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Encyclopedia > Strike Force (professional wrestling)
Strike Force

Tito Santana(left), Rick Martel(right)
Tag team
Members Tito Santana
Rick Martel
Name(s) Strike Force
Heights 6 ft 0 in (183 cm)-Rick Martel
6 ft 2 in (188 cm)-Tito Santana
Debuted August 1987
Disbanded April 1989
Promotions WWF

Strike Force was a tag team in the WWF composed of Tito Santana and Rick Martel. Image File history File links No higher resolution available. ... A professional wrestling tag-team consists of two or occasionally three wrestlers who are working together as a team. ... Merced Solis (born May 10, 1953) better known by his ring name Tito Santana, is a semi-retired Mexican-American professional wrestler whose career spanned from the late 70s to the early 90s. ... Richard Vigneault (born March 18, 1956) is a Québécois former professional wrestler, best known for his appearances with the World Wrestling Federation (WWF) between 1980 and 1995 under the ring name Rick Martel. ... World Wrestling Entertainment, Inc. ... World Wrestling Entertainment, Inc. ... Merced Solis (born May 10, 1953) better known by his ring name Tito Santana, is a semi-retired Mexican-American professional wrestler whose career spanned from the late 70s to the early 90s. ... Richard Vigneault (born March 18, 1956) is a Québécois former professional wrestler, best known for his appearances with the World Wrestling Federation (WWF) between 1980 and 1995 under the ring name Rick Martel. ...


Strike Force was considered by many fans a spinoff of the Can-Am Connection, a team composed of Martel and Tom Zenk. Zenk left the WWF in the middle of a feud the Can-Ams had with the Islanders. Why the Z-man left the WWF is the subject of debate. Some say creative differences others say a pay dispute.[citation needed] It was rumored for some time it was due to sexual harassment.[citation needed] Longtime fans argue the kayfabe reason given was that "He was afraid of Demolition".[citation needed] Martel fought both Islanders alone in singles matches, until an attack took place on WWF Superstars of Wrestling where the Islanders jumped Martel. Santana was doing commentary in the Spanish broadcast booth, and he had seen enough, so he ran to the ring and helped Martel take out the Islanders in August 1987. The team were played off as good looking pretty boys and even had a theme called "Girls In Cars", which many fans consider to be one of the worst wrestling themes ever made.[citation needed] They feuded with the Islanders until October, when they got a shot at the Hart Foundation for the World Tag-Team Championship. They won the titles when Jim Neidhart submitted to Martel's Boston Crab. The Can-Am Connection was a tag team comprised of Rick Martel and Tom Zenk in the WWF through 1986 and 1987. ... Tom Zenk is a former professional wrestler best known by his stage name Z-Man. ... WWF Superstars of Wrestling was a professional wrestling program that debuted on September 6, 1986, replacing WWF Championship Wrestling. ... The Hart Foundation was a collective name used by various stables in the World Wrestling Federation. ... World Wrestling Entertainments World Tag-Team Championship is WWEs original tag team championship and is now exclusive to the RAW brand. ... James Henry Jim Neidhart (born August 2, 1956), is a professional wrestler, best known for his appearances in the 1980s and 1990s in the World Wrestling Federation as Jim The Anvil Neidhart. ...


The team would hold onto the titles until WrestleMania IV, where they lost the tag belts to Demolition. Martel had Smash in the Boston Crab, until Ax hit him in the back of the head with Mr. Fuji's cane, while the ref was distracted by a fight between Santana and Fuji. WrestleMania IV was the fourth annual WrestleMania professional wrestling pay-per-view event from the World Wrestling Federation. ... Demolition was a professional wrestling tag team in the late 80s / early 90s World Wrestling Federation made up of Ax (Bill Eadie), Smash (Barry Darsow), and later Crush (Brian Adams). ... This article or section does not adequately cite its references or sources. ... This article or section does not cite any references or sources. ... Harry Fujiwara aka Mr. ...


Martel would suffer a real life injury during a tag team title match against Demolition, and it was made into an angle where Ax and Smash took credit for ending Martel's career.


Santana wrestled in singles matches again afterwards for awhile. Martel would return to the WWF in January 1989 at the Royal Rumble. Sometime later, Santana and Martel would reunite, taking on the Brain Busters at WrestleMania V. After Santana accidentally knocked Martel out with a flying forearm, Martel left Santana alone in the ring to fend for himself, thus turning heel. He later said that he no longer wanted to associate with Santana because his timing was off, and he was a loser. The two would feud on and off for the next two years, including a few matches that took place after Santana adopted the "El Matador" gimmick in 1991. Royal Rumble 1989 was the second annual Royal Rumble professional wrestling event from the World Wrestling Federation, and the first one to be held on pay-per-view. ... The Brain Busters with Bobby Heenan The Brain Busters were a professional wrestling tag team in the 1980s. ... WrestleMania V was the fifth annual WrestleMania professional wrestling pay-per-view event from the World Wrestling Federation. ... In professional wrestling, a heel is a villain character who is portrayed as behaving in an immoral manner, breaking rules or otherwise taking advantage of their opponents outside of the bounds of the rules of the match. ...


Championships and accomplishments

  • PWI ranked them #70 of the 100 best Tag teams during the "PWI" years in 2003.

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