Recently on Talk is Jericho, Chris Jericho paid tribute to the late, great Pat Patterson. When discussing how Vince McMahon would often change his mind with regards to the direction of WWE, Jericho recalled that Patterson used an interesting analogy that the Million Viewer Man still uses today.
“I used so many ‘Pat-isms’ that sometimes I think their mine, but he had a great saying. I’m sure you’ve heard it before, when we would talk about Vince [and] how he changes his mind, and Pat would always say, “Sometimes he likes chocolate. Other times, he likes vanilla, but it’s always his ice cream store, so give him what he wants,” and I say that all the time, even when people talk about Tony Khan. Listen, it doesn’t matter what you want. It’s his show. It’s his company and we have to do what the boss wants. And some days, it’s chocolate.”
Patterson had a unique relationship as the WWE Chairman’s right-hand man, and Jericho described how he was the only person who could openly criticise McMahon’s ideas when he didn’t agree with them.
“Some days it’s vanilla, but Pat could get away with basically telling Vince “this show sucks,” and nobody else could ever say that. And he would sit in booking meetings. Vince goes, “Well, what does everyone think? Do you like this?” Of course all the Yes Men are like, “This is great.” And Pat said, “This is terrible. This is terrible. Where’s the young guys? What are we doing?” And everyone kind of just sitting there like, “Oh my God, he’s chewing out Vince at the front of the booking meeting.” And of course he could do that, but they obviously had a great relationship for many, many, many years.”
The Demo God also went on to discuss how Patterson and McMahon’s friendship seemed odd at first glance since Patterson didn’t seem to be the type of person McMahon would take a liking to.
“It’s just interesting to me that he and Vince were so close because A, he smokes. Vince doesn’t like smokers. He’s French. He’s got a thick accent, which we know Vince doesn’t care for accents either. There was obviously something there more than just how talented Pat was. They obviously got along very well, but on the surface, seems like a very odd couple.”
Chris Jericho worked with Pat Patterson for many years in WWE, and no doubt has a lot more stories to tell about the Hall of Famer who sadly passed away on December 2nd.
Credit for the transcription to Wrestling Inc.