Wednesday, May 14, 2014

Random Thoughts on... Mad Dogs, Midgets and Screw Jobs

Neglected to mention this, but a couple weeks ago, I picked up this book from the bookstore and it's actually quite a bit of an interesting read. Yeah, it's a wrestling related book about the history of wrestling in what they call the Montreal territory... and yes, they do cover the Montreal Screwjob that everyone and their pet pygmy marmosets have covered since forever, but then there's a look back at all the various Quebec-born talent and a lot of memorable stuff tied to the territory, such as the 1997 match between Jacques Rougeau and Hollywood Hogan (that Hogan lost!) and the Pat Patterson brunch segments that aired in francophone markets (if you speak French, look them up on Youtube; they're fucking hilarious). Of course, there's a feature on the current scene as well (as current as the book allowed, at least.)

No doubt the authors of this book went to maticulous detail dwelling into the history of Montreal's contributions to professional wrestling, but there were moments where I wished they dwelled into some topics a bit more in-depth. Sure, the thing with Bret, Shawn, and Vince have been covered to death, but I doubt plenty of people knew about the original Montreal Screwjob from 1931 between Ed Lewis and Henri Deglane. Would've been nice to know more.

As it is, though, this was actually a nice little read and an interesting look into Montreal wrestling.

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