Grand Prix Wrestling

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Grand Prix Wrestling
Acronym GPW
Founded 1960s; 2001
Headquarters Moncton, New Brunswick
Founder(s) Emile Duprée
Owner(s) Emile Duprée (1977–1986?; 2001–present)
Paul Peller (1986-1992?)
Mike Zinck (2001)
Formerly Atlantic Grand Prix Wrestling (1977-1991, 2015, 2017)
Canadian Championship Wrestling (1992)

Grand Prix Wrestling (GPW) is a professional wrestling promotion run and owned by Emile Duprée. Grand Prix Wrestling has recently finished the 2013 Rising Sun In The Maritimes Tour. Atlantic Grand Prix Wrestling tours parts of New Brunswick, Prince Edward Island, and Nova Scotia. It has no connection with Paul Vachon's Grand Prix Wrestling promotion of Montreal in the 1970s.

History[edit]

Atlantic Grand Prix Wrestling[edit]

Originally known as Atlantic Grand Prix Wrestling (AGPW), the regional circuit has been around since the early 1960s. During the 60s and the 70s AGPW was so popular it became a hit in the Maritimes. AGPW cards were held in Moncton, New Brunswick on Monday nights, Halifax, Nova Scotia on Thursdays, Berwick, Nova Scotia on Saturday evenings and along other small towns in New Brunswick, Nova Scotia, and Prince Edward Island.

Every summer, there were two big titles up for grabs: The United States Heavyweight Title and the North American Tag Team Title. Other titles included the European Heavyweight Title and the Maritime Heavyweight Title. The European Heavyweight Title was held more by Killer Karl Krupp than any other wrestler and The Maritime Heavyweight Title was held most often by Stephen Petitpas. During the late 1980s, the United States Heavyweight Title was changed to the International Heavyweight Title.

Rising Sun In The Maritimes Tour[edit]

Atlantic Grand Prix Wrestling returned to the Maritimes in 2013 for a summer tour. The roster featured former WWE wrestler Rene Dupree, All Japan Pro Wrestling star Seiya Sanada, She Nay Nay, Bellatrix star Erin Angel, midget wrestlers Lil' Fabio and Lil' Poppa Pump, The Masked Thunderbolt, Kwan Chang, Jeremy Prophet, Bobby Sharp, Spiderman and Japanese star, Daiki Inaba. The tour kicked off in Borden-Carleton, Prince Edward Island with a show featuring a special guest appearance by Japanese legend The Great Muta.

The tour continued with Prince Edward Island shows in Souris and O' Leary. Nova Scotia shows included: Springhill, Bridgewater, two in Berwick, Tatamagouche, Truro, Cheticamp, North Sydney, Baddeck and Antigonish. The New Brunswick portion of the tour included shows in: Cocagne (3 times), Neguac, Lameque, Chipman, Fredericton Junction, Blacks Harbour, Baie St. Anne, Minto, Petit-Rocher, Doaktown and Sunny Corner. The tour was very successful and it brought a lot of escalation toward what is now known as the 2014 New Era Tour that featured Rene Dupree, Yasufumi Nakanoue, Butcher Vachon, Bobby Sharp, Jeremy Prophet, the return of the Cuban Assassin and many more. Towns featured on the tour included Neguac, Black's Harbour and Minto (New Brunswick), O'Leary, Borden-Carleton and Souris (Prince Edward Island), and Sydney, Baddeck, Berwick, Truro and Springhill (Nova Scotia).

Eastern Canada Tour[edit]

In May 2015, AGPW held a tour across Nova Scotia, New Brunswick and Prince Edward Island.[1]

Alumni[edit]

Male wrestlers
Birth name: Ring name(s): Tenure: Notes
Ángel Acevedo The Cuban Assassin / The Cuban Commando 1979–1980
1982
1984–1985
1989
1992
1999–2000
Richard Acevedo The Cuban Assassin / Cuban Assassin #2 1999
2005–2006
2008
Kevin Ali Mentallo 2001
Orest Antonation Bill Cody 1982–1983
Dennis Baldock Bobby Bass 1980
1982
Craig Baranieski Dino Ventura 1987-1988
Roland Barriault Frenchie Lamont 2005–2006
Vince Billotto Vinnie Valentino 1988
Bob Brown Bob Brown 1983
1988
1990
Kerry Brown Rick Valentine 1982–1983
Masahiro Chono Tokyo Chono 1988
Allen Coage Bad News Brown 1997
Ada Copeland Sexton Hardcastle 1997
Leonce Cormier Leo Burke 1979–1980
1982–1983
1988–1992
1998–1999
Jean-Louis Cormier Rudy Kay 1982–1983
Romeo Cormier Bobby Kay 1982–1983
1990
Yvon Cormier The Beast 1982
1988–1990
1999–2000
John Cozman Danny Young 1984
Ruben Cruz Hercules Ayala Cortez 1982
Scott D'Amore Scott D'Amore / Masked Super Warrior #2 1997–1998
Sean Dunster Rick the Bruiser 1998
Gerard Ethifier Gerry Morrow 1989
Adam Filangeri Phil Atlas 2008
Steve Finley Wayne Gillis 1988–1989
Clifford Fraser Farmer Brooks 1988
Rudolph Freed Rudy Diamond 1988
Jean Gagné Frenchy Martin 1983
Gary Gallant Wildman Austin 1997
1998–2000
2005–2006
Hubert Gallant Hubert Gallant 1980
1982–1983
Edward Giovannetti Lenny Montana 1983–1984
Emile Goguen Emile Dupre 1979–1980
1988
Jeff Goguen Jeff Duprée 2005–2006
2008
René Goguen René Duprée / René Rougeau 1998–2001
2006
2008
2015
2017
Jose Gomez Tony Russo 1983–1984
Archie Gouldie Archie Gouldie 1984
Scott Grimez Giant Pharaoh 2015
Neil Guay Big John the Quebec Lumberjack 1982
Junji Hirata Sonny Two Rivers 1997–1998
Joseph Hitchen Joe E. Legend 1998–1999
Steven Hoy Steve Casey 1989
Mike Hughes Mike Hughes 1999
2004
Scott Ingraham Scott Savage 2005
Donald Jardine The Spoiler 1983
Gary Jessome Duke MacIsaac 2005
Ron Johnson Bull Johnson 1983
David Kochen Buddy Lane 1984–1985
1988–1990
Yusuke Kodama Yusuke Kodama 2015
Paul Koziar Flesh Gordon 2001
Jody Kristofferson Jody Kristofferson 2015
Glen Kulka Glen Kulka 1997
Larry Liger The Great Malumba 1982–1983
1988
Michael Lozanski Mike Lozanski 1990
Ryan Mader Lincoln Steen 2005 2006-2017
Robert Maillet The Acadian Giant / Kurrgan 1991–1992
1999–2000
Paul Marcoux Hans Schultz 2000–2001
Vern May Vance Nevada 2001
Karl Moffat Hans Herman 1985
George Momberg Karl Von Krupp 1979
1982
Devon Nicholson Hannibal 2017
Robert Nutt Ron Starr 1989
1991
Gregory Nykoliation Eddie Watts 1988–1989
1991–1992
2000
2005
Tod Olsen Ole Olsen 1991
Paul Pellerin Paul Peller 1979–1980
1982–1983
1988–1990
1992
Corey Peloquin Chi Chi Cruz 1990
1999–2000
Stephen Petitpas Steve Petitpas 1979–1980
Michel Pigeon Jos LeDuc 1984
Lanny Poffo Lanny Poffo 1983
Alastair Ralphs Buddy Austin 2008
Timothy Reid Timothy Flowers 1990
William Reso Christian Cage 1997
Steven Romero Jay Youngblood 1983
Robert Roode Jr. Bobby Roode 2000
Victor Rosettani Vic Rossitani / Vic Rossi 1983
Marc Roussel Marko Estrada 2005
2015
Seiya Sanada Seiya Sanada 2015
David Savelli Spiderman 2015
Aaron Schlosser Ruffy Silverstein 2001
Mark Sciarra Rip Rogers 1988
1990
1997
Robert Sharp Bobby Sharp 2015
Mike Shaw Man Mountain Mike 1985
David Sherwin Goldie Rogers 1979–1980
1991–1992
Reginald Siki Sweet Daddy Siki 1983–1984
Chuck Simpson Chuck Simms 1999
Robert Smedley Bobby Blaze 1991–1992
Peter Smith The Mighty Hercules 1998–1999
Tom Stanton The Super Destroyer 1985
Rick Taras Rick Patterson 1985
1992
Roger Theriault Butcher Vachon 1988–1990
1992
1998–1999
2006
2008
Edward White Sailor White 1988
1991
Chad Wicks Chad Dick 2006
Jay York The Alaskan 1979
1982–1983
Unknown Alex North / The French Mystic / The French Mystique 2008
Unknown The Brute 1979
1981
Unknown Carlos Valderama 2017
Unknown Cliff McDonald 2000
Unknown Greg Evans 1997
Unknown Jesse Bieber 2015
Unknown Iron Mike Lyons 2006
Unknown Jonathan Holliday 1988
Unknown Jon Michaels 1997
Julien Young Julien Young 2005
Eric Doucet Markus Burke 2015
Unknown Mike McFly / Mad Dog McFly / Mad Dog Neilson / Stan Neilson 2000–2001
Unknown Pat Brady 1989
Unknown Randy Scott 1983
Unknown The Rebel 2006
Unknown Rico Frederico 1991
Unknown Robert Scarpino 2001
Unknown Rock Evans 2001
Unknown Rodney Blackbeard 1997
Unknown Russian Bigfoot 1988
Unknown Ryan Rogan 2017
Ryan Babineau Ryan Storm/Wrestling Spider-Man 2005–2006
Unknown Scott Sandlin 1989
Troy Merrick Sexton Phoenix 2006
Unknown T.G. Stone 1983
Mathieu Titus Titus 2005–2006
Todd McPhee Todd Douglas 2000
2005–2006
Unknown Todd McPhee 1991–1992
Unknown Tommy Osbourne 2006
Unknown The UFO 1979
1988
Unknown Z-ro 2006
Female wrestlers
Birth name: Ring name(s): Tenure: Notes
Athanasia Alexopoulos She Nay Nay 2006
2008
Krista Hanakowski Krysta Kiniski 2006
Peggy Lee Peggy Lee 1983
Erin Marshall Erin Angel 2008
Betty Wade-Murphy Joyce Grable 1982–1983
Unknown Éve 2017
Unknown Kat Von Heez 2015
Unknown Penny Mitchel 1982
Unknown Stacy Thibault 2017
Unknown Tessa Blanchard 2015
Midget wrestlers
Birth name: Ring name(s): Tenure: Notes
Shigeri Akabane Little Tokyo 1983
Marcel Gauthier Sky Low Low 1980
1988
Harold Lang Cowboy Lang 1983
Louis Waterhouse, Jr. Little Louie 1999
Stables and tag teams
Tag team/Stable(s) Members Tenure(s)
The Burkes Bobby Kay and Rudy Kay 1982
The Cuban Assassins Angelo Castro and Raiul Castro 1982
The Cuban Commandos The Cuban Assassin and Gerry Morrow 1989
The Masked Super Warriors Masked Super Warrior #1 and Masked Super Warrior #2 1997
The Rock 'n' Roll Rebel Express Dino Ventura and Kid Dynamite 1987

Championships[edit]

Key
Reign The reign number for the specific set of wrestlers listed
Event The event promoted by the respective promotion in which the titles were won
N/A The specific information is not known
Used for vacated reigns so as not to count it as an official reign
(n) Indicates that a title change took place "no later than" the date listed.[Note 1]
  Indicates that there was a period where the lineage is undocumented due to the lack of written documentation

AGPW International Heavyweight Championship[edit]

No. Champion Reign Date Days held Location Event Notes Ref.
1 Leaping Lanny 1 1978 (n) N/A Unknown Live event    
2 Randy Savage 1 July 18, 1978 (n) N/A Unknown Live event    
                 
3 Leaping Lanny 2 1979 N/A Unknown Live event    
4 Randy Savage 2 March 13, 1979 N/A Halifax, Nova Scotia Live event    
                 
5 Killer Karl Krupp 1 July, 1979 (n) N/A Unknown Live event    
                 
6 Frenchy Martin 1 May 18, 1983 (n) N/A Unknown Live event    
                 
7 Leo Burke 1 August 4, 1983 (n) N/A Unknown Live event    
                 
Vacated 1984 N/A N/A Championship vacated for unknown reasons  
                 
8 Super Destroyer 1 May 30, 1985 (n) N/A Unknown Live event    
9 Killer Karl Krupp 2 July 10, 1985 (n) N/A Unknown Live event    
10 Super Destroyer 2 1985 N/A Unknown Live event    
11 Steve Pettipas 1 1985 N/A Unknown Live event    
12 Ron Starr 1 1985 N/A Unknown Live event    
                 
13 Leo Burke 2 July, 1986 (n) N/A N/A Live event    
14 Frenchy Martin 2 July, 1986 (n) N/A Moncton, New Brunswick Live event    
                 
15 Ron Starr 2 June 19, 1987 (n) N/A Unknown Live event    
                 
Vacated September 1987 N/A N/A Championship vacated for unknown reasons  
                 
16 Rip Rogers 1 July 14, 1987 (n) N/A Unknown Live event    
17 Leo Burke 3 August 18, 1988 N/A Halifax, Nova Scotia Live event    
18 Ron Starr 3 1989 N/A Unknown Live event    
19 Dynamite Kid 1 1989 N/A Unknown Live event    
                 
20 Leo Burke 4 July 1, 1987 (n) N/A Unknown Live event    
18 Ron Starr 3 July 20, 1989 (n) N/A Unknown Live event    
20 Leo Burke 5 August 11, 1990 (n) N/A Unknown Live event    
                 
Rip Rogers 2 1990 N/A Unknown Live event    

AGPW United States Heavyweight Championship[edit]

No. Champion Reign Date Days held Location Event Notes Ref.
1 David von Schultz 1 June 26, 1980 (n) N/A Unknown Live event    
                 
2 Rick Valentine 1 July, 1982 (n) N/A Unknown Live event    
3 Leo Burke 1 July, 1982 (n) N/A Unknown Live event    
                 
4 Rick Valentine 2 May 18, 1983 (n) N/A Unknown Live event    
5 Leo Burke 2 July 21, 1982 (n) N/A Halifax, Nova Scotia Live event    
Vacated September 1987 N/A N/A Held up when match between Burke and The Spoiler ended in controversy.  
6 Leo Burke 3 September 8, 1983 N/A Halifax, Nova Scotia Live event Defeated The Spoiler in a rematch for the vacant title.  
Deactivated 1984 N/A N/A Title is retired.  

AGPW Maritimes Heavyweight Championship[edit]

No. Champion Reign Date Days held Location Event Notes Ref.
1 Steve Pettipas 1 May 1984 N/A Unknown Live event    
                 
2 Super Destroyer 1 1985 N/A Unknown Live event    
3 Steve Pettipas 2 1985 N/A Unknown Live event    

AGPW North American Tag Team Championship[edit]

No. Champions Reign Date Days held Location Event Notes Ref(s)
1 The Cuban Assassin and Carpetbagger 1 March 3, 1978 N/A Unknown Live event    
                 
2 The Cuban Assassin and Goldie Rogers 1 July, 1979 (n) N/A Unknown Live event    
                 
3 Leo Burke and Hubert Gallant 1 June 26, 1980 (n) N/A Unknown Live event    
4 The Cuban Assassin and Bobby Bass 1 1980 N/A Unknown Live event    
5 Leo Burke and Steve Pettipas 1 August, 1980 (n) N/A Unknown Live event    
                 
6 The Cuban Assassins
(Angelo Castro and Raoul Castro)
1 June 10, 1982 (n) N/A Unknown Live event    
                 
7 Bull Johnston and Vic Rossitani 1 June 1, 1983 (n) N/A Unknown Live event    
8 Frenchy Martin and Rick Valentine 1 September, 1983 (n) N/A Unknown Live event    
                 
9 Bob Brown and Great Pogo Langie 1 May 1984 N/A Unknown Live event    
                 
10 Bob Brown and Great Pogo Langie 1 May 1984 N/A Unknown Live event    
                 
11 The Cuban Assassin and Sweet Daddy Siki 1 1985 N/A Unknown Live event    
                 
12 Killer Karl Krupp and Hans Herman 1 July 10, 1985 (n) N/A Unknown Live event    
Vacated 1985 N/A N/A Championship vacated for unknown reasons  
                 
13 The Spoiler and Nikita Kalmikoff 1 June 12, 1986 (n) N/A Unknown Live event    
                 
14 Leo Burke and The Cuban Assassin 1 August 30, 1986 (n) N/A Unknown Live event    
                 
15 The Rock 'n' Roll Rebel Express
(Dino Ventura and Kid Dynamite)
1 1987 N/A Unknown Live event    
16 Bob Brown and Rick Valentine 1 June 26, 1987 N/A Unknown Live event    
                 
17 Leo Burke and The Cuban Assassin 2 N/A N/A Unknown Live event    
18 Bob Brown and Tokyo Chono 1 July, 1988 (n) N/A Unknown Live event    
19 Leo Burke and Steve Pettipas 2 September 1988 N/A Unknown Live event    
                 
20 The Cuban Commandos
(Gerry Morrow and The Cuban Assassin)
1 June, 1989 (n) N/A Unknown Live event
                 
21 Leo Burke and Bobby Kay 2 1990 N/A Petitcodiac, New Brunswick Live event Defeated Tim Flowers and Bobby Bass  

Footnotes[edit]

  1. ^ Documentation of the specific date of a title change is not found but documentation of the champion holding the title on that date/in that period.

References[edit]

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