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Rene Goulet

    

Real NameRobert Bedard

Birthdate - 7/12/32

6’ 235 lbs. - Quebec City, QUE


Athletic BackgroundWrestling, Boxing, Ice Hockey

Teacher(s)Johnny Michaud; Maurice Vachon

Professional BackgroundQuebec(`57-`61), Montreal(`61), AWA(`63-`69), Amarillo(`65), SanFran(`66), Portland(`66), Vancouver(`66), Dallas(`68), Detroit(`68), Hawaii(`69-`70), Australia(`69-`70), Florida(`70-`72), WWWF(`71-`72), AWA, WWA(`74-`75), Mid-Atlantic(`76-`81), Georgia(`77-`78), WWWF(`79-`81), Toronto(`79-`81), New Japan(`80-`82), Florida(`81), WWF(`84-`97)

AliasesBuddy Rogers Jr., Sgt. Jacques Goulet

Peak Years`68-`75

Place in HistoryDespite their lengthy and usually healthy existence, Dick the Bruiser’s Indianapolis-based WWA promotion is not a fondly remembered territory, one of their most successful creations was a strange foreign heel tag team - the Legionnaires.  Rene Goulet and Don Fargo had nearly twenty years in the sport each, but completely different careers.  Fargo had been half of the five distinct and successful tag teams before hooking up with Goulet in 1974.  Goulet was the classic journeyman.  He had found some success in various territories and while he was a good-looking French-Canadian and very good hand, Goulet was missing something.  Rene Goulet caught his first break in the AWA in their early years and spent most of sixties globetrotting.  He had a run as half the WWWF Tag champions with Karl Gotch and won some other regional tag titles, where he was typically the partner of a star.  The Legionnaire persona and working with a gifted heel like Don Fargo finally pushed him to that top level.  One might question how wearing the distinct white kepi and the blue sash of the French Foreign Legion might make some a top heel?  The Legionnaires had a perception of being bloodthirsty mercenaries in the aftermath of the Algerian War, they were a foreign menace that struck a nerve in the Heartland.  Sergeant Jacques Goulet and Private Don Fargo as the Legionnaires might have only had a short run, but it was effective.  Dick the Bruiser, Wilbur Snyder, Pepper Gomez and other well-established babyfaces put them over and they garnered some genuine heat.  Their signature gimmick match, the Algerian Death Match (where participants wore hoods), was even a draw.  A legitimate fight between saw Fargo split and Soldier LeBeouf (who became Pierre of the Yukon Lumberjacks in the WWWF) take his place and the team continued as a top act for the Bruiser for a time.  Goulet departed and resumed his life as a journeyman, but was more often than not a heel from that time forward.  Wearing a huge cape and a white glove and using the clawhold as his finisher, Rene Goulet became an almost cartoonish villain in the last part of his career.  He rejoined the WWF just prior to their expansion and became a road agent.  He filled that role for the next fifteen years alongside men like Chief Jay Strongbow, Jerry Brisco, Tony Garea and Blackjack Lanza, keeping the day-to-day operations of the WWF going through the boom period and the lean years.  Rene Goulet might not be remembered as a Hall of Fame performer and he certainly had his years as a middling babyface and undercard heel, but he had a few years that saw him emerge as exceptional for a time.  The Legionnaires unquestionably got over and brought the house up in Dick the Bruiser’s towns and probably could have taken their act elsewhere and become one of the memorable heel tag teams of the 1970s.

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