Edge has paid tribute to the first-ever WWE Intercontinental Champion and WWE Hall of Famer, the late Pat Patterson.
Edge made his return to WWE after an injury sustained in a match with Randy Orton at Backlash 2020. Entering the men’s Royal Rumble at number one, Edge would then outlast 29 other men to win the match and the opportunity to challenge for a world championship at WrestleMania.
Speaking on ‘WWE The Day Of’ – a documentary following the goings-on backstage in the lead up to the Royal Rumble event. Edge had some words for the creator of the Royal Rumble match, Pat Patterson.
“I really wanted to be involved in this. You know, especially the first year since losing Pat. I’m gonna put ‘P.P’ on my [wrist]tape tonight. Pat was always a huge proponent for Edge. I took that as a massive compliment because I knew Pat was only a proponent for people that he really thought were wrestlers.”
Pat Patterson was the inaugural WWE Intercontinental Champion after supposedly ‘winning’ an apocryphal tournament in Rio De Janeiro in 1979. Patterson would then work for WWE in some capacity for the rest of his career. He was inducted into the WWE Hall of Fame class of 1996 by fellow countrymen Bret Hart. Patterson sadly passed away on December 2nd, 2020 at the age of 79 years old.
In another emotionally charged segment of ‘WWE The Day Of’ The New Day’s Xavier Woods and Big E explained their special Royal Rumble ring gear. The gear was created for and emblazoned with images of their late friend Brodie Lee.
Credit: WWE The Day Of