The Pro Wrestling Hall of Fame: The Canadians: The Canadians

Paperback | October 1, 2002

byGreg Oliver

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Bret Hart, Rowdy Roddy Piper, Chris Benoit ... did you know they were Canadians?

The dark secret of professional wrestling? Canada.

By population, no other country on Earth has sent as many top performers to the upper echelon of the squared circle. But to this day, the Canadian origins of these superstars have been hidden or played down by promoters.

Now, everything's about to change.

Here, for the first time in print, respected wrestling author Greg Oliver blows the lid off the secrets: Rowdy Roddy Piper was never from Scotland, he's from Saskatchewan; Mad Dog Vachon, billed from Algeria, was from Quebec; Abdullah the Butcher learned to use a fork in Windsor, Ontario; Val Venis isn't a porn star from Las Vegas but a wannabe helicopter pilot from southern Ontario.

The Pro Wrestling Hall of Fame details all of the top stars to come out of Canada. From the golden era of wrestling's itinerant early days, to Pay-Per-View billionaires and Wrestlemania x8, top names like Chris Jericho, Whipper Watson, Chris Benoit, Gene Kiniski, Rick Martel, Killer Kowalski, Edge and Christian, Chris and John Tolos, Yvon Robert, and Sky Low Low are profiled.

Plus a special section features the famous fighting families like the Harts, Cormiers, and Rougeaus. Full of photos and fascinating stories and facts, The Pro Wrestling Hall of Fame is a must for any wrestling fan -- whether they hide their country of origin or not!

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Bret Hart, Rowdy Roddy Piper, Chris Benoit ... did you know they were Canadians? The dark secret of professional wrestling? Canada. By population, no other country on Earth has sent as many top performers to the upper echelon of the squared circle. But to this day, the Canadian origins of these superstars have been ...

Greg Oliver has been writing about professional wrestling for over 17 years, starting with The Canadian Wrestling Report newsletter when he was still in high school. Upon completing a degree in journalism from Ryerson University, he continued to write about wrestling for the Canoe.ca Web site, Sun Media newspapers, and var...

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:280 pages, 9 × 6 × 0.52 inPublished:October 1, 2002Publisher:ECW PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:1550225316

ISBN - 13:9781550225310

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Rated 5 out of 5 by from Count Grog- Wrestling manager/promoter Greg Oliver's The Pro Wrestling Hall of Fame: The Canadains is a informative look a the wrestling greats that have called Canada their home. My only complaint is I wish it was another 100 pages longer. The top Canadian Wrestlers of all time are given several pages each and the author goes in depth into their careers. Such stars as Whipper Billy Watson, Killer Kowalski, Mad Dog Vachon and Gene Kiniski are among the Canadain greats that we learn pages of highlights of their careers. The great Families in Canadain wrestling like the Rougeaus, The Harts and Vachons get good coverage. No book on Canadain Wrestling History could be written without mentioning Jack Britton and his midget wrestlers. Little Beaver and Sky Low Low get the extra coverage as they deserve. The rest of the book gives short biographies that range from a few paragraphs to several pages. Here Greg covers the next teer of Canadain stars like Gilles Poisson, Billy Red Lyons and Rocky Johnson. Chapters are devoted to Managers, Tv commentators and adopted Canadains like Sweet Daddy Siki, Baron Scicluna and Wolfman Willie Farkas (Who I got to meet in September 2004 in Toronto and is a great guy. Even the Canadain stars of today like Chris Benoit, Chris Jerico and Steve Corino get biographic thumnails of their careers. I highly reccomend this book for the wrestling history buffs out there. Excellent resource for the who's who in Canadain wrestling history.
Date published: 2011-05-29