:07 AM PDT by AppyPappy
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To: adam stevens
Andre was great in one of my favorite movies, "Princess Bride"

"You're with the Brute Squad? You are the Brute Squad!"


11 posted on 10/01/2002 11:03:27 AM PDT by egarvue
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To: adam stevens
I had the honor of meeting Andre at a charity softball game about 25 years ago. Until you see someone like him in the flesh you cannot fathom the sheer size of the man. My head came to the middle of his chest. His pinky was bigger than my thumb. When he shook my hand, mine disappeared in his. When he held a bat, it looked like a twig.

What I’ll remember the most was a soft-spoken, gracious, engaging man . . . not at all what I expected.

12 posted on 10/01/2002 11:04:54 AM PDT by Andyman
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To: Andyman
You are a lucky man. As a young child in the late 1970s he was my hero!
14 posted on 10/01/2002 11:09:07 AM PDT by adam stevens
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To: adam stevens
Andre was really about 6 ft 10 inches tall. Paul "Big Show " Wight is about the same size. Wrestling is the only "sport" I can think of that beats professional basketball at exagerrating the size of the athletes.

Andre was fun to watch before his disease left him nearly crippled. Hogan was far too formualic in the ring and his character was too one dimensional.

Steve Austin was a pretty good worker, was pretty good on the mic and had a very good grasp of the psychology of building a good match. I'd take Austin over anyone as the most entertaining wrestler ever.

Kurt Angle may someday outdo him.

15 posted on 10/01/2002 11:10:29 AM PDT by Skip Ripley
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To: 2banana
Her mom must have been some kind of lady to take on Andre :-)
16 posted on 10/01/2002 11:11:23 AM PDT by Theophilus
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To: AppyPappy
What about The Iron Claw/Fritz Von Erich? Thats when I was in to wrestling here in Dallas, back in the 70's and 80's and all the battles between the Von Erichs and The Fabulous Freebirds....now that was wrasslin at it's finest!! These guys today make me sick....I dont even watch it anymore. Bunch of fags. WWE has lost its appeal....Although I did watch for awhile during the hulk Hogan and Randay Savage days.
17 posted on 10/01/2002 11:11:40 AM PDT by Delbert
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To: Theophilus
I may be kinda scared of the results..but any pics of his daughter Robin Christensen?
18 posted on 10/01/2002 11:13:07 AM PDT by Delbert
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To: adam stevens
My favorite episode of The Six Million Dollar
Man was the one where Col. Steve Austin met
Bigfoot aka Andre T Giant. Truly a larger
than life persona.
19 posted on 10/01/2002 11:14:22 AM PDT by Hellmouth
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To: Skip Ripley
What do you think of Ric Flair? I always thought he was an overratted loser.
20 posted on 10/01/2002 11:14:41 AM PDT by adam stevens
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To: adam stevens
You have not seen bizarre unless you saw the boxing/wrestling doubleheader where Andre the Giant matched up against Chuck Wepner "The Bayonne Bleeder". Mohammad Ali then tangled with a japanese wrestler in Tokyo.

Chuck Barris would have been proud...

21 posted on 10/01/2002 11:14:43 AM PDT by Tall_Texan
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To: adam stevens
Andre had a leading role in Princess Bride, a great movie.
22 posted on 10/01/2002 11:16:07 AM PDT by js1138
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To: Delbert
Kinda hard to beat that Terry Gordy Vs The Missing Link feud down there in Dallas. I found an old tape of that a few months back.
23 posted on 10/01/2002 11:16:32 AM PDT by AppyPappy
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To: adam stevens

Andre was terrific in "The Princess Bride". He had some of the funniest lines in the movie.

More about Andre

24 posted on 10/01/2002 11:17:33 AM PDT by lsee
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To: Delbert
any pics of his daughter Robin Christensen?

Yeah, some of us are kind of wondering.

25 posted on 10/01/2002 11:17:57 AM PDT by RightWhale
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To: adam stevens; Skip Ripley
I think you guys better wake up and SMELL WHAT THE ROCK...IS COOKING.
26 posted on 10/01/2002 11:18:59 AM PDT by MattinNJ
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To: Skip Ripley
I went to a match where Andre headlined in the 70's. He was taller than 6'10 back then. He shrunk considerably over time.
27 posted on 10/01/2002 11:19:23 AM PDT by AppyPappy
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To: Dan from Michigan
Wrestling ping!
28 posted on 10/01/2002 11:21:36 AM PDT by Bella_Bru
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To: adam stevens
I never had the chance to see much NWA/WCW when Flair was in his prime. From what I saw, he was talented, but he never struck me as being credible as a tough guy. Hogan and Andre were big guys, Austin was a psycho. Why would I fear a guy like Flair?

To be fair, I have been checking Ebay lately for soem Flair comp tapes because I'm curious to see what all the fuss is/was about.
29 posted on 10/01/2002 11:22:07 AM PDT by Skip Ripley
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To: AppyPappy
I had met Terry Gordy before, sat behind him and Michael Hayes at a Journey concert (dont tell anyone I was at a Journey concert)...The Missing Link rings a bell, but I cant place a face with the name....I was on a similar thread here at F/R not too long ago, I hadnt thought of The Von Erichs in quite some time....Kevin Von Erich is the only one left....several deaths and suicides in that family...pretty tragic.
30 posted on 10/01/2002 11:22:15 AM PDT by Delbert
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To: MattinNJ
Rocks ok..I like him...Scorpion King hits video today by the way.
31 posted on 10/01/2002 11:23:35 AM PDT by Delbert
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To: Bella_Bru
eh...you know how I feel about wrestling...but as along as we're talking about it....we may as well bring up Goldberg! =)))
32 posted on 10/01/2002 11:25:14 AM PDT by JMJ333
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To: 2banana
!!!!!!!!!

That poor woman.
May the Lord prepare a special place for her in heaven.

33 posted on 10/01/2002 11:25:19 AM PDT by Willie Green
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To: adam stevens
What do you think of Ric Flair? I always thought he was an overratted loser.

Sheesh and you think Hogan was a great wrestler. Here's every Hogan match: Pose, Hand To Ear, Lock Up, Back Shot Back Shot, Opponent Leaves Ring, Hand To Ear, Eye Gouge, Hogan Down, Comeback, Shake For Crowd, Punch to Head, Repeat, Leg Drop, Match Over, Talk To Mean Gene.

Flair kept heat going for 3 decades. Flair was generating major heat when Hogan was still playing in a band. And Flair could literally work for 60 minutes.

34 posted on 10/01/2002 11:25:19 AM PDT by AppyPappy
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To: AppyPappy
I dunno, Dave Meltzer of the "Wrestling Observer" says Andre never topped 6-10. I've always regarded Meltzer as the gold standard for this kind of information
35 posted on 10/01/2002 11:25:44 AM PDT by Skip Ripley
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To: Delbert
The Link was brought in by Skandar Ackbar and ended up in a bloody feud with Gordy. The Link was bald with a band of hair in the back that he used to ram his head into people. A Mark Lewin type persona. He left the business to become a cop.
36 posted on 10/01/2002 11:27:06 AM PDT by AppyPappy
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To: adam stevens
Nearly 6 feet tall herself and bearing a striking resemblance to her father

I had to stop reading right there.
37 posted on 10/01/2002 11:28:33 AM PDT by HEY4QDEMS
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To: Skip Ripley
Meltzer could never keep kafaybe. Andre padded the boots to appear taller.
38 posted on 10/01/2002 11:28:53 AM PDT by AppyPappy
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To: JMJ333
He does have the longest streak....173 matches, I think. :-)
39 posted on 10/01/2002 11:28:59 AM PDT by Bella_Bru
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To: AppyPappy
Light Bulb goes off over my head.....oh yeah...He's a cop? Man that guy was a trip. I hope he's not a Dallas cop.
40 posted on 10/01/2002 11:29:37 AM PDT by Delbert
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To: adam stevens
Flair needs to spend less time in the tanning booth. Also, I really do not need to see his sagging man boobs every week.
41 posted on 10/01/2002 11:29:47 AM PDT by Bella_Bru
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To: Bella_Bru
Brown Leather Man Teates......ewwwwww.
42 posted on 10/01/2002 11:30:58 AM PDT by Delbert
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To: Delbert
I'm just happy I haven't had lunch yet.
43 posted on 10/01/2002 11:32:05 AM PDT by Bella_Bru
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To: Bella_Bru
I saw Flair and Tully Blanchard in a Bennigans in Greensboro, NC in the 80's once. They had two blondes hanging on them.

Flair needs to stick with booking and keep his shirt on.

44 posted on 10/01/2002 11:33:53 AM PDT by AppyPappy
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To: adam stevens
What an amazing 3rd down fullback he would have made.
45 posted on 10/01/2002 11:33:58 AM PDT by Pahuanui
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To: AppyPappy
Meltzer had Cornette on his radio show a couple of weeks ago. They were talking about how the WWE exposes the business these days. Cornette's response was beautiful (to paraphrase) "John Wayne killed a lot of Indians in the movies and we know he didn't really kill them, but John Wayne still never stopped in the middle of the movie to pick the indians up and dust them off..."
46 posted on 10/01/2002 11:34:23 AM PDT by Skip Ripley
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To: Skip Ripley
Antonino Rocca.
47 posted on 10/01/2002 11:35:33 AM PDT by sheik yerbouty
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To: sheik yerbouty
Is that the guy who used to wrestle barefoot and do all those ballet/gymnastic kicks?
48 posted on 10/01/2002 11:39:30 AM PDT by Skip Ripley
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To: sheik yerbouty
Iron Sheik Yerbouty
49 posted on 10/01/2002 11:40:11 AM PDT by Delbert
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To: Skip Ripley
Cornette's a freaking genius in the business. I remember him going on a tirade on mike about the size of Baby Doll's ass. I was screaming with laughter. I think Bob Caudle was stunned into silence.

I don't even watch wrestling now. I used to watch it to see the storylines develop. Now you can't follow it with the script in your hand.

50 posted on 10/01/2002 11:41:45 AM PDT by AppyPappy
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