By Alexia Tamblyn, BuzzFeed News”You might not want to take a shot at him, but you certainly shouldn’t underestimate his strength,” the bodybuilder’s trainer told me, when asked about the former world champion who lost a leg to a falling ceiling in a wrestling match.
I’d heard this before.
In fact, this was the story that the former pro wrestling champion’s trainer had told me on several occasions.
It was the one that he had been told repeatedly during the years of his wrestling career, that the man had been the most powerful wrestler in the world.
The legend was on his way out, he’d tell me.
But he was still alive, and his body still gave him the strength to keep going.
The story, the trainer said, was “not true.”
I’d met the man when he was the number one bodybuilder in the United States.
His name was Andre, and he was 6 feet 4 inches tall and weighed in at 180 pounds.
He also had a history of medical problems.
His leg had been shattered by an unknown fall while training at the age of 17, leaving him with a fractured skull and fractured pelvis.
In 2003, a surgeon removed a portion of his leg and, two years later, a new one was put in.
But the new leg wasn’t strong enough to support the weight of the old one, so Andre, who was still in school at the time, began to get sicker and sicker.
The injury continued to bother him, until his doctor finally said that he’d lost his strength, and that he would need to retire.
At the time I’d been told that Andre had just lost the strength he’d been building up with his training, and had started to feel his age, and was now “overweight.”
I told Andre that I was glad he had found strength, because I had a friend in the gym who was also struggling with bodybuilding, and we talked about his struggles and his struggles with the fact that his body was so fragile.
“You don’t need to do anything drastic,” the doctor told me.
“Your body is strong.
You can do anything you want with it.
You don’t have to go in and try to fix it.”
It was only later that I realized that, yes, I was right.
The man was still around.
And in many ways, he had always been.
In the days leading up to his death, he was a fixture in the city of Louisville, Kentucky, and, by his own admission, he loved to compete.
He would go into the ring with his father, wrestle with his brother and, once, wrestle a match with the former WWE champ, John Cena.
“I’ve never fought anyone bigger than John Cena,” Andre told me recently, referring to the match.
“It’s a fight that I’ve been in for a long time.”
The story that Andre told that the trainer was telling me was that he was always ready for an opponent, and would fight anyone, whether it was a 6-foot-4-inch man or a 5-foot 6-inch woman.
But there was one guy who Andre had never seen before.
When Andre had a chance to see him, he said that the young man was “a freak.”
When I asked the trainer why, he told me that, “in wrestling, people can’t just be what they look like.”
The man looked like Andre was looking at him.
“He had no clothes on, no hair,” Andre recalled.
“His body was just so perfect.
He was so skinny.”
Andre said that as soon as he met the young pro wrestler, “he was like, ‘Oh, my god, I love you.'”
“He said, ‘My name is Andre.
I’m from the world of bodybuilding.
You are the best in the whole world.'”
Andre, in a way, was reliving the story of the young wrestling champion, who had been just a few months older than him, and who had fought in the WWE Championship Tournament, which was just a couple months away.
Andre and his brother, Mark, competed in the tournament with the title of World Heavyweight Champion, a title that Andre would never hold.
“We had a great year in Louisville,” Andre said.
“But I was not the biggest guy, so I had to do what I did best: go to the ring, take on the world champion and get it over with.
I don’t know how many times I had the title up in the air before it finally went up for grabs.”
When the tournament ended, Andre was able to reclaim his title and the belt from Cena, who he had defeated before.
The world championship was handed down, and the two wrestlers went their separate ways.
“When he got it, I think I had tears in my eyes,” Andre later told me of his reaction.
“This was a guy that I knew for