Frenchy Martin

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Title History

  • WWC (World Wrestling Council) North American Heavyweight title (as Pierre Martel) defeating Carlos Colon (March 1, 1975);
  • IWA (Japan) World Tag Team titles (as Pierre Martin) w/Mad Dog Martel defeating Mighty Inoue & Great Kusatsu (November 3, 1975);
  • Stampede International Tag Team titles (as Don Gagne) w/Ripper Collins defeating Gerry & Ed Morrow (February 20, 1976);
  • TCW (Trans Canadian Wrestling) North American Heavyweight title defeating Steve Bolus (June 1977);
  • Stampede North American Heavyweight title (as Don Gagne) defeating Bobby Burke [Tournament] (October 28, 1977);
  • WWC (World Wrestling Council) North American Tag Team titles (as Pierre Martel) w/Michel Martel defeating Ciclone Sudamericano & Vikingo (March 8, 1978);
  • WWC (World Wrestling Council) Caribbean Heavyweight title (as Pierre Martel) defeating Invader I (March 11, 1978);
  • WWC (World Wrestling Council) World Tag Team titles w/Hurricane Castillo (as Pierre Martel) defeating Invader I & Jose Rivera (May 6, 1978);
  • WWC (World Wrestling Council) North American Tag Team titles (as Pierre Martel) w/Jean Martel defeating Chief Thunder Cloud & Carlos Colon (July 22, 1978);
  • WWC (World Wrestling Council) North American Tag Team titles (as Pierre Martel) w/Rick Martel Awarded (January 22, 1979);
  • Stampede North American Heavyweight title (as Don Gagne) defeating Leo Burke (November 18, 1979);
  • WWC (World Wrestling Council) North American Tag Team titles (as Pierre Martel) w/Mr. Fuji defeating Bulldog Brower & Luke Graham (May 23, 1980);
  • WWC (World Wrestling Council) North American Heavyweight title (as Pierre Martel) defeating Mr. Fuji (July 19, 1980);
  • WWC (World Wrestling Council) Caribbean Heavyweight title (as Pierre Martel) defeating Hans Muller (January 6, 1982);
  • WWC (World Wrestling Council) World Tag Team titles (as Pierre Martel) w/Gino de la Serra defeating Moondogs (October 16, 1982);
  • WWC (World Wrestling Council) World Tag Team titles (as Pierre Martel) w/Gran Apollo defeating Mercenaries (January 23, 1983);
  • WWC (World Wrestling Council) North American Heavyweight title (as Pierre Martel) defeating Mad Dog Lafaib (January 29, 1983);
  • AGPW (Atlantic Grand Prix) International Heavyweight title (May 18, 1983);
  • AGPW (Atlantic Grand Prix) North American Tag Team titles w/Rick Valentine defeating Vic Rossitani & Bull Johnston (September 1983);
  • IWA (Montreal) International Tag Team titles w/Pierre Lefebvre defeating Tony Parisi & Gino Brito (January 16, 1984);
  • IWA (Montreal) International Tag Team titles w/Pierre Lefebvre defeating Tony Parisi & Dino Bravo (June ??, 1984);
  • AGPW (Atlantic Grand Prix) International Heavyweight title defeating Leo Burke (July 1986);

Career History

  • 1971: Frenchy Martin started wrestling in Quebec, and that winter, headed out west to work for Stu Hart’s Stampede promotion..
  • Frenchy Martin wrestled as the brother of Mad Dog Martel (Michel Vigneault), and later wrestled as the older brother of Rick Martel..
  • Frenchy Martin was a success on the Montreal-based Grand Prix circuit, as well as on the brutal Puerto Rico circuit..
  • Frenchy Martin once wrestled Ric Flair to a 60-minute draw in a NWA World Heavyweight title match..
  • Frenchy Martin was also Stampede’s North American champ under the name Don Gagne..
  • Late 1980s: Frenchy Martin entered the World Wrestling Federation> and managed “Canadian Strongman” Dino Bravo..
  • Frenchy Martin proudly waved the Quebec flag at ringside while Dino wrestled his matches..
  • Summer of 1990: Frenchy Martin retired and got out of the business..
  • EDITOR’S NOTE: Rumors that Frenchy Martin & Rick Martel are brothers are FALSE.