Ringbelles Retro: Vivian Vachon, The Wrestling Queen

Wrestling Queen PosterAt the age of 23, Vivian Vachon was the wrestler who was given centre stage of the 1973 documentary movie Wrestling Queen. The story is loosely centred around the career of the aunt of the late Luna Vachon, though it also features the stories of brothers Paul “Butcher” Vachon and Maurice “Mad Dog” Vachon, along with others like Killer Kowalski, Grizzly Smith and a certain Jean ‘The Giant’ Ferre, later better known as Andre The Giant. Billed as “a snapshot of a rarely seen part of 70’s culture”, it offers a great insight into wrestling in that era, and has some great footage inside the ring featuring action from both genders.

Born on February 14, 1944 in Montreal, Quebec, Canada, Vivian Vachon started wrestling before turning 16, and was trained for a time by the Fabulous Moolah. By the time Wrestling Queen was filmed, Vachon had already won the AWA Women’s Championship, defeating Betty Boucher on November 4, 1971 to win the belt, and held it for close to two years. Vachon tragically died with her daughter Julie in a road accident on August 25, 1991 at the age of just 47.

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