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.
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.
"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." —www.f4wOnline.com
"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." —www.slam.canoe.ca