Raymond Rougeau
Rougeau, circa 1979
Mayor of Rawdon
Assumed office
November 16, 2021
Preceded byBruno Guibault
Personal details
Born
Raymond Rougeau

(1955-02-18) February 18, 1955 (age 69)
Saint-Sulpice, Québec, Canada
Political partyÉquipe Raymond Rougeau - Pour Rawdon
Children1
Ring name(s)
  • Ray Rougeau[1]
  • Raymond Rougeau[1]
Billed height5 ft 11 in (180 cm)[2]
Billed weight229 lb (104 kg)[2]
Billed fromMontreal, Quebec
From Canada, but soon to relocate to the United States
Memphis, Tennessee
Trained by
Debut1971
Retired2000

Raymond Rougeau (born February 18, 1955) is a Canadian politician, former professional wrestler and French language commentator. He most notably worked for the World Wrestling Federation between 1986 and 2002, firstly as one of The Fabulous Rougeaus, and has been the mayor of Rawdon, Quebec, since 2021.

Professional wrestling career

Canada and Georgia (1971–1986)

Raymond Rougeau began training with his father Jacques Rougeau, Sr. and his great-uncle Eddie Auger at the age of fourteen. He debuted in 1971 at the age of sixteen in Joliette for his father's Montreal promotion as a babyface. In 1974 he and his father fought The Love Brothers in Toronto. In 1976, Raymond relocated to Atlanta, Georgia to work for Jim Barnett in the National Wrestling Alliance (NWA) along with his close friend Pierre Lefebvre. In 1985 he and his brother Jacques Rougeau Jr. fought Ron and Jimmy Garvin in Montreal.

World Wrestling Federation

Fabulous Rougeaus (1986–1990)

See also: The Fabulous Rougeaus

Raymond Rougeau and his brother Jacques as the Rougeau Brothers, March 1989

In February 1986, Raymond and his brother joined the World Wrestling Federation, debuting during a tour of Australia. During their first year with the company they faced and defeated such duos as The Hart Foundation (Bret Hart and Jim Neidhart), The Moondogs, Jimmy Jack and Dory Funk, Jr., and The Dream Team (Greg Valentine and Brutus Beefcake). Although they lost their match at WrestleMania III in 1987 to Valentine and Beefcake, they briefly upset The Hart Foundation for the WWF Tag Team Championship at the Montreal Forum on August 10 that year. The decision was reversed to a disqualification and the championship returned, since the challengers initially won after using Jimmy Hart's megaphone as a weapon.

Rougeau (right) wrestles Demolition Ax in a 1988 match

After two years in the Federation, The Fabulous Rougeaus (Jacques and Raymond) turned heel when they participated in an angle in which the Canadian brothers were announced as "From Canada, but soon to relocate to the United States", and had an intentionally annoying entrance theme in which they sang (partly in French) about being "All-American Boys" as well as now having Jimmy Hart as their manager (The Rougeaus were also briefly billed as being from Memphis, Jimmy Hart's home city). They also waved tiny American flags, infuriating fans, who questioned their sincerity, and humorously attempted to start "USA!" chants, which led to further negative fan "heat". According to Jacques, the widespread antipathy of American fans inspired Vince McMahon to turn them into heels. They feuded with The Killer Bees, The Hart Foundation (who had turned face in between), The Bushwhackers and The Rockers during their heel run.

Raymond went into semi-retirement three months after SummerSlam in 1989. His last match in the WWF was at the Royal Rumble in 1990, which the Rougeau Brothers lost to The Bushwhackers.

Commentator (1992–2002)

In October 1992, Rougeau replaced Edouard Carpentier as the play-by-play commentator for the French syndicated WWF programming distributed to Quebec, Europe and Africa. He commentated alongside Guy Hauray from October 1992 to April 1994, then Jean Brassard from May 1994 to November 1998 when the WWF stopped producing French-language TV shows. It resumed in January 2000 after the WWF landed a new TV deal in France and Rougeau returned with a new co-host, Philippe Hartman, until January 2002.

As his brother was still an active competitor as one half of The Quebecers alongside Pierre, Pierre turned and started attacking Jacques. Raymond left the commentary table and ran to the ring to save his brother. Rougeau later accompanied Jacques in his first retirement match in the WWF, held in Montreal.

Rougeau was also an interviewer and presenter on WWF programming in 1993 and 1994. He also did English play-by-play for the international version of Superstars in 1998.

Rougeau came out of retirement on August 8, 1996, to face Owen Hart in a boxing match at the Montreal Molson Centre during a WWF house show despite not being active as a competitor for years.

Rougeau came out of retirement again in March 1998, when he teamed with Jacques and Carl Ouellet to defeat Adam Copeland, Shawn Stasiak and Tom Brandi in a dark match for WWF Shotgun Saturday Night.

In 2000, Rougeau participated in the "Lutte 2000" event, where he defeated Richard Charland.

Rougeau left the WWF in early 2002 when it stopped producing French-language versions of its programming.

Return to WWE (2017–2021)

In May 2017, it was announced that Rougeau would return to WWE as a French language commentator,[3] reuniting with Jean Brassard, for the PPVs on the WWE Network.

In April 2021, after Peacock became the new home for WWE Network, due to rescheduling, Rougeau and Brassard didn't continue providing their services, leaving the company again.[4]

Political career

Rougeau owned income management properties and has been active in city council politics in Rawdon, Quebec since 2002; he was initially elected with 72% of the vote and was re-elected unopposed. He was elected for the first time in the November 2002 municipal election and is reelected in 2005, 2009 and 2013.[5] Opposed by two candidates, he was reelected with 66,12% of the vote in November 2013.[6] He occasionally promotes wrestling shows in Montreal along with Jacques. In 2021, he was elected Mayor of Rawdon with 61% of the vote.[7]

Personal life

Rougeau has a son who was born in 1990.

In September 2011, Rougeau was credited with saving the life of a 77-year-old hunting friend who was lost in the woods, near Lac-Saint-Jean, Quebec for two days. Rougeau flew his own plane for the rescue mission after a police search did not lead to the man being found.[8][9]

Championships and accomplishments

References

  1. ^ a b Online World of Wrestling. "Raymond Rougeau Profile". Retrieved December 12, 2010.
  2. ^ a b "Raymond Rougeau". Cagematch. Retrieved July 9, 2023.
  3. ^ "Backstage Reaction To LaVar Ball's Son Using Racial Slur, 'Los Angeles 3:16', WWE Hires 80s Star". WrestlingInc. June 27, 2017. Retrieved June 27, 2017.
  4. ^ "Longtime WWE French Commentators Gone from WWE Due to Peacock". Wrestling Headlines. April 9, 2021. Retrieved April 10, 2021.
  5. ^ (in French) [1] Archived November 22, 2016, at the Wayback Machine
  6. ^ (in French)[2] Archived November 22, 2016, at the Wayback Machine
  7. ^ Goodyear, Sheena (November 10, 2021). "How pro wrestling prepared Raymond Rougeau to be a Quebec town mayor". Canadian Broadcasting Corporation. Archived from the original on November 18, 2022.
  8. ^ "Ex-wrestling star saves man lost in Quebec woods". CBC News. September 30, 2011. Retrieved October 1, 2011.
  9. ^ "Famed 1980s WWE tag wrestler profiled for heroism". Pro Wrestling Torch. Retrieved October 1, 2011.
  10. ^ IWA International Junior Heavyweight Championship Wrestling-Titles.com retrieved March 17, 2019
  11. ^ Kreikenbohm, Philip. "Lutte 2000 « Events Database « CAGEMATCH - The Internet Wrestling Database". www.cagematch.net. Retrieved September 19, 2018.
  12. ^ Kreikenbohm, Philip. "Matches « Raymond Rougeau « Wrestlers Database « CAGEMATCH - The Internet Wrestling Database". www.cagematch.net. Retrieved September 19, 2018.
  13. ^ Pro Wrestling History Prowrestlinghistory.com Retrieved March 17, 2019
  14. ^ "Pro Wrestling Illustrated 500 – 1994: 291 Raymond Rougeau". Pro Wrestling Illustrated. Blue Bell, Pennsylvania, United States: Sports and Entertainment publications LLC. September 22, 1994. p. 51. October 1994.