Martel wins AWA world title
At the beginning of his career
The Model in the WWF
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Real name: Richard Vigneault
AWA world champion (1984) and a 3-time WWF tag team champion -- twice with
Tony Garea (1980-81) and once with Tito Santana (1987-88). Looked to be
headed for another reign in 1986-87 with Tom Zenk as the Can-Am Connection
when Zenk left the promotion.
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, but Martel had much more talent in the ring than
A regular performer in Montreal in the early 80s, with a memorable "good
guy vs good guy" feud against Dino Bravo in 1983.
The Montreal promotion never recovered from the loss of Bravo and Martel
Later became The Model, wrestling as a heel in the WWF, although he had
lost a lot of the athleticism he showed in his prime. Still works
The younger brother of Mad Dog Michel Martel, who wrestled in a brother
tag team with Frenchy Martin.
No relation to AWA Women's champion Sherri Martel.
"Rick Martel has lost his marbles. He broke a beer bottle over his head
on an interview to show how tough he is. Roddy Piper
had done that (both in Vancouver and Atlanta), but nobody ever accused
Piper of being intelligent. Blood flowed from Martel's head after the
(by Dave Meltzer, WRESTLING OBSERVER NEWSLETTER, Aug. 18, 1986)
- AWA World champion, 1984-85
- 3-time WWF tag champion, 1980-81, 87-88
- 2-time Commonwealth champion (New Zealand), 1977, 79
- NWA Pacific Northwest champion, 1980
- 2-time NWA Pacific Northwest tag champion,
with Roddy Piper, 1980
- Canadian tag champion (Vancouver), with Roddy Piper, 1980
- International champion (Montreal), 1982