Much has been said about the life and career of Andre The Giant. Stories have been told about his fun-loving and kind nature, while others have told about his intolerant views or negative things he did.
One story that is oft told about the Frenchman is a clash with fellow wrestler Bad News Brown. Brown was one of the top black wrestlers in the 1980s, a time rife with racism.
Andre The Giant was said to have been saying racist things during a WWF bus tour back in the day. AEW star Don Callis spoke about the story on an episode of Talk is Jericho, detailing how a fight almost broke out that forced the bus to a standstill.
“Brown said Andre was making kind of comments or jokes or whatever, slurs. And Bad News was like, ‘Hey, Andre, I don’t appreciate that! Can you keep that s–t to yourself?’
And Andre goes, ‘hey, News, f–k you!’ So News is like, ‘well, I’m not going to take that.’ [Brown]’s like, ‘get your big ass off this bus!’ and he’s trying to get Andre to go outside.
And News told me, he’s like, ‘look, as a shoot, I don’t know what would have happened. He probably would have killed me.’ He’s like, ‘but he would have had to do it’. So he challenges Andre [but] Andre won’t get off the bus, so it kind of gets squashed.”Don Callis about Andre The Giant and Bad News Brown
That has been the accepted version of the story, with many people corroborating it. However, Hulk Hogan has shared his views and experiences at that time on what he saw on the infamous bus ride.
Allegedly sat between Brown and Andre, Hulk Hogan saw and heard everything. He claims that while Andre The Giant did make a racist joke on the bus, the confrontation did not happen as spectacularly.
Instead, he claimed that Brown barely spoke up and mumbled under his breath at Andre. Andre then threatened to shove a potential weapon somewhere a weapon should not be shoved, and that was the end of the confrontation
Speaking during a sit-down interview with Australian TV-show “The Voice“, Hulk Hogan had this to say about the Andre The Giant vs Bad News Brown incident.
Let me address the Bad News Brown story first.
Not true at all. Andre was telling a joke with the N-word and Bad News Brown as sitting in front of me. Bad News Brown mumbled something under his voice;
‘That’s not too damn funny, Andre.’
Bad News Brown started to go into his bag with his hand. He had a little satchel, like a purse, over his shoulder. I guess you’d call it a man purse. Back in the day, I’d never seen one before.
So, he had the satchel over his shoulder. He went into his bag to get something – probably not a weapon.
And Andre said, ‘you know, if you’re pulling something out like a weapon, I’m gonna stick it up your ass’.
But the bus was never stopped, he never called him out. I’ve heard so many versions of the story, but I was on the bus, I was sitting between them. That’s all there is too it.
While it seems like Hulk Hogan is taking Andre The Giant’s side in this argument, it is of little shock.
Hogan is famous for his incredibly offensive use of the N-Word, becoming international news when footage of a sex-tape of his was leaked.
However, it wasn’t the act of him having sex with his friends wife that made headlines. Instead, it was his profanity-laden rant about black people that opened people’s eyes to his abhorrent racism.
This is a company run by an alleged rapist and has covered up murders and rapes for decades.
However, the entire thing could all be a lie. Hulk Hogan is famous for the ridiculous amount of lies he has told in his career, including in this video where he claims Andre The Giant was seven foot 4 and 700lbs during their Wrestlemania III clash.
Click the link below to read even more incredible lies by “The Immortal” Hulk Hogan, including his time spent as the bassists in the band Metallica.
Hamish is a writer and podcaster and wrestling fan who is a key part of the Atletifo team.
After playing countless hours of WrestleMania X8 on the Gamecube, he discovered Rey Mysterio getting his head crushed by The Great Khali, and thus a love for professional wrestling was born.
He is also a Media Graduate, as well as writing for multiple sites about Premier League football and the culture of Wales – his home country.