Can-Am Express (Doug Furnas & Phil Lafon)


Real Name - Doug Furnas & Phil Lafon
Birthdates - ?/?/61 & 9/16/61
Furnas - 5'11" 243 lbs. - Commerce, OK
Lafon - 5'11" 235 lbs. - Montreal, QUE

Aliases (Lafon) - Dan Kroffat, Phil Lafleur, Rocky Ventura

Athletic background - Powerlifting (Furnas), Martial Arts (Lafon)

Teachers - ??? [Furnas]; (Hart Brothers)[Lafon]

Professional background -
Together - AJPW(`89-`94), UWA(`92), ECW(`96), WWF(`96-`98), ECW(`97)
Furnas - Knoxville(`86-`8?), WWC(`8?), SMW(`93-`94)
Lafon - Stampede(`83-`85), Portland(`85), Montreal(`86-`87), WWC(`88-`89),

Groups - Team Canada

Peak Years - `90-`94

Career Highlights - n/a

Finisher(s) -
- Super DDT Combo (Together)
- Power Hoist (Throwing German Suplex) (Furnas)
- Cobra Clutch Suplex (Lafon)
- Crossface Chickenwing (Lafon)

Favorites -
- Tiger Driver (Lafon)
- Rana (Furnas)
- Overhead Belly-to-Belly (Furnas)
- Rebound Dropkick (Furnas)
- Spin Wheel Kick (Lafon)

Ringwork Rating -
move set - 6/8
science - 2/4
aerial - 3/2
power - 9/7
strikes - 6/8

Intangible Rating -
entertainment - 5/5
selling - 5/6
bumping - 6/7
carrying - 6/7
heat - 5
legacy - 5

Place in History - The Can-Am Express are one of the greatest tag teams that just never lived up to their full potential. They came from very different backgrounds, hooked up in Japan and became mainstays there in the company's peak years and then tried to make it in the US with their broken down bodies and strong style, but it never fell into place. Phil Lafon was from Quebec and cut his teeth in both Eastern and Western Canada, eventually taking the name Dan Kroffat (from a famous 70s wrestler) and keeping that until they began their WWF run. Doug Furnas was a phenomenon athlete with strength, agility and a good look. He came up through the Southern-style territories, but never had the personality to really turn many heads. They both had runs in Puerto Rico before going to All Japan in the late 80s. They were magic in the ring with solid bases to work from and the best wrestlers in the world to work against. They feuded with Kenta Kobashi & Johnny Ace, Footloose (Toshiaki Kawada and Samson Fuyuki) and most of the gaijin tag teams that came through over the All-Asian Tag belts, the secondary tag belts in the company. Kroffat even exchanged the company's unheralded junior title with Masa Fuchi during their stay in Japan. The duo tried to branch out into Mexico first, then ECW and finally the WWF. They had seen their best days, but were top notch workers with minimal charisma and the company tried to push them as such. It didn't work. An auto accident in 1997 largely ended both of their full-time careers. The Can-Am Express will always be one of the best tag teams who were widely regarded in the heyday of All Japan, but many dismiss them for their forgettable stints in North America.