Monday, February 13, 2017

The Last Match: French Canadians

In this edition of The Last Match we take a look at some of the great French Canadian wrestlers from the Province of Quebec.


Rick Martel
March 20, 1999 HIWF Slam Fest II Kailua, HI
defeated The Metal Maniac

Martel began his career at the age of 16 on June 7, 1972.  Competing all across the globe he is best known for being a 3 time WWF Tag Team Champion, holding the AWA World Championship for 595 days, and reinventing himself of the arrogant heel "The Model" wrestling Jake Roberts in a blindfold match at WrestleMania VII.  Martel's last run came in WCW in 1998 winning the World Television Championship from Booker T, but an injury in a match at SuperBrawl VIII essentially ended his run and eventually his career.


Edouard Carpentier
June 15, 1985 WWF All Star Wrestling, Brantford, Ontario, Canada
defeated The Black Demon

Know for his acrobatic skills, Carpentier debuted in the 1950's as a beloved fan favorite.  In a match on June 14, 1957 Carpentier defeated Lou Thesz when he was NWA World Champion after Thesz injured his back and was unable to continue.  Officially the NWA does not recognize the title change however initially many territories did.  Thesz defeated him in a rematch by DQ in July 24, 1957 and the majority of territories recognized Thesz as champion.

The Boston AAC continued to recognize Carpentier as World Champion until May 3, 1958 when Killer Kowalski defeated him to win the title.  Omaha, Nebraska did until Verne Gagne defeated him for the title on August 9, 1958, this title was later unified with the AWA World Title September 7, 1963.  The WWA based in Los Angeles, CA recognized Carpentier as World Champion until June 12, 1961 when Freddie Blassie defeated him for the title.  This version of the World Championship was re-unified with the NWA World Championship on December 18, 1968.

After leaving the ring Carpentier became a French language color commentator for Montreal based Grand Prix Wrestling and later WWF Superstars when they bought Grand Prix.  He continued in this role until being replaced by Rayman Rougeau in 1992.


Carpentier also competed in the famous Legends Battle Royal November 16, 1987 in East Rutherford, New Jersey that was won by Lou Thesz.

Carpentier died October 30, 2010 from a heart attack at his home in Montreal.


Gino Brito
October 16, 2004 CPW Complete Chaos, Hull, Quebec, Canada
with Pierre Carl Ouellet & Wild Dangerous Dan was defeated by MOB: JJ Crooke, Thunder, & Tray Hugh Mongus

A second generation wrestler he debuted in the late 1950's in Detroit and traveled around the territories eventually teaming with Tony Parisi to win the WWF Tag Team Championships in 1975 from The Blackjacks.


He began promoting matches under the name International Wrestling in Montreal in the 1980's and was the booker for the WWF in Montreal. In 2003 he started promoting matches under the name Canadian Professional Wrestling where at the age of 63 he wrestled his final match, this was Brito's first match since 1987.


Jos LeDuc
June 10, 1995 USWA Memphis Memories II, Memphis, TN
with Phil Hickerson lost to Jerry "The King" Lawler & Jimmy Valiant

Michel Pigeon was a police officer for the Quebec Provincial Police before he started wrestling in the mid-60's.  At the recommendation of his friend Paul LeDuc, Pigeon began training with the legendary Stu Hart.  He adopted the moniker Jos LeDuc and with his "brother" Paul they toured Canada and the United States collecting tag team and singles championships along the way. LeDuc's last short run was in 1989 for FMW, his final match was his first match in six years.  He died in 1999 from complications with diabetes.


Pierre Lefebvre
December 24, 1985 International Wrestling/WWF, Quebec City, Quebec, Canada
defeated Armand Rougeau by DQ

Debuting in 1972 at the age of 17 with childhood friend Ray Rougeau, Lefebvre starting wrestling in Montreal.  Thanks to Rougeau he had a three year run in Georgia Championship Wrestling from 1976 -1979.  He returned to Canada wrestling in the Montreal area for the remainder of his career, save one tour of Japan in 1984.  In 1985 he began working WWF house shows in Montreal and Quebec.

Tragically on the night of December 24 Lefebvre, Trazan Tyler, & referee Adrien Desbois were killed in a vehicle crash on their way home from the matches.

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2 comments:

  1. Martel is one of those guys who just disappeared slowly. I had no idea that injury at Super Brawl what ended his career. What a horrible way to go out.

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    1. I remember when this happened, he seemed to show up in WCW out of nowhere and quickly won the World Television Championship. It was kind of cool considering I hadn't seen or heard much from him in what seemed like years. And just like that it was over.

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