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March 28, 2008

Top 20 WrestleMania moments: No. 3

Hulk Hogan vs. Andre The Giant (WrestleMania III, 1987)

To truly enjoy this match, which took place before an announced crowd of 93,173 at the Pontiac Silverdome in Michigan, one can’t let the facts get in the way of a good story line. Even though Hogan and Andre had faced each other numerous times in the pre-Hulkamania era, and even though Andre wasn’t really undefeated, WWE promoted this match as an epic, once-in-a-lifetime battle between the reigning champion and his former friend, the unbeatable giant.

At that stage of his career, Andre couldn’t do much in the ring, but the match had been built up so well and was so highly anticipated that the crowd was incredibly forgiving. Andre methodically remained on the offensive for much of the match before Hogan made his famous comeback. Hogan stunned Andre and then scooped him up and delivered the body slam heard around the world. “The Hulkster” followed up with his legdrop finisher and pinned The Giant to a thunderous ovation. Having watched Andre wrestle for 14 years at that point, it was the first time I had ever seen him slammed or pinned.

Posted by Kevin Eck at 12:27 AM | | Comments (8)
Categories: Top 20 WrestleMania moments


Pun inteneded it was a feat of gigantic proportions.I think the biggest question was whether or not the Hulk could slam him.Definitely one of my all time favorites because outside or the ring,Andre was one of the nicest people you'd ever meet.

I thought for sure you'd have this higher, but I can't disagree. There are two spots left, and I can only think of two matches that could possibly go in either spot. Both of them were within the last ten years, though, so maybe you've got a different match or two in mind, since you definitely know more about wrestling history than I do.

Watching this as a ten year old on closed circuit was amazing. It's funny to think that a week from now most of the crazy bumps and spots from this Sunday's Money in the Bank match will be long forgotten, but 21 years later people still talk about Hogan bodyslamming Andre. The story of the match was so simple. Hogan tries to slam Andre and fails, almost getting pinned in the process. Then after taking a beating from the Giant, Hogan gathers the strength, slams Andre and pins him. One other thing that really stood out to me was Jesse Ventura putting Hogan over on commentary after the match. I remember my dad and I talking about that on our drive home.

I was sure this was # 1, There has to be something I'm forgetting, because for me there wasn't a single wrestlemania moment bigger than this match.

Well, I was almost sure this would be number 1. Suspense will be building to sunday for two reasons.

1. I'll be at Wrestlemania 24!!!

2. Kevin's Number 1 pick.

I remember ringside seats were only $100 back then. To this day, Andre won that match within the first minute! Hogan attempted a body slam and Andre just collapsed on top of Hogan. Hogan did not beat the 3 count, but the show had to continue. Hopefully, Wrestlemania XXIV will be just as memorable.

I remember watching this at the Towson Center. I was a little sad because I always liked Ande and was already tired of Hogan. But still one of the greatest moments of the sport.

This is one of the moments I most remember. There was a very talented wrestler, the best worker in the buisness, who finaly got his moment. Winning the World Title in the main event at Madison Square Garden. I remember the emotion he showed, and how happy I was to see him have his time. He gave me many enjoyable moments over the years, and while an unexcuseable incident is what he will be remembered for, I will always remember his win at WM20.

i'll never forget Gorilla Monsoon's eloquent description of the forthcoming match...."It's the irresistible force meeting the immovable object."

Wow....that's good.

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