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 - Daren Gleason

Greetings to all our International Wrestling fans out there on Kayfabe Memories, and welcome to my first column as writer for this fabled promotion.

I'm picking up the torch passed on to me by Steve Laflamme, who did an excellent job in chronicling the Quebec-based league, and I hope I can do as entertaining and informative a job as Steve has done. While I will primarily be covering the years 1980 to 1987, in which International Wrestling operated, I will also be discussing many Quebec promotions that go farther back. As you will discover, all of the circuits that operated in Quebec - going right back to the late 1930's - have either direct or indirect connections with each other and I will be attempting to trace the evolution of the local grappling game in Quebec, which culminated with the International Wrestling promotion, in this and future columns.

Now, for those of you who remember watching International Wrestling on television back in the 1980's, or have since procured videos via the tape trading route, one of the main elements that stands out about the promotion is how truly "international" the talent roster was. Since Quebec is, in essence, a French-speaking Canadian province, and Montreal itself being so ethnically diverse, it seems only natural. However, this multi-ethnic approach in presentation was also quite deliberate in its design.

Although the genesis of this concept, as far as the Quebec scene is concerned, can probably be traced back to well before the heyday of legendary promoter Eddie Quinn in the 40's and 50's, the era in which it really began to fully bloom was in the wake of the 1967 Montreal World's Fair. Generally regarded as the most successful World's Fair in history (drawing over 50 million visitors), the impact of Expo'67 on the city of Montreal, even to this day, is incalculable. Quite frankly, it transformed the city's image and mind-set from merely a local one to truly cosmopolitan, and professional wrestling almost immediately began to reflect this.  More...

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