It is with great regret that we must bring you the news that WWE Hall of Famer Pat Patterson has passed away. He was 79 years old.
The news was revealed by Tony Marinaro on Twitter. It revealed that Patterson passed away in a hospital early Wednesday morning. He had been battling cancer for a long time before his passing.
Patterson was truly a pioneer in the world of professional wrestling. He is known for being the first wrestler to become the WWE Intercontinental Championship. He was also behind the start of the Royal Rumble match. He was a WWE producer and is considered by many to be Vince McMahon’s right-hand man in the company.
WWE released an emotional statement in light of his passing:
WWE is saddened to learn that Pat Patterson passed away at the age of 79.
A true industry pioneer, Patterson was linked to many “firsts” in sports entertainment throughout his storied career, including the first reign of the Intercontinental title and the creation of the Royal Rumble Match. In a career spanning six decades, the renaissance man left an indelible mark on the industry in the ring, on the microphone and behind the scenes.
Patterson began his career in 1958 in his native Canada before becoming a fixture in the Bay Area for nearly two decades. After winning the AWA Tag Team Championship with Ray Stevens in 1978, Patterson moved on to WWE. Under the tutelage of The Grand Wizard, Patterson made an immediate impact and became the first Intercontinental Champion in September 1979. Patterson’s most legendary rivalry in WWE was undoubtedly his war with Sergeant. Slaughter, who wowed the WWE Universe with Boot Camp Matches and a brutal Alley Fight at Madison Square Garden.
Remembering WWE Hall of Famer Pat Patterson: photos
WWE remembers the WWE Hall of Fame career of one of the most influential figures in sports entertainment, the legendary Pat Patterson.
Shortly before his retirement from the ring in 1984, Patterson joined Mr. McMahon as a commentator of color. Even after hanging up his boots, Patterson was far from finished reinventing the possibilities of the sports entertainment industry. In 1988, Patterson brought one of the ring’s most innovative ideas to life by creating the original Royal Rumble Match format.
Patterson returned to the ring during WWE’s electric “Attitude Era”, creating many memorable moments alongside Gerald Brisco as one of Mr. McMahon’s hilarious “Stooges.” Patterson even pinned Crash Holly to claim the Hardcore title. Despite all his efforts, Pat Patterson was inducted into the WWE Hall of Fame in 1996 by Bret Hart.
In his more than 25 years in WWE, Patterson was synonymous with making history. From the Intercontinental title to the Royal Rumble Match and beyond, his name will forever be revered in WWE history. This amazing legacy was captured in Patterson’s 2016 autobiography Accepted: How the First Gay Superstar Changed WWE, a moving chronicle about his life both in and out of the ring.
WWE extends its condolences to Patterson’s family and friends.
I just got a text message from my friend Rodger Brulotte informing me that @WWE legendary wrestler Pat Patterson passed away this morning in a Miami hospital. Patterson, he had cancer. He was 79 years old. The thoughts and prayers are with your family and friends. RIP. #WWE
– Tony Marinaro (@TonyMarinaro) December 2, 2020
We would like to extend our condolences to the family and friends of Patterson during this sad time.
Keith Lee reacts to being ‘pulled’ from WWE Raw
Former NXT Champion and self-proclaimed “Unlimited” Keith Lee has been on a losing streak for the past few months. First, missing multiple editions of Monday Night Raw due to COVID-19 protocols and then missing a planned triple threat match during the 2021 edition of the Elimination pay-per-view. On social media via Twitter, Lee summed up his feelings and thoughts on the matter in a very short but shocking post that read, “Hard times.” You can see it below. This rumor of Keith Lee’s victory in the WWE Championship was revealed recently.
In other news about the former North American NXT Champion, Dave Meltzer recently discussed during a new edition of Wrestling Observer Radio why Keith Lee was ultimately replaced during the Elimination Chamber triple threat match with John Morrison. Lee was originally scheduled to face then-current WWE United States Champion Bobby Lashley in the pay-per-view event along with “The Original Bro” Riddle. However, at the last minute Lee was pulled out of the game due to injury and Morrison was named a replacement after winning a match in the pre-show. Meltzer explained how the third man in this match was critical.
“The end came when Riddle hit Lashley with the MVP crutch and sent him out of the ring, leaving Morrison exposed and Riddle capitalizing and winning the title. Only a Triple Threat would have allowed that kind of sequence and whoever came out of the Fatal Four-Way in the pre-show was going to be asked to do the favors for Riddle and Lashley. ” Keith Lee downloaded on WWE fans before missing Raw not long ago
Credit to TheSportster for the above listing.
– Impatient Lee (@RealKeithLee) February 24, 2021
Vince McMahon disrespects Dominik Mysterio backstage
Vince McMahon has been known in his career for shutting down stupid ideas like an Undertaker and Kevin Nash pitch that would otherwise seemingly go with his WWE audience. This is no exception to the rule, at least in Vince’s mind. For the Mysterios, it is the utmost disrespect.
Dominik Mysterio made his WWE debut at last summer’s Summerslam pay-per-view event and has been hot and cold ever since. While this is not the fault of the son of the legendary Rey Mysterio, this shows that there were much better ways to book.
Veteran Spanish commentator Hugo Savinovich spoke with Dr. Chris Featherstone for an episode of “UnSkripted” for Sportskeeda. Hugo has some answers on why side action has been ongoing for Dominik.
Hugo: “Great potential, I think Rey paid a high price. They have mistreated him really bad. They gave him a good contract now. I think vince [McMahon] He made a serious mistake, a horrible mistake, by not letting the Mexican Wrestler’s story work. It had to be ‘El Mascarado’: the masked father Rey Mysterio giving Dominik Mysterio the torch, the mask. “
It’s unclear what’s next for Dominik, but he has the potential to be a star. Fate is in the hands of the WWE writing team for now.
New Day’s ‘surprise’ Undertaker in WWE locker room
Undertaker infuriated Xavier Woods by burying ‘video game nerds’ in WWE last month, but it seems like all is well between the two WWE stars. Mike Chioda is a legendary name in the world of professional wrestling, having been in the industry for over thirty years. Now an All Elite Wrestling official, Chioda spent most of his time as a WWE referee. During a recent edition of the ‘Monday Mailbag’ on AdFreeShows, Chioda spoke about how WWE icon The Undertaker reacted to a gift given him by multiple-time former tag team champion Xavier Woods and New Day. Woods reacted when The Undertaker buried the WWE roster in January.
The gift was a judge’s gavel that Woods has personally recorded for The Undertaker. Undertaker infamously served as a judge during his time on ‘Wrestlers Court,’ a behind-the-scenes way for WWE roster members to resolve various disputes. Chioda stated the following quote.
“I remember, I think not long ago Xavier Woods bought Taker, one of the handles with the judge, the mallets or something that the judge has, and Taker loved that thing. You know, I think if you want to talk about blowing up Taker, when he was introduced to that, and I think he says, ‘The judge, the undertaker, the judge, the jury and … You know, and he recorded it for him. .
Chioda continued: “Yeah, Xavier Woods blew up Taker with that, man. That was a very good gift. I think Taker said something like, at one point, he was like … one of the best gifts anyone ever gave him, and I was like, ‘Shit, I never thought about that’ (laughs). I should have gotten him one of them. ” Undertaker’s plans for WWE in 2021 were recently revealed.
Credit to InsideTheRopes for the transcript.