On the latest episode of “Something To Wrestle”, Bruce Prichard discussed wrestling in Montreal and how the shows that took place there were treated in a different manner. He recalled tension between Jean-Pierre Lafitte and Diesel that stemmed from Lafitte not wanting to job to Diesel in his hometown and led to Nash shooting on him in the ring after a botched spot on a later show. Here are the highlights:
On The Different Rules In Montreal Leading To An Issue Between Lafitte & Diesel:
Again, I wasn’t there, so I can’t speak to whatever he said, she said. He did, she did bulls***. I have no idea. I do know that when they got there, and I do not know if the finish was Jackknife, 1-2-3, or what. But I do know that Pierre wanted to change the finish, and that he was unhappy with the finish. There’s been a long-standing situation, I guess is the best word I can think of, in Montreal. Montreal was treated, for whatever reason, different than anywhere else in the f***ing world. They got a different show show. They got their French Canadians were featured on our shows, hence Pierre being featured in the main event against Diesel. So, the French Canadian talent took their place on the card very seriously, and they were very concerned about how they were viewed. The whole nine yards. It was very different from every place else in the world. To this day, I don’t get it because now when we go there, it’s they get the same show in Montreal that you’re gonna get in Kansas City. It’s the same draw. But at the time, it was different, and it was a different thing.
Pierre was concerned about it. They came up with whatever finish that they came up with, and that was it. But it was viewed by the talent, and I gotta tell you, not everybody was on Pierre’s side on this one. There were quite a few people on the other side of it saying, ‘Why in the f*** are there different rules in Montreal than every place else?’ So, it wasn’t as clear-cut as people like to pain, ‘Oh! F***ing Disel and Shawn [Michaels] flexing their muscles and poor, poor Pierre!’ It was both sides of that. There were those that wanted to side with Pierre because it was Diesel and Shawn. And then, there were those who were like, ‘Why in the f*** are there different rules in Montreal?’
On How Far Back Montreal’s Different Treatment Went:
Yeah, and it was fascinating then because for me it was hard to justify, but to everybody else it was like, ‘No. You don’t understand. It’s Montreal.’ So, I just used to take the stance of, ‘I don’t understand. It’s Montreal.’ And I would tap out. … Pat [Patterson] did subscribe to that theory, as did Vince [McMahon], but that goes back — the whole Montreal different booking even goes back to when Vince’s dad with the Montreal promotion, and Vince’s dad would send guys up there. It goes back to Andre [the Giant]. It’s a different world in Montreal. It’s a different world. They want to be their own country. There’s parts of that city where they only speak French Canadian, Quebecois, qu’est-ce que c’est.
On How Pat Patterson Felt:
I think Pat subscribed to the theory that Montreal was different. … Pat would lend an ear no matter what it was, but I think in this situation, Pat would empathize with the Montreal situation and say, ‘Ah! It’s Montreal! Para c’est! You don’t understand!’
On Lafitte Never Being A Problem Prior Or After:
Well, I’ll go back to first of all on Pierre, I never remember ever having a problem with Pierre doing a job anywhere. And that’s why I think that this sticks out so much because here was a guy that was all business, all the time. You know, French Canadians are French Canadians, and they’re proud of their heritage. And they’re proud of where they come from, and it’s different. That’s the best I can tell ya. It’s different. But we never had a problem with Pierre, and I don’t know that Vince even saw this as a problem. I think that it got stirred internally, and I don’t think it was as one-sided as it’s been — as legend has grown as it’s become. To that, I believe that the finish was the next day Diesel going over, and everything being fine. I don’t remember the butt in the face, and if it happened, it happened. But I personally don’t recall that. And as far as The Pirate gimmick, argh matey! God damn, I just chalk that up to, it wasn’t the best gimmick in the world, but the son of a b**** could catch a f***ing ball.
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