Pat Patterson, Legendary Wrestling Champion, Dies; WWE extends condolences

Pat Patterson, Legendary Wrestling Champion, Dies; WWE extends condolences

Pat Patterson, Legendary Wrestling Champion, Dies; WWE extends condolences
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Professional wrestling champion Pat Patterson, who began wrestling from 1958 to 1984 and created the concept of the Royal Rumble, passes away at 79.

World Wrestling Entertainment (WWE) is saddened to learn that Pat Patterson has passed away. “WWE extends its condolences to Patterson’s family and friends.”

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Pat Patterson Early life

The Montreal native devoted decades of his life to wrestling, with an in-ring career that spanned from 1958 to 1984. After making his debut on regional fight cards in Quebec, he moved to the U.S. in the early 1960s.

In 1979, he became WWE’s first Intercontinental champion.

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After announcing his in-ring retirement in 1984, he worked as a colour analyst and in various roles behind the scenes with the head of the company, Vince McMahon.

In 2016, Patterson published his autobiography, Accepted: How the First Gay Superstar Changed WWE, in collaboration with author Bertrand Hébert.

Patterson’s sexual orientation was widely known in wrestling circles, but he announced it publicly in 2014.

He came up with the concept of the Royal Rumble, an elimination match that traditionally features 30 wrestlers and has gone on to become one of WWE’s most popular events.

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In WWE’s statement, the legendary wrestler’s career is described as being ”synonymous with making history.”

“From the Intercontinental Title to the Royal Rumble Match and beyond, his name will forever be revered in WWE lore,” read the statement.

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Patterson was inducted into the WWE Hall of Fame in 1996.

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