WWE Hall Of Famer Pat Patterson Passes Away – Wrestlers And Fans Pay Tribute To Wrestling Legend

Pat Patterson passes away

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Sad news for wrestling fans. WWE Hall of Famer Pat Patterson has passed away at the age of 79.

From WWE.com:

A true trailblazer of the industry, Patterson was linked to many “firsts” in sports-entertainment throughout his storied career, including the first-ever Intercontinental Title reign 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 WWE rivalry was undoubtedly his war with Sgt. Slaughter, which captivated the WWE Universe with Boot Camp Matches and a brutal Alley Fight at Madison Square Garden.

Younger fans will remember Patterson from his “Attitude Era” days as one half of Vince McMahon’s “stooges.”

Former stars, current performers, writers, and rival wrestling companies are paying tribute to Patterson on Twitter as news of his passing broke this morning.



[via WWE.com]


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