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Pat Patterson Told Bret Hart Working With The Godfather Would “Ruin His Career”

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The Godfather has recalled being told by Bret Hart that Pat Patterson warned Hart off working with him, saying it’d “ruin” The Hitman’s career.

Long before the days of blazing one up in the Attitude Era or even being Ted DiBiase’s Supreme Fighting Machine, Charles Wright competed in the then-WWF as the spooky Papa Shango. Despite Shango’s iconic look, the character was somewhat pilloried and is best remembered for missing his cue at the end of the main event between Sid Justice and Hulk Hogan at WrestleMania 8.

At the same time as Papa Shango scaring audiences in the early nineties, Bret Hart was on his way up in the company, eventually winning the WWF Championship for the first time in the autumn of 1992.

Speaking to Boston Wrestling MWF’s Dan Mirade, The Godfather recalled a conversation with Bret Hart where The Hitman warned him that he needed to impress long-time WWF agent and wrestling legend, Pat Patterson:

“Bret Hart told me one time, ‘Hey, if you wanna impress anybody, it should be Pat because Pat doesn’t think you can work. Pat doesn’t want me to work with you. Pat says you’re gonna ruin my career.’ He goes, ‘But I told him this guy can work, I’d love to work with him.’”

The Godfather went on to explain that eventually, he became friends with Pat Patterson, although he was always referred to by his earlier character:

“After a while I guess I grew on Pat, we became cool. We’d talk about golf and other stuff. I didn’t play golf but he did. At the end he’d see me and he’d call me Papa Shango. ‘What’s up, Papa Shango?!’ So at the end we were cool.”

Sadly, Pat Patterson passed away in December 2020 at the age of 79. The French-Canadian star could lay claim to being the first-ever WWF Intercontinental Champion and his legacy lives on in the match that he created, the much loved Royal Rumble.

h/t Sportskeeda