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Pro-Wrestling Legend Ivan Koloff: I Thought André the Giant Was Gonna Break My Ribs

Even world-heavyweight wrestling champions get spooked in the ring.

Just ask Ivan “The Russian Bear” Koloff, who snagged the WWWF title in 1971.

CAPTION: "He was a good man," Ivan (above) tells us of André. "He turned out to be a good friend."

"He was a good man," Ivan (above) tells us of André. "And in the end, he turned out to be a good friend."

Unfortunately, that was also the era when André the Giant —who’d go on to win the WWF title in 1988 and, five years later, become the first wrestler to be inducted into the WWF’s Hall of Fame—was coming into his own.

Interviewed on Lord Elevation, Ivan recalls doing battle with the man known as the Eighth Wonder of the World.

“André—seven feet tall, 550 pounds, size 26 shoe. I mean, the guy was intimidating. I was Continue reading