The 20 most dangerous Superstars ever

#20 "Mad Dog" Vachon

Maurice Vachon grew up the son of a cop in a working-class section of Montreal in the 1920s and ’30s, and learned how to fight at a young age. At 12 years old, he was pinning much larger peers at the local YMCA and six years later earned a spot on the Canadian team for the 1948 Olympic Games in London. There, he pinned the Indian champion in just 58 seconds.

Despite being only 5-foot-7, the five-time AWA Champion was an early practitioner of the hardcore style with the bite of a much larger competitor.

“A lot of people would want to test him in the bar because of his size,” Michael “P.S.”Hayes once said. “Big mistake.”

Fellow Montreal native Pat Patterson, who often tangled with Mad Dog between the ropes, agreed.

“I’ve been in the business 50 years, I’ve seen ’em all and I’ve never seen a guy tougher than Mad Dog Vachon,” the WWE Hall of Famer said. “In the ring and outside the ring. I saw Mad Dog in action and he was vicious.” — ZACH LINDER