How’s it shaking, Scott?
I was wondering if you could shed some light on something that has always bugged me about Hogan v. Andre at Wrestlemania 3.
From what I remember, the match was hyped on three "facts":
- Hulk and Andre never fought before.
- Andre was undefeated for 20+ years
- Andre had never been slammed
All three are, of course, horse pucky.
So, why had no promoter or wrestler tried to mess with the WWF by unraveling at least one of these lies. Was it respect to Andre? Fear that Vince would blackball/destroy them? I’ve always wondered why there was never even an article in one of the mags with pics of the Showdown at Shea of their first big meeting and a breakdown of how Hulk can survive this time.
There was absolutely coverage in the Apter mags at the time. They did a big thing about the Shea Stadium match and how Vince McMahon was full of crap and basically lying to people about the buildup. It’s just that the WWF machine was able to yell louder. But given that everyone, even casual fans for the most part, knew that it was built on nonsense and still bought the show anyway, it must have been effective.