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earliest matches I’ve seen
involving Abby the Butcher in
International Wrestling come from late 1985,
from the time he was teaming with former foe Jos
Leduc to feud with the Rougeaus.
I talked about that in a previous column,
so I won’t repeat myself again. I just want to
say that this must have been one of the largest
and, most of all, scariest pairings in IW
history—Jos Leduc was a helluva scary man too!
Both men teaming against the Rougeaus was
simply unequal, but I guess Brito had a lot of
plans for Jacques and Raymond, because they won the war against
Leduc and Abby… I remember seeing matches of
Abby against Jacques, Jr., setting the table for
their main event match-up of
December 1985, and Jacques didn’t even
also talked about the tragedy that took place on
December 24th 1985 involving Tarzan
Tyler, Mad Dog Lefebvre and referee Srrien
Desbois’ deaths in a car crash.
That accident messed
up a bit the match-up between the Rougeaus and
the Leduc/Abby pairing, since, if memory serves
me well, there was no real
on that feud after the card held in
Maybe it’s because the Rougeaus were
targeting the WWF too—I must admit that
art of history is kind of confused in my
1986, Abdullah the Butcher became a major player
on Quebecer ground, after the departure of the
best talent IW had to offer (Bravo, the Rougeaus,
King Tonga, later Rick Martel).
Managed by all-time great Eddy “The
Brain” Creatchman, Abby took pleasure taking
on smaller guys once the big names were gone.
His first target was Gino Brito, Jr., whom he
attacked after one of Brito’s matches with no
but to irate his father Gino, Sr.—a trick that
I must say. That feud didn’t last long, as one must admit that Brito,
Jr. didn’t have much charisma, even though he
seemed to be a hard worker.
came an astonishing turn of events. I said
previously that International Wrestling had an
agreement with the World Wrestling Council,
which is why Carribean stars came to Quebec once
in a while. On a night where Abdullah the
Butcher was paired to fellow big man and WWC
performer Kamala (this pair was wild and so
scary!), things didn’t
way Eddy Creatchman wanted them to happen.
Unfortunately, I can’t remember who
that team of mammoths was facing, but I do
remember that by the end of the brawl, Kamala
mistakingly hit Abby with a chop to the throat,
that got Abby mad and both men started going at it.
The following week, I saw Eddy Creatchman
television and he said that his man Kamala would
get rid of that scum bag
Abdullah the Butcher fo good, creating
something that the
fans over here had never seen before: a babyface
Abdullah the Butcher! Abby had always been the brutal, sneaky, bloody mad maniac
people loved to hate up here, in his wars with
the Rougeau’s first generation wrestlers, the
Leducs, and people cheered for any team who
would be brave enough (or crazy enough) to face
Abby and The Sheik when they paired to terrorize
the Quebecer territory in better days.
Now, people would start cheering for
Abdullah the Butcher, something that was a
briefly feuding with Kamala, showing he was
superior to the so-called Ugandan Giant/Ugandan
Headhunter/Kenyan Giant or whatever they billed
Jim Harris, Abdullah the Butcher was still alive
and well and Eddy Creatchman had to find better
brawlers to get rid of the man who, according to
“The Brain”, had betrayed the Creatchman family.
That is when Creatchman came with Steve
Strong, who defeated almost everybody
on his path (everybody except for Rick Martel,
who had left for the WWF). Strong was surrounded
by Eddy and his son, “Pretty Boy” Floyd, and
was asked to beat up the Butcher.
Strong looked pretty confident and
didn’t seem to be scared of the Butcher, and I
was disappointed after watching a Strong/Abby
match-up to see that Abby was, once again, the
only guy bleeding.
In what became a pure brawl, none of the
wrestlers caring about winning or losing, Strong
and Abby fought
in what quickly became a melee of all the IW
wrestlers who had invaded the ring to separate
both men. No
man had mastered the other. Abdullah teh Butcher
made his way to the top of the ladder as # 1
babyface on the territory (!!!) and was a clear
target for Creatchman’s stable.
That is when the Creatchmans brought in
Bruiser Brody and
what was supposed to be his brother,
That is the only time I remember seeing Bruiser
Brody on Quebecer soil.
Brody, of course, was the heel, directed
by Floyd’s “advice”—even though I always
to turn around and take a bite at Floyd,
whose voice and attitude were annoying.
After a few bloody brawls, Hercules Ayala
was added to the plot against Abby and became
International Champion in January of 1987. But
Abby would defeat him a month later to become
the last Canadian International Champion before
IW’s demise later that year.
Trying an ultimate solution to destroy
Abby, Eddy Creatchman
brought big soldier Kareem Muhammad to
Quebec and Gino Brito, Sr. booked a chain match
that would take place in Quebec City—something
quite unusual, since the Athletic Commission
clearly stated that there should not be any
chain matches nor any cage matches in Quebec
defied the law.
again, Abby took over and beat up Muhammad in a
short but bloody brawl.
Meanwhile, Abdullah the Butcher had found
himself a new manager, former wrestler from
India Deepak Singh.
gained popularity in Quebec, Abby went
back to his roots later
in 1987, turning on Singh and joining,
once again, Eddy Creatchman.
This time, Abby would be used to push
another rising star, Steve Strong, needed to
replace the Martels, the Rougeaus and the Bravos
in the hearts of the fans (I don’t think
the fans could really find
in Abby what they found in those Quebecer
superstars: Abby was maniacal, he was a silent
murderer; the French speaking wrestlers
mentioned previously were their own children).
a match where Abby and Strong were put together
in a tag team match, Abby would backstab Strong
and lead him to babyface status. The following feud would show Strong and Abby again but in
inverted roles; the crowd quickly started to
cheer for Strong, who alreday had numerous fans
even when he was a rulebreaker.
that year, when the promotion folded, Abdullah
the Butcher was still International Champion.
I guess IW just couldn’t keep
up with the WWF, losing its major stars one by
We will take a look at the most dominant manager International Wrestling—and the whole history of wrestling in Quebec—has known, Eddy “The Brain” or “The Boss” Creatchman and the men he led throughout his career in Quebec.
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