Triple H has revealed how NXT paid their own private tribute to the late Pat Patterson ahead of the live show this week at the Capitol Wrestling Center, speaking on a media call ahead of NXT TakeOver: War Games.
The Game would speak of the influence of Patterson in his opening remarks on the call, hailing Patterson – who tragically passed away on Wednesday – as the second biggest influence on WWE, and wrestling, after Vince McMahon.
WWE’s EVP of Global Talent Strategy & Development opened up about how he and the entire NXT roster and crew celebrated the life of Pat Patterson behind-the-scenes by taking a 15-minute camera break and showing the Alley Fight between Pat Patterson and Sgt Slaughter ahead of the show, and claimed the Capitol Wrestling Center was “like a live event” due to the way the talent and crew were cheering and screaming as they watched the classic match. The infamous Alley Fight was the culmination of a long-standing rivalry between Patterson and Slaughter, taking place in April 1981 at Madison Square Garden.
Triple H would also impersonate Pat Patteron on the call in a heartwarming tribute, saying how he was always one of the last people out the building and would talk about how the crowd “went banana” before ending the call by saying, “We’re going to go to WarGames and the people are going to go absolutely…nut!”
The Game also discussed how, while he has Vince to thank for learning a lot about production and overall vision, Patterson is to thank for teaching him about the industry as far as in-ring psychology and finishes.
“I don’t think there’s anyone other than Vince who has had a bigger influence on WWE, on the industry as a whole.”
Pat Patterson’s passion for NXT was also detailed in a wonderful story by Sami Zayn about how the first-ever Intercontinental Champion “had” to be there when he won the NXT Championship, saying, “Try and f***ing stop me.”
Inside the Ropes offers its condolences to the friends and family of Pat Patterson.