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Top 20 WrestleMania moments: No. 3

Hulk Hogan vs. Andre The Giant (WrestleMania III, 1987)

To truly enjoy this match, which took place before an announced crowd of 93,173 at the Pontiac Silverdome in Michigan, one can’t let the facts get in the way of a good story line. Even though Hogan and Andre had faced each other numerous times in the pre-Hulkamania era, and even though Andre wasn’t really undefeated, WWE promoted this match as an epic, once-in-a-lifetime battle between the reigning champion and his former friend, the unbeatable giant.

At that stage of his career, Andre couldn’t do much in the ring, but the match had been built up so well and was so highly anticipated that the crowd was incredibly forgiving. Andre methodically remained on the offensive for much of the match before Hogan made his famous comeback. Hogan stunned Andre and then scooped him up and delivered the body slam heard around the world. “The Hulkster” followed up with his legdrop finisher and pinned The Giant to a thunderous ovation. Having watched Andre wrestle for 14 years at that point, it was the first time I had ever seen him slammed or pinned.

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