ANDRE THE GIANT BACKSTAGE
Name
Andre the Giant
Real Name
Andre Roussimoff
Date of Birth
May 19, 1946
Place of Birth
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Hometown
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Debut
1963
Andre the Giant
Despite not being utilized all that frequently on television, Justin Gabriel was given a spot in the Andre the Giant match at Wrestlemania 30. The belief is that WWE is rewarding him for not making a big fuss about being removed from Royal Rumble 2014 at the last minute. Management likes that he does as he is told backstage.
April 6, 2014
Andre the Giant
As management is still trying to finalize the Andre the Giant memorial battle royal, there were rumors backstage that Ricardo Rodriguez was a candidate to work the match at Wrestlemania 30. However, it appears that WWE has moved away from that. Not only is Rodriguez being utilized as a commentator instead, the company also added Brad Maddox, an on screen character, to the match.
April 4, 2014
Andre the Giant
"The first day he came in that I met him. He came up to me, I said 'Hello sir, I'm Daniel Bryan' and he says, 'Yeah I know who you are. The 'Yes!' thing is awesome.' The little kid in you is saying 'Holy cow! Hulk Hogan just said I'm awesome!' So that's pretty cool. But I haven't talked to him much beyond that. I would actually be interested to just listen to his stories. He has been around for some of the biggest moments in wrestling history. I'd love to ask him about WrestleMania III. That is an iconic moment, not just in wrestling, but in all entertainment Hulk Hogan slamming Andre the Giant. I'd love to ask about Rocky III! All the kind of stuff. Little things that you always wanted to know." - Daniel Bryan on meeting Hulk Hogan backstage
April 2, 2014
Andre the Giant
A video of Antonio Cesaro conducting a backstage interview with Hulk Hogan, who is promoting Wrestlemania 30 and the Andre the Giant memorial battle royal.
March 20, 2014
Andre the Giant
After much speculations about their role at Wrestlemania 30, Cody Rhodes and Goldust have now been confirmed as participants for the Andre the Giant memorial battle royal. There were talks backstage in WWE of giving the brothers a higher profile match on the show, but management has been downplaying their importance over the last several weeks.
March 19, 2014
Andre the Giant
Earlier in the year, it was hard to fathom that 3MB would be working a match at Wrestlemania 30 because Drew McIntyre, Heath Slater and Jinder Mahal have been barely used by WWE in relevant roles. However, all three are now confirmed for the Andre the Giant memorial battle royal. The move should appease Slater a bit, as he has been growing a bit frustrated backstage.
March 19, 2014
Andre the Giant
Since the two of them have worked matches on Monday Night Raw and Smackdown over the last couple of weeks, WWE was concerned about putting Sheamus and Christian into a match at Wrestlemania 30, so there are now people backstage who are pushing for them to be added to the Andre the Giant memorial battle royal instead.
March 12, 2014
Andre the Giant
Andre the Giant and Big John Studd were two of the biggest performers in the entire world of professional wrestling, and the two of them locked horns at Wrestlemania 1. Since Andre was able to slam Studd during the match, he was able to avoid forced retirement and collect a $15000 prize. He handed out the money until Bobby Heenan stole it and ran backstage.
March 31, 1985
Bray Wyatt
Those that watched Monday Night Raw last week saw John Cena being booked dominantly against Bray Wyatt, Luke Harper and Erick Rowan. It has now been revealed that Vince McMahon was the person behind all of that. Someone backstage had informed McMahon that a lot of WWE fans were mocking Cena for being dominated, so McMahon has decided to build Cena back up again.
August 28, 2014
Zack Ryder
There might be some backstage heat towards Zack Ryder. After working the live events this week for the company, he noted that he was flying back to New York. He also stated that he was not sick, which has led many fans to believe that this involves some sort of disciplinarian issues. WWE usually flies in performers for Monday Night Raw and Smackdown, even if they're not being utilized on television.
August 25, 2014
Dolph Ziggler
Rumors are floating around right now that Miz may have suffered a concussion. The Intercontinental Champion took a very stiff kick to the face from Dolph Ziggler in a match in Fresno. Afterwards, he appeared to be quite dazed and requested the assistance of a trainer to help get backstage. WWE has yet to issue an official statement, so we will have to wait until Monday Night Raw for further clues.
August 25, 2014
Randy Orton
There is a little bit of a dilemma backstage in WWE right now when it comes to the Roman Reigns push. Management does not want to put the title on him just yet because they feel that it would be more effective to let him do it at Wrestlemania 31. However, he has gone pretty high up the card already, as Randy Orton is near the top of the ladder. Management will have to figure out what to do with him over the next several months.
August 22, 2014
Kurt Angle
There are rumors floating around right now that Kurt Angle has called Triple H about a possible return to WWE. Reports has surfaced that HHH is not interested in a reunion with the former world heavyweight champion. There is said to be some lingering backstage heat from HHH towards Angle, whose contract with TNA expires in exactly a month from today.
August 21, 2014
Dean Ambrose
There is a split backstage in WWE when it comes to viewing Dean Ambrose as a main event performer. A lot of people in management do not view the former Shield member as someone of that caliber. He also has his supporters, and that group has probably increased in size after his superb performances with Seth Rollins at Summerslam 2014 and Monday Night Raw.
August 21, 2014
Rey Mysterio
There were some talks backstage in WWE of bringing in Rey Mysterio to help do promotions for Summerslam 2014. He lives three hours away in San Diego and is especially popular in southern California. However, that never happened. The shows how bad the relationship is between the two sides, as Mysterio reportedly wants to be free of his contract with the company.
August 21, 2014
Brock Lesnar
Hulk Hogan has a knack for drawing attention. That's why he has made millions of dollars in his career. The former world heavyweight champion has pulled TMZ in and brought extra attention to WWE this week by exaggerating his supposed real life feud with Brock Lesnar. Hogan is pretending to have backstage heat with Lesnar because the former UFC champion called him "grandpa".
August 21, 2014
Bully Ray
Since he has worked himself into shape and became a legitimate main event performer, many are speculating that Bully Ray will be heading to WWE after his contract with TNA expires in a couple of days. However, reports are surfacing that WWE is hesitant to bring him back. Aside from his age, there are those backstage in the company that do not like Bully.
August 21, 2014
Alberto Del Rio
Everyone in the industry now knows that Alberto Del Rio and Rey Mysterio made appearances for AAA at the TripleMania pay per view. The belief is that WWE will be pursuing legal actions against the promotion, as management has been very quiet backstage about the incident. That has led many to believe that lawyers have advised them not to discuss the situation.
August 19, 2014
Vince Russo
Rumors are now floating around that one of the reasons why TNA parted ways with Vince Russo is due to the fact that he interviewed Daffney on his podcast show. There is said to be a good amount of backstage heat towards her because of the lawsuit that she filed against the company a couple of years back. Russo being involved with her is something that reportedly annoyed management.
August 19, 2014
Alberto Del Rio
While a lawsuit against WWE is still being pondered, Alberto Del Rio revealed that several employees, including wrestlers, were witnesses to the backstage incident that took place between he and Cody Barbierri. Of particular note, Del Rio pointed out that Jack Swagger was one of the wrestlers that saw the entire thing unfold. If a lawsuit takes place, then there is a chance that Swagger could be questioned.
August 18, 2014
Bo Dallas
While management has seemingly given up on the Bo Dallas push, they do not appear to be in a rush to give him a release just yet. The belief is that WWE will keep him around for the time being and utilize him as a roster filler. Dallas is considered a good employee who shows up to work and does not cause trouble backstage. Another push seems to be out of the question, though.
August 18, 2014
Jeff Jarrett
Last night, Jeff Jarrett was scheduled to work a match at TripleMania, which is the biggest pay per view by AAA. Unfortunately, though, he was not able to make it. Jarrett had some travel issues due to some bad weather in Texas. There is said to be no backstage heat towards the former world heavyweight champion because he did make the effort to try to get to Mexico for the show.
August 18, 2014
Brock Lesnar
Reports are surfacing that there is some backstage heat between Vince McMahon and Triple H at the moment over the main event of Wrestlemania 31. McMahon wants Brock Lesnar to defend the title against the Rock, as he feels that those two guys would produce the biggest draw of a match for WWE. HHH, however, wants the company to elevate Roman Reigns by having him challenge Lesnar.
August 18, 2014
Bully Ray
Rumors are floating around right now that Bully Ray has informed the TNA locker room that he will be leaving the company. That comes as a shock because the former world heavyweight champion had been gaining a bit of power backstage. His contract expires in September, and negotiations are said to be ongoing. The company has been locking up a handful of wrestlers over the last few weeks, so it's not impossible for them to work out another contract with Bully.
August 17, 2014
Alberto Del Rio
As expected, WWE has instructed their performers to remain silent if they are asked about the backstage incident that led to the release of Alberto Del Rio. When asked by the media, Sheamus explicitly stated that he knew nothing of the situation, even though most everyone in the company is aware of what happened. Management does not want to run the risk of starting a legal battle with Del Rio.
August 17, 2014
Bully Ray
In a sign of how much power he has gained backstage, Bully Ray was recently put in charge of a talent meeting to explain to the performers that TNA was still going to remain in business. The former world heavyweight champion has been given access to details of the negotiations that the company has undertaken with the various television networks.
August 17, 2014
Dixie Carter
While the widespread assumption is that Spike and TNA have parted ways, the two sides still remain in negotiations on a new television contract. Executives from the network were backstage at the recent taping of Impact Wrestling. There were also representatives from other television networks on hand as well, as they are interested in doing a deal with Dixie Carter.
August 17, 2014
Alberto Del Rio
It looks like Alberto Del Rio will not be joining TNA or Global Force Wrestling after all. During a media appearance, the former world heavyweight champion revealed that he cannot wrestle in the United States for approximately a year. The belief is that he breached his contract with WWE when the backstage incident took place. That reportedly enables the company to ban him from working for another wrestling promotion.
August 16, 2014
Ultimate Warrior
"He's definitely a legendary guy that deserves to be in the WWE Hall of Fame, I'm glad he got to go in when he was still alive. I always respected him as a performer, some of his matches were pretty quick I remember he came in the Winnipeg arena once and beat Andre the Giant in 30 seconds, at the time I was like, 'What a rip off! That sucks.' But I remember Wrestlemania 6 where he had a classic with Hulk Hogan, much like a lot of guys from that time period he had good matches when he had the right opponent." - Chris Jericho on Ultimate Warrior as a performer
April 29, 2014
Paul Heyman
A video from Monday Night Raw, where Hulk Hogan presents the Andre the Giant memorial battle royal award to Antonio Cesaro. This was the segment where Cesaro informs Zeb Colter that he is now a Paul Heyman guy, which prompts an attack from former tag team partner Jack Swagger.
April 10, 2014
Andre the Giant
Amid conflicting rumors about his availability and health, Christian actually ended up missing Wrestlemania 30 last night. The former world heavyweight champion was supposed to work the Andre the Giant battle royal, but was removed at the last minute because doctors could not clear him from the concussion that he sustained last month.
April 7, 2014
Sheamus
Several WWE stars stepped into the ring to try to win the Andre the Giant memorial battle royal at Wrestlemania 30. Alberto Del Rio and Sheamus both made it to to the final four, but they ended up eliminating one another. Antonio Cesaro captured the trophy by incredibly lifting up the Big Show for a body slam and tossing him over the top rope.
April 6, 2014
Andre the Giant
According to online betting websites, Alexander Rusev is the heavy favorite to win the Andre the Giant memorial battle royal at Wrestlemania 30. WWE officials have been trying to think of a way to make his debut strong, and this could be how they kick start his push. Expect him to be featured on Monday Night Raw, where he might finally have a match.
April 6, 2014
Andre the Giant
Last year, WWE unveiled an Andre the Giant statue, which impressed a lot of fans and wrestlers alike, and it looks like the company might be making it an annual thing. At an Axxess event during Wrestlemania 30 week, Triple H unveiled a new Bruno Sammartino statue. The legendary former world champion was there in attendance as well.
April 5, 2014
Erick Rowan
There is still a strong push within WWE to add Luke Harper and Erick Rowan to the Andre the Giant memorial battle royal match, as many feel that they have done a good job throughout the past several months. However, some in management feel that being involved in the match with John Cena and Bray Wyatt at Wrestlemania 30 is enough of a reward for them.
April 4, 2014
Christian
While the company may be promoting the fact that anyone can win the Andre the Giant memorial battle royal at Wrestlemania 30, WWE officials really only have a small number of candidates for the role. Guys like Dolph Ziggler and Christian, despite being former world heavyweight champions, really do not stand much of a chance of walking away with the trophy.
April 4, 2014
Adrian Neville
Since management still is trying to figure out a way to get the WWE NXT guys involved at Wrestlemania 30, there is a chance that Sami Zayn and Adrian Neville could be given one of the three remaining spots in the Andre the Giant memorial battle royal at the pay per view on Sunday. Rob Van Dam is a strong candidate to take a spot as well.
April 3, 2014
Hulk Hogan
A video of the greatest moments in Wrestlemania history as portrayed in the WWE 2K14 video game. One of the featured spots, as expected, is when Hulk Hogan body slams Andre the Giant at Wrestlemania 3.
April 3, 2014
Sting
"Right now the Big Show or Big E. Langston have a good chance to win it. But if something crazy happens like Sting or Ultimate Warrior show up, anything could happen." - Hulk Hogan teasing fans about a shocking appearance at Wrestlemania 30 during the Andre the Giant memorial battle royal
April 3, 2014
Sheamus
A video of the wild brawl that took place when Roddy Piper hosted his Piper's Pit segment on Monday Night Raw. The segment featured several WWE performers, including Big Show, Rey Mysterio, Miz, Sheamus and others who are set to compete in the Andre the Giant memorial battle royal at Wrestlemania 30.
April 2, 2014
Wade Barrett
In a rather interesting bit of news, Wade Barrett is not currently scheduled to work a match at Wrestlemania 30, despite being given television time over the last several weeks. There is a chance that he might receive one of the final three spots in the Andre the Giant memorial battle royal if WWE is unable to find others to fill the role.
April 1, 2014
Rob Van Dam
There are rumors floating around right now that Rob Van Dam might be one of the surprise entrants in the Andre the Giant memorial battle royal at Wrestlemania 30. He and WWE have been trying to figure out a way for him to make his return, and when this match was announced, it opened the possibility of him returning sooner than expected.
April 1, 2014
Brad Maddox
In a move that was not expected whatsoever, Brad Maddox announced on the Monday Night Raw kickoff show that he will be wrestling at Wrestlemania 30. The on screen character, who was actually trained as an in ring performer, will be one of the contestants in the Andre the Giant memorial battle royal on the pay per view.
March 31, 2014
Andre the Giant
Since management has been unable to figure out a way for him to make his long awaited return, there are now rumors that Evan Bourne could be one of the guys to take the four remaining spots in the Andre the Giant memorial battle royal at Wrestlemania 30. The high flying performer was initially scheduled for Royal Rumble 2014, but WWE pulled him from the big match.
March 27, 2014
Brodus Clay
While he has been training especially hard over the last couple of months to make it happen, it is being said that the biggest reason why Brodus Clay is being given a match at Wrestlemania 30, where he will be a participant in the Andre the Giant battle royal, is because of his involvement in the new Scooby Doo movie that WWE is promoting.
March 26, 2014
Alexander Rusev
Earlier this week, WWE announced the participants in the Andre the Giant battle royal that is taking place at Wrestlemania 30. The company left four open spots for surprise entrants and as a way to buy themselves time on making the decisions. A strong rumor is that Alexander Rusev will be taking one of those spots and be given a decent push in the match.
March 26, 2014
Alberto Del Rio
WWE has announced that the Andre the Giant memorial battle royal will consists of Alberto Del Rio, Big E Langston, Big Show, Brodus Clay, Christian, Cody Rhodes, Damien Sandow, Darren Young, Dolph Ziggler, Drew McIntyre, Fandango, Goldust, Great Khali, Heath Slater, Jinder Mahal, Justin Gabriel, Kofi Kingston, Mark Henry, Miz, R Truth, Rey Mysterio, Santino Marella, Sheamus, Sin Cara, Titus ONeil and Zack Ryder. There are also four spots available for last minute entrants.
March 25, 2014
Erick Rowan
WWE is expected to confirm at least 20 of the 30 participants in the Andre the Giant memorial battle royal at Wrestlemania 30. Interestingly enough, neither Erick Rowan nor Luke Harper are on that list. The two of them were expected to be given a match at the pay per view by management, in order to capitalize on the heat that they received by being with Bray Wyatt.
March 20, 2014