sloopjohnc wrote:I came to the conclusion that my life is pretty pathetic when I was taking a piss at work and was thinking how much I'm looking forward to the Andre the Giant documentary on HBO, premiering tonight.
He was known as "Le Géant Jean Ferré" here before he became André the Giant.
Always fun to watch.
It's a great, affectionate documentary. I recommend it if you like wrestling. They also interview Rob Reiner and his Princess Bride co-stars.
It also gives a pretty good history of pro wrestling. When I was little, I used to watch "Big Time Wrestling" Saturday afternoons. Wrestling was very territorial back then in the US, like 32 different territories from the documentary. Which is way you always saw Pat Patterson (in the documentary), Ray Stevens and Peter Maiva each week.
In my mid 20s, Cable boomed and my roommate and friend at the time used to watch WWF a couple times a week on USA and TBS. That was when Hulk Hogan, Roddy Piper, Randy Savage, George "The Animal" Steele, Jake "The Snake" Roberts, Jesse "The Body" Ventura, Junkyard Dog, and others, including Andre the Giants, were featured on TV. The golden age in my book.