Montreal's all-time biggest wrestling star. Their top draw, and one of
the world's best wrestlers from the mid-30s through the early 50s.
Trademark hold was a rolling short-arm scissors.
Began wrestling as a teenager in the early 30s. At age 22, Robert was ranked
by The Ring magazine as the 12th best wrestler in the world for
1937 (a young Lou Thesz was ranked 19th).
Came to national prominance in the U.S. in 1935 when he attacked world champion
Danno O'Mahoney during a match in Massachusetts. O'Mahoney was wrestling
Frank Judson when "between falls, Robert jumped into the ring, peeled
off his clothes, and attacked Danno, putting his back on the canvas
for thirty seconds. There was then a free-for-all and Danno was dropped
to the canvas again by a right-hand punch from Robert." Robert claimed to
be world champion, and defeated ex-champs Jim Browning and Ed Don George
under more conventional circumstances to support his claim. He pinned
O'Mahoney in July 1936 in Montreal to become world champion (as recognized
in some areas). He held the title until his leg was broken in a match
against Cliff Olsen later in the year, although Robert was still recognized
as world champion in Montreal.
In 1942, Robert became the NWA world champion, defeating Wild Bill Longson
for the belt in Montreal. Drew a Montreal-record gate of $21,000 for a
match against Gorgeous George in 1948 and broke that record within a year.
Stayed mostly around Montreal in the 40s and 50s, but did make appearances
in Massachusetts and New York, and occasionally in other parts of the U.S.
Passed the torch as the top Quebec star to Johnny Rougeau
in the 50s. Robert retired in 1959 and died in July 1971 at the age of 56.
Robert and his Toronto counterpart, Whipper Billy
Watson, formed a championship tag team in 1953.
Younger brother Maurice Robert was a wrestler for many years,
and son Yvon Robert Jr. also wrestled in the 1970s.
"The incomparable Yvon Robert. Truly here is a matman with one of the most amazing
records in the annals of wrestling history and a natural-born skill that equals
that of any of the immortal legendary old time wrestlers."
(From WRESTLING AS YOU LIKED IT, Jan. 30, 1954)
"A truly great wrestler, Yvon Robert shares the spotlight with hockey
star Maurice Richard as the top idol of the French speaking Canadian
public. Yvon's marvellous mat skill is appreciated everywhere, and
his footwork and speed bewilders opponents. 6' 230 lbs., muscular
and well-conditioned. It's a treat to see him use his figure-4 short-arm
(From CANADIAN TV WRESTLING ILLUSTRATED, 1957)
- 16-time International champion (Montreal), 1936-56
- American Wrestling Association World champion, 1936
- National Wrestling Association World champion, 1942
- British Empire champion (Montreal), 1943
- Canadian tag champion (Toronto), with Whipper Watson, 1953
- World tag champion (Tennessee), 1957