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Grand Prix does down

By GREG OLIVER -- SLAM! Wrestling
 Just over two weeks after it started, Grand Prix Wrestling has shut down. The reason why is more than a little cloudy.
  Every person has a different opinion of what happened, including Emile Dupre and Mike Zinck, the two promoters.
  • May 17, 2001: Full story

    Grand Prix stares down newcomer Real Action

    The pending fight over The Maritimes

    By GREG OLIVER -- SLAM! Wrestling
     It is shaping up to be an interesting summer out in the Maritimes. Emile Dupre's Atlantic Grand Prix promotion faces a serious challenge from Real Action Wrestling, which recently changed owners and has been gearing up for a fight.
      At stake is the Maritime wrestling market, a long-time hotbed for pro wrestling during the summer. Each promotion has their own ideas about what works and what doesn't with today's wrestling fan -- but the one thing they can agree on is that there isn't room in the East for two promotions over the long haul.
  • Apr. 20, 2001: Full story

    Maritime fan shares his family archives

    A grand Grand Prix photo gallery!

    By PAT CASEY --For SLAM! Wrestling
    The Cormier  I have always been a huge fan of pro-wrestling for as long as I remember. Some of my fondest memories are of watching Grand Prix Wrestling with my dad on Saturday afternoons. He would often grit his teeth in anger because of Killer Karl Krupp and Bob Brown. This is where I first became amazed at the ring style of Leo Burke and Stephen Pettipas.
      Most of these photos were owned by my family, which I found several years ago while cleaning my basement. Others were taken by me at local venues. Some were torn or damaged by water, but I was able to clean them up a bit before posting them.
      I hope everyone enjoys this brief look at the history of pro - wrestling in the Maritimes. I will post more photos as time permits.
  • May 25, 2000: On to the Gallery!
    Come with us on a photo journey to the Berwick Arena. The photos aren't the best ever, but hey, it was real hot and dark! To the first photo in the Gallery!

    Grand Prix a learning environment

    By GREG OLIVER -- SLAM! Wrestling
      Wild Man Austin is talking outside the dressing room during an Atlantic Grand Prix Wrestling show in tiny Berwick, Nova Scotia. He's got a big future ahead, and is being groomed to head to WCW in the near future.
      Austin is a heel on the traditional summer circuit, yet during the interview, a young fan comes up and hands him a photo -- it's of Austin and the young boy, and it's for him to keep. In a true reversal of roles, the fan has given the star a memory.
      "The crowds have been great," explained Austin, who is based out of Calgary, and wrestles there under his real name of Gary Williams. "They've been real supportive and they come out and give their 100% as fans."
  • July 29, 1999: Full story
  • July 29, 1999: Photo gallery for one night on Grand Prix

    The Legends

    Leo Burke

     Canadian wrestling fans are thankful for Leo Burke.
      Not only was he one of the greatest, most consistent, and memorable stars ever to come out of Canada, wrestling from coast to coast and around the world, but he has also had a hand in training some of the next best from Canada, included Test, Edge and Christian.
  • Full story

    The Beast

      Just how, exactly, does one become a Beast?
      Well, for Yvon Cormier of Dorchester, NB, it was a matter of walking into Jim Crockett Sr.'s Charlotte, NC office. Crockett looked the Maritimer up and down, and said 'starting today, you're going to be a Beast.'
  • Full story

    Emile Dupre

      Emile Dupre talks really fast on the phone. He's obviously a busy man. Only a few minutes to talk.
      Besides being the promoter of the Atlantic Grand Prix Wrestling circuit every summer, Dupre, 62, has a variety of business interests around his hometown of Shediac, New Brunswick.
  • Full story
  • Transcript of Emile Dupre's chat with SLAM! Wrestling

    Cuban Assassin

      The original Cuban Assassin, Angel Acevedo, tried to retire from wrestling in 1992, but kept getting drawn back in. He kept his training up, and would get invited to shows near his home outside Calgary, reluctantly accepting the invitations.
      Then one day, he entered the ring and got a big surprise. "Before the people used to boo me, call me names -- oh, every thing in the almanac! When I go now, people stand up," explained 'Cubie' to SLAM! Wrestling. "In New Brunswick, they've got signs, 'Cuban Assassin #1', 'Cuban Assassin is my dad', 'Cuban Assassin the real 3:16'."
  • Full story

    No Class Bobby Bass

      Dennis Baldock can laugh now about his start in professional wrestling. It wasn't ever a dream, his family wasn't made up of wrestlers. Instead, it was a newspaper ad that changed his life.
     "My father, he's reading the paper ... He said, 'son, there's an advertisement in here for Whipper Billy Watson's School of Wrestling. He lowered the paper and said, 'I think you're big and ugly enough to do that!'"
  • Full story
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