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Jos LeDuc (1944-1999)

  

Real Name - Michel Pigeon

Lifespan - 8/31/44 - 5/1/99

6'1" 280 lbs. - Montreal, QUE


Athletic Background - Judo

Teacher(s) - Jack Britton, Stu Hart

Professional Background - Stampede(`68-`69), IWA[Montreal](`69), ESA[Maritimes](`69), Toronto(`70,`71), Grand Prix[Montreal](`72), Florida(`73-`74), Grand Prix[Montreal](`74), SECW[Tennessee](`77), Florida(`78), Memphis(`78-`79), IWE(`79-`80), SECW[Alabama](`80-`81), Memphis(`81), All Star[NZ](`81), SECW[Alabama](`82), Memphis(`83), Mid-Atlantic(`83), Memphis(`86), WWC(`86), WWF(`88), FMW(`89)

AliasesButcher LeDuc, The Headbanger

Groups - n/a

Peak Years - `71-`78



Finisher(s) - 
- One-Arm Backbreaker

- Legdrop

- Bearhug


Favorites - 

- Bodyslam

- Running Elbow

- Chokehold

- Overhead Forearm to chest

- Chop


Ringwork Rating - 

 Move Set5
 Science2
 Aerial0
 Power9
 Strikes8


Intangibles Rating - 

 Entertainment7
 Selling6
 Bumping6
 Carrying5
 Heat7
 Legacy6


Place in History - There are so many pro-wrestlers of yesteryear that could never reach the heights of the business in today’s scene.  Jos LeDuc, the big lumberjack from Quebec, is a great example of that reality.  Although he was a tremendous character with a domineering presence and believable style in ring, Jos LeDuc could never fit in now.  Michel Pigeon was a rugged former judoka with the size and look to get pushed hard from the outset of his career.  Paul LeDuc was a smallish ten-year veteran when he met Pigeon and convinced him to become his kayfabe brother.  The LeDucs started out on the Pacific Coast, however their feuds with the Rougeaus and the Vachons in their native Quebec is where they became legends.  The LeDucs had a lumberjack gimmick and complete with accurate costumes - cuffed dungarees, heavy boots, knit hats and distinctive jawline beards.  Although they were a successful tag team, Jos would break away from his brother and tour the world finding greater success.  In Florida, “The Canadian Freight Train” had a legendary rivalry with Dusty Rhodes during the peak of that territory.  LeDuc became known for his bloody brawls and crazed personality.  Then came a feud with Jerry Lawler in Memphis that left a legacy that was rekindled numerous times over the next twenty years.  Jos LeDuc became immortalized for his superhuman strength in and out of the ring, however it was his “blood oath” interview where he cut himself on live TV with his axe that made him one of the region’s most famous characters.  Jos LeDuc, the powerful lumberjack, may seem hokey in retrospect and yet he had an intensity to his persona and a physicality in his work that helped him get over quickly.  By the late 1970s, LeDuc had put on a lot of weight and settled into barnstorming promotions where he’d built a name for himself and others where his notoriety preceded him.  The WWF even picked him up briefly in the late 1980s, but he was a shell of his former self by that point. Jos LeDuc had a few “legend” appearances in the mid-1990s before diabetes broke him down totally and eventually led to his death.  Jos LeDuc is one of those legendary pro-wrestling figures from the 1970s when bloody brawling was rampant and many fans, especially French-Canadians and Southerners in the States, bought into his maniacal behavior.

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