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Rick Martel

 

Name: - Rick Martel
Height: - 6'0” (183cm)
Weight: - 226lb (103kg)
Born: - March 18, 1956
From: - Quebec City, Quebec
Trained by: - Pierre Martel
Debut: - June 7, 1972
Retired: - July 13, 1998
Finishers: - Boston Crab (“Quebec Crab”), Slingshot splash
Also known as: - The Model, Pat Kelly, Pat Blake

Toured Australia: - 1977

Debuted in Canada as a 16yo, and travelled to Puerto Rico, New Zealand and Australia to gain experience. Debuted in WWF in 1980, a tag partner of Tony Garea. Ventured to AWA in 1982, where he won the World title from Jumbo Tsuruta, and held it for 19 months, Returned to WWF in 1986, teaming firstly with Tom Zenk as the “Can-Am Connection”, then after Zenk's sudden departure, with Tito Santana as “Strike Force”. In 1989, Martel turned heel and adopted “The Model” persona. Feuded with Jake Roberts and Tatanka. Turned up in WCW in 1997, after a couple of years out of wrestling, but sustained career-ending injuries in matches with firstly Booker T, and then Stevie Ray.

Titles held: - AWA World Hwt, Pacific Northwest Hwt, Canadian International Hwt, (Hawaii) North American Hwt, (NZ) British Commonwealth Hwt (3), USA Hwt, WCW World TV, WWF World Tag (3, w/ Tony Garea [2], w/ Tito Santana), Austro-Asian Tag (w/ Larry O'Day), WWC North American Tag (w/ Pierre Martel), Pacific Northwest Tag (3, w/ Roddy Piper), Georgia Tag (w/ Tommy Rich), Stampede International Tag (w/ Lenny Hurst), NWA Canadian Tag (w/ Roddy Piper)

Credit: Mark Dalgleish, Wikipedia, Libnan Ayoub's 100 Years of Australian Professional Wrestling
Photo credit: slam.canoe.ca

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Martel with the AWA World Heavyweight Championship