Get It Wright Here’s Pro Wrestler of the Week: Andrea the Giant
By Mr. Charity Christopher Annino
When Andrea was a young girl she would watch pro wrestling at grandma’s house in black and white, grandma was a big wrestling fan. Andrea began her athletic career in roller derby, and started wrestling at the age of 39.
It is rumored that Andrea the Giant is the illegitimate daughter of a wrestling legend. “My biological mother said to me she had an affair with a giant who was a wrestler, she never told me who he was but I have a few ideas as to who it could be” said Andrea. Some of the individuals who trained Andrea were Susan Tex Green, Eddie Night Stick Brown and Tony Hang Time James.
Some of Andrea’s finishing moves that she has developed of the years are the Choke slam, Crush slam, GIANT Elbow drop, GIANT Splash, Signature moves Bear hug, Body Slam, Chokehold, DDT, Giant boot, Giant leg drop, Gorilla press slam, Flying clothesline, Head-butt, Sidewalk slam, and Super slam. Andrea has developed herself as a tremendous in ring performer especially for someone of her over 6 ft.
The few years she has been wrestling she has racked up the following championships and accomplishments: February 2013 – AIWF Southwest Woman’s Champion – CROWN Wrestling, October 2012 – Alpha Omega Wrestling Woman’s Champion, September 2012 – AIWF Rockies Woman’s Champion – CROWN Wrestling, May 2012 – Wrestling Alliance of the Rockies (WAR) Women’s Champion, December 2010 – OECW Ladies Champion, February 2010 – RWC Tag Team Champion, and April 2009 – RWC Television Champion.
What do you feel the wrestling industry has changed?
“The work is different today. It’s a quick sell with a big move; it was an art before and having a performance that has a story to it. Years ago the storylines were very entertaining; there wasn’t a tremendous amount of huge moves. Now you just see big moves after move. The audience is not connecting with the wrestlers the way they use to. One of the things that were taught to me is that the audience is the most important thing of the wrestling show. Interacting with them makes a difference.”
What is your view on WWE?
“WWE brought on the sports entertainment factor but at the same time it took away from the story and the characters that the average person could relate to. Too much talk, show me more wrestling!”
Who are and who were some of your favorite wrestlers to watch and why?
“There are two guys I grew up on Andre and Hogan. Andre was a great worker, he did a lot for the sport and when Hogan had that victory, he carried that sport and led everyone else.”
What is the Best Advice you can give if someone wants to get into wrestling?
“Find someone that has a legacy in wrestling if you want to get into wrestling. Anyone that is new to wrestling, it takes a while until you have a clue what to do in the ring. The more you learn and the more you work, the more you will learn to handle those unique elements that happen. For myself I had two wonderful trainers that would bring in folks that are in the industry like Al Snow, Susan Tex Green, and Awesome Kong. By going to all these seminars you gain knowledge and it adds to your performance. Do not get stuck with a back yard pro wrestling promotion. Those people are not trained and you can get hurt seriously.”
What was it like working with Susan Tex Green?
“Susan Tex Green has 40 championships; she is the most underrated individuals in the sport. She is and will be the greatest opponent and teacher I’ve ever met. Knowing I got to work with the best means the world to me.”
What is the worst injury you have gotten in pro wrestling?
“Getting suplexed over and hit an object in the ring snapped my ankle.”
What are a few of your goals in wrestling?
“My goal is to wrestle and put on great performances for the people. I would also like to wrestle for Shimmer and TNA. I will keep on going until my body says it can’t take anymore. I keep on reminding myself that I do this for the fans, and its fun.”