Stampede International tag team titles w/ Lennie Hurst defeating Duke Savage and Stan Kowalski (1974);
NWA Austra Asian tag team titles w/ Larry O` Day defeating Masa Saito and Ed Wiskoski (February 18, 1977);
NWA (New Zealand) British Empire/ Commonwelth Heavyweight title defeating Curtis Iaukea (May 26, 1977);
NWA (Hawaii) North American heavyweight title defeating Tor Kamata (March 1978);
NWA Georgia tag team titles w/ Tommy Rich defeating Ivan Koloff and Ole Anderson (October 13, 1978);
WWC North American tag team titles w/ Pierre Martel Awarded (January 22, 1979);
NWA (New Zealand) British Empire / Commonwelth Heavyweight title defeating Mad Dog Martin (March 19, 1979);
NWA (New Zealand) British Empire / Commonwelth Heavyweight title defeating Mr. Fuji (September 3, 1979);
NWA Pacfic Northwest Heavyweight title defeating Buddy Rose (March 22, 1980);
NWA Pacfic Northwest tag team titles w/ Roddy Piper defeating Luke Williams and Butch Miller (March 29, 1980);
NWA (Vancouver) Canadian tag team titles w/ Roddy Piper defeating Luke Williams and Butch Miller (May 19, 1980);
NWA Pacfic Northwest tag team titles w/ Roddy Piper Awarded (August 5, 1980);
WWF tag team titles w/ Tony Garea defeating Wild Samoans Afa and Sika (November 8, 1980);
WWF tag team titles w/ Tony Garea defeating The Moondogs Spot and Rex (May 1, 1981);
IWA (Montreal) International heavyweight title wins a tournament (September 1982);
AWA world heavyweight title defeating Jumbo Tsuruta (May 13, 1984);
WWF world tag team titles w/ Tito Santana defeating Jim Neidhart and Bret Hart (October 27, 1987);
WCW world Television title defeating Booker T (February 16, 1998);
In The Beginning:
Rick Martel (Vigneault) is NOT related to Sherri Martel (Russel).
Getting into the Business:
1974: Rick Martel and Lennie Hurst won the Stampede International tag team titles from Stan Kowalski and 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 and 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 and Tony Garea defeated The Wild Samoans for the WWWF tag team titles (lost to the Moondogs).
July 21, 1980: Rick Martel and Tony Garea defeated the Moondogs to recapture the WWWF tag team titles (lost to Fuji/Saito).
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 and Rick Martel in 1986, when they signed with the
American Wrestling Association:
Rick Martel then left Montreal and joined Verne Gagne’s Minnesota-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 and “Cowboy” Bob Orton. May 2, 1987 – Saturday Night’s Main Event: The Can-Am Connection defeated The Iron Sheik and Nikolia 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
World Wrestling Federation – Strike Force:
October 27, 1987 – Superstars: Rick Martel and Tito Santana defeated
The Hart Foundation to win the WWF tag team titles. January 2, 1988 – Saturday Night’s Main Event: WWE world tag team champions Strike Force defeated The Bolsheviks (Nikolai Volkoff and Boris Zukov) to retain.
February 5, 1988 – The Main Event: WWE world tag team champions Strike Force defeated The Hart Foundation (Bret Hart and Jim Neidhart) to retain.
March 27, 1988 – WrestleMania IV: Demolition defeated WWE world tag team champions Strike Force to win the titles.
Both Rick Martel and 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 – Saturday Night’s Main Event: 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 – Saturday Night’s Main Event: Rick “The Model” Martel defeated Tito Santana in the supposed blow-off 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 perfume 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 and 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!
November 8, 1993 – RAW: Rick Martel defeated John Paul.
December 13, 1993 – RAW: Rick Martel defeated Tim McNeany.
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 left 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 and 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! January 5, 1998 – Monday Nitro: Rick Martel defeated Brad Armstrong.
January 10, 1998 – Saturday Night: Rick Martel defeated Mark Truran.
January 17, 1998 – Saturday Night: Rick Martel defeated Hard Body Harrison.
January 19, 1998 – Monday Nitro: Rick Martel defeated Eddie Guerrero.
January 23, 1998 – Thunder: Rick Martel defeated Perry Saturn.
January 24, 1998 – Saturday Night: Rick Martel defeated Johnny Attitude.
February 14, 1998 – Worldwide: Rick Martel defeated Barry Houston.
February 16, 1998 – Monday Nitro: Saturn defeated Rick Martel.
February 16, 1998 – Monday Nitro: Rick Martel defeated Booker T to win the WCW Television title.
February 22, 1998 – SuperBrawl VIII: Booker T defeated Rick Martel to win the WCW Television title.
February 28, 1998 – Worldwide: Rick Martel defeated Silver King.
July 13, 1998 – Monday Nitro: Stevie Ray (WCW Television Champion) defeated Rick Martel
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.
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 now involved 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.
June 24, 2007 – Vengeance (Night of Champions): Rick Martel made an appearance as a former World Tag Team Champion. ~~~Rick Martel and Tony Garea got physically involved saving Sgt. Slaughter and Jimmy Snuka from Deuce and Domino.