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Burke would avoid Petitpas, until the last week of August, when
Petitpas was being double teamed by Cuban Assassin and Butcher Vachon.
Burke came out and made the save for Petitpas, then returned to the
dressing room. Petitpas didnít know what to do with this, but he
quickly found out exactly what where Burkeís intention.
Later on the card, Burke was fighting the Acadian Giant, and he began
working on the Giantís leg and it was apparent that Burke was trying
to injure the Giant. Petitpas came out and made the save for the Giant,
but Burke attacked Petitpas from behind and took him out. This would set
up the final 2 weeks of action for the summer.
The dream match up between long time tag team partners, was now a
reality and they did not disappoint. The first week of matches between
the 2 where amazing. Burke and Petitpas tore down every arena, that they
fought in, and the fans where treated a to a series of mix matches. From
classic scientific wrestling matches to all out brawls. Burke would
retain the title, thanks to some help from the Cuban Assassin and Paul
Peller. However, Burkeís reign suddenly came to an end, when Petitpas
capitalized on Burkeís miscue and rolled him up with a small package
to capture the title and the crowd in the Cocagne Arena went nuts.
Petitpas was the new champ, and all seemed set up for the following
However, following that season we didnít get the opportunity to see
a real conclusion to the Burke Vs. Petitpas feud, as that happened to be
the last year of Grand Prix/CCW Wrestling. Iíll have a year recap, of
all the events in an upcoming article.
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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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