The Cauliflower Alley Club announced Wednesday that longtime WWF wrestler and road agent Rene Goulet died this past May at 86 years old. His family kept the news quiet until today, even from WWE.
A native of Quebec City, Quebec, the man born Robert Bedard began his professional wrestling career in 1957 and eventually found his way to the then-WWWF where he would stay from the 1970s through the 1980s. He also spent time in various NWA territories and the AWA.
In 1971, Goulet and partner Karl Gotch won the WWWF tag team titles by defeating Luke Graham and Tarzan Tyler, holding the gold for just 57 days. He stayed active until 1986 and worked as a road agent until 1997, one of the men seen regularly when officials came out to break up brawls.
Goulet was the first ever wrestler to defeat Ric Flair and and competed against Tito Santana in the very first WWF match aired on USA. He and Andre The Giant also won what is now known as the New Japan World Tag League in 1981.
He was inducted into the Tragos/Thesz Pro Wrestling Hall of Fame in 2010.