Another loss for the wrestling world! Legendary wrestler Pat Patterson has bid a farewell to the world. World Wrestling Entertainment officially announced about his death on Wednesday.
“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,” the statement continued. “WWE extends its condolences to Patterson’s family and friends.”
Patterson, whose real name was Pierre Clermont, started his wrestling career in 1958 in his native Canada and retired from the ring in 1984.He later became a color commentator for the WWE and was inducted into the WWE Hall of Fame in 1996.
The news about his unexpected death has sunken down the entire wrestling world to a bottomless pit of loss. Many came forward with heartfelt condolences and tribute to the deceased hero of wrestles.
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Pat Patterson, WWE wrestling superstar, dead at 79
“I can not express how crushed I feel right now with the loss of Pat Patterson,” WWE executive and wrestler Shane McMahon wrote on Twitter. “A true member of my family, mentor and dear friend. I love you Pat. God speed.”
‘Pat Patterson always sat in or near gorilla and not only watched the shows, but made sure to compliment us on our way back. But I’ll always remember Pat most for coming to Xmas karaoke in NXT to sing the same song every year! Always the main event. He will be missed’- the American wrestler Bayley posted.
But the most poignant words came from Former wrestler turned movie star Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson paid tribute to Patterson in an Instagram post.
“Rest in love, Pat. You’ll be missed . Rough phone calls to get this morning to tell me, our dear family member, Pat Patterson who was my pro wrestling mentor and father figure has passed away. A @wwe hall of famer, TRUE trailblazer and one of the most brilliantly creative wrestling minds the industry has ever known. He was also responsible for calling Vince McMahon when I was training to become a pro wrestler (my $7 bucks days) and said, “Vince you gotta see this kid work in the ring”. Vince flew me to RAW a few weeks later and I had my first match EVER in Corpus Christie, Texas. The rest is history and years later, here I am writing this post. cue Sinatra’s MY WAY (Pat’s favorite to sing)…I’ve lived a life that’s full, I traveled each and every highway But more, much more than this I did it my way… Love you, Pat. And THANK YOU. I’ll see you down the road”- posted ‘The Rock’
The air is thick with the sweet memories and achievements of Pat Patterson. It seems that the wrestling world shall take more time to digest the unfortunate news of his death. May his soul rest in peace.