Wrestling By The Numbers: Maurice ‘Mad Dog’ Vachon

Dec 29, 2013 - by staff


Maurice ‘Mad Dog’ Vachon who was an icon in his home province of Quebec Canada and one of the all-time great heels in the business passed away back on November 21st in Omaha Nebraska. The 84-year-old Montreal Quebec native who was inducted into the Wrestling Observer Hall Of Fame in 1996 and into the WWE Hall Of Fame in 2010, is remembered for his wild and barbaric behavior both inside and outside of the squared circle. Prior to entering professional wrestling Vachon had a standout amateur wrestling career and competed in the 1948 Summer Olympics in London England. He started his 36-year professional career in 1950 working for small market promoters in northern Ontario. In the late 1950’s his career started taking off when he started teaming with his brother Butcher Vachon and the duo started to become a feared tag-team working within numerous NWA territories.

In the early 1960’s Mad Dog Vachon signed with Verne Gagne’s American Wrestling Association and over the next 20-plus years with the company became a former 5-Time AWA Champion, 2-Time AWA Tag-Team Champion and 3-Time AWA Midwest Tag-Team Champion. Vachon would go on to become one of the AWA’s biggest and most successful performers having feuded against the likes of Verne Gagne, Mighty Igor Vodic, Crusher Lisowski, Dick the Bruiser and others. Throughout his career he continued working shows in his home province of Quebec where he was a monster draw.

Maurice Vachon left the AWA in 1984 and spent a year with the World Wrestling Federation where he was mostly used on shows promoted in Quebec and the U.S. Mid-West. In final couple of years of his career he mostly managed wrestlers and occasionally wrestled in Canada. Vachon’s career ended in 1986 and he received a retirement show in his native Montreal. Shortly after his retirement in 1987 Vachon was struck by a hit-and-run driver which resulted in the amputation of one of his legs. After leaving the squared circle Vachon still appeared regularly on television as he was featured on beer commercials and as a restaurant critic.

Below we look at the televised professional wrestling career of Maurice ‘Mad Dog’ Vachon by the numbers…

American Wrestling Association:

* 2 Matches on AWA All Star Wrestling.

* 1 Main Event Match on AWA All Star Wrestling.

* 2 Matches on AWA Minneapolis Tv.

* 1 Main Event Match on AWA Minneapolis Tv.

* 1 Match on AWA Davenport Tv.

World Wrestling Federation:

* 1 Match on WWF Prime Time Wrestling.

* 1 Match on WWF On MSG Network.

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