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

Pat Laprade , Bertrand Hébert
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Dec 19 2012

Demonstrating how the famed Canadian city influenced a hugely celebrated sport, this chronicle digs deep into Montreal’s past, depicting how the metropolis helped form pro wrestling from every angle. Journeying from the late 1800s to the present, this book provides the lowdown on all the major wrestlers who emerged from Montreal and the province of Quebec, including Yvon Robert, the Rougeau and Vachon families, Jos Leduc, Gino Brito, and Pierre-Carl Ouellet. Big names born outside the province are also explored, from Andre the Giant and Abdullah the Butcher to Edouard Carpentier. Going beyond pro wrestling, the study shows how Montreal also held what is known as the very first midget match worldwide, covering personalities such as Little Beaver, Sky Low Low, and Tiger “Doink” Jackson in an overall look at this unique scene. Additional topics include the history of women’s wrestling in Montreal, the war between the Rougeau’s All Star Wrestling and the Vachon’s Grand Prix, the complete title history of the heavyweight championship, and some of the unfortunate tragedies that befell the region’s competitors. From the renowned McMahon promotions to the indie scene that exists today, this is the Montreal wrestling scene from top to bottom.

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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." —

"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." —

About 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 Hébert 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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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
Format:Library Binding|Verified Purchase
I could not stop reading this book once I started!

Montreal always did have a rich history of wrestling attached to it. WWE annoncers call it "Bizarro Land" for a reason. Most fans know a little about the great wrestlers that come from Montreal, the history behind the screwjob, the time Hogan had 15 minutes ovation on live TV or Lawler's heart attack... but how much do you really know about one of the Capital City of Wrestling? Never enough!

The book is written by two wrestling historians, Pat Laprade and Bertrand Hebert, who finally decided to break the language barrier associated with the french province to tell the story of how much Montreal shapped and changed the wrestling world... and still does!

The more you think you know about wrestling, the more "knowledge gaps" will be filled by this great ouvrage full of personnal stories by the wrestlers and promoters who were part of it, written just in time so that most of them are still alive to tell them. Lots of suberb photos, news articles and a complete and comprehensive Montreal's title history make this book even more complete. Also, for readers who are not from Montreal, Quebec or Canada, most of the chapters come with a brief, yet insightful view of the social/polical/economical portrait of what was going on a the time.

A necessary book that couldn't have been more lovingly written by more competent people. Well done!

No wrestling fans should miss this one, you too will fall in love with Montreal's wresting History!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars Sept. 27 2014
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Best book about the history of Montreal's wrestling scene!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great book, lot of content! Jan. 8 2013
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Even if it's the story of the Montreal territory, a lot of stories on wrestlers known around the world: Rick Martel, Dino Bravo, Andre the Giant, Abdullah the Butcher, Mad Dog Vachon, Little Beaver, Lord Alfred Hayes, Billy Robinson, The Rougeau brothers... I recommand it without hesitation.
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