Pat Patterson (wrestler)
Patterson in April 2014
|Birth name||Pierre Clermont|
January 19, 1941 |
Montreal, Quebec, Canada
|Professional wrestling career|
|Ring name(s)||Pat Patterson
Le Rêve du Québec
|Billed height||6 ft 1 in (1.85 m)|
|Billed weight||240 lb (110 kg)|
|Billed from||San Francisco, CA|
|Trained by||Pat Girard|
Pierre Clermont (born January 19, 1941) better known by his ring name Pat Patterson, is a Canadian former professional wrestler. He works for WWE as a creative consultant, and was the first Intercontinental Champion. He was inducted into the WWE Hall of Fame in 1996.
Professional wrestling career
Pat Patterson debuted in Montreal, Quebec in 1958 as "Pretty Boy" Pat Patterson, an effeminate wrestler who wore red lipstick and pink trunks and was accompanied by his pet Poodle. Patterson wrestled frequently for affiliates of the National Wrestling Alliance throughout the 1960s, and was a ten time tag team champion in San Francisco with a variety of partners. His most famous pairing was with Ray Stevens, the two of them forming the heel tag team, the Blond Bombers. Also, in San Francisco, Patterson was a six-time United States Champion.
In 1970 and 1971, Patterson wore a mask during his matches, and would cheat by placing a foreign object under the mask to add power to his head butts. In 1972, Patterson turned babyface, after feuding with Lars Anderson, who was managed by Dr. Ken Ramey. Later that year he teamed with Rocky Johnson and won the tag team championship. In 1975 and 1981, Patterson won the Cow Palace Battle Royal in San Francisco. The Battle Royal, an event held annually throughout
World Wrestling Federation
In 1979, Patterson debuted in the then World Wide Wrestling Federation, working as a heel, under the tutelage of manager The Grand Wizard. As a villain, Patterson's primary feuds were with WWF North American Champion Ted DiBiase and WWF World Champion Bob Backlund. During a television taping on June 19 in Allentown, Pennsylvania, Patterson defeated DiBiase for the WWF North American Championship by using a pair of brass knuckles to knock out DiBiase. Patterson was unsuccessful, however, in winning the WWF World Championship from Backlund.
First Intercontinental Champion
In September 1979, the WWF North American Championship and the (fictional) South American Championships were unified to create the WWF Intercontinental Championship. Patterson was crowned the company's first Intercontinental champion after an alleged tournament held in Rio de Janeiro. While Patterson's tournament "victory" is widely listed in wrestling title and match histories, the tournament itself never actually took place. Patterson's apocryphal title victory would later become something of an inside joke during Patterson's on-screen tenure as one of Vince McMahon's "stooges." The fictional tournament was also later profiled in-depth on WWE.com as an April Fool's joke.
It was during Patterson's reign as champion that he turned face, after a botched attempt by the Grand Wizard to "sell" Patterson's contract to "Captain" Lou Albano for $100,000; Albano's protégés, the Wild Samoans, attacked Patterson after he cut a promo insulting Albano.
Patterson held the Intercontinental Championship until April 21, 1980 when he was defeated by Ken Patera in New York City, New York. The match ended in controversial fashion after Patterson placed his right leg on the ropes just before the three count was made.
Backstage roles and part-time appearances
Patterson retired from wrestling in 1984, and became a color commentator, as well as hosting an interview segment known as "Le brunch de Pat," where he would politely ask questions in English but furtively mock his guests in French. He began working backstage as a road agent and right-hand man to WWF promoter Vince McMahon, and is credited with inventing and booking the Royal Rumble match. In the late 1990s, he also worked in the talent-relations department.
After his retirement, Patterson also worked as a WWF referee. He was selected as the in-ring referee for the main event at the first ever Wrestlemania at Madison Square Garden on March 31, 1985. The tag-team match saw WWF Champion Hulk Hogan and actor Mr T (with "Superfly" Jimmy Snuka) taking on the team of Rowdy Roddy Piper and "Mr Wonderful" Paul Orndorff (with "Cowboy" Bob Orton). Heavyweight boxing legend Muhammad Ali was the special guest referee for the match, with entertainer Liberace (accompanied by The Rockettes) and New York Yankees manager Billy Martin as the special guest timekeeper and ring announcer respectively. After losing the match, a frustrated Piper knocked out Patterson before returning to the locker room.
In 1997, Patterson became an onscreen stooge of Vince McMahon. He and Gerald Brisco became comedy heels, aiding McMahon in his rivalries with Stone Cold Steve Austin, Mankind and The Rock. Patterson and Brisco were members of The Corporation, and used "Real American" as their entrance music to mock Hulk Hogan. They would also parody Hogan's flexing routine as they approached the ring. On the December 16, 1999 episode of SmackDown, Patterson and Brisco were placed in a match for the WWF Tag Team Championship against The New Age Outlaws by Triple H and Stephanie McMahon after they helped Test backstage, who was injured by D-Generation X earlier in the night, and were told if they didn't compete that they would be fired. Patterson and Brisco would compete in the match in a losing effort. Later on, Patterson and Brisco would join The McMahon-Helmsley Faction. On June 12, 2000 the McMahon-Helmsley Faction briefly gained control over Kane after they unmasked him, enabling Patterson to photograph his "hideously scarred" face, and threatened to "expose him to the world" if he did not comply. Kane was forced to wrestle The Rock (then his ally) in a No Holds Barred match. However, the film did not develop properly, and Kane turned on the Faction. Patterson became the oldest WWF Hardcore Champion ever on June 19, 2000 after blinding reigning champion Gerald Brisco with champagne and then breaking a second bottle over Brisco's head. On June 25 at King of the Ring, Patterson defended the Championship against Brisco in an hardcore evening gown match booked by Vince McMahon after Patterson and Brisco brawled in the women's locker room. In the course of the match, Crash Holly attacked both men and pinned Patterson to become Hardcore Champion.
The Intercontinental Championship, unified with the World Heavyweight Championship on October 20, 2002, was resurrected on May 18, 2003 at Judgment Day in a Battle Royal. Patterson, as the first ever Intercontinental Champion, was at ringside to present the belt to the victor. Booker T eliminated Christian for the win, but the referee was unconscious. As Patterson attempted to give the belt to Booker T, Christian attacked him, stole the belt and used it to knock out Booker T. The referee then recovered and awarded the match to Christian.
In October 2004, Patterson retired from World Wrestling Entertainment amid accusations of homosexual harassment of employees. One of his last acts was a report for WWE which claimed that too much time was being devoted to Triple H, the son-in-law of Vince McMahon. Patterson returned to WWE in a limited capacity in May 2005. While he is now retired as a producer for WWE, he still acts as a creative consultant. At Breaking Point, Patterson made an appearance in his hometown of Montreal in an in-ring segment with Dolph Ziggler.
On April 10, 2012, Patterson made an appearance on WWE Smackdown: Blast from the Past.
On May 27, 2013, Patterson was a surprise guest for Bret Hart appreciation night in Calgary, Alberta which was the post Raw show, shown around the world on the WWE App, and across Canada on The Score.
Patterson is openly gay. He first came out in the early 1970s, but his sexuality was not acknowledged publicly or in WWE storylines until the season finale of WWE Legends' House, which aired June 12, 2014.
In August 2006, Patterson underwent emergency heart surgery. In October, Patterson recovered from his operation and was released from the hospital.
- "Pretty Boy"
Championships and accomplishments
- Other honoree (1995)
- Championship Wrestling from Florida
- Lutte Internationale
- New Japan Pro Wrestling
- NWA North American Tag Team Championship (Los Angeles/Japan version) (1 time) – with Johnny Powers
- NWA San Francisco
- NWA United States Heavyweight Championship (San Francisco version) (5 times)
- NWA World Tag Team Championship (San Francisco version) (9 times) – with Superstar Billy Graham (1), Pedro Morales (1), Pepper Gomez (1), Peter Maivia (1), Moondog Mayne (1), Rocky Johnson (3), and Tony Garea (1)
- NWA Western States Sports
- Pacific Northwest Wrestling
- Pro Wrestling Illustrated
- World Wrestling Federation
- Wrestling Observer Newsletter awards
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- Oliver, Greg (2007). The Pro Wrestling Hall of Fame: The Heels. ECW Press. p. 274.
Patterson is proud that he was able to stay on top for so long, and the city was home for many years to him and his life partner, Louis Dondero.
- Lee, Esther (2014-06-13). "Pat Patterson Comes Out As Gay: WWE Legend Makes Emotional Speech on Reality Show". Us. Retrieved 2014-08-19.
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