Bill Simmons

Bill Simmons talks Andre the Giant documentary

The Hollywood Reporter is featuring an interview with Bill Simmons, the executive producer of the new Andre the Giant documentary that will air on HBO on April 10.

Simmons revealed that during his time with ESPN, one of his first ideas was to do a “30 for 30” episode focusing on Andre the Giant.

“When I started 30 For 30 with Connor [Schell], we made a list of 12 can’t-miss docs and Andre was on that list. We ended up making half the list and there were others we couldn’t make for a variety of reasons — Andre’s being one of them — because the WWE didn’t do anything with other entities then.”

Simmons talked about working with WWE on this HBO documentary project.

“I developed a better relationship with the WWE. In 2015, we (at HBO) tried to convince Vince McMahon to do it. The WWE had their network and created a lot of content, but they also saw the big picture and they saw the value that this is with HBO. And then it unfolded and worked out.”

Paul Heyman on Daniel Bryan’s return

Robbie Fox of Barstool Sports is featuring an interview with Paul Heyman talking about WrestleMania 34 and Daniel Bryan being medically cleared to return to the ring.

Fox noted that Heyman was such a wordsmith that it almost brought him to tears when talking about Bryan getting to wrestle this year at WrestleMania.