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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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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great book, lot of content! Jan. 8 2013
By GhisLep
Format:Library Binding|Verified Purchase
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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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A very well researched book! Aug. 16 2013
By Manu
Format:Library Binding|Verified Purchase
The good:
- The authors did an amazing job researching all the talent that were involved in the history of the Quebec wrestling scene.
- Even some mostly unheard of wrestlers have interesting stories about them.
- Some cool and rare pictures throughout the book.
- The book offer a small section for each wrestler and era, which is a format that I like because it is easier to navigate for further references.

The bad:
- There are a lot of quotes by people not involved in the wrestling business at an important level. For example, some friends and family members of the authors gave their thoughts and that hurts the book's credibility.
- It is a french written book translated into english, so there are a few sentences that don't feel right (but this isn't a big problem, the book is still an easy read).

Final verdict: 4 out of 5

This book will please older wrestling fans more than the younger ones. However, there is definitely an appeal for fans outside of Quebec. Many decades of wrestling are covered and a lot of the names involved are well known around the world. A very nice effort by Laprade and Hébert!
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5.0 out of 5 stars A must for all wrestling history buffs Feb. 10 2013
By Claude
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This book covers in general the main chapters of Montreal's history of pro wrestling.

As Quebec is a special territory that international wrestlers treasured in the past before the coming of the World Wrestling Federation/Entertainment, this tells the story of how it got developed from Louis Cyr in the end of 19th Century, and then the eras covering the principal promotions (and also small and indy promotion), its major stars Yvon Robert, Mad Dog Vachon, the Rougeaus and the late Dino Bravo among them, the international wrestlers like Killer Kowalski, Ed Carpentier, André the Giant, Abdullah the Butcher and Baron Von Rashke who got their start in Montreal, others like the Destroyer and Billy Robinson who enjoyed to work in the territory, and then those Quebecquers who went away for success, like Hans Schmidt, Tarzan Tyler, Pat Patterson, Rene Goulet, the Leduc brothers and the Hangman. The Midget wrestlers have a big part, and so are the ladies and today's Indy scene. And the tragedies and triumphs which shaped this rich history of Wrestling in Canada's French Metropolis.

It is not to be missed, a good insight into a popular entertainment sport...
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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars As close to perfection as it gets Feb. 8 2013
Format:Library Binding
Now that book fills a huge gap. There are many towns in America who were wrestling hotbeds, Chicago, Houston, Memphis and so many others come to mind. Some of them had their stories told, some hadn't. But Montréal, who at one time was THE number one wrestling city in Canada and was in the top 3 in North America as a whole, never had it's story unveiled. At least until now. I've been a huge fans for 29 years by now, and I live in Québec. Even then, I still learned a lot about what happened in the territory, as well as on the life of those who lived it up close.

I bought pretty much every wrestling books on the market, and in each of them, you can always manage to find a few mistakes. A typo, a timeline error or an erroneous fact. Not in this one, despite its 400 pages. No matter where you live, you will read about so many stars that you've seen wrestle over the years, and that you never tought were Quebecers to begin with ! It goes as far back as the late 1800's up to today, and for those who followed the territory in its hayday, you will relive every moment like it was yesterday.

Mad Dogs, Midgets and Screwjobs is a very detailled book, yet not once boring. It tooke five years for the authors to come up with the finished product, and it shows. The photos are also wonderfull, many of them I had never seen before. The book concludes with some ratings, who will have fans debate for years, and a comprehensive timeline history of the montréal title, complete for the very first time.

Needless to say, I highly recommend it, as it is the greatest book of my whole collection, and that says a lot.
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