Rick Martel - Pro Wrestler Profile

On this page, you find the full wrestling profile of Rick Martel, with his Career History, real name, age, height and weight, the Promotions he worked for, all the Face/Heel turns, the Championship Titles he won, his Finishers, Theme Songs, Tag Teams and Stables, his appearance changes through the years, and more.

Richard Vigneault was born in Quebec City, Quebec, Canada on March 18, 1956, and he is currently 67 years old.

Rick Martel was inducted in the Professional Wrestling Hall of Fame (PWHF) in 2015 as part of the Modern Era wing.

Profile Info

  • Gender Male
  • Real Name Richard Vigneault
  • Ring Names
    • Rick Martel ( October 5, 1973 - March 26, 2001)
    • Pat Kelly ( June 7, 1973 - October 4, 1973)
  • Born March 18, 1956 (age 67)
  • Nationality Nationality: CanadaCanada
  • Birth Place Quebec City, Quebec, Canada
  • Billed From
    • Montreal, Quebec, Canada
    • Cocoa Beach, Florida
  • Height 6 ft 0 in (183 cm)
  • Weight
    • 230 lbs (104 kg)
  • Nicknames The Model

Career History

  • Roles
    • Coach ( April 1, 1999 - March 26, 2001)
    • Host ( April 1, 1999 - March 26, 2001)
    • Wrestler ( June 7, 1973 - March 23, 1999)
    • Promoter ( August 17, 1980 - December 31, 1980)
  • Companies / Promotions
    Promotionfromto
    Promotion World Championship WrestlingWCW April 1, 1999 March 26, 2001
    Promotion World Championship WrestlingWCW December 15, 1997 July 13, 1998
    Promotion World Wrestling EntertainmentWWF May 13, 1986 January 22, 1995
    Promotion All Japan Pro WrestlingAJPW November 22, 1986 December 12, 1986
    Promotion American Wrestling AssociationAWA June 5, 1982 April 20, 1986
    Promotion All Japan Pro WrestlingAJPW July 12, 1984 October 11, 1984
    Promotion National Wrestling AllianceNWA January 1, 1983 December 9, 1983
    Promotion World Wrestling EntertainmentWWF July 8, 1980 April 3, 1982
    Promotion National Wrestling AllianceNWA April 9, 1975 August 11, 1980
    Promotion All Japan Pro WrestlingAJPW February 14, 1980 March 5, 1980
    Promotion IWE October 24, 1976 December 4, 1976
  • Face / Heel Turns
    Alignmentfromto
    Heel April 2, 1989 March 23, 1999
    Face August 15, 1987 April 1, 1989
    Heel October 28, 1986 August 14, 1987
    Face April 8, 1975 October 27, 1986
    Tweener June 7, 1973 April 7, 1975
  • Images
    Nov 1989
    Nov 1989
    May 1986
    May 1986
    Feb 1980
    Feb 1980

  • Finishers
    • Boston Crab ( June 7, 1973 - March 23, 1999)
    • Slingshot Splash ( June 7, 1973 - March 23, 1999)
  • Theme Songs
    • Theme Song “Razzmatazz” by Manhattan Production Music - Single ( December 15, 1997 - July 13, 1998)
    • Theme Song "Model" by Jim Johnston - Single ( November 23, 1989 - January 22, 1995)
    • Theme Song “Girls in Cars” by Robbie Dupree - with Tito Santana - Team ( October 28, 1986 - April 2, 1989)
    • Theme Song "I Need A Hero" by Bonnie Tyler - Single ( June 5, 1982 - April 20, 1986)

Titles & Accomplishments

  • Halls of Fame
    • Professional Wrestling Hall of Fame (PWHF) - Year 2015, Modern Era
  • Titles Won

    World Wrestling Federation

    • 3 WWF Tag Team Championship (2 with Tony Garea, 1 with Tito Santana)

    World Championship Wrestling

    • 1 WCW World Television Championship

    50th State Big Time Wrestling

    • 1 NWA North American Heavyweight Championship (Hawaii version)

    American Wrestling Association

    • 1 AWA World Heavyweight Championship

    Georgia Championship Wrestling

    • 1 NWA Georgia Tag Team Championship (with Tommy Rich)

    Lutte Internationale (Montreal)

    • 1 Canadian International Heavyweight Championship

    NWA All-Star Wrestling

    • 1 NWA Canadian Tag Team Championship (Vancouver version) (with Roddy Piper)

    NWA Mid-Pacific Promotions

    • 1 NWA North American Heavyweight Championship (Hawaii version)

    NWA New Zealand

    • 3 NWA British Commonwealth Heavyweight Championship (New Zealand version)

    Pacific Northwest Wrestling

    • 1 NWA Pacific Northwest Heavyweight Championship
    • 3 NWA Pacific Northwest Tag Team Championship (with Roddy Piper)

    Stampede Wrestling

    • 1 Stampede International Tag Team Championship (with Lennie Hurst)

    Universal Superstars of America

    • 1 USA Heavyweight Championship

    World Championship Wrestling (Australia)

    • 1 NWA Austra-Asian Tag Team Championship (with Larry O'Dea)

    World Wrestling Council

    • 1 WWC North American Tag Team Championship (with Pierre Martel)
  • Other Accomplishments
    • New England Pro Wrestling Hall of Fame induction (class of 2011)
    • WWF Tag Team Tournament Winner (1987 – with Tom Zenk)
    • AJPW World's Strongest Tag Determination League Fighting Spirit Award (1986 – with Tom Zenk)
    • Cauliflower Alley Club Lou Thesz Award (2011)

Relations

  • Tag Teams & Stables
    • The Supermodels - Don Callis ( May 20, 1997 - August 29, 1997)
    • Strike Force - Tito Santana ( January 15, 1989 - April 2, 1989)
    • Strike Force - Tito Santana ( August 4, 1987 - July 11, 1988)
    • The Can-Am Connection - Tom Zenk ( October 28, 1986 - July 9, 1987)
    • Rick Martel & Tony Garea - Tony Garea ( September 13, 1980 - April 2, 1982)
    • Rick Martel & Roddy Piper - Roddy Piper ( December 13, 1979 - August 14, 1980)
  • Managers Slick
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