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Maple Leaf Wrestling was the unofficial name in the 1970s and 1980s of the professional wrestling promotion run by Frank Tunney in Toronto, Ontario.


Queensbury Athletic Club[]

The promotion, initially known as the Queensbury Athletic Club, traces its roots back to 1930, when it was launched by Jack Corcoran, who had previously promoted boxing in Toronto under the Queensbury name. Initially, Corcoran was involved in a promotional war with rival promoter Ivan Mickailoff, but after Corcoran allied himself with the new Maple Leaf Gardens in 1931, he took control of professional wrestling in Toronto. The Gardens would remain the main venue for the promotion for more than 60 years.

The Tunneys take over[]

Corcoran stepped down in 1939 and handed wrestling operations over to his assistants, John Tunney and Frank Tunney. John died just a few months later, and the promotion was then run by Frank. Through most of the 1940s and 1950s, Frank Tunney's biggest star was local hero Whipper Billy Watson, who became a two-time world champion. Starting in 1969, the shows were headlined by The Sheik for more than eight years.

Aligning with Jim Crockett Promotions[]

In 1978, Tunney began working with promoter Jim Crockett, Jr., who ran Mid-Atlantic Championship Wrestling in the Carolinas. The two would become partners in the Toronto promotion, along with George Scott, a key executive with Crockett who had been a preliminary wrestler for Tunney from 1950-1956.

Alingning with the World Wrestling Federation[]

Following Frank's death in 1983, the business was run by John's son Jack Tunney and Frank's son, Eddie Tunney. They soon abandoned Crockett and joined forces with Vince McMahon's expanding World Wrestling Federation in July 1984, with Jack serving as a figurehead on-air president from 1984–95 and as the president of Titan Sports Canada.

Continued usage of the Maple Leaf Wrestling name[]

Following the WWF takeover in 1984, the name Maple Leaf Wrestling continued to be used for the federation's Canadian TV program (a staple of Hamilton, Ontario station CHCH-TV for many years), which the WWF took over production of after the Tunneys split from the NWA. TV tapings for the show were held in Brantford and other cities in southern Ontario for the next two years, until the WWF ceased the tapings in 1986 and decided to simply use the Maple Leaf Wrestling name for the Canadian airings of WWF Superstars of Wrestling (with some Canadian footage, such as updates by on-air announcer and former wrestler Billy Red Lyons, and special matches taped at Maple Leaf Gardens, added in).

The end of the Tunney's involvement[]

In 1995, McMahon chose to run the shows in Toronto without any involvement from the Tunneys. The final show at the Gardens was held on September 17, 1995.

Some featured performers[]


Title Notes Last Champion(s)
NWA British Empire Heavyweight Championship (1941-1967) Whipper Billy Watson
NWA Canadian Open Tag Team Championship (1952-1961) Ilio DiPaolo & Billy Red Lyons
NWA United States Heavyweight Championship (Toronto version) (1962-1977) The Sheik
NWA International Tag Team Championship (Toronto version) (1961-1977) The Crusaders
NWA Canadian Heavyweight Championship (Toronto version) (1978-1984) Angelo Mosca Jr.
NWA Canadian Television Championship (1982-1984) Brian Adidas

External links[]

Queensbury Athletic Club/Maple Leaf Wrestling Results
1931 results


1932 results


1933 results


1934 results
1935 results
1936 results
1937 results
1938 results
1939 results


1946 results


1960 results


1961 results
1963 results


1964 results


1965 results


1967 results


1968 results