For over thirty years, The Undertaker devoted himself to entertaining fans at the cost of his own physical well-being, solidifying his status as a living legend for numerous reasons. His impact on the world of professional wrestling remains unmatched, setting him apart as an unparalleled influencer. He has also been a part of the industry’s top stars, which include Andre The Giant.
Standing at a towering height of seven-foot-four and weighing in at 520 pounds, Andre The Giant was undoubtedly one of the most formidable wrestlers in history. Yet, his larger-than-life persona extended far beyond the ring, as his legendary tales often centered on his extraordinary alcohol intake and fascinating personal life.
Most wrestlers would envy the career of ‘The Deadman,’ who has worked with countless WWE Superstars over the years. While he has no major regrets after retiring from the ring, he recently admitted to one missed opportunity that still weighs on his mind.
Despite having faced off against many of WWE’s biggest names, The Undertaker revealed that he had a particular fondness for wrestling smaller, more agile opponents like Rey Mysterio, who will soon be inducted into the WWE Hall of Fame. However, he also lamented never having the chance to work with one of the biggest men in wrestling history: the late Andre The Giant.
Andre was known for his dislike of other wrestlers who shared his stature, but The Undertaker recently stated in an interview with Ariel Helwani that he had a good relationship with the former WWE Tag Team Champion.
Tragically, Andre The Giant passed away in January 1993 at the age of only 46 due to congestive heart failure. The Undertaker recently shared with Ariel Helwani that he regrets never having had the opportunity to work with the legendary wrestler, who was affectionately referred to as ‘Boss’ backstage.
“Oh, my gosh, he’ll. So you know, Andre didn’t like big guys, for most part and for some reason, he loved me. When I came in, he was he was right there at the end and he was working just a little bit, his knees and his back were really, really bad.
But he had always had this idea, I’d come into the dressing room I say, “Hey, Boss, how you doing today” and he would say “oh, good. kid, one day, me and you we make big money.” I was like really boss? He goes, “Yeah, I’ve got a good idea”. I said, “Oh, well, let me hear about it.” “No, no, no,” he was so old school like he would never tell me.
I never got to work with him. That is a huge regret. I would have loved just to been in the ring with Andre. Yeah, I remember meeting him as a young kid in Houston, for Paul Bosch went to the Sam Houston Coliseum there in Houston and I don’t know, I might have been 12 years old. You know, shook his hand and was just like, I can’t believe his hand was that big and then, you know, all those years later to be in the same dressing room with him. It was very cool. It was real surreal.”
Andre The Giant also once no sold Jake Roberts’ snake biting him. Andre will forever remain one of the most beloved pro wrestlers of all time and his stories continue to inspire many and that’s all that matters.