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Maurice "Mad Dog" Vachon (1929-2013)

  
  

Real Name - Maurice Vachon
Birthdate - 9/14/1929 - 11/21/2013
5'8" 240 lbs. - Montreal, QUE

Athletic Background - Wrestling (`48 Olympics - 7th)

Teacher(s) - n/a

Professional Background - Montreal(`56-`57), Stampede(`59), Vancouver(`59), Montreal(`60,`63), AWA(`63-`86), Portland(`63-`66),Vancouver(`66), Montreal(`66-`67), Portland(`68), Grand Prix[Montreal](`72-`74), Toronto(`73), Florida(`73-`74), Portland(`74-`75), Houston(`75), Dallas(`75), Montreal(`77-`79), Toronto(`81), PWA(`82), IWA[Montreal](`84), WWF(`84-`86), IWA[Montreal](`86)

Aliases - none

Groups - Vachon Brothers

Peak Years - `63 -`68



Finisher(s) - 
- Piledriver 
- Flying Kneedrop 
- Cobra Clutch

Favorites - 
- Sitting Splash (Opponent in the Ropes) 
- Back Rake 
- Bodyslam 
- Biting 
- Overhead Forearm


Ringwork Rating - 

 Move Set
 Science
 Aerial
 Power
 Strikes



Intangibles Rating - 

 Entertainment10 
 Selling
 Bumping
 Carrying
 Heat
 Legacy



  
Place in History - Pro-wrestling has seen some memorable characters and few have the reputation of being both a madman and tough guy and having the respect of so many of their peers. Maurice Vachon was an excellent amateur who wrestled in the Olympics and took a gold medal at the 1950 British Empire Games before venturing into pro-wrestling. He was not just a capable grappler, Vachon was a vicious streetfighter who had many scraps that became wrestling lore. While touring the world, he took the nickname “Mad Dog” and reinvented himself. The squat and rugged Vachon, shaved his head, grew his signature beard and moustache and took to acting like a lunatic. Mad Dog Vachon became one of the great heels of the 1960s and he became a top star wherever he went. In the AWA, Vachon became an iconic figure as the long-time antagonist to Verne Gagne. He also formed an excellent tag team with Baron Von Raschke. Both were top-notch amateurs who’d developed memorable heel personas. However, most remember Vachons team with his giant brother Paul or his other “brother” Stan. In the 1970s, Maurice and Paul became the catalysts to the Montreal wrestling wars as they split from Johnny Rougeau’s group to form “Grand Prix Wrestling.” Although the venture was short-lived, it elevated the Vachons into pro-wrestling immortality in Quebec. During that time, his sister Viviane became an attraction as well. Afterwards, “Mad Dog” Vachon enjoyed a babyface run in the AWA. Although he was broken down physically, Vachon’s interviews were classics - he growled out threats in broken English and bearing his teeth and few of the bottom ones are missing for emphasis as contorting his face throughout. His star power was strong enough that at fifty-five years of age the WWF signed him up for a two year run. Following his retirement from the sport, Vachon settled in Omaha, Nebraska. The following year, he was struck by a car and lost his leg, however he became a national hero in Canada, where he was featured in commercials, television shows, radio shows and he even reviewed restaurants for a time. Maurice “Mad Dog” Vachon is arguably the biggest pro-wrestling star that Canada ever produced. He went from being a great athlete to a legendary character and earned a place in pro-wrestling and Canadian pop culture history.
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