Rougeau set for gala in Laval
GREG OLIVER - Co-Producer, SLAM! Wrestling
If it's Christmastime, that must mean that Jacques Rougeau Jr. has a wrestling show just afterwards.
True to form, his Lutte Familiale promotion has a card dubbed 'Luttemania I' on Saturday, December 27th, in Laval at the Colisee, with a 7:30 p.m. bell time.
It's a bit of a homecoming for the Rougeau family, as the Colisée de Laval is where Johnny Rougeau served as a hockey coach for the Laval National of the QMJHL, which featured a young Mike Bossy as the star on the rise.
The main event pits Jacques & Raymond Rougeau against Eric Mastrocola & Handsome J.F.
The rest of the show features both some of Rougeau's students, but also other local wrestlers.
"I took a bunch of federations, there's five or six federations on my show now. I took the best matches of every federation and I put it on my show now. Everybody's happy now, even Sunny War Cloud, Jacques-Louis Comptois, Paul Leduc, Carl Leduc," Rougeau told SLAM! Wrestling. There are also wrestlers from Ottawa and ICW.
It's ironic that Rougeau is reaching out to other promotions. His strict rule that his students only work his shows, or shows that he approves of, has frustrated a lot of wrestlers.
"I don't want my guys to be identified with places where they hit with chairs, blood and all that," Rougeau explained, telling of his new partnership. "Everybody is going to the FLQ, where Paul Leduc is every Friday, because he changed his wrestling to family kind of wrestling. So that puts me in a position now where I send my boys there."
The high-flying wunderkid Kevin Steen is biggest name who has left Rougeau's mentorship. "It's his perogative. I respect him for that. If he wants to do that, that's okay. Maybe it's the way he did some things that wasn't right. He's young. I was young too," said Rougeau.
With work and health issues taking priority, Rougeau hasn't been out flogging tickets as hard as he has in the past, but he said that he still expects 2,500 people at the show.
The semi-final on the show is Sheik Tank Ali against Carl Leduc. There will also be a battle royal with 15 wrestlers, including Jacques' 10-year-old son, Cédric. (His oldest son, Jean-Jacques, 14, will also be on the show.)
The Colisée de Laval is at 1110 Desnoyers, St. Vincent de Paul, Laval. Tickets are $20, $15 and $10 and are available at the Colisée and at Rougeau's school at the Marché aux Puces, 6245 Métropolitain Blvd. East.
More on the Rougeaus and previous gala reports
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