Ben Bassarab

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Ben Bassarab
Birth name Benjamin Bassarab
Born (1960-03-03) March 3, 1960 (age 56)
Calgary, Alberta, Canada
Spouse(s) Alison Hart (divorced)[1]
Children 2
Family Hart
Professional wrestling career
Ring name(s) Canadian Louis[2]
Canadian Lewis[3]
Ben Bassarab
Billed height 5 ft 10 in (1.78 m)
Billed weight 211 lb (96 kg; 15.1 st)
Billed from Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Trained by Ross Hart[4]
Stu Hart
Debut 1983[5]
Retired 1992

Benjamin Bassarab (born March 3, 1960 in Calgary, Alberta, Canada) is a Canadian former bodybuilder[6][7] and professional wrestler, best known for his appearances with Stu Hart's Stampede Wrestling promotion throughout the 1980s.[8]

Early life[edit]

Born in 1960 he is the son of Betty and Rusty Bassarab. He has two sisters named. Whitney and Wendy.[9] Betty died of cancer in the early 80s.[10]

He grew up in Elbow Park, Calgary.[11]

Bassarab played hockey and football with the Glencoe Club. He also rode in some rodeos.[12]

Professional wrestling career[edit]

Around 1981 Bassarab was encouraged by his future brother-in-law Davey Boy Smith to pursue pro wrestling.[13]

Bassarab was trained by Stu Hart and debuted in Hart's Calgary, Alberta based Stampede Wrestling promotion under his own name in 1983. Bassarab formed a tag team with Phil Lafleur.[14] They faced Danny Davis and Hubert Gallant for the Stampede International Tag Team Championship in early 1984, but the match was ruled a no-contest and the title was vacated.

The acquisition of Stampede by Vince McMahon (owner of the World Wrestling Federation, WWF) in 1985 led to many Stampede wrestlers being signed by the WWF. The British Bulldogs, Jim Neidhart, Owen Hart, and Bret Hart were all hired, but Bassarab was not, though he did face WWF wrestler Brutus Beefcake at the Maple Leaf Gardens in Toronto on July 28, 1985. Bassarab substituted for the absent Tony Garea and lost to Beefcake.

Bassarab began pursuing the International Tag Team Championship once more and began teaming with Chris Benoit. On March 1, 1986 in Regina, Saskatchewan, Bassarab and Benoit defeated Honky Tonk Man, Wayne Farris, and Rotten Ron Starr for the International Tag Team Championship. They lost the title to Farris and his new partner, The Cuban Assassin, on March 21 in Calgary.

Bassarab then formed a new team with his brother-in-law, Owen Hart.[15] On August 9 in Edmonton, Alberta they defeated Duke Myers and Kerry Brown for the International Tag Team Championship. They held the title until October 3, when they lost to The Viet Cong Express (Hiroshi Hase and Fumihiro Niikura) in Calgary. Bassarab and Owen feuded with the Express throughout Western Canada, on one occasion fighting to a forty-five-minute draw, but were unable to regain the International Tag Team Championship.

Bassarab remained with Stampede for the remainder of his career. During the 80s Bassarab took short tours in Japan, working for Japan Pro-Wrestling, and All Japan Pro Wrestling. In 1987 Bassarab worked for the North American Wrestling Association.[16] He also worked for the WWF when they toured Alberta in the 80s, and retired in 1992.[17][18]

Personal life[edit]

He married Stu Hart's daughter Alison Hart in May 1983.[19][20] They were married briefly, before leaving Alison when she was pregnant with their second daughter. They have two children, Lindsay and Brooke,[21] both children are close to Davey Boy Smith's children.

Brooke is Married to wrestler Peter Minnema, better known under his ring name, Pete Wilson.

Bassarab regularly visited B.J's Gym in Calgary, which was owned by his brother-in-law B.J. Annis. He also worked in the juice bar at the gym for some time before becoming a wrestler.[22]

In 1988 Bassarab was stabbed in a barfight, the incident dameged his liver severely.[23]

After divorcing Hart he remarried at some point. He and his new wife attended one of the two funeral services for former brother-in-law Davey Boy Smith held by Smith's girlfriend Andrea Redding,[24] the other was held by former sister-in-law Diana Hart-Smith.

Bassarab later became a truck driver and, later, a warehouse foreman before retiring to run a vending machine and landscaping business.[25]

In wrestling[edit]

Championships and accomplishments[edit]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Hart, Diana; McLellan, Kirstie (2001). Under the Mat: Inside Wrestling's Greatest Family. Fenn. p. 64 pp. ISBN 1-55168-256-7. 
  2. ^ "Ben Bassarab". cagematch.net. 
  3. ^ "Ben Bassarab". cagematch.net. 
  4. ^ Hart, Diana; McLellan, Kirstie (2001). Under the Mat: Inside Wrestling's Greatest Family. Fenn. p. 64 pp. ISBN 1-55168-256-7. 
  5. ^ "Ben Bassarab". wrestlingdata.com. 
  6. ^ Hart, Bret (2007). Hitman: My real life in the cartoon world of wrestling. Ebury Press. p. 122 pp. ISBN 9780091932862. 
  7. ^ Heath McCoy (2007). Pain and Passion: The History of Stampede Wrestling. ECWPress. p. 155. ISBN 978-1-55022-787-1. 
  8. ^ "Ben Bassarab". Online World Of Wrestling. Retrieved 2015-04-08. 
  9. ^ Hart, Diana; McLellan, Kirstie (2001). Under the Mat: Inside Wrestling's Greatest Family. Fenn. p. 63 pp. ISBN 1-55168-256-7. 
  10. ^ Hart, Diana; McLellan, Kirstie (2001). Under the Mat: Inside Wrestling's Greatest Family. Fenn. p. 64 pp. ISBN 1-55168-256-7. 
  11. ^ Hart, Diana; McLellan, Kirstie (2001). Under the Mat: Inside Wrestling's Greatest Family. Fenn. p. 63 pp. ISBN 1-55168-256-7. 
  12. ^ Hart, Diana; McLellan, Kirstie (2001). Under the Mat: Inside Wrestling's Greatest Family. Fenn. p. 64 pp. ISBN 1-55168-256-7. 
  13. ^ Hart, Diana; McLellan, Kirstie (2001). Under the Mat: Inside Wrestling's Greatest Family. Fenn. p. 64 pp. ISBN 1-55168-256-7. 
  14. ^ McCoy (2005). p. 199.
  15. ^ McCoy (2005). p. 214.
  16. ^ "North American Wrestling Association (NAWA)". cagematch.net. 
  17. ^ "Ben Bassarab: Career". cagematch.net. 
  18. ^ "WWF 1984". thehistoryofwwe.com. 
  19. ^ McCoy (2005). p. 241.
  20. ^ McCoy (2005). p. 155.
  21. ^ Hart, Diana; McLellan, Kirstie (2001). Under the Mat: Inside Wrestling's Greatest Family. Fenn. p. 63 pp. ISBN 1-55168-256-7. 
  22. ^ Hart, Diana; McLellan, Kirstie (2001). Under the Mat: Inside Wrestling's Greatest Family. Fenn. p. 63 pp. ISBN 1-55168-256-7. 
  23. ^ Hart, Bruce (2011). Straight From the Hart. ECW Press. p. ??. ISBN 978-1-55022-939-4. 
  24. ^ Hart, Bret (2007). Hitman: My real life in the cartoon world of wrestling. Ebury Press. p. 534 pp. ISBN 9780091932862. 
  25. ^ "RINGSIDE REMEMBRANCES — THE HART DYNASTY". 1wrestling.com. April 14, 2010. 
  26. ^ "Ben Bassarab". cagematch.net. 
  27. ^ Pedicino, Joe; Solie, Gordon (hosts) (December 6, 1986). "Pro Wrestling This Week". Superstars of Wrestling. Syndicated. WATL. 
  28. ^ "Stampede Wrestling International Tag Team Title". wrestling-titles.com. 

Further reading[edit]

  • McCoy, Heath (2005). Pain and Passion: The History of Stampede Wrestling. CanWest Books. ISBN 0-9736719-8-X. 
  • Hart, Julie (2013). Hart Strings. Tightrope Books. ISBN 978-1926639635. 

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