It’s hard to believe that as talented as Rick Martel was, he was always a little underrated. It didn’t matter which promotion he was in, or where he was on the card; the odds was always that Martel would be in the best match of the night or at least close to it.
It could have been because Rick Martel made everything look so effortless could be the reason his name isn’t always spoken among the all time greats. With an AWA World Title and a great WWF run, Rick Martel has a solid legacy with the executives in Stamford. With Pat Patterson and Mad Dog Vachon in the Hall already, Martel would make a good addition as the third French Canadian in.
The Bullet Points:
Quebec City, Canada
Key Championships Held:
AWA World Heavyweight
NWA Austra-Asian Tag Team w/Larry O’Dea
NWA Commonwealth Heavyweight (3)
NWA Georgia Tag Team w/Tommy Rich
NWA North American Heavyweight (Hawaii)
NWA Pacific Northwest Heavyweight
NWA Pacific Northwest Tag Team (3) w/Roddy Piper
WWF World Tag Team (3) (2w/Tony Garea, 1w/Tito Santana)
Why He Will Get In:
He is a solid worker with much industry respect and success.
Why He Won’t Get In:
He just may not have been spectacular enough to make it.
Five Greatest Matches/Moments: (In Chronological Order)
1. Competed against Dino Bravo for the IWA Montreal Title in one of the
biggest matches for that promotion (1983)
2. Won the AWA World Heavyweight Title over Jumbo Tsuruta (5/13/84)
3. Fought Ric Flair to a double count out in a Title for Title match in
4. Won WWF World Tag Title with Tito Santana over the Hart
5. Went over fifty minutes in the Royal Rumble Match (1/19/91)