||Dorchester, New Brunswick
Moved to Calgary, Alberta
|Height & Weight:
||5'11" - 230 lbs
||The Sleeper Hold
Dory Funk JR.
[Leo Burke Gallery]
North American title (Nova Scotia) 1971-77 (4 times);
Stampede International Tag Team titles w/Keith Hart 1977;
Stampede International Tag Team titles w/Bobby Burke 1977;
Stampede International Tag Team titles w/Keith Hart 1979;
Stampede International Tag Team titles w/Bobby Burke 1980;
Stampede North American title 1978-83 (8 times);
Commonwealth title (New Zealand) 1979;
Stampede International Tag Team titles w/Bret Hart 1982;
North American title (Toronto) 1982-84 (8 times);
Stampede International Tag Team titles w/Ron Ritchie 1986;
WWC Universal title (Puerto Rico) 1989;
WWC Caribbean title (Puerto Rico) 1990;
The Cormier Family:
Leo Burke (Leonce Cormier) is the most prominent of the famous Cormier Wrestling Family from Atlantic Canada (New Brunswick)..
~~~Including brothers The Beast (Yvan Cormier), Terry & Bobby Kay (Robert Cormier) and, later, Rudy Kay (Jean-Louis Cormier)..
Getting into the Business:
1966: Leonce Cormier turned pro..
1980: Leo Burke feuded extensively with a young Bret Hart in Stu Hart's Stampede Wrestling promotion..
1982-83: Leo Burke had a prolonged feud against Johnny Weaver in Toronto..
Leo Burke was very successful in Nova Scotia and Calgary, and held the top belt in Puerto Rico in 1989..
1990s: Leo Burke was training young wrestlers in Alberta -- often with the Hart Brothers..
Training the Young Lions:
1992: Leo Burke retired and got a job as a WWF trainer in Calgary..
Leo Burke has trained such wrestlers as Ken Shamrock, Edge, Test, Christian & Mark Henry..
1995: Leo Burke switched over and started to train wrestlers for World Championship Wrestling..
January 1, 2002: Leo Burke was stuck in Intensive Care at Foothills Hospital in Calgary..
~~~He was on life support most of the weekend with septicemia, or septic poisoning..
~~~He made a dramatic improvement to where he was taken off life support yesterday..
~~~But will be hospitalized for at least another week and remains in fairly serious condition ..
Late November 2005: Leo Burke had surgury on both of his knees..