The Story Of Andre The Giant vs Akira Maeda

April 22, 2015 | 9 Comments » | Topics: Sports

In one of the strangest REAL moments in Pro Wrestling history, a drunken Andre the Giant (wrestling in Japan) showed what happens when you legitimately don’t want to cooperate with your opponent.

Andre’s opponent, Akira Maeda, was a true tough guy. Known as a “shoot fighter”, Akira would often compete in MMA styled bouts. (This was in 1986; long before MMA became popular.)

In Japan, pro wrestling is taken seriously. At the time, “American style” pro wrestling was considered a lesser form of entertainment.

The drunken Giant, most likely insulted by the attitude of the Japanese wrestlers, decided that he just wouldn’t cooperate against the number two highest rated Japanese superstar.

Akira, being made a fool in front of a sold out arena, decided that he would show Andre who was in charge. However, Andre had other plans.

He brushed off each real kick from Akira, smiled and asked for more. When the opportunity arose, Andre would use his massive girth to put a hurting on his foe. His weight alone could have put Akira permanently out of action. Instead, Andre decided to play around a bit longer. (BTW, at this point, Andre weighed in at a whopping 500+ pounds.)

The few times Akira was able to take the giant down to the floor, Andre was able to make him release his leg locks with a swift boot to the face.

Andre would toy with him, making him think he would actually “work” the match. Instead, he staggered around, acting like Akira’s kicks were nothing more than a mosquito bite. To say that Akira was flustered would be an understatement.

He even went so far as to just stop the attacks, walk over to the owner of the wrestling promotion, and question what was going on.

Seeing no other choice, Akira decided to put every ounce of himself into each kick. Remember, Akira was seen as one of the top wrestlers in Japan. Andre’s actions were seen by Akira, and the owner of the promotion, as an insult.

Again, Andre brushed the kicks off like they were nothing. The owner, Antonio Inoki (who was the #1 wrestler in the promotion), came to the ring to see what the issue was. Andre still refused to cooperate. Both Andre and Akira stop fighting to make insulting comments towards Inoki.

After Andre was taken down by a leg lock, he showed the ultimate insult by laughing at Akira and asking him to cover him for the pin. The match was stopped by the owner of the company and Andre was never invited back to Japan to wrestle for the promotion. Some say that this incident lead to the downfall of the company. The fans in the arena were disappointed and the televised broadcast was never replayed.

The End *Note* The videos of this match are no longer on youtube. There is one listed on another video site but the quality is so poor, it’s not even worth linking. I wish I had a good link for you with the source.

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  • anon

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  • VaultofHorror

    Have you actually watched the match? Or done any research into the background at all? Maeda beat the shit out of Andre, who was pretty well exposed in the process. Andre’s “invulnerability” is one of the industry’s most time-honored myths, and it’s troubling that you could watch this match and come away with the notion that Andre was in control. Have you ever seen a shoot before? What happened is Inoki instructed Andre to teach the difficult Maeda a lesson in humility, and it backfired. Inoki had actually bought into the Andre myth, not realizing a shooter like Maeda could eat him alive. Andre looks strong at first, because Maeda is taken by surprise, but before long he has Andre at his mercy once he realizes Andre is trying to shoot on him. Inoki came down and by that point Andre and Maeda were both confused as to what the hell was going on. Andre laid down to try and get Maeda to pin him and end it, but Inoki wouldn’t allow Maeda to do it, so Maeda legitimately walked away from the match.

    • MightyMule

      I watched and nobody beat the shit out of anybody. Andre was probably drunk judging by how he was moving. If he had wanted he could have taken Maeda out at any time. Your theory is no more correct than any other one floating around out there.

      • Deej

        You are probably one of those marks who thinks Andre was really 7’4″. He was around the same size as the Big Show. The Andre myth that he could lift cars and was superhuman was bogus. He couldn’t fight a lick. Maeda was killing him with those kicks and could have destroyed him any time he wanted. Andre couldn’t fight. He was just big and any trained fighter would kill him. He once shut his mouth when Bad News Brown, a trained Judo expert, told him to shut up. Andre was all myth.

        • Smiley Quokka

          Andre would have destroyed that fool in any kind of real fight, drunk or sober.. He easily did in this fake match. I have seen it have you?

    • wokk

      you must be drunk

    • All DayLong

      What I saw was a huge drunk guy who needed back surgery and the ropes to get up laughing at a guy who tried to hurt him. Andre was no shooter but Maeda couldnt do jack with him on the ground, and he couldn’t kick down a stumbling drunk 7 foot tall guy. This is old, insanely drunk and immobile Andre. If you really think younger sober Andre wouldnt of beaten Maeda to a bloody pulp you have no idea what you are talking about. Dude was too strong, even then in 1986. The Andre myth was no myth.

  • Scott Johnson

    FUCK all you Faggot ass bitches who hate the late great Andre the mothafuckering GIANT!!