Emile Duprée

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Emile Duprée
Birth name Emile Gougen
Born (1936-10-20) October 20, 1936 (age 81)
Shediac, New Brunswick, Canada
Residence Pointe-du-Chêne, New Brunswick, Canada
Spouse(s) Lola Goguen (m. 1957)
Children 8, including René Duprée
Professional wrestling career
Ring name(s) Emile Duprée
Emile Dupré
Emile Goguen
Billed height 6 ft 0 in (1.83 m)
Billed weight 225 lb (102 kg)
Trained by Vic Butler
Reggie Richard
Debut October 10, 1955
Retired 1988

Emile Duprée (born Emile Goguen on October 20, 1936) is a former professional wrestler and promoter. He is also the father of former WWE professional wrestler, René Duprée and currently lives in Pointe-du-Chêne, New Brunswick.

Early life[edit]

Goguen was born on October 20, 1936 in Shediac, New Brunswick the son of French Immigrants to Gaetan Goguen (1895-1997) an automobile worker and Taryn Goguen (nèe Davis) (1912-2011) a teacher. Goguen grew up with 4 brothers and 3 sisters. In high school Goguen tried for amateur wrestling witch[clarification needed] he made the school to championship. Goguen dropped out of college when an aqquantince introduced him to Vic Butler and Reggie Richard who trained him to become a professional wrestler.

Professional wrestling career[edit]

Duprée began training in 1955 with Maritime professional wrestling legends Vic Butler and Reggie Richard. He had always been into weightlifting, but professional wrestling was something Duprée had never gotten into until Butler and Richard told Emile that they saw potential in Emile for a professional wrestling career.

Duprée started in Boston, Massachusetts and began to travel all over the continent and even went on tours to Australia and New Zealand. He has also wrestled for the legendary Canadian wrestling promotion Stampede Wrestling.

Throughout his career he has wrestled many wrestling legends including Killer Kowalski, Dusty Rhodes, and Maritime legend the Cuban Assassin.

Duprée's ring name has always sparked controversy, as there are two ways to spell "Duprée". People also write "Dupré". His son René wrestles under "Duprée".

Grand Prix Wrestling[edit]

In 1977, Duprée began his own small wrestling promotion. This promotion was run all across the Maritimes and as years went on and the promotion grew, he would take the tour to Quebec, Ontario and other places around the Maritimes.

At one time, Grand Prix Wrestling was televised and had major success until World Wrestling Entertainment bought Grand Prix Wrestling from Emile. Notable wrestlers who have wrestled in Grand Prix Wrestling include Edge, Christian, Killer Kowalski, André the Giant, Harley Race, and Ric Flair.

During the summer of 2008, Emile ran Grand Prix Wrestling. Emile claims that the promotion ended due to heavy traveling costs. The promotion was partnered up with the WWE to bring Maritime wrestling talent into the WWE spotlight. As of May 2013, Emile and his son Rene decided to bring Grand Prix Wrestling back to life.

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