However, behind the scenes, the relationship between these two titans of the ring was originally far from friendly.
In a recent revelation, Hogan confessed that he was genuinely terrified of Andre, a fear rooted in the giant’s palpable animosity towards him.
Hulk Hogan and Andre The Giant: The Unsettling Animosity
Hogan’s admission came during his appearance on the This Past Weekend podcast. The wrestling legend candidly shared that Andre’s hostility towards him was so intense that it instilled fear in him.
This fear wasn’t a fleeting emotion but a constant presence during the initial eight or nine years of their professional interaction.
Hogan recalled, “Andre scared me to death. The hardest thing for me was [for] the first 8 or 9 years…he didn’t like me at all and tortured me. When we got in the ring, he showed me how much he didn’t like me.”
The Punishment for Breaking Kayfabe
The animosity wasn’t just psychological. Hogan recounted a chilling incident when Andre punished him for breaking kayfabe, the unspoken rule of maintaining wrestling’s staged narratives.
Hogan had made the mistake of bringing a flight attendant to a match at the Capitol Center in Washington and seating her in the front row without informing Andre.
When Andre heard the attendant cheering for Hogan by his real name, Terry, he realized she was with Hogan.
The giant’s response was brutal. He trapped Hogan’s neck between the ropes, nearly breaking it, and then paraded him around the ring, humiliating him in front of the attendant.