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    Edouard Carpentier Passes Away

    Never one to wear a costume, and a wrestler who actually had the type of athleticism to entertain, a great wrestler has passed away. I got the chance to see him perform, as well as a student of his Andre The Giant. Wrestling has lost a true pioneer...


    An early proponent of "scientific” wrestling, Carpentier was a crowd favorite who delighted fans with acrobatic leaps from the turnbuckles and a variety of other aerial maneuvers such as the rope-aided twisting headscissors. He was one of the first wrestlers to regularly use such maneuvers.[1] He was always a fan favorite in his bouts and was matched against numerous villains, perhaps the most well known of whom was the legendary Killer Kowalski.

    The highpoint of his career was his NWA World Heavyweight Championship reign from 1956 to 1957.[1] He won the title in a disputed contest between Lou Thesz on June 14, 1957.[1] Some NWA territories and officials recognized the disputed win as a legitimate title change, while others did not.[1] This led to the split of the NWA and led to the creation of the American Wrestling Association and other organizations, all with their own world titles.[1] He was later recognized as the first holder of the AWA's Omaha version of the World Heavyweight Championship.[1] He eventually dropped the belt to Verne Gagne.[1]

    After his retirement, Carpentier operated a school for teaching professional wrestling skills.[1] His most famous student was André the Giant. He also operated in the early 1980s as a babyface colour commentator, alongside heel play-by-play host Guy Hauray, for the Montreal-based Grand Prix Wrestling, and then, together for the World Wrestling Federation, when the WWF bought the Montreal territory in 1985. They hosted the French edition of the WWF television show Superstars, sold to French-speaking countries.[1] He was replaced by former French-Canadian wrestler Raymond Rougeau in 1992.

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    I just read this on Rue Frontenac. Edouard Carpentier was my hero when i grew up as a kid watching 'Grand Prix Wrestling' from Centre Paul Sauve in Montreal. I couldn't believe how accrobatic he was, and his famous 'savate'. Title matches against the likes of Mad Dog Vachon, Don Leo Jonathan & Vladek "Killer" Kowalski were among my favorites of all time. I saw him in person a few times & he was always the constant gentleman whenever i approached him for either a picture or an autograph.

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    Really more of a gymnast than a wrestler, but Carpentier was always very entertaining. Don Leo Jonathan was also great - the same acrobatic style but in his case he was about 6'6" and over 300 pounds - pretty amazing.

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    I remember approaching him after a match in the hallway of the Civic centre in Ottawa when I was a kid, gave me a pat on the top of my head, I also remember him from being Andre the Giants partner and the many matches they had together and all the acrobatic moves that he used to do.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Joe.t View Post
    I remember approaching him after a match in the hallway of the Civic centre in Ottawa when I was a kid, gave me a pat on the top of my head, I also remember him from being Andre the Giants partner and the many matches they had together and all the acrobatic moves that he used to do.
    One of my father's best friends was good friends with one of the promoters (anyone remember Larry Kotsaboski?) back then & one night when they had a card in our city, my fathers's buddy invited us for dinner. He had also invited his promoter friend to come by after the wrestling card was over. Guess who showed up? Edouard Carpentier, Andre the Giant (known as Jean Ferre back then), Tarzan "La Bottine" Tyler & a couple of others who's names i can't remember. Tyler was riot & had so many stories to tell. Carpentier was fairly quiet & mostly laughed at the various jokes & stories told by some of the other wrestlers.

    That's the night when i finally came to the conclusion that wrestling probably was fake....seeing how good friends Tyler was with the rest of the group....and what a likeable fellow he was outside the ring.

    (I was about 10 years old i think.....)

    One wrestler i met back in those days who was one of the biggest pricks i ever met was named 'Bull' Gregory. What a jerk! During his matches, he'd spit at the crowd for no reason & was a total a-hole. A couple of years later, he was charged by Mtl cops as being involved in a grand theft auto ring. I wasn't that surprised, to say the least.

    The nicest pro wrestler i've ever met? 'Gentleman' Jim Kelly. He was fairly popular back in the early 70's & he was also one of the kindest & most generous persons i'd ever met. We used to rent a cottage next to his residence during the summer. His matches against Japanese "Tokyo Joe" were legendary.....even though he lost most of them when 'Tokyo Joe' got him caught in his 'sleeper' hold.
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    C'est un grand monsieur qui vient de nous quitter, un pionnier de la lutte un athlète hors pair, j'ai lu qu'il avait eu une école de lutte au centre Claude Robillard, je crois que la ville devrait lui accorder une statuea cet endroit, et une autre a Mad Dog Vachon dans Cote-St-Paul
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    Quote Originally Posted by Doc Holliday View Post
    Andre the Giant (known as Jean Ferre back then),
    Wow, what a cool night that would have been. Didn't he call himself "The Giant Jean Ferre" initially?

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