Hulk Hogan will have you believe he was the last man to wrestle Andre the Giant, when he slammed him to win the main event of Wrestlemania III. He claimed that Andre died soon after the event (among a number of incredible lies by the WWE Hall of Famer), despite him wrestling for another 6 years before passing away in 1993.
His 1987 loss to Hulk Hogan in the Wrestlemania main event wouldn’t the his last match in his career. It wouldn’t even be Andre’s final match in North America. That honour came in Mexico on 5/17/92, when he teamed with El Canek & Villano III in a victory against the trio of Black Scorpio, Buffalo Allen & Great Kokina. While these names may sound unfamiliar, The Great Kokina would later compete in WWE as Yokozuna, winning the WWE Championship. This match was during Andre’s last UWA tour, a year before his death.
After this tour, he would travel to Japan for the last tour in his life. He went over to Japan to wrestle for All-Japan Pro Wrestling, the company heralded by the legendary Giant Baba and considered one of the biggest promotions in the country. Due to his age, size and failing health, Andre the Giant competed mainly in six-man tag team matches, usually alongside Giant Baba and a third partner. His movement in-ring was limited and he could barely get up off the floor without assistance, so the matches themselves were nothing special to watch and were frankly a bit sad.
Andre the Giant’s last match saw him team with Giant Baba & Rusher Kimura defeat Haruka Eigen, Masanobu Fuchi & Motoshi Okuma on December 4th, 1992. He barely appeared in the match. Andre tagged in at the end to help his side win, hitting only a couple of pained-looking moves. He won the match by hitting his opponent with a poor-looking clothesline, in which he had to hold onto the ring ropes for balance due to his immense size. He then sat on his opponent, once again balancing on the ropes, to get the three count and end his last match with a victory.
Just one month later on Thursday 28 January 1993 in his hotel in Paris, France, Andre the Giant passed away from heart failure. He was soon inducted in the WWE Hall of Fame, which was established after his death and making him the sole inductee for many years. WWE later named a Wrestlemania Battle Royal in his honour, starting at Wrestlemania 30.