Ric Flair may have done just about everything there is to do inside of the ring, but behind the scenes, there are precious few minds that are as highly revered in the business as Pat Patterson's.
He has produced some of the greatest matches in WWE history and is responsible for some of your favourite ever moments.
He was also the first ever Intercontinental champion and he has become a vital part of how the WWE operates. Without him, superstars like The Rock would never have been what they became.
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Patterson, 75, is about to release a book titled “Accepted: How the First Gay Superstar Changed WWE" to chronicle his journey in the industry and how he found the courage to announce he was gay.
To promote the release, Patterson spoke with News Week and he was asked if Roman Reigns' stock has been harmed in the WWE following his recent violation of the WWE Wellness Policy.
"No, I don’t think so," Patterson answered. "Everybody makes mistakes one time or another. We all do stupid things at one time or another. We have to be smart… when you’re young you don’t know anything. I think he’ll be alright.
Staying with Samoans, did he always know The Rock was going to be a big star?
"Not at all," Patterson admits. "I used to wrestle his father [Rocky Johnson], and his wife, Ata, was sitting at ringside with the baby—that was the Rock. He called me because he wanted to break into the business. He must have been 19, 20. I called Vince and said: 'You want to see that kid.' After his first movie, he said, 'Pat, you’re going to walk the red carpet with me at the premiere.' That made me feel good."
The Rock has been noted as the highest paid actor in all of Hollywood right now, but back in 1996 he was green as grass and a hated babyface in the WWE.
Who could have foreseen that?!
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