Triple H and Stephanie McMahon React to the Demise of WWE Hall of Famer Pat Patterson

Published 12/02/2020, 10:57 AM EST


WWE Hall of Famer, Pat Patterson, has tragically passed away at the age of 79. The ex-Superstar had battled cancer in the recent past. According to reports, he passed away at a Miami Hospital in the morning.

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Several members of the WWE organization such as Shane McMahon, Stephanie McMahon, and others have expressed their grief on social media.

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Pat Patterson made a huge impact in the wrestling industry

Pat Patterson began his career back in 1958 before he made a fixture in the Bay Area for almost two decades.

He won the AWA Tag Team Championship alongside Ray Stevens back in 1978. Following this, he moved to WWE. Using ‘The Grand Wizard’, Patterson made a tremendous impact on the WWE audience almost immediately.

He became the very first Inter-Continental Champion in September 1979.

His rivalry with Sgt. Slaughter is said to be one of the legendary ones in the history of WWE.

 

Pat Patterson retired from WWE in 1984. After his retirement, he joined Mr.  McMahon as a color commentator. Even though he was not performing in the ring anymore, he continued to make an impact.

He gave the idea for a huge WWE event

WWE credits him for bringing the original format for the Royal Rumble match to life in 1988.

Patterson wrote about his bit in his book – ‘Accepted: How the First Gay Superstar Changed WWE’.

The first Royal Rumble was on January 24, 1988, in Hamilton, Ontario. The difference between WWE’s Royal Rumble and a traditional over-the-top rope battle royal is that the participants come into the match at two-minute intervals — not all at the same time at the beginning of the match. I wanted to create something special.

Pat Patterson returned to the ring during the ‘Attitude Era’ where he created several noteworthy moments. WWE inducted him to the Hall of Fame in 1996.

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In WWE’s statement, the company remembered all his contributions to the industry, while touching on his personal journey.

“In his 25-plus 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 lore. 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 inside and out of the ring.”

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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.

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