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[Rick Martel Gallery]
[Canadian Wrestlers Gallery]
Wrestler: Rick Martel
Real Name: Richard Vigneault
Birthday: March 18, 1956
Hometown: Lac-Beauport, Quebec City
Marital Status:
Height & Weight: 6'0" - 226 lbs
Trained by:
Debut: 1972
Previous Gimmicks: "The Model" Rick Martel
Finishing Move: The Boston Crab
Favorite Moves: Dropkick
Bodyslam
Hip-toss
Notable Feuds: Buddy Rose
The Wild Samoans
The Moondogs
Dino Bravo
Hart Foundation
Tito Santana
Shawn Michaels
Brutus Beefcake
Tatanka
The 1-2-3 Kid
Booker T
The Flock

  • Stampede (Calgary) International Tag Team titles w/Lennie Hurst (1974);
  • Commonwealth (NZ) Heavyweight title (1977);
  • Commonwealth (NZ) Heavyweight title (1979);
  • Commonwealth (NZ) Heavyweight title (1979);
  • WWC North American Tag Team titles w/????? (?????);
  • NWA Hawaiian Tag Team titles w/?????? (?????);
  • NWA Hawaiian Heavyweight title (?????);
  • NWA Pacific-Northwest Heavyweight title (1980);
  • NWA Pacific-Northwest Tag Team titles w/Roddy Piper (1980);
  • NWA Canadian Tag-Team titles w/Roddy Piper (1980);
  • NWA Pacific-Northwest Tag Team titles w/Roddy Piper (1980);
  • WWF World Tag Team titles w/Tony Garea (1980);
  • WWF World Tag Team titles w/Tony Garea (1981);
  • (Montreal) Canadian International Heavyweight title (1982);
  • New York USA title (?????);
  • AWA World Heavyweight title (1984);
  • WWF World Tag Team title w/Tito Santana (1987);
  • WCW World Television title (1998);


  • In The Beginning:
  • Rick Martel (Vigneault) is NOT related to Sherri Martel (Russel)..

    Getting into the Business:
  • 1974: Rick Martel & Lennie Hurst won the Stampede International Tag Team titles from Stan Kowalski & Duke Savage..

    Wrestling in New Zealand:
  • May 1977: Rick Martel won the Commonwealth Championship (in New Zealand) from King Curtis Iaukea..
  • Rick Martel later lost to Ali Waziri (now better known as the Iron Sheik)..
  • 1979: Rick Martel won the vacated Commonwealth Title again, and later lost it to Ripper Collins..
  • 1979: Rick Martel defeated Mr. Fuji to win the Commonwealth title for a third time..
  • Late 1979: Rick Martel left New Zealand and vacated the title..

    Pacific Northwest Wrestling:
  • 1980: Rick Martel came to the NWA Pacific-Northwest territory, and immediately became one of their main stars..
  • March 22, 1980: Rick Martel beat Buddy Rose to become the Pacific Northwest Heavyweight Champion!
  • March 1980: Rick Martel & Roddy Piper defeated the Kiwi Sheepherders for the Pacific Northwest Tag Team titles..
  • August 16, 1980: Buddy Rose defeated Rick Martel in a "Loser Leaves Town" match forcing Martel to forfiet both his titles..

    World Wide Wrestling Federation:
  • November 8, 1980: Rick Martel & Tony Garea defeated The Wild Samoans for the WWWF Tag Team titles (lost to the Moondogs)..
  • July 21, 1980: Rick Martel & Tony Garea defeated the Moondogs to recapture the WWWF Tag Team titles (lost to Fuji/Saito)..

    Montreal:
  • Rick Martel left the WWWF and became a regular performer in Montreal in the early 1980s..
  • ~~~Rick Martel a memorable "good guy vs good guy" feud against Dino Bravo in 1983..
  • September 1982: Rick Martel won a tournament for the vacated International Championship..
  • December 1982: Billy Robinson defeated Rick Martel for the International Championship..
  • ~~~The Montreal promotion never recovered from the loss of Dino Bravo & Rick Martel in 1986, when they signed with the WWF..

    American Wrestling Association:
  • Rick Martel then left Montreal and joined Verne Gagne's Minnesoda-based AWA..
  • May 1984: Rick Martel shocked the world when he defeated Jumbo Tsuruta for the AWA World Heavyweight title!
  • December 1984: Stan Hansen defeated Rick Martel to capture the AWA World title..
  • September 28, 1985 - AWA SuperClash: Rick Martel vs Stan Hansen fought to a Double DQ. Rick Martel retains the AWA title..
  • April 20, 1986 - AWA WrestleRock: Rick Martel vs Harley Race fought to a DOUBLE COUNT OUT..

    World Wrestling Federation - Can Am Connection:
  • Rick Martel returned to the WWF, teaming with Tom Zenk as the Can-Am Connection..
  • March 27, 1987 - Wrestlemania III: The Can-Am Connection defeated Don Muraco & "Cowboy" Bob Orton..
  • May 2, 1987 - SNME: The Can-Am Connection defeated The Iron Sheik & Nikalia Volkoff..
  • Mid-1987: The Hart Foundation defeated the Can-Am Connection when they "took out" Tom Zenk before the match..
  • ~~~Tom Zenk left the WWF, leaving Martel without a partner, so he recruited Tito Santana and they were known as Strike Force..

    World Wrestling Federation - Strike Force:
  • October 27, 1987 - Superstars: Rick Martel & Tito Santana defeated The Hart Foundation to win the WWF Tag Team titles..
  • January 2, 1988 - SNME: Strike Force defeated The Bolshivics (Nikalia Volkoff & Boris Zukov) to retain..
  • February 5, 1988 - The Main Event: Strike Force defeated The Hart Foundation (Bret Hart & Jim Neidhart) to retain..
  • March 1988: Demolition burst on the scene and beat Strike Force to capture the WWF Tag Team titles..
  • Both Rick Martel & Tito Santana disappear from the scene for about a year before reforming their team..
  • April 2, 1989 - Wrestlemania V: The Brain Busters defeated Strike Force when Rick Martel walked out on Tito Santana!

    World Wrestling Federation - vs Tito Santana:
  • Rick Martel turned heel on Tito Santana, breaking up Strike Force, and resulted in a bitter feud that lasted over a year!
  • October 14, 1989 - SNME: Tito Santana vs Rick Martel went to a double disqualification..
  • October 14, 1989 - King of the Ring: Tito Santana defeated Rick Martel in the finals of the KotR Tournament!
  • April 1, 1990 - Wrestlemania VI: Rick Martel defeated Koko B. Ware..
  • November 23, 1990 - SNME: Rick "The Model" Martel defeated Tito Santana in the supposed blowoff of the feud..

    World Wrestling Federation - The Model:
  • Rick Martel became known as "The Model", wrestling as a heel, although he had lost a lot of the athleticism he showed in his prime..
  • ~~~Sidenote: The "Model" gimmick was a J.J. Dillon's idea -- The model would carry a spray can of purfume called "Arrogance"..
  • The Model's biggest feud happened when he accidentally blinded Jake "the Snake" Roberts by spraying him with Arrogance..
  • March 24, 1991 - Wrestlemania VII: Jake "The Snake" Roberts defeated Rick "The Model" Martel in a famous "Blindfold" match..
  • April 5, 1992 - Wrestlemania VIII: Tatanka defeated Rick "The Model" Martel..
  • November 24, 1992 - Survivor Series: Tatanka defeated Rick "The Model" Martel AGAIN..
  • August 29, 1992 - Summerslam: Rick Martel battled Shawn Michaels for the love of Sensational Sherri, the match was a No Contest..

    World Wrestling Federation - Lighter Schedule:
  • October 4, 1993 - RAW: Razor Ramon & Rick Martel were co-winners of a Battle Royal for the Intercontinental title..
  • October 11, 1993 - RAW: Razor Ramon defeated Rick Martel to win the vacant Intercontinental title!
  • March 28, 1994 - RAW: Lex Luger defeated Rick Martel by submission..
  • April 04, 1994 - RAW: Rick Martel/IRS/Jeff Jarrett/Headshrinkers beat Sparky Plugg/Tatanka/123 Kid/The Smoking Gunns..
  • ~~~This was a match scheduled for Wrestlemania (the night before) however the match was bumped to RAW..
  • 1995: Rick Martel leaves the WWF, to wrestle in various independent federations both here and overseas..
  • IN CANADA: Rick Martel formed a tag team with Don Casablancas (aka Don Callis) known as "The Super Models"..
  • Rick Martel & Don Callis pitched the idea of bringing "The Super Models" to the WWF and negotiated but it never panned out..

    World Championship Wrestling:
  • Late 1997: Rick Martel resurfaced in World Championship Wrestling and captured the Television title!
  • Rick Martel was soon sidelined with a back injury, and he was out of wrestling for five months..
  • ~~~When he returned, in a match-up against Stevie Ray, he injured his neck, and Martel decided to retire..

    Retirement:
  • Rick Martel was a good, agile wrestler with a good physique..
  • Many found him an odd choice for the AWA title -- especially when Verne Gagne wouldn't give the belt to Hulk Hogan..
  • 2002: Rick Martel is in real-estate and lives in Lac-Beauport, suburb of Quebec City, QC, Canada..
  • March 2004: Rick Martel recently had two hip replacement surgeries, so all the best for a speedy recovery..