Charlotte Flair Shares a Never Before Seen Footage of Pat Patterson Singing “Sweet Caroline” with WWE NXT Superstars

Published 12/03/2020, 9:45 AM EST


WWE Hall of Famer Pat Patterson passed away on November 2nd, 2020 in Miami, Florida. Various WWE Superstars took to social media to pay tribute to the legendary figure who was an important backstage presence.

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Charlotte Flair pays tribute to Pat Patterson

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Former NXT Champion and nine time Women’s Champion Charlotte Flair paid tribute to Patterson by posting a video of him on Instagram. In the video, the Hall of Famer is crooning to Neil Diamond’s Sweet Caroline.

Later in the video, Dusty Rhodes joins in the chorus of the classic song. Dancing to the song are former NXT superstars: Sasha Banks, Summer Rae, Paige, Bayley and, of course, Charlotte.

 

Pat Patterson and Dusty Rhodes were influential in NXT’s early stages. Many NXT superstars also paid tribute to Pat. They claim he is now reunited with his friend Dusty in heaven.

Pat was a true trailblazer

Pat Patterson was the first WWE Intercontinental Champion. He won the title in a special tournament in Rio de Janeiro. He even held the WWF North American Championship, which existed long before the NXT version.

Pat was a true trailblazer both inside and outside the ring. He is credited with inventing the Royal Rumble match. WWE’s most anticipated 30-man battle royal is Pat Patterson’s greatest gift to professional wrestling.

Patterson played one of the most notorious characters on television during the Attitude Era. Along with Gerald Brisco, he became Vince McMahon’s corporate ‘stooge’. They assisted Vince during his rivalries with Stone Cold Steve Austin, Mankind, The Rock and The Undertaker.

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Pat did not stop making history in WWE, as he became the Hardcore Champion by beating Gerald Brisco. He even became the oldest champion in WWE by pinning Drake Maverick to win the WWE 24/7 Championship. He broke the previous record set by former WWF Women’s Champion, the Fabulous Moolah.

In 1996, Pat was inducted into the WWE Hall of Fame. Patterson settled into a permanent backstage role after his stint as the stooge came to an end. He worked as a backstage official from 2005 to his death in 2020. This was testament to the love Pat had for wrestling, and the sheer dedication towards the job he loved so dearly.

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Nathan Fulgado

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Nathan Fulgado is a WWE and AEW author at EssentiallySports. Having published close to 1000 professional wrestling articles, Nathan is currently pursuing his Journalism degree from Xavier's College. He has previously worked at Free Press Journal as a local journalist.

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