Andre the Giant is arguably the most beloved figure in WWE history. For more than two decades, he was one of the biggest attractions in professional wrestling and became a pop culture icon thanks to his role in the cult classic, The Princess Bride.
But that doesn’t mean that Andre the Giant didn’t make a few enemies from time to time. While he was said to have liked just about everybody, there were a few wrestlers that he simply couldn’t get along with for various reasons. Two of the biggest names that the “Eighth Wonder of the World” despised were fellow WWE Hall of Famers “Macho Man” Randy Savage and The Ultimate Warrior.
The career of Andre the Giant
Andre the Giant, who was more than six feet tall by the age of 12, got his start in pro wrestling in the early 1960s in his home country of France and quickly began working in various promotions all over the world. After finding success in Japan, he moved to Canada in 1971 and was a huge hit in Montreal.
Two years later, he debuted in WWE and soon became one of the company’s top draws. He continuously helped sell out Madison Square Garden and never needed a title to get over with the fans as his size did that for him. He remained popular into the 1980s as Vince McMahon was building WWE into the global empire it is today and Andre found himself in many big matches as the company grew, none bigger than his match with Hulk Hogan at WrestleMania III in front of 93,173 fans at the Pontiac Silverdome.
Andre had turned heel for the program with Hogan and remained a “bad guy” for more than three years. He engaged in feuds with many of the company’s top babyfaces during this time, including “Macho Man” Randy Savage and The Ultimate Warrior, neither of whom were on his good side.
He couldn’t stand “Macho Man” Randy Savage because of baby oil and steroids
Andre the Giant had a few pet peeves during his career, one of which happened to be baby oil. Obviously, a lot of pro wrestlers used it to enhance their physique but Andre simply didn’t like guys who wore too much. And nobody wore more baby oil than “Macho Man” Randy Savage. Savage’s brother, Lanny Poffo, once told the Tampa Bay Times that it actually caused a real-life rift between the two.
“Andre hated baby oil. But Randy wouldn’t stop wearing it. He stubbornly said Andre’s gimmick is being a giant and mine is baby oil. He never backed down from Andre and they never got along because of it.”Lanny Poffo
While baby oil might have been an issue, Andre’s daughter, Robin, once participated in a New York City Comic-Con panel and said that her father didn’t like Savage because he used steroids, saying that Andre had “no tolerance” for them.
Andre the Giant had a problem with the stiff work of The Ultimate Warrior and took care of it with one punch
One of Andre the Giant’s last big singles feuds came against The Ultimate Warrior, who was being groomed to replace Hulk Hogan as WWE’s top star. Andre and Warrior faced off on numerous occasions at house shows with Warrior coming out on top as he was being built up. But he apparently was working very stiff and Andre didn’t care for it.
Ahead of the release of the 2018 HBO documentary on Andre’s life, The Big Show spoke with ThePostGame.com and shared the legendary story of how Andre got sick of The Ultimate Warrior’s stiff work and responded the best way he knew how.
“He’s supposed to hit Andre with a clothesline; Andre’d tie himself up in the ropes. Back then, if you got tied up in the ropes, couldn’t get free, it was a 10 count. Nobody won or lost. Warrior comes off the ropes 100 miles an hour. Bam! Just knocks the crap out of Andre. Andre ties himself up in the ropes, looks over at Bobby Heenan, goes, ‘Hmmm.’ That’s it.
“Next night, Ultimate Warrior comes off, same spot, 100 miles an hour. Andre — bam! Knocks him smooth out in the middle of the ring. Andre steps over the top rope, leaves. He doesn’t pin the Warrior because Warrior’s the champion; Warrior wins by countout.
“Third night, Ultimate Warrior comes off 100 miles an hour. Hits Andre real nice. Andre ties himself up in the ropes. Andre looks over at Bobby Heenan, goes, ‘He’s learning.'”The Big Show
Andre the Giant stories are just the best, aren’t they?