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.