WWE Legend and First Gay Wrestling Superstar Pat Patterson Has Died

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Tributes have been flooding in since the tragic news broke…

Born in Quebec in 1941, Patterson began to train as a wrestler at the mere age of fourteen.

He debuted in Montreal, Quebec, wrestling at the Palais des Sports for promoter Sylvio Samson. Early in his career, he performed as “Killer” Pat Patterson.

He initially worked for Tony Santos’s “Big Time Wrestling” promotion in Boston, Massachusetts.  

He held the NWA Pacific Northwest Tag Team Championship on two occasions in 1964, giving him a solid name in the U.S wrestling community.

Including Big Time Wrestling between 1965-1977, the American Wrestling Association between 1978-1983, and Lutte International between 1980-1983.

Where he famously engaged in a series of iconic matches with Sgt. Slaughter. Patterson also became the company’s first Intercontinental Heavyweight Champion in 1979.

And he continued to work in the ring and in the booth until he retired in 1984.

Even though he came out in the 70s, his sexuality was never publically acknowledged. This didn’t happen seriously until the season finale of WWE Legends’ House, which aired June 12th, 2014.

And Patterson once claimed that they were together for forty years up until the day Dondero passed away following a heart attack in 1998.

But tragedy struck this week when the WWE legend passed away at the age of seventy-nine.

And TMZ reported that he died in Miami Hospital on December 2nd, 2020.

Our deepest condolences go out to his family during this difficult time. For more tragedies that this year has brought us, scroll on…