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The Spoiler made his return to the Maritimes in 1983, and
immediately became an impressive force in the ring. Wrestling,
with his traditional gloved
hand, that he would use to apply the claw. The Spoiler got the ire
of the Maritime Wrestling fans and of Leo Burke, when during a TV
Taping, he attacked a cameraman, and placed that man in the Claw.
Burke immediately came to the aid of the man, and then an
emotional Leo Burke warned Spoiler to beware. They battled across
the Maritmes, to end that summer.
The maniac Frenchy Martin was no stranger to the wrestling wars
in the Maritimes. He first wrestled here in the 70's as part of
the Mercenaries, with Mad Dog Lefebvre. He was involved in a
vicious feud with the Cormier Brothers (The Beast, Rudy Kay, Bobby
Kay and Leo Burke).
In 1983, Martin returned to the Maritimes as the International
Champion and continued his feud with Leo Burke. A feud, that would
go all the way to 1986, where Martin would regain the
International title from Burke. Martin was always one that was
looking for trouble, and could always dish it out.
Martin left the Maritimes and the wrestling ring in 1988, to
enter the WWF, as the manager of Dino Bravo.
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"Rotten" Ron Starr was well known in the Maritimes,
and was involved in the title picture.
Starr made his debut in the Maritimes in 1985, and was a fan
favorite. The crowd was totally in love with this red hair man.
Then in late June, he was the most hated man alive in the
Maritimes. Starr was teaming with Leo Burke on TV, Starr went
berserk and attacked Burke. This would be the beginning of a feud,
that would last almost 7 years.
Burke and Starr would do battle in all sorts of matches, wether
it be strap matches, barbwire,
or a chain match. These two
men, would do anything to destroy the other one. Most of the time,
when they fought the International Title was always on the line,
and blood would be spilled all over the Maritimes (I'll have much
more also next month about this).
Killer Karl Krupp
Killer Karl Krupp is well known all over the world as a man,
that would not stay in an area long enough to make a major impact,
but it was the opposite way in the Maritimes. Krupp was a mainstay
in the 1980's being here every summer.
The European Heavyweight Champion was always involved in the
big matches, and his interviews were always classics. From calling
the Great Malumba a "Dancing Duck", to starting
interviews, by calling
announcer Bill McCaullah " Mr. McCluckCluck". Krupp
mostly defended the European title, and would always retain the
title, when fighting Malumba, Burke, the Beast and many others.
However, he did lose the title once as he was defeated by Stephen
Petitpas. Petitpas reign lasted 1 month, before Krupp regained the
I'll talk about the 1985 incident, that would change the face of Wrestling in the Maritimes.
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