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Widow Maker
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I don't believe that there was any talent who was taller than Andre during the time he was around. Perhaps Silo Sam, but he was more of a short term attraction and minor performer, so was hard to take seriously.

Since Andre though there have been at least half a dozen wrestlers as tall if not taller than him. Would he have worked with them had they been around in his prime? Would he have even tried to stop them coming into the same promotion?

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I've read Andre was told never to pose for pictures with anyone taller than him, plus he never liked real tall guys because they took away from his mystique so I think he wouldn't be happy working with guys noticeably taller than him.
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Probably depends on the money to be made and the booking.
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Risk aka Rob
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Well, he worked with Ernie Ladd and he was as tall, some say taller, than Andre though he kept a sort of hunched over position to look smaller than he actually was.

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SteveB
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Ernie Ladd talks about Andre's height:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MjpbMx2RNlA

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Check out their heights at 1:30:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=apl_176Klhs

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I know word is he didn't really like him but Andre worked alot with Studd and Studd was on par with Andre.Baba too for that matter.

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He didn't like Stan Frazier and made McMahon pay him main event money to show up to Uncle Elmer's wedding.

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Could you imagine the Andre/El Gigante 12 star classic?
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Rob from IA
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He worked a tag match with Baba against the Giant Warrior/Butch Masters in Japan (and teamed with Tyler Mayne who is also pretty tall). Warrior is a bit taller than Baba, and Andre is a bit taller than Warrior even after he was so broken down.
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quote:
Originally posted by SteveB:
Check out their heights at 1:30:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=apl_176Klhs

Ladd sold like a MFer. Certainly sold better than anyone else remotely close to his size... Putting Andre's height over was yet another shining example of it. Which is probably why (along with the $$$$$$) Andre tolerated conducting buisness with The Cat.

All of the above imho , of course...

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Someone from Rwanda
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Andre just looked miserable his last few years in the ring.

Had he lasted a little longer, he'd probably have suffered more indignation like being humped by the Yeti.

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Was 6-9 Ernie Ladd's actual height?
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quote:
Originally posted by Someone from Rwanda:
Andre just looked miserable his last few years in the ring.

Had he lasted a little longer, he'd probably have suffered more indignation like being humped by the Yeti.

Only if he survived the fall from the top of the Joe Louis Arena.

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quote:
Originally posted by SteveB:
Ernie Ladd talks about Andre's height:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MjpbMx2RNlA

Ernie kayfabing till the end. Ernie bent his knees while Andre stood up straight. And I think Andre's afro had a good four inches on Ernie's.

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quote:
Originally posted by Liz Hunter's Boyfriend:
Was 6-9 Ernie Ladd's actual height?

Yes. If he hadn't played pro football where it was so public, I bet wrestling would've billed him as seven foot though.

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quote:
Originally posted by Shaving Weezie Jefferson:
quote:
Originally posted by SteveB:
Ernie Ladd talks about Andre's height:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MjpbMx2RNlA

Ernie kayfabing till the end. Ernie bent his knees while Andre stood up straight. And I think Andre's afro had a good four inches on Ernie's.
There's a Mid-South match with Andre/Dusty/JYD vs Ladd/Afa/Sika where Ladd appears to be slightly taller than Andre to me.
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How tall was Chuck Wepner? Wikipedia says 6'5'', though some have said he was 6'7''.

From their match it doesn't look like Andre is that much taller than him, though it was tough to tell with that giant poof of hair Andre had back then.

Maybe before age and the back injuries, Andre was about 6'10''?

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Wilt Chamberlain was a legit 7'1" tall. Here he is next to Andre:

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quote:
Originally posted by Shaving Weezie Jefferson:
Wilt Chamberlain was a legit 7'1" tall. Here he is next to Andre:

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Arnold looks to be about 5-11.
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quote:
Originally posted by Shaving Weezie Jefferson:
quote:
Originally posted by SteveB:
Ernie Ladd talks about Andre's height:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MjpbMx2RNlA

Ernie kayfabing till the end. Ernie bent his knees while Andre stood up straight. And I think Andre's afro had a good four inches on Ernie's.
Ladd was SO much about doing what made for best business, much more than people at that time realized. He probably came up with every way to compromise his own physicality to make Andre still seem as attraction-like big before anyone there brought it up.

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Yak-yak-yak-yak! He wasn't no big dummy, Mr. Message Board Poster!

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quote:
Originally posted by Someone from Rwanda:
How tall was Chuck Wepner?

With or without stepping on someones toes? [Wink]

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quote:
Originally posted by Shaving Weezie Jefferson:
Yak-yak-yak-yak! He wasn't no big dummy, Mr. Message Board Poster!

Ha ha! I would have given anything to have been called a big dummy by The Big Cat!

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I don't know if Ernie Ladd is putting Andre over to keep up the mystique or not but in the match, they looked fairly even sized with maybe an inch difference at most, if that much.



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