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Hulk Hogan says Andre the Giant drank 108 beers in 45 minutes
As if wrestling doesn’t already struggle with plausibility issues, Hulk Hogan (nee Terry Gene Bollea) told some unbelievable stories on the “Toucher and Rich” show on Boston radio Wednesday morning.
The tales of Andre the Giant’s drinking escapades are as legendary as those of his enormous size. Depending if you asked his doctor or Mean Gene Okerlund, the late Giant (nee André René Roussimoff) was anywhere from 6-9 to 7-4 and between 400 and 700 pounds.
When prompted about Giant’s consumption, Hulk said:
“You’ve got to realize, brother, he was 7-4 and he went between 500 and 700 pounds depending on how he ate, his health and stuff like that. I’ve got two quick stories for you. The first one I was in Tampa — and once we became friends after he destroyed me for about eight years and I finally won him over — he was changing planes in Tampa. I was over at my mom’s house visiting and I get a call. ‘Hey boss I’m at the Tampa airport. I’ve got a one-hour layover.’ I was like, “OK,” it’s fifteen minutes or so from my mom’s house. So, I drive over the airport and I met him at the Delta Crown Lounge. By the time we sat down we had about 45 minutes before he had to walk to the next gate. He drank 108 12-ounce beers.”
That’s a beer every 25 seconds. I’m guessing the bartender won employee of the month.
Hulk also told a story of Andre drinking 12 bottles of powerful wine in his native France on a three-hour bus ride. In the morning!
Hogan, who has worked with hundreds of athletes in thousands of matches, said the best athlete he ever performed with was former Bulls star Dennis Rodman.
“Without a doubt, the best I have ever seen with balance and timing,” Hogan said of Rodman.
“Rodman came in and it was during when the Bulls were in the playoffs. He was supposed to be practicing with the team and I got Phil Jackson calling me going ‘Where the hell is Rodman?’ — he just didn’t show up to practice anymore and was down with us working in the ring wrestling.
“He didn’t take it serious [at practice]. He would show up after partying all night and his head wasn’t in the game, but when that red light came on and we were actually in the ring in front of 20,000 people he was spot on. I couldn’t believe how good he was under pressure. I guess it was the same thing with basketball.”