The Giant Crushes Hulk Hogan’s Harley-Davison Motocycle with his Monster Truck - WCW Fall Brawl [9/17/1995]
The Giant was a huge thorn at the side of Hulk Hogan at this time as WCW billed him as the real-life son of Andre the Giant who joined the Dungeon of Doom to kill off Hulkamania. Somehow, that act also involved several weeks of The Giant driving his monster truck around everywhere and being a general miscreant… but it did lead to this hilarious moment that took place during the Fall Brawl PRE-SHOW (weird, huh?).
The Giant would make another appearance at the end of the PPV event, only to wring the neck of the Hulkster who was celebrating his War Games victory. This would lead to Hogan donning all black and wearing a neckbrace on television, and the two would eventually meet at Halloween Havoc for a match for the WCW Championship.
Kevin Nash, The Giant, Scott Hall, and Syxx, the nWo - WCW World War 3 [11/24/1996]
A classic shot of the heel stable during what was always my favorite WCW PPV. Unless you were an avid watcher of WCW Saturday Night and WCW Worldwide (which I was), you would have no clue who a majority of the guys were in the three-ring, sixty-men, battle royal main event. In this particular match, the stand-out names that catch my eye are Mr. JL (Jerry Lynn), Jim Powers (notable WWF jobber), The Renegade (WCW’s version of the Ultimate Warrior) and Bunkhouse Buck (who portrayed Jack Swagger’s fictional father on Smackdown in 2010).
Loved these matches. Way better than any dumb Royal Rumble.
nWo Classified - WCW Magazine #37 [April 1998]
In order to sell the split between the WCW organization and the New World Order organization, the nWo had their own little eight-page spread inside of the WCW Magazine. The cover for this feature showcased a scary, botched jackknife powerbomb by Kevin Nash during his match against The Giant at the Souled Out PPV.
If it’s not apparent in the photo, Kevin Nash managed to drop The Giant directly on his neck while (foolishly) attempting his finisher. The botch ended up being played up on television as WCW Officials claimed that Nash purposely tried to break his opponent’s neck and banned the move altogether. Despite the new law, Kevin Nash continued to use the jackknife powerbomb all while calling himself “The Giant Killer”.
The Giant - WCW Magazine #25 [March 1997]
I could do a full write-up about how great The Giant was and how losing him to the WWF was one of the worst mistakes that WCW made, but I rather just say that I really like this photo of the man. As a matter of fact, I wish that there were more photos of WCW guys using this as their backdrop!
I will say that I can still vividly recall what it was like to see The Giant in real life at a WCW Monday Nitro taping. The guy was absolutely intimidating.
Andre the Giant vs Bam Bam Bigelow - WWF at Madison Square Garden [6/25/1988]
I’m not aware of these two having that many one-on-one confrontations during their time in the WWF. It’s a real shame as the video of this match is surprsingly good, even if the whole match was thrown out due to “Hacksaw” Jim Duggan’s interference. As for the card itself, it was completely solid for the New York crowd with the main event being the infamous “Weasel Suit” match between the Ultimate Warrior and Bobby Heenan.
“Reborn Lex Revives WCW” - WCW Magazine #25 [March 1997]
Not gonna lie — seeing Luger get The Giant up for a Torture Rack was pretty damn impressive, especially to a thirteen year old kid who truly believed the guy weighed in at five-hundred and fifty pounds (kayfabe).
Not only is this the WCW PPV featuring the infamous “Yeti” Youtube moment, but it also featured Hulk Hogan vs the Giant in a Sumo Monster Truck competition.
Hogan would end the match up throwing the Giant off of the roof of Cobo Arena.