My all-time favorite bad guy wrestler, Rick ‘The Model’ Martel
I always thought he sounded a little strained when he spoke, and now I know why.
Retired professional bad guy wrestler Rick “The Model” Martel was born Richard Vigneault in Montreal, Quebec, Canada. He’s one of the Quebecois, or a French Canadian, and his first language is French. According to his website, early in his wrestling career, he spoke practically no English.
(For non-native English speakers, English tends to be a difficult language to learn).
I remember his megawatt smile, his ego and the atomizer filled with cologne called—fittingly—Arrogance. He had a feud with Jake “The Snake” Roberts in which he sprayed Arrogance in Roberts’ face and temporarily blinded him and then gave a lame apology. Martel wasn’t as mean as “Macho Man” Randy Savage (who often spoke as though severely constipated), but he was funny.
Here’s a montage of some of Martel’s commercials: