Thursday, 21 November 2013

Mad Dog Vachon; Famed wrestler 'Mad Dog' Vachon dies at 84

Maurice Vachon

  • Maurice Vachon was a Canadian professional wrestler, best known by his ring name "Mad Dog" Vachon. He is the brother of wrestlers Paul and Vivian Vachon, and the uncle of wrestler Luna Vachon.

  • Born: September 14, 1929, Ville-Émard, Canada
  • Died: November 21, 2013
  • Height: 1.75 m
  • Weight: 104 kg
  • Siblings: Paul Vachon, Vivian Vachon
  • TV shows: AWA All-Star Wrestling
    Maurice (Mad Dog) Vachon wrestled for 44 years, had about 13,000 matches and once said he did everything he could to make people hate him.
    "I failed miserably," he grinningly admitted of his attempts to arouse dislike.
    That's probably an understatement for the growling tough guy who achieved folk-hero status in his home province of Quebec as he pioneered the now-familiar trash-talking of opponents straight into the TV camera.
    Vachon died in his sleep early Thursday at his home in Nebraska. He was 84.
    One of 13 children, including his brother and sometime tag-team partner Paul (The Butcher) and wrestling sister Vivian, Maurice Vachon went on to alternate between being a ring villain and underdog hero.
    While Vachon will be best remembered for his evil grins and grappling in the ring, Theriault said there's a big difference between Mad Dog and the man himself.
    "He wasn't a bad guy," he said. "He had a heart as big as the world."


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