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Emile Duprée (born Emile Goguen on October 20, 1936) is a former professional wrestler and promoter. He is also the father of former WWE professional wrestler, René Duprée and currently lives in Pointe-du-Chene, New Brunswickmarker.

Professional wrestling career

Duprée began training in 1955 with Maritime professional wrestling legends Vic Butler and Reggie Richard. He had always been into weightlifting, but professional wrestling was something Duprée had never gotten into until Butler and Richard told Emile that they saw potential in Emile for a professional wrestling career.

Duprée started in Boston, Massachusettsmarker and began to travel all over the continent and even went on tours to Australia and New Zealandmarker. He has also wrestled for the legendary Canadian wrestling promotion Stampede Wrestling.

Throughout his career he has wrestled many wrestling legends including Killer Kowalski, Dusty Rhodes, and Maritime legend the Cuban Assassin.

Duprée's ring name has always sparked controversy, as there are two ways to spell "Duprée". People also write "Dupré". His son René wrestles under "Duprée".

Grand Prix Wrestling

In 1977, Duprée began his own small wrestling promotion. This promotion was ran all across the Maritimes and as years went on and the promotion grew, he would take the tour to Quebecmarker, Ontariomarker and other places around the Maritimes.

At one time, Grand Prix Wrestling was televised and had major success until World Wrestling Entertainment bought Grand Prix Wrestling from Emile. Notable wrestlers who have wrestled in Grand Prix Wrestling include Edge, Christian, Killer Kowalski, André the Giant, Harley Race, and Ric Flair.

Today Emile is retired. During the summer of 2008, Emile ran Grand Prix Wrestling. Emile claims that the promotion is now finished due to heavy traveling costs. The promotion was partnered up with the WWE to bring Maritime wrestling talent into the WWE spotlight.

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