Rene Goulet

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This page is on the former pro wrestler, Rene Goulet. For the former Canadian champion tennis player see Robert Bédard (tennis).
Rene Goulet
Chris Taylor vs Rene Goulet 1973.jpg
Goulet (top) vs. Chris Taylor in 1973
Birth name Robert Bédard
Born (1932-07-12) July 12, 1932 (age 85)
Quebec City, Quebec, Canada
Professional wrestling career
Ring name(s) Buddy Rogers Jr.
Sgt. Jacques Goulet
Rene Goulet
Billed height 6 ft 0 in (1.83 m)[1]
Billed weight 236 lb (107 kg)[1]
Billed from Nice, France[1]
Debut 1957
Retired 1987

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

Professional wrestling career[edit]

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

He spent the earlier part of his career traveling the territories, spending a significant amount of time in the AWA. His greatest fame was when he competed in the 1970s and 1980s with the World Wrestling Federation where he won the WWWF Tag Team Championship with Karl Gotch in December 1971. Later on Goulet became a jobber in the WWF.

Robert Bédard 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 nearly their first match against Bédard 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.

Rene has a number of claims to fame:

  • He was the first person to defeat Ric Flair. It was Flair's second match. (Flair's first match, against George Gadaski [who later became a referee] ended in a draw.)
  • He was the subject of a full-page photo in the third issue ever of People Magazine (March 11, 1974). The photo was taken of Robert Bédard in a bear hug from Chris Taylor in Taylor's first professional match.
  • He was in the first WWF match ever televised on the USA Network. His opponent was Tito Santana.
  • He had a recurring role in the classic wrestling show, TNT, as the host of Cafe Rene.

He 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]

In wrestling[edit]

  • Finishing moves

Championships and accomplishments[edit]


  1. ^ a b c d Shields, Brian; Sullivan, Kevin (2009). WWE Encyclopedia. Dorling Kindersley. p. 245. ISBN 978-0-7566-4190-0. 
  2. ^ Rene Goulet Interview, retrieved May 23, 2010 
  3. ^ Rene Goulet. Obsessed with Wrestling
  4. ^ "N.W.A. Southern Heavyweight Title (Florida)". Puroresu Dojo. 2003. 
  5. ^ "N.W.A. Georgia Tag Team Title". Puroresu Dojo. 2003. 
  6. ^ "N.W.A. Pacific Northwest Tag Team Title". Puroresu Dojo. 2003. 
  7. ^ "W.W.A. World Tag Team Title (Indianapolis)". Puroresu Dojo. 2003. 

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