Forgotten Legends91: Pat Patterson
We are talking about the same stooge of Vince Mcmahon who ran behind him along with Gerald Brisco doing comedy acts.
Starting out in 1958 as "Pretty Boy" Pat Patterson, an effeminate wrestler wearing red lipstick(you are reading it right, can anyone help me find pictures to help me confirm it?) and pink trunks in Canada, he toured around NWA affiliates throughout the sixties going on to have nine runs as NWA world tag titles with various partners. Working as a heel around mostly and going on to use a mask in the early 70's, he used foreign objects inside the mask to power his head butt gaining fame, he became a face in 1972 teaming with Rocky Johnson. In 1975 and 1981, he won the Cow Palace Battle Royal in San Francisco region which was a predecessor for Royal Rumble after which he left the territory with having had 30 title runs from NWA.
He joined WWWF as a heel in 1979 as a heel and started to feud with Ted Dibiase who was the WWF North American Champion and World Champion Bob Backlund. He was billed as a non-existent WWF South American Champion and become the first inter continental champion beating Ted Dibiase for unification of the two titles.
He held the title around for a year before dropping it to Ken Patera and went on to have a match of the year with Sgt. Slaughter. He retired from active wrestling in 1984. He went backstage and became the right hand man for Vince Mcmahon playing a role in WWE before his onscreen career started again in 1997 during which he had a comedic Hardcore title run he stole from Brisco.
He also holds the distinction of being one of the if not the first openly gay man in pro-wrestling which got him into trouble once with Murray Hodgson and also happens to be Godfather to Stephanie Mcmahon.
With a three decade career which saw 40 title runs across NWA/WWE other than his backstage contributions to WWE during it's rise and slump and being the first openly gay wrestler, he is a forgotten legend, mostly remembered as a crony of Mr.Mcmahon in a comedic act.
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