André the Giant was known for his gigantic physique and his reign as a WWE champion a few decades back. But not many people might know about his inhuman drinking abilities. The French pro wrestler, born André René Roussimoff apparently drank 119 beer cans at one point in his life, reports Thrillist. The famed wrestler sadly passed away in 1993 due to congestive heart failure which many believe could have been aggravated by his alcoholism.
The late wrestler, who also earned the title of The Eighth Wonder of the World stood at an astonishing height of 7ft 4in. He had a successful career inside the ring throughout the 1970s and 80s and was also known for his professional feud with Hulk Hogan. But behind the camera, he was fast friends with Hogan. According to Daily Star, Hogan revealed André's insane drinking habits during an interview, and we can barely wrap our heads around this story.
Hogan revealed that "André downed more than 100 beers in less than an hour at the Delta Crown Lounge." "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 15 minutes or so from my mom’s house." Hogan recounted the incident and added, "So I drive over to 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 (350 ml) beers."
Sure enough, people in the wrestling business and those who were close to André knew about his bizarre drinking habits, and there are many more people who have an interesting story to share about the late wrestler. The founder of the American Wrestling Association, Bobby Heenan also wrote about an encounter with André in his memoir, Bobby the Brain: Wrestling's Bad Boy Tells All.
According to Heenan who passed away in 2017, he was once approached by the bartender at the Marriott Hotel in Kansas City, Missouri. The bartender asked, “Is André here with you this time?” Heenan said, "No." “Oh thank God,” the bartender said. “Last time he was here, I gave him the last call, and he didn’t want to leave. I told him that I could only stay as long as he was drinking.” André apparently retaliated by ordering 40 Vodka Tonics. “He drank them until 4 in the morning,” Heenan wrote. The late professional French wrestler was indeed a force of nature when it came to downing an alarming amount of alcohol, and we can never match up to his level in a casual drinking game at the bar.