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WWF returns to Montreal

By ERIC BENNER -- For SLAM! Wrestling
 Sunday afternoon, March 18 marked the return of the WWF to Montreal as they presented the usual suspects of wrestling to an audience of thousands of local Montreal fans. About twelve thousand strong populated the event, and aside from a Rocky no-show, the WWF pulled out all the stops. Raymond Rougeau did an excellent job as ring announcer.
  • Mar. 19, 2001: Full story

    Rougeau mega-show covers the bases

    By ERIC BENNER -- For SLAM! Wrestling
     MONTREAL -- Jacques Rougeau Jr.'s Lutte International 2000 promotion is all about taking chances. Rougeau himself plays it safe, covering all of his bases with excellent production values and a solid roster of wrestlers. It's the wrestlers who take the chances. For the youths, many of them students at Rougeau's own wrestling school, it's their first chance in the business, their first chance to wow an audience and make their mark. For more experienced grapplers like Pierre Carl Ouelette, it's all about second chances. For older wrestlers like King Kong Bundy and Ray Rougeau, it's about last hurrahs. A few more chances to have their loved ones watch them wrestle, or wrestle in front of a big crowd.
  • Dec. 30, 2000: Full story

    Online chat with Eric Benner

    SLAM! Wrestling columnist Eric Benner joined us online to defend his opinions, and answer questions about the crazy world of pro wrestling.
  • May 31, 2000: Full transcipt

    NCW delivers at Challengemania 8

    By ERIC BENNER -- For SLAM! Wrestling
    Last night, at the NDR Center on Villeray in Montreal, two former Titans collided, as Pierre-Carl Ouellet took on Glenn Kulka. Formerly Jean-Pierre Lafitte the pirate and CFL all-star, respectively, they headed up the eighth annual NCW extravaganza, Challengemania. For the uninitiated out there, NCW is a hot, up and coming indy federation in Quebec and I have to say, they put on a hell of a show.
  • May 21, 2000: Full story

    WWF delivers solid spectacle in Montreal

    By ERIC BENNER -- For SLAM! Wrestling
     It's about seven o'clock, Sunday evening, and I just arrived home from the WWF's latest live offering in Montreal. As usual, I have that great wrestling feeling you can only get from a live WWF show. I have nothing but great things to say about everyone involved. As usual, real professionals.
     Everyone who didn't expect to walk into a live episode of Raw, complete with heel turns and gang bangs and Titantrons and McMahon family members, was not disappointed. Everyone else, well, probably was.
  • Mar. 5, 2000: Full story

    The Rock's a riot in Montreal

     This past Sunday, at the Montreal Molson Centre, the WWF was in full force, short only Steve Austin as a result of the previous weekend's attempted vehicular homicide.
      Now, I don't think there's even one other re-capper out there who cares, but to me, the atmosphere of a wrestling show counts just as much as it does at a hockey or baseball game. For example, nice as it is, a baseball game at the SkyDome just isn't the same as a baseball game at Yankee Stadium. To be fair, though, both experiences top a game at my local ballpark, the Big O, but you probably didn't need me to tell you that. Equally, one of the reasons the Olympic Stadium bites so much is that between fifty and sixty people show up to watch our Expos play.
  • Nov. 22, 1999: Full story

    Rougeau show old-style and solid

    MONTREAL -- Last night, history was made. In a small, local venue in Montreal something outright amazing happened. I was shocked. I was amazed. I was flabbergasted. Last night, I watched a good, live wrestling show. You know, one of those shows where the millionaires mail in their performances because they have a live television show to film the next day? Except, you know, the performers weren't millionaires, didn't have any show to worry about but this one, and actually tried to entertain the fans.
  • Aug. 10, 1999: Full story

    Storm targets Precious Lucy

    Amanda Storm has nothing nice to say about Precious Lucy.
      Storm, a woman who regularly wrestles men on the indy circuit and trained with Killer Kowalski, will be facing Lucy in a women's match at the International Wrestling 2000 show August 9th in Montreal. Lucy has been a fan favourite at the first two IW2000 shows this year, and is sure to have the crowd's support behind her against antagonist Amanda Storm.
  • Aug. 5, 1999: Full story

    Venis high on promos and charity

     When one visits Val Venis during a Canadian promotional appearance, one cannot but help feel a sense of déjà vu, as Val has seemingly been a part of every promotional event in Canada since his debut in the WWF.
  • July 21, 1999: Full story

    Montreal rabid for WWF action

    The night before the writing of this match report, the WWF was in full-force for its much-awaited Montreal house show. Or maybe it wasn't the WWF that was in full force - maybe it was the fans. With the house all-but-packed, and the screaming as loud as it really could be without massive throat trauma injuries, the noise was definitely in the range those red decibals you're not supposed to listen to.
  • July 3, 1999: Full story

    Indie show thrills Quebec crowd

    Live from the Pierre Charbonneau arena, at two-thirty in the afternoon on St-Valentine's Day, wrestling in Quebec was revived, if only for a day, to heights it had not witnessed in decades. Jacques Rougeau, with the aid of Paul Leduc, put together a show which impressed this reporter from top to bottom.
  • Feb. 15, 1999: Full story

    The return of the Rougeaus

     Jacques Rougeau. Raymond Rougeau. Paul Leduc. Tiger Jackson. These were just a few of the names who joined the youngblood Iceman at a press conference at Les 4 Glaces in Montreal on Thursday. Most of the big names of Quebec wrestling, past and present, were on hand to witness the news. Jacques Rougeau is bringing the wrestling back to Quebec.
  • Jan. 29, 1999: Full story

    WWF 'above-average' in Montreal

    The town was a-buzz, today. A lot was going on in Montreal. The CFL quarter-finals saw the hometown Alouettes advance, most of the provincial junior football finals took place, and Stone Cold Steve Austin was wreaking havoc in the Molson Centre.
  • Nov. 9, 1998: Full story

    WWF takes over Montreal

    By ERIC BENNER -- For SLAM! Wrestling
    The scene was set. The WWF would begin their spectacle in the Montreal Molson Centre at 7:30 pm, but the fans were coming out of the woodwork as early as noon. At St-Charles Park in Dorval, Quebec, the crews were present by ten. Setting up the tents for the raffle, the auction, and the free food. Inflating the rides for the kids. Cleaning up the baseball field where the CFCF-12 Hot Dogs would play against a local team, well, a local team supplemented by, among others, Jacques Rougeau, Pierre Oulette, Jesse James, and Billy Gunn. And of course, making sure that everything was perfect in the executive tent - the three director's chairs for picture-taking, the tables, chairs, and working markers for autographs, the cooler full of bottled water and various other beverages, even the flow of air so that the mammoths wouldn't get too hot.
  • Aug. 4, 1998: Full story

    WWF Montreal report

    The show started with the announcer who was not the regular guy but the replacement who's a former stripper and works local RWR and also sucks as Road Dog told him later in the show.
  • Aug. 2, 1998: Full story

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