WWE Hall of Famer has passed away at 79 years old, per a statement from WWE. Patterson was one of the more accomplished wrestlers of the early WWF days, having become the first ever Intercontinental Champion in 1979, as a heel under the tutelage of fellow WWE Hall of Famer The Grand Wizard. Patterson was inducted into the WWE Hall of Fame for his work as a superstar in 1996. He is the oldest to have won a WWE Championship, winning the WWE 24/7 Championship at 78 last year. Patterson is also a former Hardcore Champion.
Perhaps, his best known on screen role was alongside Gerald Brisco as Vince McMahon’s stooges at the height of the Attitude Era.
Behind the scenes, Patterson shattered barriers, as the first openly homosexual person in WWE. He also was a major influence backstage for over forty years. The concept of the Royal Rumble was his, and he also pitched the 60-minute classic between Bret Hart and Shawn Michaels at WrestleMania. Across his tenure, he worked as a referee, road agent, booker, talent relations and other things. Pat Patterson has left an indelible mark on professional wrestling. We at PSE are saddened by the loss.