Could you imagine a match between Andre the Giant and The Undertaker?
Andre had the perfect plan to instigate the feud — although he took that secret to the grave.
Billed at 7 feet 4 and weighing over 500 pounds, Andre’s larger-than-life size was the result of gigantism caused by excess growth hormone, which later resulted in acromegaly. It also led to his being called “The Eighth Wonder of the World.”
Andre’s health had become a perpetual issue by the time Undertaker arrived in WWE in November 1990. They could have had a confrontation during the 1991 Royal Rumble Match, but organization officials had to pull Andre from the contest due to a leg injury. Andre, however, hoped to get back in the ring for WWE and had a master plan to have a match with “The Deadman” before he passed away due to congestive heart failure in 1993.
During a rare out-of-character interview last month, Undertaker talked about what could have been with Andre.
“I never got the chance to wrestle Andre. By the time that I got there, his health was really in decline. He wrestled a few times and it was funny because Andre was really old school,” Undertaker told Texas megachurch pastor Ed Young.
“Andre didn’t like big guys either — he loved me, thank goodness. But for most big guys, he thought they were arrogant or bullies or whatnot, but he had his way with a lot of guys that you would be like, ‘Oh, that’s a pretty tough guy,’ [but] Andre would set him straight. Anyway, he liked me and, you know, I guess we always think we got one [match] left in us, you know.”
Undertaker continued, “He’d come in, he’s Andre the Giant. Biggest star that’s ever [been] at that time in wrestling. Worldwide phenomenon, he was always the first guy in the locker room.”
“He was always there, he would love to sit there and play cribbage and I’d come in and say, ‘Hey boss, how you doing today?’ [He’d say], ‘Good. You know, one day, kid, me and you. I have this idea.’ ‘Oh really, boss? Tell me about it.’ And he’d never tell me.”
It was not just The Undertaker whom Andre would not tell — the Giant kept his plan secret until his dying day.
Taker added, “A good friend of mine to this day, his name is Tim White, he drove Andre around, he was one of the referees, and I had asked Tim all the time: ‘Did he ever tell you?’ I would ask and he’d never tell me.
“He was old school in that because he didn’t want anyone else to do it because he thought he was going to get to a point where he could get back in the ring and we could do something that would be a big deal.
“No one knows what it was, but you know, he ended up passing away and he never let me know. I wonder to this day, ‘Man, I bet it was good.’”
You can watch the interview in its entirety below.