Mad Dogs, Midgets and Screw Jobs: The Untold Story of How Montreal Shaped the World of Wrestling [NOOK Book]

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A fascinating history of one of the hottest wrestling territories of all time Montreal was the proving ground for some of the biggest names in wrestling, including Andre the Giant, Abdullah the Butcher, and the infamous Mad Dog Vachon; it was the site of the first midget battle ever; and made famous worldwide for the infamous Survivor Series screw job that saw Vince McMahon, the Heartbreak Kid Shawn Michaels, and Bret Hart create the “attitude” that reshaped the business. Mad Dogs, Midgets and Screw Jobs is the ...
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Mad Dogs, Midgets and Screw Jobs: The Untold Story of How Montreal Shaped the World of Wrestling

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Overview


A fascinating history of one of the hottest wrestling territories of all time Montreal was the proving ground for some of the biggest names in wrestling, including Andre the Giant, Abdullah the Butcher, and the infamous Mad Dog Vachon; it was the site of the first midget battle ever; and made famous worldwide for the infamous Survivor Series screw job that saw Vince McMahon, the Heartbreak Kid Shawn Michaels, and Bret Hart create the “attitude” that reshaped the business. Mad Dogs, Midgets and Screw Jobs is the ultimate guide to Montreal’s legendary place in professional wrestling history. Get the lowdown on all the major wrestlers who made their name in the territory, from Yvon Robert, the Rougeaus, and Gino Brito to Édouard Carpentier. With a detailed account of the promotional war between the Rougeaus’ AllStar Wrestling and the Vachons’ Grand Prix, a complete history of how wrestling developed on Montreal TV, and an investigation of the murder of Dino Bravo, this book demonstrates how much of what has happened in wrestling, just may have happened first in Montreal.
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"Awesome.  Great interviews with all the key players from different eras. It's like every time I get near the book it drags me into opening it and the next thing I know it's an hour later." —www.f4wOnline.com

"Mad Dogs, Midgets, and Screw Jobs is an informative and entertaining read for any professional wrestling buff. Laprade and Hébert's well-researched text shows the evolution of the world of wrestling in the city of Montreal, which has been the focal point of Canadian pro wrestling history." —www.slam.canoe.ca

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781770902961
  • Publisher: ECW Press
  • Publication date: 2/1/2013
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 440
  • Sales rank: 927,583
  • File size: 19 MB
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Meet the Author


Pat Laprade is the creator of the first Quebec wrestling Hall of Fame and yearly awards. He contributes to the websites for SLAM! Sports wrestling and the "Wrestling Observer." He lives in Montreal, Quebec. Bertrand Hebert is the former creative mind behind Northern Championship Wrestling in the 1990s, helping to usher the Montreal territory into the independent era of the sport. He lives in Beauharnois, Quebec.
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Table of Contents

Notes and Acknowledgements ix
Foreword xiii
Introduction xv
The Origins of Wrestling in the Territory 1
1900-1920
the First true golden age of wrestling in Montreal 6
1939-1964
The first golden age of wrestling in Montreal 21
1965-1976
The Second Golden Age 136
From Varoussac to WrestleMania III
The Rise and Fall of International Wrestling 225
1986 to Today
The WWF/WWE Era 276
The era of the independents 320
The History of Women’s Wrestling in Montreal 331
Montreal: The Birthplace of Midget Wrestling 341
Quebec Wrestling Families 355
The Biggest tragedies in Quebec Wrestling History 366
The Great Venues of the Montreal Territory 380
The History of Montreal Wrestling on TV 386
Conclusion 398
Ranking of the 25 best Quebec wrestlers of all time 401
The best Quebec-born tag teams of all time 404
The history of the Montreal Athletic Commission title 406
The history of the Montreal women’s title 414
Quebec Wrestling Hall of Fame 415
Statistics 417
Selected Sources 421
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