​Mad Dog Vachon: Wrestling Famer Mad Dog Dies At 84​​

November 25, 2021
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Maurice ‘Mad Dog’ Vachon, an Olympian who became a WWE Hall of Famer and credited as one of the first TV wrestlers, died this week at his home in Nebraska, according to reports. He was 84.

Maurice wrestled for Canada in the 1948 London Games and won gold at the 1950 British Empire Games. But he had perhaps his greatest success as a growling, gap-toothed villain in World Wrestling Entertainment, where he battled Jesse Ventura and many others.

“He was the first wrestler to understand the power of television,” said Yves Theriault, who directed a 2009 documentary on Vachon. “He was the first wrestler to speak to the camera.”

Mad Dog retired in 1986 and kept from making a comeback by a jogging collision with a car that cost him a leg the following year. But like a true wrestler, he made a memorable cameo at a 1996 WWE event, where he allowed another wrestler to use his artificial leg to beat an opponent.

Vachon was inducted into the Hall in 2004.