Canadian Hall of Fame: Maurice 'Mad Dog' Vachon
: Maurice 'Mad Dog' Vachon
: September 1, 1929, Montreal, Quebec
: November 21, 2013, Omaha, Nebraska
The Mad Dog is still a folk-hero in Quebec today, even if it's not his home any more. From a family of 13
children came the Mad Dog, Paul 'The Butcher'
, and Vivien Vachon (and niece Luna Vachon
). The Mad Dog and The Butcher bit heads and scratched eyeballs around the world.
Maurice was a legitimate amateur wrestler, and represented Canada in 1948 Olympics in London (he finished 7th at the middleweight level) and in the Empire Games. Professionally, he was always a loose cannon, sometimes the hated
heel, sometimes the underdog hero. His biggest success came in the AWA where he battled Verne Gagne over the World Title, and also held the tag titles on a few occasions. For a time, he lived in Winnipeg, an important stop on the AWA circuit.
In October 1987, he lost a leg after being hit by a car near his home in Iowa while out for some exercise.
In May 1996, Vachon, and other oldtimers were honored by the WWF at its In Your House pay per view. Though in-ring action may be out of the question these days, the Mad Dog did make his contribution. Diesel knocked over Vachon, and took his artificial leg. Diesel then whacked Shawn Michaels with it and then Michaels used it on Diesel while Vachon continued to get his tux all mussed up by lying flat on the floor, apparently oblivious to it all.
Mad Dog Vachon Photo Gallery
Mad Dog Vachon Career Record
MAD DOG VACHON STORIES
December 12, 2013: Mad Dog's Montreal friends gather to celebrate his legacy
November 24, 2013: Our own memories of Mad Dog
November 22, 2013: Mad Dog's Winnipeg connections
November 21, 2013: Mad Dog Vachon dead at 84
November 21, 2013: Fights & growls: Wrestlers remember 'ultimate bad guy' Mad Dog Vachon
November 21, 2013: Me and Mad Dog Vachon
Mar. 27, 2010: WWE Hall of Fame ceremony a serious event
Mar. 22, 2010: WWE Hall of Fame one more honour for Mad Dog
Nov. 10, 2009: Mad Dog the big dog at Quebec Sports Hall of Fame induction
Nov. 9, 2009: It's Vachon week in Montreal
Oct. 23, 2008: Retro review: It's a fight throughout Mad Dog Vachon book
Aug. 19, 2008: Knee surgery can't tame Mad Dog Vachon
Oct. 3, 2006: Historia hits bullseye with documentary
July 4, 2004: Curtain closes on Winnipeg Arena
April 6, 2003: Mad Dog gets top CAC honour
Jan. 30, 2002: Mad Dog tribute fills wrestling void
Jan.21, 2002: Vachon to be feted in Winnipeg
Jan.17, 2002: Vachon still has his bite
March 9, 2001: My dinner with Mad Dog and Butcher
Sep. 15, 2000: Young Olympian was not yet a Mad Dog
May 19, 1999: Mad Dog Vachon a real pussycat
May 17, 1999: Vachon's bark worse than his bite
May 17, 1999: Mad Dog Vachon has his day on Comedy Network
May 14, 1999: Mad Dog Vachon visits CANOE for a LIVE chat
May 11, 1999: Vachon bio a joyous romp
Mad Dog Vachon Memories