Mad Dogs, Midgets and Screw Jobs: The Untold Story of how Montreal Shaped the World of Wrestling Library Binding
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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. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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Top Customer Reviews
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!
- 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.
- 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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Best book about the history of Montreal's wrestling scene!Published 22 months ago by Jean A.Belanger
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... Read more