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Old 06-17-2017, 04:59 PM
 
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Is professional wrestling popular in Quebec? I'd like to hear wrestlers taunting each other in French.
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Old 06-17-2017, 08:38 PM
 
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https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ybtp0A3i7os
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Old 06-17-2017, 10:06 PM
 
Location: Gatineau, Québec
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Yes, Quebec had its own wrestling scene (much like Mexico has today) up until the late 80s when it could not longer compete with WWF-WWE and it withered away.

A lot of people who went on to become big stars in the US started off in Quebec's Lutte Internationale system. People like King Tonga, Mad Dog Vachon, Rick Martel, Abdullah the Butcher, Killer Kowalski, Dino Bravo, Gino Brito and a bunch of others I am pretty sure.

André The Giant, who was from France, first came over to Quebec and was known here as Jean Ferré or Le Géant Ferré. He is still known by that name here.
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Old 06-17-2017, 10:12 PM
 
Location: Gatineau, Québec
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Quebec's most famous wrestling family is the Rougeau family which spans three generations.

The most famous were Jacques and Raymond I think. They were the second generation. At one point they had a tag team named The Quebecers and later The Amazing French Canadians. I think they were "bad guys".

Here is the song they used to sing to taunt fans who hated them:

From Montreal to Memphis
Parlez vous Francais?
Tell all the girls
The Rougeaus are on their way

Don't call us pretty boys
We're not a musclehead
We hate that long-haired look
We like the preppie look instead

We're all-American boys
All-American boys
We're all-American boys
All-American boys

We don't like heavy metal
We don't like rock ‘n' roll
All we like to listen to
Is Barry Manilow

On peut pas les sentir
Dans le monde ils sont les pires
On aime les faire fâcher quand on dit
We love the USA
Hey


We're all-American boys
All-American boys
We're all-American boys
All-American boys

The segment in French is I suppose a wink-wink to francophones and means:

We actually can't stand them
They're the worst in the world
We love to make them angry by saying
We love the USA
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Old 06-17-2017, 11:18 PM
 
Location: Alberta, Canada
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Yes, Quebec had its own wrestling scene (much like Mexico has today) up until the late 80s when it could not longer compete with WWF-WWE and it withered away.
Are there no longer any independent promotions in Quebec? If so, that's a shame. When I was much younger, I used to like watching TV wrestling from Montreal. Sorry, Mouldy, that the commentary we got in Toronto was in English; but there were some great wrestlers in Montreal in those days.

And yes, AJ, I remember the Rougeaus. They were the bad guys. I believe Jacques went on to the WWF/WWE, but I can't remember if he was a good guy or a bad guy there.
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Old 06-17-2017, 11:26 PM
 
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Yes, Quebec had its own wrestling scene (much like Mexico has today) up until the late 80s when it could not longer compete with WWF-WWE and it withered away.

A lot of people who went on to become big stars in the US started off in Quebec's Lutte Internationale system. People like King Tonga, Mad Dog Vachon, Rick Martel, Abdullah the Butcher, Killer Kowalski, Dino Bravo, Gino Brito and a bunch of others I am pretty sure.

André The Giant, who was from France, first came over to Quebec and was known here as Jean Ferré or Le Géant Ferré. He is still known by that name here.
Also the Harts, Davey Boy Smith, Dynamite Kid, and Big Joe Leduc.

Joe Leduc was no joke. Jerry Lawler said that he was the strongest man he ever wrestled against/performed with. That means a lot considering Lawler worked with Andre, Hulk Hogan, the Road Warriors, Ric Rude, Randy Savage, Superstar Billy Graham, and Sid Eudy/Vicious.

Guys like Superstar Billy Graham and Jake the Snake Roberts also got up there.

Good days.
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Old 06-17-2017, 11:56 PM
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Yes, Quebec had its own wrestling scene (much like Mexico has today) up until the late 80s when it could not longer compete with WWF-WWE and it withered away.

A lot of people who went on to become big stars in the US started off in Quebec's Lutte Internationale system. People like King Tonga, Mad Dog Vachon, Rick Martel, Abdullah the Butcher, Killer Kowalski, Dino Bravo, Gino Brito and a bunch of others I am pretty sure.

André The Giant, who was from France, first came over to Quebec and was known here as Jean Ferré or Le Géant Ferré. He is still known by that name here.
Yes, remember all of those, especially my fave Mad Dog Vachon

Missing from your list is Edouard Carpentier, he came to Quebec from France about 1957,
he was quite popular.

I remember Maple Leaf Wrestling on TV, at one time the opening theme song was
the wild powerful drumming instrumental "The Ox" by The Who...perfect for wrestling.
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Old 06-18-2017, 04:45 AM
 
Location: Gatineau, Québec
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Yes, remember all of those, especially my fave Mad Dog Vachon

Missing from your list is Edouard Carpentier, he came to Quebec from France about 1957,
he was quite popular.

I remember Maple Leaf Wrestling on TV, at one time the opening theme song was
the wild powerful drumming instrumental "The Ox" by The Who...perfect for wrestling.
Yes, Édouard Carpentier was a Frenchman who came to Quebec. He retired from the ring and became the voice and face of wrestling programs in Quebec. Here are two interviews in French with him and Eddie "The Brain" Creatchman and Frenchy Martin. Eddie was an Anglo-Jewish guy but he could sure talk trash in French. Frenchy Martin walked around with a "USA is not OK" sign and a Quebec flag IIRC.


https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xSwSqhN7qAc


https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EcmJYRGB89s
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Old 06-18-2017, 04:50 AM
 
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When the Quebec "system" gave way to WWF-WWE, Carpentier stayed on as the face and voice of WWF-WWE in French for a number of years.

He is known for a bunch of colourful expressions in French, including his famous sign-off "à la semaine prochaine, si Dieu le veut" (see you next week, God willing).

I still hear people say that even though he died several years ago and has been off the airwaves for much longer still.
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Old 06-18-2017, 04:57 AM
 
Location: Gatineau, Québec
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Are there no longer any independent promotions in Quebec? If so, that's a shame. When I was much younger, I used to like watching TV wrestling from Montreal. Sorry, Mouldy, that the commentary we got in Toronto was in English; but there were some great wrestlers in Montreal in those days.

And yes, AJ, I remember the Rougeaus. They were the bad guys. I believe Jacques went on to the WWF/WWE, but I can't remember if he was a good guy or a bad guy there.
Their uncle, Jean (Johnny) Rougeau, was also a pioneering wrestler who eventually worked as a bodyguard for Quebec Premier René Lévesque at one time.
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