Pat Patterson, a ground breaker in pro wrestling and the first openly gay pro wrestler has died at the age of 79 after a long battle with cancer.
“WWE is saddened to learn that Pat Patterson has passed away at the age of 79,” WWE said in a statement. “A true trailblazer of the industry, Patterson was linked to many ‘firsts’ in sports-entertainment throughout his storied career, including the first-ever Intercontinental Title reign and the creation of the Royal Rumble Match.”
Patterson had an amazing career, wrestling in San Francisco, the AWA, Florida and winning titles everywhere he went, notably as part of a tag team with Ray "The Crippler" Stevens as well as his North American and Intecontinental title runs in the WWF.
As a young kid just getting really into wrestling, I liked Patterson as soon as he arrived in the WWF. He was a great heel and he and The Grand Wizard were a great combination.
It was always kind of funny to hear him cut a promo with him speaking French natively.
Some of the angles he was involved in just made me love wrestling so much back then...
So many, some just too long to post. But you should definitely check out Patterson's face turn and the Samoans and Lou Albano turning on him.
So many good angles, great wrestler, great behind the scenes and by all accounts a very loved and respected man. RIP to one of the best.