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John Cena, Kurt Angle, Kane, and Many WWE Superstars Pay Tribute to Hall of Famer Pat Patterson

Published 12/04/2020, 11:30 AM EST

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Wrestling Legend, Pat Patterson, tragically passed away on December 2, 2020 at a hospital in Miami after battling cancer, at 79.

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Several Superstars paid tribute to him and reacted to his tragic demise.


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Patterson was a huge success both inside and outside the ring. Inside the ring, he was as good with his wrestling performance as with the mic. Outside, he was a dedicated commentator. He progressed to taking on the role of a WWE Official as one of the trusted individuals of Mr. McMahon.

Pat Patterson has several achievements to his name

Starting from his debut back in 1958 at Montreal to his retirement in WWE in 1984, he continued to make a tremendous impact within the wrestling industry.

Whether it was individual matches or Tag Team matches, Patterson would show up, dominate, and leave with the belt over his shoulders.


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In fact, Patterson is the very first Intercontinental Champion; additionally, he is the oldest champion that WWE has witnessed till now.

It was in June 2000, over twenty years after he won the very first Intercontinental championship, when he secured the Hardcore gold. He pinned Crash Holly and immediately had another achievement to his name. This time it was not just the title, but his age which made him the oldest champion to have walked the WWE ring.

He held the title for a week before losing it to Crash Holly at King of the Ring.

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After his retirement in 1988, Patterson continued contributing to the WWE Universe. He was the brains behind the Royal Rumble Match format. Even though WWE expanded and changed it as the years progressed, it was Patterson who originally presented the idea to the company.


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He opened up about his personal life

Pat Patterson broke another boundary in WWE by opening up about his personal life. He was the very first openly gay Superstar during a time when no one spoke about it.


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He documented the experience of being openly gay and WWE’s reaction to it in his book ‘Accepted: How the First Gay Superstar Changed WWE‘. Patterson released this book in 2016, two years after he spoke about his experience on WWE Network on the popular show – Legends’ House.




Shuvangi Sen Chaudhury

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Shuvangi is a senior WWE and AEW author at EssentiallySports. She has over 1000 published WWE articles and also has experience in content operations with Forbes. Having completed her undergraduation from Royal Holloway, University of London, Shuvangi is closely aligned to the fitness industry, having amateur skills levels in tennis and basketball while rowing at a regatta level.