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Bobby “The Brain” Heenan and Hulk Hogan [2013]

Man, this is about as sad a photo as it gets. Bobby Heenan, one of pro wrestling’s greatest talkers, has throat cancer. You can actually see the pain in Hogan’s eyes as he looks at his long-time friend. But, as Heenan said himself, “If the late, great Gorilla Monsoon couldn’t shut me up, cancer isn’t going to either!”

Andre was different. We were on the plane one morning, we’re sitting in first class, and he wants to pull the arm rest up. He wanted a little more room. Plus, Andre used to have a couple of uh… eye openers in the morning just to keep his shooting hand straight. So the waitress comes by, and he’s pulling at the arm rest, and she says, “Can I get you something?” and he says “Screwdriver.” So, about 10 minutes later, she comes back with a Black And Decker screwdriver! Andre says, “What would you have brought me if I’d said ‘Bloody Mary’?”

I said, “Ma’am, could I talk to you for a minute?” So I took her back into the gallery, I said “This is something that’s gonna help you in your aeronautical job. Uh, when a man gets on the plane and it’s 7 in the morning, and he’s 7 feet tall, and he’s 550 pounds, and he’s tanked…  DO NOT BRING HIM TOOLS.” [x]