It Came From YouTube: Andre The Giant on David Letterman (and some Andre drinking stories)

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Here’s Andre The Giant on David Letterman in the early 1980′s.

I’m mostly posting this just because I’m amazed at how Andre dwarfs Dave not just in height, but in width.

117 beers?! Damn! I’ve actually heard that he drank more than that in one sitting.

He really was The Greatest Drunkard On Earth.  Click on that link if you don’t believe me.

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8 Responses to "It Came From YouTube: Andre The Giant on David Letterman (and some Andre drinking stories)"
  1. James S says:

    This was Dave before we wore a suit to work everyday :P and Andre looks like a total badass as always.

  2. Eric S says:

    Please take a look at the date as it can’t be 1986. He would have had short hair then and he mentions he is fighting with Tony Atlas and Rocky Johnson against the Samoans. Maybe should be 1982-83.

  3. Simplerollup says:

    I got to think this was before 1986. Andre had the short hair at WM 1 after he was “raped of his dignity” wasn’t he?

  4. "The Big Cheese" Paul Kraft says:

    Oops, okay thanks for the date correction, guys. I plead ignorance about this era of wrestling. :)

  5. Gene Platt says:

    This should help date the segment for you. Blatantly stolen from thehistoryofwwe.com:

    WWF @ New York City, NY – Madison Square Garden – January 23, 1984 (26,292 which included 4,000 at Felt Forum)
    Televised on the MSG Network – included Gorilla Monsoon & Pat Patterson on commentary; a young Chris Kanyon was in attendance; featured Gene Okerlund conducting a backstage interview with the new WWF World Champion Hulk Hogan regarding his title win, during which Andre the Giant appeared to celebrate and poured champagne over Hogan’s head, with Ivan Putski and WWF Tag Team Champion Rocky Johnson appearing moments later; included Okerlund conducting a backstage interview with Hogan’s parents Ruth and Pete about Hogan’s title win:
    Tony Garea pinned Jose Luis Rivera at 6:46 by reversing a crossbody into a cover
    The Invaders fought Mr. Fuji & Tiger Chung Lee to a 20-minute time-limit draw at 20:23
    The Masked Superstar pinned Chief Jay Strongbow at 7:26 with a clothesline
    Sgt. Slaughter defeated Ivan Putski via count-out at 11:29 when Putski knocked Slaughter back in the ring as both men were brawling on the floor; after the bout, Putski continued to attack Slaughter, not realizing the match was over
    Paul Orndorff (w/ Roddy Piper) pinned Salvatore Bellomo with a powerslam and the piledriver at 14:06 (Orndorff’s MSG debut) (Piper’s MSG return after nearly a 5-year absence) (The Greatest Wrestling Stars of the 80s)
    WWF IC Champion Don Muraco (w/ Capt. Lou Albano) fought Tito Santana to a double disqualification at 16:03 when both men continually ignored the referee’s instructions
    The Haiti Kid & Tiger Jackson defeated Dana Carpenter & Pancho Boy in a Best 2 out of 3 falls bout, 2-0; fall #1: Jackson pinned Pancho with a sunset flip at 5:18; fall #2: Haiti pinned Carpenter at 1:35, with the referee seemingly not realizing it was the finish as he hesitated during the pinfall
    Hulk Hogan (sub. for Bob Backlund) pinned WWF World Champion the Iron Sheik (w/ Freddie Blassie) at 5:40 with the legdrop to win the title after ramming the champion back-first against the turnbuckle to escape the Camel Clutch; during his entrance, Hogan was seen walking past Vince McMahon in the backstage hallway; after the bout, Gene Okerlund interviewed the new champion backstage in which he was congratulated by Andre the Giant, Rocky Johnson, and Ivan Putski (Hogan’s return to MSG after a nearly 3-year absense) (Hulkamania, History of the WWF Heavyweight Championship, Best of the WWF: Hulkamania, The Hulkster Hulk Hogan, The History of the WWE Heavyweight Championship, Hulk Still Rules, The Greatest Wrestling Stars of the 80s, Hulk Hogan: The Ultimate Anthology)
    Jimmy Snuka pinned Rene Goulet (sub. for Iron Mike Sharpe) at 3:54 with a crossbody off the top
    Andre the Giant, WWF Tag Team Champions Rocky Johnson & Tony Atlas defeated Afa, Sika, & Samula when Andre pinned Samula at 5:29 with a boot to the face and sit-down splash

    • "The Big Cheese" Paul Kraft says:

      Ah! Thank you for looking that up. I appreciate it. Isn’t that site a great resource? :)

  6. Paul R. from SpookCentral.tk says:

    I wonder if Andre’s restaurant in Montreal is still in business.

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