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Grand Prix restarts June 7 in Maritimes
By GREG OLIVER - Producer, SLAM! Wrestling


The one and only Cuban Assassin

Sometimes a father has to do what's best for his son. In the case of Emile Dupre, he's giving his oldest son, Jeff Dupre, the chance to wrestle full-time for a few weeks by restarting Atlantic Grand Prix Wrestling.

"We're going to run a small tour, see how it's going to go. I've got a crew starting up on the 7th of June. We're going to see how it goes," Emile Dupre told SLAM! Wrestling. "If it stands up on its own, we'll keep it going. If not, well, like I did before, I'll put the ring back in the barn where it was."

Jeff Dupre is René Dupre's older brother. He's 235 pounds, 6'2", and 24 years old. Thanks to René, he's been invited for a visit to Ohio Valley Wrestling already.

"He looks something like René. Maybe not as cut up as him, but he looks the part. What I'm really doing is giving him a little bit of ring exposure. He wrestled before. He's had, maybe 20, 25 matches so far," said papa Emile.

It's a real irony that Dupre restarting the promotion makes him the busiest promotion on the continent, running shows seven days a week -- something WWE doesn't even do.

The tour is stacked with veterans like Eddie Watts, Cuban Assassin, Todd MacPhee, "Wildman" Gary Williams, Buddy Lane and Kowboy Mike Hughes (though Emile warns that the windowcard was already printed when he called to get booked).

Emile hoping some of that ring saavy rubs off on Jeff. "Guys with experience. I'd like him to mingle with guys like that so that he might pick up before he gets there. René had a step up before he got there because he was just a kid, 17, 18 years old, but when they looked at him: 'Where the hell did he come from?'"

The chances of René appearing on one of the shows is slim, said Emile. But he has hope. "He'd like to. He was telling me, 'The most fun I ever had was wrestling in the Maritimes with our group,'" Emile said, adding that he's been told that René is a WWE wrestler for the longterm and that he's been purposefully kept off television for a character relaunch.

Dupre expects four to five matches a night, and the tour also includes Marco Estrada, Scott Savage, Duke McIsaac, Masked Mystery, and a few other cruiserweights.

Dupre has quite established how long the tour will run. The dates he can confirm at this point are:

June 7 Souris, PEI
June 8 O'Leary, PEI
June 9 Sunny Corner, NB
June 10 Lamèque, NB
June 11 Grand Manan, NB
June 12 Petit-Rocher, NB
June 13 Cocagne, NB
June 14 Petitcodiac, NB
June 15 Tagamagouche, NS
June 16 Barrington Passage, NS
June 17 Bridgewater, NS
June 18 Berwick, NS
June 19 Borden-Carleton, PEI
June 20 Cocagne, NB

Possible locations down the road: Florenceville, Nackawic, Springhill, and bigger cities like Halifax, Moncton, Saint John and Sydney.

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    Greg Oliver is the Producer of SLAM! Wrestling and has fond memories of Grand Prix shows in Bridgewater, NS in 1989 and Berwick, NS in 1999. Greg can be emailed at goliver845@gmail.com.


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