René Emile Goguen[2] (born December 15, 1983)[2] is a Canadian professional wrestler, better known by his ring name René Duprée. Goguen is best known for his tenure in World Wrestling Entertainment, where he is a one-time World Tag Team Champion with Sylvain Grenier as the tag team La Résistance and a one-time WWE Tag Team Champion with Kenzo Suzuki. By winning the World Tag Team Championship, Goguen became the youngest wrestler to win the tag team title at 19 years old. He is also the youngest champion of any kind in WWE, and the only wrestler in WWE to win a title as a teenager.[4] He is the son of Canadian Maritimes wrestling promoter Emile Duprée.[2]

Professional wrestling career[edit | edit source]

Grand Prix Wrestling (1996-2003)[edit | edit source]

As his father Emile was a wrestling promoter, Goguen was exposed and encouraged into wrestling at a young age. Goguen became a professional wrestler in 1997 at age 14, and began working for his father's Grand Prix Wrestling promotion. A few years later, he signed a developmental contract with World Wrestling Entertainment, and was sent to Ohio Valley Wrestling to further develop his skills.

Hustle (2007–2009)[edit | edit source]

Gougen debuted for the Japanese promotion Hustle on August 15, 2007 under the name "René Bonaparte", defeating fellow WWE alumnus Tajiri. After debuting, René became a member of President Nobuhiko Takada's Takada Monster Army thus continuing his winning streak. Bonaparte and Wataru wrestled their grudge match was on September 22, with the stipulation being that Wataru's wife, Eiko, was to become the wife of the winner of the match. Bonaparte defeated his tag team partner Sakata via disqualification, thus winning Eiko. After a brief hiatus, Bonaparte made his return to the promotion in January 2008 and defeated Tajiri. His undefeated streak came to an end on January 17, when he and Giant Vabo lost to Tajiri and KUSHIDA. In July 2008, he lost the first round of the HUSTLE GP to Toshiaki Kawada. Goguen debuted a new masked gimmick, Dina Sharp, and teamed with Mighty Sharp, this gimmick didn't last long with them dropping the gimmick after only two shows. In April to May 2009, Bonaparte teamed with Lance Cade and stayed undefeated in tag team matches until they lost twice to Tajiri and Magnum Tokyo. In June, Bonaparte teamed with Travis Tomko as Armageddon, where Tomko was named Arma and Bonaparte was named Geddon. In July, Geddon turned on Arma and reverted to his René Bonaparte name before defeating Arma. Goguen wrestled his final match for Hustle on October 10, where his team lost a five-on-five tag team match.

All Japan Pro Wrestling[edit | edit source]

Voodoo Murders (2008, 2010–2011)[edit | edit source]

On June 22, 2008, Goguen debuted for All Japan Pro Wrestling under his René Duprée ring name and defeated Manabu Soya. During his short stint in 2008 he aligned himself with the Voodoo Murders stable where he teamed up with TARU mostly.

On January 2, 2010, Duprée returned to AJPW and rejoined Voodoo Murders by filling in the final spot for a Voodoo Murders vs GURENTAI tag team match which he lost, later on in the night he lost a seventeen-man battle royal. In April, he participated in 2010's Champion Carnival, where he won only one match upon defeating Taiyo Kea. On September 20, 2010, Dupree and former tag team partner KENSO were defeated by Akebono and Taiyo Kea in a match for the World Tag Team Championship.[5] From November 20 to December 7, Dupree teamed with TARU in the 2010 World's Strongest Tag Determination League, where they finished seventh in their bracket. On June 3, 2011, AJPW disbanded Voodoo Murders, suspended all of its Japanese members, including Duprée, and vacated all championships following the aftermath of a backstage fight between Yoshikazu Taru and Nobukazu Hirai, which resulted in Hirai suffering a stroke. In the aftermath of this, Duprée and former Voodoo Murders member Joe Doering stayed together as a tag team until the end of Duprée's run with AJPW. At the joint pay-per-view All Together, which featured wrestlers from AJPW, Pro Wrestling Noah and New Japan Pro Wrestling, Duprée participated in the Destroyer Cup battle royal, which was ultimately won by Kentaro Shiga.[6]

Return and departure (2013)[edit | edit source]

During an AJPW international tour in Cocagne, New Brunswick, Canada on May 27, 2013, Duprée defeated Seiya Sanada to win the Gaora TV Championship. However, he returned the title to AJPW on September 11 after leaving the promotion to begin performing for Wrestle-1.[7]

Wrestle-1 (2013–2014)[edit | edit source]

While still officially the Gaora TV Champion, Duprée made a surprise appearance at the AJPW splinter promotion Wrestle-1's inaugural event on September 8, 2013, teaming with Zodiac in a main event tag team match, where the two were defeated by Bob Sapp and Keiji Mutoh.[8] Three days later, after Duprée had been announced for all future Wrestle-1 events, he returned the Gaora TV Championship to AJPW.[7] During the October tour, Duprée joined Masayuki Kono's Desperado stable.[9] On March 2, 2014, Dupree took part in the big Kaisen: Outbreak event, teaming with Desperado member Masayuki Kono and Samoa Joe losing to Rob Terry, Keiji Mutoh and Taiyo Kea in a six-man tag team match.[10] On March 15, Duprée competed in a battle royal to determine the number one contender for the TNA X Division Championship, which was won by Seiki Yoshioka.[11]

Personal life[edit | edit source]

Goguen's father, Emile, was also a professional wrestler and is currently a promoter.[1]

After leaving WWE, Goguen adopted several tattooes, including flame patterns on his forearms and lower legs,[12] the Japanese language characters 日 and 本 on his left pectoral muscle and left deltoid respectively,[12][13] and a large crucifix spanning across his back.[14]

On October 14, 2009, Goguen married a Japanese woman named Kanako.[15][16]

In wrestling[edit | edit source]

  • Finishing moves
    • Duprée Driver (Sitout scoop slam piledriver)[1][17][18]
    • Cobra clutch slam
  • Signature moves
    • Double knee backbreaker[1]
    • Duprée Plex (Fisherman suplex)[1]
    • French Tickler (Pas de basque followed by a running elbow drop to the opponent's head)[1][19]
    • Lariat takedown[1]
    • Rolling neck snap[1][20]
    • Spinebuster[1][21]

Championships and accomplishments[edit | edit source]

References[edit | edit source]

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  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 2.3 Milner, John. René Dupre . Slam! Sports. Canadian Online Explorer. Retrieved on 2009-03-24.
  3. Rene Dupree's passion lies in Japan, Europe .
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  5. cagematch 2010-09-20. Voodoo Murders Challenge for the AJPW Unified Tag Titles . Cagematch. Retrieved on 2010-09-20.
  6. 東日本大震災復興支援チャリティープロレス 『All Together』 (in Japanese). All Japan Pro Wrestling. Archived from the original on 2011-09-03. Retrieved on 2013-12-28.
  7. 7.0 7.1 Meltzer, Dave (September 16, 2013). "Sep 16 Wrestling Observer Newsletter: Mayweather vs. Canello hype, Night of Champions preview, Olympic Wrestling, CMLL 80th Aniversario preview, tons more!". Wrestling Observer Newsletter. Campbell, California: 31. ISSN 1083-9593. 
  8. 武藤新団体「Wrestle-1」旗揚げ戦 (in Japanese). Sports Navi. Yahoo! (2013-09-08). Retrieved on 2013-09-08.
  9. Wrestle-1 ~ First Trip (in Japanese). Wrestle-1 (2013-10-10). Retrieved on 2013-10-12.
  10. Show results - 3/2 TNA vs. Wrestle-1 in Tokyo, Japan: "One Night Only" PPV results, set-up for Lockdown . Pro Wrestling Torch (2014-03-02). Retrieved on 2014-03-03.
  11. Wrestle-1 2014 Tour After Outbreak (in Japanese). Wrestle-1 (2014-03-15). Retrieved on 2014-08-23.
  12. 12.0 12.1 Duprée's new tattooes .
  13. Duprée's new tattooes, pic 2 .
  14. Duprée's new tattooes, pic 3 .
  15. The French Phenom Gets Hitched . (2010-01-18). Retrieved on 2010-03-06. Template:Unreliable source?
  16. Rene Dupree's passion lies in Japan, Europe .
  17. 7/10 WWE Velocity review: Rene Dupree vs. Nunzio, Funaki vs. Sakoda, the Basham Brothers vs. Hardcore Holly & Billy Gunn .
  18. 5/14 WWE Velocity Review: Kasten's review of segments. .
  19. 2/12 WWE Velocity review: Giebink's detailed match analysis and grades .
  20. 8/28 WWE Velocity review: Charlie Haas vs. Rene Dupree, Michael Cole commentary, and more .
  21. 5/24 WWE Smackdown in Lacrosse: Detailed report on Rey-Dupree, Cena-Booker .
  22. AJPW Gaora TV Championship history .
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