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Pat Patterson Biography – Pat Patterson Wiki
Pat Patterson (born Pierre Clermont) was a Canadian–American professional wrestler. He began his career in 1958 in his native Montreal before moving on to the San Francisco promotion. He was a fixture in the Bay Area for nearly two decades, winning the regional tag team championship an unprecedented 10 times with seven different partners and twice capturing the legendary Cow Palace Battle Royal in 1975 and 1981.
Patterson first met with Ray Stevens in San Francisco. The pair teamed and moved on to the AWA in the late 1970s. They won the AWA World Tag Team Championship in 1978, but after losing the gold a year later, Patterson moved on to WWE.
He made an impact almost immediately after falling under the tutelage of The Grand Wizard. In September 1979, Patterson won a tournament in Rio de Janeiro to become the first Intercontinental Champion. He held the gold until 1980 when he split with The Wizard and became a fan favorite.
In 1981, Patterson’s rivalry with Sgt. Slaughter became one of the biggest in WWE. The two brutalized each other every chance they got in a series of Boot Camp Matches, with their rivalry culminating in a brutal Alley Fight at Madison Square Garden that April.
During that time, Patterson also began his career as a color commentator, teaming up with Vince McMahon to announce WWE Championship Wrestling. Patterson continued to do double-duty in the ring and behind the mic until his official retirement in 1984.
After his retirement, he took a role as a WWE Official and became one of McMahon’s close confidantes. In 1988, one of Patterson’s greatest ideas came to life in the form of the Royal Rumble Match; while it has been modified and expanded since its debut, the Royal Rumble Match format itself is an idea credited to Patterson.
“The more I kept running the idea over in my mind, the more it took shape and I was sure I was on to something,” Patterson wrote in his biography, “Accepted: How the First Gay Superstar Changed WWE.” “I felt it: every instinct in my body told me it would work. So I finally brought the idea to Vince. He laughed at the concept at first, saying that an hour was way too long to keep fans interested. The first Royal Rumble was a success, but until it was over, we didn’t really know if it would work. I knew it was a unique idea, but until a crowd responds, it’s hard to know for sure.”
A decade later, his close relationship with McMahon would bring Patterson back to WWE television; Alongside Gerald Brisco, Patterson served as one of McMahon’s advisors.
In June 2000, Patterson became the oldest man to ever win the Hardcore Championship. He pinned Crash Holly to claim Hardcore gold. At King of the Ring that year, Patterson met Brisco in an infamous Hardcore Evening Gown Match; unfortunately for Patterson, Holly took advantage of the “24/7 Rule” to join the match and regain the gold, ending Pat’s reign after only a week. Patterson would soon go back to being a faithful McMahon ally, remaining with WWE in an official backstage capacity for another five years. Pat Patterson was inducted into the Hall of Fame in 1996.
Pat Patterson Age
He was born Pierre Clermont on January 19, 1941, in Ville-Marie, Montreal, Quebec, Canada. He died on December 2, 2020, in Miami, Florida. He was 79 years old.
Pat Patterson Gay
Pat Patterson was openly gay. He was one of the first openly gay performers within the wrestling industry. However, he largely kept it a secret from the viewing public until well after his in-ring career. He spoke about it publicly in an emotional scene on the season finale of WWE’s “Legends House” reality series, which aired June 12, 2014.
Pat Patterson Partner – Pat Patterson Husband
Pat Patterson’s partner of 40 years, Louie Dondero, died of a heart attack in 1998.
Pat Patterson Death
Patterson died on December 2, 2020, at the age of 79, at a hospital in Miami. The WWE confirmed the news in a statement: “WWE is saddened to learn that Pat Patterson has passed away at the age of 79. WWE extends its condolences to Patterson’s family and friends.”
Triple H paid tribute to Patterson on Twitter. He wrote: “No words can describe what he gave to us. His body as an in-ring performer, his mind as a storyteller, and his spirit as a beloved member of our large @WWE family. I will miss him for so many reasons… it’s never goodbye, it’s see ya down the road. Love you, Pat. Abooze.”
WWE Chief Brand Officer, Stephanie McMahon, wrote on Twitter: ” I’m deeply grateful to have grown up with @wwe Hall of Famer, the first-ever Intercontinental Champion, the father of the #RoyalRumble and the first openly gay wrestler of his generation. Thank you for teaching me how to not take it all so seriously. Abooze.”
Eric Bischoff tweeted: “Saddened to hear the news about Pat Patterson. Coming to WWE in 2002 was a “unique” situation. Pat was one of the first to go out of his way and genuinely make me feel at home. We shared many hours, stories, and yes a cocktail or 2. RIP Pat. You did it your way.”
Jim Ross tweeted: “Just heard of the passing this morning if the great, Pat Patterson. True legend of the pro wrestling business. A wonderful mentor who taught me so much. RIP old friend.”
WWE executive and part-time wrestler Shane McMahon tweeted: “I can not express how crushed I feel right now with the loss of Pat Patterson. A true member of my family, mentor and dear friend. I love you Pat. God speed.”
Charles Robinson wrote: “So sad to hear of the passing of @wwe legend Pat Patterson. One of the greatest minds in the business and just an all around great guy. I will miss him and his karaoke! RIP my friend. You are a hero to many!”
Pat Patterson Cause of Death
Pat Patterson’s cause of death was cancer.
Pat Patterson Net Worth
Pat Patterson’s net worth is estimated to be $10 million.
Pat Patterson Height
Pat Patterson was 6 feet 1 inch (185 cm) tall.