- Yvon Robert against the "Green Mask", 21 May 1941
- Two brothers of the Dusek Family against Yvon Robert and Laurent "Larry" Moquin, during a tag team wrestling match, Montreal, June 1945
|Born||October 8, 1914|
|Died||July 12, 1971 56) (aged|
|Professional wrestling career|
|Ring name(s)||Yvon Robert|
The French Canadian Lion
|Billed height||6 ft 0 in (1.83 m)|
|Billed weight||250 lb (110 kg)|
|Trained by||Emil Maupas|
|Debut||April 9, 1932|
Yvon Robert (October 8, 1914 - July 12, 1971) was a French Canadian professional wrestler who was best known to fans as Yvon "The Lion" Robert.
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Yvon Robert started wrestling in 1932 at age 17. He got his first stint in Boston with promoter Paul Bowser's American Wrestling Association. He was trained by Emil Maupas. He was billed as the "French Canadian Lion". He made his professional wrestling debut on April 4, 1932. During his early career, Robert feuded with wrestlers such as Rasputin, Joe Cox and Ernie Dusek.
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In 1935, he made his National Wrestling Association (NWA) debut as Yvon "The Lion" Robert. It was a territory of the National Boxing Association to sanction professional wrestling. He got his first big exposure after attacking world champion Danno O'Mahony during a match. He left the promotion in 1936.
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In April 1936, he started wrestling in Montreal, Quebec. During his time in Montreal, he won the Montreal International Heavyweight Championship 16 times between 1936 and 1956. During 1943, he won the Montreal British Empire Heavyweight Championship.
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Robert returned to the American Wrestling Association (AWA) in July 1936. Just two weeks after his return, Robert defeated O'Mahony to win the AWA World Heavyweight Championship in Montreal, claiming his first world title. He was recognized as the world champion in New England and by the Montreal Athletic Commission.Robert was stripped in December 1937 for not defending against Lou Thesz. In 1940, he left AWA for a second time.
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Robert returned to Montreal in 1944, and became a successful wrestler during this time. In 1948, he wrestled Gorgeous George to a draw before a Montreal-record gate of $21,000 and broke that record within a year. In 1953, he formed a successful tag team with Whipper Billy Watson and won the Canadian Tag Team Championship. On November 12, Watson and Robert defeated Al Mills and Tiny Mills at a wrestling event held in Toronto with boxing champion Joe Louis as the special guest referee. On January 5, 1958, he teamed with Billy Wicks to defeat Corsica Joe and Corsica Jean in Memphis, Tennessee, for the Mid-America Tag Team Championship, which would be Robert's final title. In 1959, he came out of retirement.
Robert was married to Leona. They had two daughters, Leona and Suzanne, and one son, Yvon Jr., who became a professional wrestler and promoter.
On July 12, 1971, Robert died at his home in Laval, Quebec.
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