SLAM! Wrestling Canadian Hall of Fame: Pat Patterson
Today recent audiences, Pat Patterson is best known as a WWF suit.
REAL NAME: Pierre Clermont
The stooge currently on display with Vince McMahon in the WWF is
hardly the real Pat Patterson.
After debuting in his hometown of Montreal in his teens, he
became one of the biggest names in the sixties and seventies. His
personality changed from heel to face depending on where he was in the
NWA World Champion Dory Funk Jr. called Patterson's
California-based tag team with Crippler Ray Stevens "The greatest of the
Sixties" and they backed it up with NWA and AWA World Tag Title reigns.
Patterson also won the San Francisco version of the U.S. title
on numerous occasions.
In 1979, he became the first WWF Intercontinental champion in
a fictional tournament. He had held the WWF North American belt, which
was retired to make way for the more impressively-named I-C title.
Patterson lost the Intercontinental belt to Ken Patera in 1980
and feuded with him for much of the year.
Following the Patera feud, Patterson took on Sgt. Slaughter --
then on the top of his game as one of the most hated heels in pro
The Slaughter-Patterson feud resulted in a series of Boot Camp
matches, including an incredibly bloody battle at New York's Madison
Square Gardens in April 1981. One of the greatest matches ever.
As his career wound down in the early 80s, he headed back to
Montreal to work for International Wrestling.
Patterson retired from the ring in 1984.
Since then, he has been an integral part of the World
He was an on-air announcer for both the French and English WWF
broadcasts at one time or another.
Patterson has often been referred to as Vince McMahon's
right-hand man, and was the principal booker for the group during its
glory years from 1985 into the ninties.
He retired from matchmaking in the mid-90s, but was lured back
part-time when the great WWF Bill Watts experiment failed. Patterson has
a hand in many of the operations of the WWF these days, including
helping train the next generation at the WWF mini-camps.
Patterson was inducted into the WWF Hall of Fame in 1996 and
received a plaque that night from fellow Canadian Bret 'The Hit Man'
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Pat Patterson was quite a competitor in the ring. I saw pictures from a
chain match vs. Ivan Koloff in the 70's and KOLOFF WAS BLOODY!!!
I recently met Pat for the first time backstage at a Montreal house show. At the urging of Tony Garea, (another former champ who now
works as a suit) my friends and I were being asked to show our backstage passes. Then I spoke up and said: "Wow, the first WWF
intercontinental champ, right in our presence." He laughed and said, "well, that was a long time ago" and left without caring to see our
I grew up watching Pat Patterson's "brunch," (an interview segment on the French version of WWF superstars) where he would mock his
guests in French then ask questions politely in English. He also was involved in some vicious feuds with The Rougeaus while he tagged
with Valentine & Beefcake or Dino Bravo all at The Montreal Forum during the days when WWF would come once or twice(!) a month (to
that concept: RIP).
I have vivid memories of Pat Patterson indeed. I first saw him on
television around 1970, when he was wrestling for a Bay Area promotion
announced by Hank Renner. I remember him being one of the greatest heels
of all time, and one of the loundest screamers. I'll never forget the
first time I saw him live. I was about 8 years old and my mom took me to
the Las Vegas Convention Center for my first live wrestling match. This
is when that aforementioned Bay Area promotion came to town. I saw him
wrestle Earl ``Mr. Universe'' Maynard, and it was an absolute
bloodbath. Patterson wore a mask for no other reason than to conceal a
foreign object -- pulled from his trunks! -- and headbutt Maynard. Split
his noggin wide open. But Maynard, renowned for his exceptionally hard
head, ripped Patterson's mask off, grabbed the foreign object and used
it against Patterson himself. The blood flowed liberally and made a
startling contrast against Pat's platinum blond locks. Another Patterson
memory is from TV. In one of his rare turns as a good guy, he ripped the
loaded boot off the Great Mephisto's foot and beat him over the head
with it. Knocked that no-good Arab bastard out cold.
Watched Pat many many times in Modesto, Ca. Fact is he was going to buy the
promotion at one time. Him and Stevens were probably one of the best if not
the best tag teams of all times. There was some wild matches at the Uptown
Arena in Modesto with Pat Patterson as a top performer of the 70s and 80s.
Pat Patterson wrestled in the Northwest in the 60's, teaming with mad
Dog Vachone against the likes of the Texas Outlaws and in singles
matches against Tough Tony Borne, Prince Kuhio (King Curtis), Luther
Lindsay, and Shag "King Toby" Thomas. His finishing maneuvers were
the knee drop off the top rope or the figure-four leglock and he was
never afraid of a bump or taking a cut to get over.
His ring entrance included puffy chiffon, effiminate ring jackets
humorously commented upon by the ring announcers.
Back in the mid-70s, at 7 p.m. every Thursday night at Channel 40 in
Sacramento, "Big Time Wrestling" was taped for broadcast the following
Saturday and Sunday. I went to almost every thurday night match because I
loved professional wrestling and because the event was free of charge. I
went so often that the guys who sat up the ring got to know me and
eventually they let me in early before the general public. This early
admitance allowed me the opportunity to talk with the wrestlers before show
time. I remember talking to Pat Patterson countless times (as well as
MoonDog Mayne, Peter Mavia, Mr Saito, the VonBruaners, etc.). All the
wrestlers (good guys and bad) were so kind to me and my little sister and
all took the time to say Hi and sign autographs. Pat Patterson was
especailly nice to me. I remember him being a very polite man to me and my
younger sister. He even once bought each of us a candy bar from a vending
machine in the studio. I once saw him walking to car after a taping, and
said to him, "See ya later, Pat Patterson." He looked over to me and my
sister and said, "See ya next week, kids." For a 8-year-old boy, that was
a very big deal.
When I was growing up in San Francisco during the 60s and 70s Pat Patterson
and Ray Stevens were larger than life heroes to a lot of the local kids.
Pat actually lived about 5 blocks from my home when he
was on top of this territory. As a kid my friends and I would spot him doing
his shopping in the neighborhood and this was always exciting to me because i
was a big pro wrestling fan.
I can recall going to the Cow Palace to see Pat wrestle (sometimes heel
sometimes babyface) for the US belt against legends like Ray Stevens, Moondog
Mayne, Pepper Gomez,and just about all of the big stars of that time.
Those bloody brawls were unforgettable memories of my teen years and I miss
the days when the boys made it all seem so real. Thanks for the memories Pat.
Ray Stevens R.I.P.
I remember seeing Pat wrestle / commentate at the Hamburg Feild House
in Hamburg, PA, back in the early '80s . Ivan Koloff had attacked Pat
with a metal pitcher during a interview . Later that evening when they
were announcing the matches for the next month Pat came out ranting he
wanted Koloff. Pat even offered to do it for free. So it was agreed Pat
would get nasty Ivan in the dark match main event. I was lucky to have a
front row seat for that one. What a brawl, they wrestled in and outside
the squared circle. Then it happened Pat ran Koloff's head into the post, right in front of me. There was blood all over the place including
my sneakers. Pat ended up pinning Ivan for the 3 count. That match still
ranks in my top ten of all time. Thanks Pat, I enjoyed watching you
I remember watching the great Pat Patterson when I was a young boy in the 1970's. He appeared on "BIG TIME WRESTLING" which was televised on channel
36 out of San Jose (they had Carol Doda as their "mascot"). My favorite
wrestling matches as a child were when Pat teamed up with Rocky Johnson ("The
Soul Man"), another of my very favorite wrestlers as a boy, to beat on the
likes of the Masked Interns and the Von Brauner Twins. I saw Pat and
Rocky fight the Masked Interns in Santa Rosa, California (I lived about 12
minutes away from there at the time and live there, today) at the Santa Rosa
Veterans Memorial Building back around 1973 or 1974 or so. It was GREAT!
Thanks for being a hero, Pat! And God bless Ray Stevens, another favorite of
mine as a kid!
Pat Patterson, Ray Stevens and Pepper Gomez were legendary names in the San Francisco Bay Area during the 70's. Saturday afternoons were spent watching the All Star Wrestling (with either Walt Harris or Hank Renner as the
announcer). In those days, televised wrestling consisted of the Main
Eventers taking on a host of well known jobbers such as Jerry Monte, Pepper
Martin, Art Dominguez etc. However, on occasions you would get a great
televised match between two headliners. One of those was when Pat Patterson
took on a young Spiro Areon. Patterson was wearing the mask in those days to
conceal the infamous foreign object. Areon was new to the promotion and in
order to "get him over" Patterson repeated tried to break Areon's bear hug by
headbutting him with the foreign object. All of which was to no avail. Not
only did Patterson know how to put himself over, he knew the value of putting
the other talent over as well.
Some of the best matches I ever saw was Pat Patterson going against Ray
Stevens at the Cow Palace. Pat was still a bad guy and they were real
donnybrooks. As for Hank Renner I remember Pat ripped his sportcoat and
later bought him a new one when he bacame a good guy.
I remember watching WWF wrestling in the late seventies. Pat Paterson and Vince McMahon(with sideburns) hosted the show. Pat was conducting an interview when King Kong Mosca came from the other side of the ring and clobbered Paterson with a metal water pitcher. Pat Patterson was a bloody mess. I was only 7 or 8 at the time and that really freaked me out. Those shows hooked me.
I began watching pro wrestling at the age of 5 thanks in large part to
Pat Patterson. He was wrestling in the Bay area in the Roy Shire
NWA-sanctioned "Big Time Wrestling". My Mom knew where to find me on
Saturday afternoons as I wasn't too far from a television. I knew all
the wrestlers by name. My favorite was when he was in a tag-team with Rocky
Johnson. In 1984, when the WWF went national and regional wrestling
began disappearing, I finally got to see Pat Patterson wrestle live in
person. The WWF had come to Oakland for a show in April of that year.
Even though he hadn't wrestled in the Bay area in almost a decade and
wasn't the star he had been, he got a big pop from the crowd that night.
It was nice that the fans remembered him.
Being from the SF bay area, I lived for Big Time Wrestling. The first
matches that grabbed my attention were the battles between Hercules
Cortez and Ray Stevens. Later, Ray teamed up with Pat Patterson. I got
to to see them wrestle at the San Jose Civic on occasion. Once I even
gathered up the courage to get Mr. Patterson's autograph. I was shaking
in my boots as Pat was one of the baddest dudes around at the time. He
signed my program and I was on my way...All smiles. Later that night Ray
and Pat won a two out of three fall tag team match that was repeated
later that weekend at the SF Cow Palace. I often drove my older sister
nuts by running around imitating Ray Stevens or Pat Patterson's then
broken English...Believe you me. That was fine with me since she was
just a pencil-neck anyhow. I miss not seeing Pat in the WWF these days,
even if was just Vince's stooge. Long live Pat Patterson! Long live