Maurice Vachon

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Maurice

Title History

  • NWA Texas Tag Team titles w/ Pierre LaSalle (April 1955);
  • Stampede International Tag Team titles w/ Paul “Butcher” Vachon defeating Sandy and George Scott (January 30, 1959);
  • NWA (Calgary) Canadian Tag Team titles w/ Paul Vachon defeating Chet Wallick and Chico Garcia (Febuary 17, 1959);
  • NWA (Calgary) Canadian Tag Team titles w/ Paul Vachon defeating Sandy and George Scott (March 1959);
  • Stampede International Tag Team titles w/ Paul Vachon defeating Chet Wallick and Chico Garcia (March ??, 1959);
  • Stampede International Tag Team titles w/ Paul Vachon defeating Mighty Ursus and Shag Thomas (April 24, 1959);
  • NWA (Calgary) Canadian Tag Team titles w/ Paul Vachon defeating Charro Azteca and Chet Wallick (May 12, 1959);
  • NWA Texas Tag Team titles w/ Paul Vachon defeating Torbellico Blanco and Cyclone Negro (November 8, 1960);
  • NWA Texas Tag Team titles w/ Duke Keomuka (December 1960);
  • NWA (Mid Atlantic) Southern Tag Team titles w/ Paul Vachon defeating Jack Curtis and Ray Villmer (January 23, 1961);
  • NWA Pacific Northwest Tag Team titles w/ Fritz Von Goering defeating Luther Lindsay and Shag Thomas (September 21, 1962);
  • NWA Pacific Northwest Heavyweight title defeating Luther Lindsay (October 4, 1962);
  • NWA Pacific Northwest Heavyweight title defeating Herb Freeman (Febuary 16, 1963);
  • NWA Pacific Northwest Heavyweight title defeating Herb Freeman (May 17, 1963);
  • NWA Pacific Northwest Heavyweight title defeating Nick Bockwinkel (November 21, 1963);
  • Nebraska Heavyweight title (March 1964);
  • AWA World Heavyweight title defeating Vern Gagne (May 2, 1964);
  • Nebraska Heavyweight title defeating Otto Von Krupp (August 22, 1964);
  • AWA World Heavyweight title defeating Vern Gagne (October 20, 1964);
  • AWA World Heavyweight title defeating Mighty Igor Vodic (May 22, 1965);
  • NWA Pacific Northwest Heavyweight title defeating Pepper Martin (June 5, 1965);
  • Nebraska Tag Team titles w/ Haru Sasaki (October ??, 1965);
  • AWA World Heavyweight title defeating Crusher Lisowski (November 12, 1965);
  • AWA World Heavyweight title defeating Dick the Bruiser (November 19, 1966);
  • NWA (Georgia) World Tag Team titles w/ Paul Vachon defeating Enrique and Ramon Torres (January 13, 1967);
  • IWA (Montreal) International Heavyweight title defeating Hans Schmidt (January 24, 1967);
  • IWA (Montreal) International Heavyweight title defeating Johnny Rougeau (August 14, 1967);
  • AWA Midwest Tag Team titles w/ Bob Orton Sr. defeating Doug Gilbert and Reggie Parks (March 15, 1968);
  • NWA Pacific Northwest Heavyweight title defeating Moondog Mayne (May 30, 1968);
  • AWA Midwest Tag Team titles w/ Paul Vachon (1969);
  • AWA World Tag Team titles w/ Paul “Butcher” Vachon defeating Dick the Bruiser and Crusher (August 30, 1969);
  • AWA World Tag Team titles w/ Paul “Butcher” Vachon defeating Karl and Kurt Von Steiger (May 1971);
  • IWA (Japan) World Tag Team titles w/ Ivan Koloff defeating Strong Kobayashi and Great Kusatsu (April 18, 1973);
  • IWA (Japan) World Heavyweight title defeating Mighty Inoue (April 10, 1975);
  • NWA Texas Brass Knuckles title (July 1975);
  • NWA (Central States) World Tag Team titles w/ Baron Von Raschke defeating Goliath and Black Gordman (September 30, 1976);
  • IWA (Montreal) International Tag Team titles w/ Edouard Carpentier (Febuary 1978);
  • AWA World Tag Team titles w/ Vern Gagne defeating Ray Stevens and Pat Patterson (June 6, 1979);
  • PWA (Pro Wrestling America) Heavyweight title defeating Steve Regal (January 15, 1985);

Career Highlights

In The Beginning

  • 1948: Maurice Vachon represented Canada in the Olympics held in London finishing in 7th place in the 174-pound class.
  • 1950: Maurice Vachon passed up his amateur status to turn professional.

Mad Dog Vachon

  • Maurice Vachon wrestled for the Verne Gagne’s American Wrestling Association.
  • ~~~Maurice Vachon won the AWA World Heavyweight title as well as the AWA World Tag Team titles with his brother Paul.

The Vachon Brothers

  • August 14, 1970 – AWA Comiskey Park: The Vachon Brothers defeated The Crusher and Dick The Bruiser in a Steel Cage Match!
  • June 6, 1979: Verne Gagne and Mad Dog Vachon defeated Pat Patterson and Ray Stevens for the AWA Tag Team title.

Legendary Vachon

  • 1987: Maurice Vachon lost his leg after being hit by a car outside his home in Iowa.
  • 1996: Maurice Vachon was honored by the WWF for being one of the great old-timers that helped make wrestling.
  • December 9, 2005 – Great Lake Wrestling: Mad Dog Vachon spoke about Crusher, saying that at the age of 75, he could still bench 350!
  • 2003 – Maurice “Mad Dog” Vachon was honored by the Cauliflower Alley Club when he was presented with the Iron Mike Mazurki Award.
  • November 21, 2013 – Maurice “Mad Dog” Vachon passed away of natural causes at 84 years old.
  • Mike Aldren wrote (On March 4, 2010): Maurice “Mad Dog” Vachon, 80, was announced this past week for the 2010 WWE Hall of Fame. He will be inducted by Pat Paterson. Vachon is patriarch to one of pro wrestling’s most accomplished families. He is the brother of wrestlers Paul and Vivian Vachon, and the uncle of former WWE manager Luna Vachon. He was among the AWA’s all-time great heels with a career spanning four decades. After retirement in 1986, Vachon, a native of Montreal, Quebec, settled in Carter Lake, Iowa, near his wife’s home town of Omaha, but tragedy struck when he was the victim of a hit-and-run driver, resulting in the amputation of his leg. The Vachons moved to Omaha shortly thereafter. He later appeared in beer commercials and was a restaurant critic for a Quebec City television station. His last appearances on WWE television came at the In Your House 7 pay-per-view. He was sitting near ringside, when Kevin Nash (Diesel) ripped his artificial leg off and used it as a weapon in his match with Shawn Michaels. He also made an appearance at the 1998 Over the Edge pay-per-view, in a segment where he and the late Reggie “The Crusher” Lisowski were mocked by Jerry Lawler, including Lawler trying to steal Vachon’s artificial leg.