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The Mountie steals the show
By CHRIS SOKOL - SLAM! Wrestling


CARTERET, NJ - This past weekend, Jacques Rougeau Jr. proved that he can still get his man as The Mountie -- and that he can still carry a tune.

On November 13, The Mountie suit came out of mothballs (he cannot do the gimmick in Canada) for the second Wrestling Reunion convention at the Holiday Inn in Carteret, NJ.

Rougeau was quite possibly the hit of the weekend, having the fans going crazy. He was so popular with the crowd, that he wound up signing autographs for two and a half hours, rather than the designated two-hour slot.

Later on in the afternoon, Rougeau was a part of the question and answer session, and once again he stole the show. To wrap things up, the host asked the crowd for one more question. Indy wrestler Joe Rules stepped up to the plate and asked Rougeau, "Can you sing I am the Mountie?. The crowd broke into laughter and applause as Rougeau stood up and performed.

It was an enjoyable weekend overall for Rougeau, who drove down from his home in Montreal. He also filmed a shoot interview.

Now that Rougeau is no longer a full-time grappler inside the ring, he has found another way to occupy his time and give back to the wrestling community: he started his own promotion. "It is family orientated." Rougeau told SLAM! Wrestling. Rougeau has ran many shows in the past seven years. "I draw 3,000-5,000 people," proclaimed Rougeau.

Impressive numbers for independent wrestling. Before Rougeau started, he spoke with the "King of Promoters" Vince McMahon about his idea to run a family orientated promotion called the World Wrestling Family Federation (WWFF). Vince laughed at the idea -- sex was selling quite well for Mr. McMahon.

That conversation took place seven years ago. He's proud of his accomplishments since then. "I would like to prove those who doubted me wrong."

Before promoting a show, Rougeau goes around to different shops in the Montreal area and sells blocks of tickets to various companies; those companies will then donate those tickets to a local school, in return for sponorship. The kids that show up are never disappointed. "I've had [King] Tonga, The Warlord, The Bushwhackers, Tito Santana, I 've had them all," Rougeau said. The gimmicks excite the younger kids, while older fans re-live some memories.

Rougeau has done a 15-minute halftime show for the Montreal Alouettes on a few occasions as well. This past season, he defeated Kamala. "They gave us fifteen minutes, which was just enough time to get the ring out and do a quick seven-minute match and then get the ring off." As Rougeau described it, Kamala came out with "Ten baboon guys" carrying flaming torches and Rougeau walked out with the Alouettes cheerleaders. That night Rougeau picked up a victory both inside and outside the ring. "They (Montreal Alouettes) sent me a letter saying it was one of the best halftime shows ever." Rougeau said.

Prior to his events, Rougeau travels to different schools to spread the word about not doing drugs and getting an education. His message speaks volumes. Rougeau has been invited back every year to come speak before the children and deliver his powerful message. Rougeau has also played a role in the Just For Laughs festival in Montreal along with two of his wrestling students.

Having already had a sucessful career, Rougeau is now running his own school in Montreal, teaching kids how to become professional wrestlers. He runs 52 weeks a year on Thursdays and Saturdays at La Marche des Pouces, ably helped by Eric Mastrocola. Rougeau brings young students in and teaches them the proper way on how to wrestle.

"I am creating my own talent," he said. Rougeau has a strict set of rules, in order to maintain a healthy, positive, hardworking environment. "You'd better not be late and you'd better shower," Rougeau said with a chuckle. Rougeau expects students to be on time and ready to go for class. "The other thing, you'd better get good school notes; if your parents show me your report card and they are not happy, you're out. You also have to show class and respect."

Hmm, class and respect, two terms often associated with the Mounties.

You can reach Rougeau's school (514)-955-8989.

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    Chris Sokol is from Long Island, NY.