Remembering Jacques Rougeau Senior

Patriarch of the Rougeau Clan, father to Jaques Junior (The Mountie) and Raymond, Jacques Sr was a high achieving wrestler from the heyday of the territorial era. He began his career in the late fifties tagging with his brother Johnny in the Montreal version of the IWA where he would become International Heavyweight Champion five times. He would also take the tag titles with a young Gino Brito. He would have several big name feuds in the northern territories with the likes of Abdullah the Butcher, Alexis Smirnoff, Don Leo Jonathan and The Sheik.

He would venture down south to outlaw NWF territory that had a hold on upstate New York in Buffalo in the early seventies where again he would become Heavyweight Champion defeating Waldo Von Erich in a tournament final and a tag champion with Johnny Powers until the companies close in 1974

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In 1967 he went to JWA and competed in the Diamond Series, a big match big name heavily Gaijin heavy tour as Eddie Auger. He would be back a few years later in on of the JWA’s successors New Japan Pro Wrestling in the Toukon Series, debuting in a tag match with Bill White against Antonio Inoki & Katsuhisa Shibata which led to a singles match against Inoki a few nights later. He lost but had a long tour and came back in 1975.

Jacques will perhaps be best remembered for bringing his sons Jacques Jnr and Raymond into the wrestling fold, both huge draws in Canada they would be incendiary heels in the North American territories in the 1980s, they could cause riots in Puerto Rico and often did. They would move on to being an anodyne babyface tag team before turning heel, picking up Jimmy Hart as a manager and finding some mid card success. Jacques Snr would find his real calling as The Mountie in one of the more successful WWE cartoon era gimmicks that won him an Intercontinental Title and later success with Pierre Carl Ouellet (Current NWA World Tag champion PCO) in the Quebeccers. 

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A protean brawler and technician, Jacques will be sorely missed in the Montreal community who put the territory on the map in the 1960s. Alongside Jacques Jnr and Raymond, there is also another wrestling son Armand. Jacques Snr would become the patriarch of a wrestling family now in its third generation. The final words should go to WWE Commentator and son Raymond;

“I want to thank everyone who wrote kind words. The loss of my father is huge, he had been my dad, my friend, my partner in the the ring and in business forever. Despite his death, I consider myself very lucky to have had him for so long and to have such a marvelous father.”

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