Following the tragic passing of the legendary Pat Patterson, who sadly passed away at the age of 79, tributes have been flooding the internet from all across the wrestling community. One of the most incredible, though, has come from The Rock, with The Great One thanking the first ever Intercontinental Champion for opening the door to him joining WWE.
Posting on his Instagram account, The Rock said:
“RIP 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 🥃🖤”
Pat Patterson, real name Pierre Clermont, passed away at the age of 79 after a battle with cancer, with WWE confirming the news. Pat’s legacy will live on forever as the inaugural WWF Intercontinental Champion, the creator of the Royal Rumble, the first ever openly gay WWE Superstar and – on a more informal level – someone who definitely made a lot of people smile, as proven on social media today as several current and former WWE talents have shared stories of how Pat lit up their lives or helped them in the business.
Inside the Ropes offers its condolences to the friends and family of Pat Patterson.