I love indie wrestler Colt Cabana’s podcasts. I don’t get to listen to them as often as I’d like, but when I do, I’m vastly entertained. Cabana has a real knack for bringing out behind-the-scene stories from his guests.
Case in point: His recent podcast with “Million Dollar Man” Ted DiBiase, one of the best heels from the 1980s. DiBiase recalled when Bam Bam Bigelow debuted in the WWF in 1987 with a bad attitude.
According to DiBiase, Andre the Giant took issue with Bigelow’s disposition.
“Andre kind of roughed him in up in a match,” DiBiase told Cabana. “I remember it because it was in the Garden in New York.”
DiBiase was lacing boots in the MSG dressing room for match with Randy Savage, and Bigelow stormed in after the match, grabbed his bags, and said he quit.
Andre came in later and said, “I taught him a lesson,” as retold by DiBiase.
Intrigued by this claim, I went to the awesome The History of WWE website, and indeed Bigelow and Andre fought at MSG in June 1988, just prior to Bigelow leaving the WWF. There is no mention on the site of any lack of cooperation occurring during the match, although Andre could have hidden any potato shots or other unfriendly behavior.
We have no way of knowing whether DiBiase is embellishing things, which seems to happen a lot with wrestlers, but Andre was well-known for taking liberties with people he didn’t like — and he was also known for being unpleasant in general towards the end of his career.