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Grand Prix taking shape for 2000


By GREG OLIVER -- SLAM! Wrestling

It's early February, but already Emile Dupre has an idea what he wants to do on this year's Atlantic Grand Prix Wrestling tour.

Last year's tour was dubbed the "Legends Tour" and it proved to be true on more than one level. Maritime legends like The Beast, Cuban Assassin, No Class Bobby Bass, and Leo Burke all appeared at one point or another during the summer. But it was another legend, Joe E. Legend, that made headlines after the summer, signing with the WWF.

Dupre's been looking at tapes, and has a bunch of wrestlers in mind. Talent from right across Canada, Vancouver to the Maritimes, men and women.

But it could all get complicated if a deal with television station ATV comes through. Because the station only has one mobile unit, the Grand Prix promotion could be forced to tape a bunch of shows at once.

"We might have to tape three shows in Halifax, then during the same week, I'll have to tape another three shows right here in Moncton," explained Dupre recently. If that comes to pass, he'll try to have about 20 wrestlers in on the tour that week, and then they'll come and go as the season passes.

Cuban Assassin will be returning to the Maritimes this summer. - photo courtesy Stampede Wrestling
It's a little early for some of the talent to commit. Cuban Assassin is definitely coming in, Bobby Bass will work a couple of weeks, and Dupre's working on convincing the Great Malumba to make a return, even if his arch-enemy Killer Karl Krupp has passed away. Plus some of the wrestlers he has used in the past, like Todd McPhee and Gary Williams (aka Wild Man Austin), have a WCW tryout at the Winnipeg show on February 26th.

And then there's Randy 'Macho Man' Savage. Believe it or not, Dupre has had talks with Savage on making his return to the Maritimes, the location where he got his first big break, and first started using a female valet.

"There's another thing in the fire. I was going to mention that. I was holding that off," said Dupre. "You see the thing is he really doesn't want to commit himself right away but he told me to hang in there for another five or six weeks."

Just as Dupre doesn't get worked up about the possibility of a big name like Savage returning to the tour, nor is he worried about the recent competition from Real Action Wrestling. He followed the tour from afar, and got reports each night. It almost sounds like he was in each town. "In this territory here, I know my onions," he said cryptically.

But first, Dupre is going on vacation, getting away from the snow and flooding his hometown of Shediac, New Brunswick. First stop is Cuba for a couple of weeks, then Florida. But upon his return, he knows that he has his work cut out for him. "Then I'm going to get down to work and try and put this thing together.

SLAM! Wrestling visits Grand Prix, Summer 1999