Rene Goulet

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Rene Goulet
Chris Taylor vs Rene Goulet 1973.jpg
Goulet (top) vs. Chris Taylor in 1973
Birth nameRobert Bédard
Born (1932-07-12) July 12, 1932 (age 86)
Quebec City, Quebec, Canada
Professional wrestling career
Ring name(s) Buddy Rogers Jr.
Sgt. Jacques Goulet
Worzel
Billed height6 ft 0 in (1.83 m) [1]
Billed weight236 lb (107 kg) [1]
Billed from Nice, France [1]
Debut1957
Retired1987

Robert Bédard (born July 12, 1932) is a Canadian retired professional wrestler. better known by his ring name, the "Number One Frenchman" Rene Goulet.

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Professional wrestling career

Goulet began his career in Quebec City, Quebec, in 1957, with his first match being against Gerard Dugas.

He spent the early part of his career traveling the territories, spending a significant amount of time in the AWA. He achieved his greatest fame in the 1970s and 1980s with the World Wrestling Federation, winning the WWWF Tag Team Championship with Karl Gotch in December 1971.

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Goulet was well known as a very dependable wrestler who could always be trusted to have a good match. As a result, he was often selected to have matches with rookie wrestlers so he could carry the match. The list of wrestlers who had either had their first match or one of their first matches against Goulet includes Ric Flair, Chris Taylor, the Iron Sheik, Jim Brunzell, Greg Gagne and Ken Patera. In Japan, in 1981, he teamed with Andre The Giant. While in the AWA in the early 1980s he was known as "Sgt. Jacques Goulet" and used a claw hold he called "le scorpion".

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Goulet wrestled regularly until 1986, and he competed in a legends battle royal in the Meadowlands in 1987. He worked as a road agent for the WWF until 1997 and could frequently be seen coming to the ring to maintain control when wrestlers got into fights. He is an avid golfer and regularly competes in celebrity charity tournaments. [2]

Championships and accomplishments

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