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WWE icon Andre the Giant’s insane drinking records – including 108 beers in 45 minutes

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WWE star Andre the Giant was famous for his legendary matches between the ropes, but he was also a legend behind the bar — holding some really wild unofficial drinking records

Standing at 7ft 4in and weighing over 35 stone, Andre the Giant is one of the most iconic and instantly recognizable wrestlers of all time.

Thousands of people traveled from all over the world just to see The Eighth Wonder of the World up close.

A megastar of the ’70s and ’80s, Andre was famous for feuding with legends like Hulk Hogan, Randy Savage and Ted DiBiase.

But behind the scenes, he was also famous for his drinking skills, able to put away remarkable amounts of alcohol in an incredibly short amount of time.

Sadly, the 500-pounder died of heart failure in 1993, with some of his extraordinary drinking habits contributing to his death.

Here are some of Andre’s most incredible drinking stories – told by those who knew him best.

The rivalry between Hulk Hogan and Andre the Giant defined WWE in the ’80s.

Hogan’s body slamming the Giants during their Wrestlemania 3 bout was an industry-defining moment – but while they were bitter enemies on screen, the two were pals.

During an interview, Hogan shared an almost unbelievable story about Andre’s appetite – revealing that the big man had downed more than 100 beers at the Delta Crown Lounge in less than an hour.

He said: “I’m getting a call. “Hey, boss, I’m at the Tampa airport. I have an hour break.«

“I thought, OK, it’s about 15 minutes from my mom’s house. So I drive across the airport and met him at the Delta Crown Lounge.

“When we sat down we had about 45 minutes before he had to go to the next gate. He drank 108 12-ounce (350 ml) beers.”

The amazing thing about Andre was not only that he could drink an ungodly amount of alcohol, but most of the time nobody even noticed.

Incredibly, the giant would sometimes calm the mood backstage before heading to the ring.

Backstage WWE Producer Gerald Brisco once shared a story about Andre asking to get him six bottles of wine at a show.

“There are many crazy stories about Andre that sound fake, but most are true, especially his drinking,” Brisco said.

“Andre always asked me to get him six bottles of Mateus wine and fill them with ice.

“He would drink those before we went to the ring and no one could tell. One night in Sarasota, Andre travels with us. So we stop and get two boxes of big boys.

“When we got to the Tahitian Inn on Dale Mabry from Sarasota, the two boxes were bone dry.”

In addition to being an icon in the wrestling biz, Andre has made a number of appearances in films, including a cameo in the cult classic The Princess Bride.

After filming wrapped on the film, Andre reportedly racked up a $40,000 bar bill at his hotel, and one of his co-stars, Cary Elwes, revealed another crazy drinking story.

During a visit to a bar, Andre ordered what Elwes described as “The American” – a mix of “different spirits”.

We couldn’t even begin to guess what was in this insidious cocktail, but Elwis said it was “chugging like water” to Andre.

“I’ve never tasted jet fuel,” Elwes said.

“But I imagine it comes very close to the taste. It’s actually very strong and I remember coughing a lot. But for him it was like swallowing water.”

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