AEW’s Ric Flair found it ridiculous that Andre the Giant was able to down over 100 beers in one evening when the pair were on the road together.
On a recent edition of the “Rich Eisen Show” podcast, Flair recalled traveling with the late wrestler who due to his gigantism, was able to consume large amounts of alcohol. He said,
“I was with him one night at the Downtown in Charlotte in ’74 or ’75 when he drank 106 beers. Here’s what happened. It was getting so ridiculous, he was having one after another and he was with Frank Valois [Andre’s manager], myself, and a guy named Ivan Koloff, and we were there drinking and pretty soon the bartender just said, ‘I’m not believing this. Let me separate this out,’ cause Andre was drinking one beer and everybody else was drinking [another.]
“I think he was drinking like regular Miller not Miller Lite, [it] wasn’t around then, and we were drinking something else so he just separated it out. Frank Valois drank 56 and Andre drank 106. That’s from 10 o’clock until like 4 in the morning.”
Flair recalled another story in which the two were on a plane to Japan and Andre drank every bottle of Vodka on the flight.
Andre the Giant passed away in his native France in January 1993 and became the first WWE Hall of Famer that same year.
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Ric Flair Recalls Andre the Giant’s Legendary Drinking Feats
In the world of professional wrestling, larger-than-life characters are not uncommon. However, few have left a mark as significant as Andre the Giant. Known for his immense size and strength, Andre was a beloved figure in the wrestling industry. But it wasn’t just his wrestling skills that made him legendary; it was also his ability to consume copious amounts of alcohol.
Recently, AEW’s Ric Flair shared some fascinating stories about his time on the road with Andre the Giant. Flair revealed that he once witnessed Andre downing an astonishing 106 beers in a single evening. The incident took place at the Downtown in Charlotte in either 1974 or 1975.
Flair recounted the event, saying, “It was getting so ridiculous, he was having one after another, and he was with Frank Valois [Andre’s manager], myself, and a guy named Ivan Koloff, and we were there drinking. Pretty soon, the bartender just said, ‘I’m not believing this. Let me separate this out,’ cause Andre was drinking one beer and everybody else was drinking [another].”
Flair clarified that Andre was drinking regular Miller beer, as Miller Lite wasn’t available at the time. Meanwhile, the rest of the group was consuming a different brand. The bartender decided to separate the beers to keep track of the astonishing number Andre was consuming. In the end, Frank Valois drank 56 beers, while Andre managed to consume a mind-boggling 106 beers from 10 o’clock at night until 4 in the morning.
But that wasn’t the only incredible drinking feat attributed to Andre the Giant. Flair also shared a story about a plane ride to Japan where Andre reportedly drank every bottle of vodka on the flight. This further emphasized Andre’s ability to consume alcohol in massive quantities.
Sadly, Andre the Giant passed away in January 1993 in his native France. However, his legacy lives on, and he was posthumously inducted into the WWE Hall of Fame later that same year.
The stories shared by Ric Flair provide a glimpse into the larger-than-life persona of Andre the Giant. His ability to consume such vast quantities of alcohol was a testament to his unique physiology, as his gigantism allowed him to handle alcohol in a way that most people couldn’t.
While it’s important to note that excessive alcohol consumption is not something to be celebrated, Andre’s drinking feats have become legendary tales within the wrestling community. They serve as a reminder of the extraordinary character that Andre the Giant was both inside and outside the ring.
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