Ringmaster: Vince McMahon and the Unmaking of America by Andrew Riesman:
The weight of André’s enormous bones was destroying his legs, and he had to wear a back brace under his black, single-strapped caveman leotard. His face was pale, his teeth stained, his eyes half-dead. However, his dreadful appearance only added to the intended effect of making André look like he'd sold his soul.
After about eleven minutes of lackluster grappling, all of which was rewarded with enthusiasm by the crowd, Hogan managed to lift André’s enormous body—at that point, about 550 pounds—just barely high enough that he could then invert the man and slam him into the mat. Hogan went for the pin. One, two, three—it was over. The masses exploded with joy.