The 10 Best Andre the Giant Matches

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In early 1993, the professional wrestling world lost one of the first professional wrestlers to be considered a giant: Andre the Giant.
The French-born World Wrestling Entertainment Hall of Famer’s career spanned multiple decades, starting from the 1960s leading up until the 1990s. During that period, Andre the Giant worked for various wrestling promotions across the US, Japan, and Canada. In the US, Andre the Giant spent the majority of his time working for the World Wrestling Federation. His federation run began in the 1970s and lasted until the early 1990s. Towards the end of his WWF run, Andre the Giant had matches against popular Superstars of the 1980s and early 1990s. Taking on major names like Hulk Hogan, "Macho Man" Randy Savage, "Rowdy" Roddy Piper, and the Ultimate Warrior, he delivered multiple classic matches that captivated live audiences and those at home. Let's take a look back at those memorable bouts and dive right into the 10 best Andre the Giant matches of all time.

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1. Andre the Giant vs. Hulk Hogan (c)

WrestleMania III - 03/29/1987 (WWF Championship)

2. Andre the Giant vs. Ultimate Warrior (c)

WWF Saturday Night's Main Event - 10/31/1989 (WWF Intercontinental Championshop)

3. Andre the Giant vs. Hulk Hogan (c)

WWF Saturday Night Main Event - 02/05/1988 (WWF Championship)

4. Andre the Giant vs. "Macho Man" Randy Savage (c)

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09/29/1988 (WWF Championship)

Between August and November 1988, Andre and "Macho Man" Randy Savage faced each other over a dozen times. In every match, Savage walked in as WWF Champion and those bouts tended to end in a count-out or disqualification. Andre had previously won the belt from Hogan in February. Eventually, Savage got his hands on the belt after winning during a tournament held at WrestleMania IV. After Andre’s feud with " Hacksaw Jim Duggan concluded over the summer, he moved on to trying to reclaim the WWF Championship.

One of the more riveting matches between Andre and Savage during those three months occurred on September 29, 1988. This match featured a wealth of familiar moments from their previous affairs, such as Savage coming off the top rope with a Double Axe Handle to Andre's noggin that made the crowd come unglued. Soon after, Savage looked to land his finishing flying elbow drop but Andre moved out of the way at the very last second to dodge it. Madness ensued on the outside of the squared circle as Ande grabbed hold of Elizabeth's ankle and forced Savage to fly into an uncontrollable rage.

A double count-out occurred as Andre looked enraged and argued with the in-ring official as he thought he won the title, but it was all for naught as Savage retained his championship.

5. Andre the Giant and Ted DiBiase vs. Hulk Hogan and "Macho Man" Randy Savage

WWF SummerSlam 1988 - 08/29/1988

6. Andre the Giant and Paul Orndorff vs. "Rowdy" Roddy Piper and "Cowboy" Bob Orton


7. Andre the Giant vs. Big John Studd

WWF WrestleMania (Andre's Career vs. $15,000 Body Slam Challenge) - 03/31/1985

8. WWF vs. NFL Battle Royal

WrestleMania 2 - 04/07/1986

9. Andre the Giant vs. "Macho Man" Randy Savage (c)

WWF Saturday Night Main Event (WWF Championship) - 11/26/1988

10. The Colossal Connection (Andre the Giant and Haku) (c) vs. Demolition (Ax and Smash)

WWF WrestleMania VI (WWF Tag Team Championship) - 04/01/1990

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